New DVD — Rashomon

Rashomon (Video PN 1997 .R244 2002 DVD) 

From Criterion’s website:

“Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, Rashomon is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife. Toshiro Mifune gives another commanding performance in the eloquent masterwork that revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema to the world.”  Read Stephen Prince’s essay here.

Special Features

  • – New high-definition transfer, with restored image and sound
  • – Commentary by Japanese film historian Donald Richie
  • – Video introduction by Robert Altman
  • – Excerpts from The World of Kazuo Miyagawa, a documentary film about Rashomon’s cinematographer
  • – Reprints of the Rashomon source stories, Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s “In a Grove” and “Rashomon”
  • – Akira Kurosawa on Rashomon: a reprinted excerpt from his book Something Like an Autobiography
  • – Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • – Theatrical trailer
  • – New and improved English subtitle translation
  • – Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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