- Number of Discs: 3
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 3 hours, 27 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: September 5, 2006
- Originally Released: 1954
- Label: Criterion
- 3-Disc Set
- Collectors Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital - Japanese
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Behind the Scenes: Making Of - "Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful To Create"
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- "My Life In Cinema"
- "Seven Samurai: Origins & Influences"
- David Desser; Joan Mellen; Stephen Prince; Tony Rayns; Donald Richie
- Michael Jeck
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Los Angeles Times - 04/26/1988
"...Witty and surprisingly reflective....The result is a good little action picture with plenty of smarts and a nonchalant air..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/19/2001
"...Akira Kurosawa's THE SEVEN SAMURAI is not only a great film in its own right, but the source of a genre that would flow through the rest of the century..."
USA Today - 05/11/2001
"...THE SEVEN SAMURAI is still a movie that matters..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"...[A] forceful action movie, perhaps most startling because its heroes never lose sight of their honor and humanity..."
New York Times - 09/05/2006
"[S]till one of the most stirring adventure stories in the movies..."
Rolling Stone - 09/21/2006
4 stars out of 4 -- "[A]n adventure film with a complex emotional core -- that Hollywood has been imitating for years."
Classic Fight Scenes |
Essential Cinema |
Period Piece |
- Additional cast members included Kamatari Fujiwara (Manzo) and Bokuzen Hidari (Yohei) as villagers.
- The film was influenced by American westerns and was later remade in the USA by John Sturges as "The Magnificent Seven."
- The Home Vision Cinema VHS version is a newly remastered, full-length cut with new subtitles. The print used is from the Janus collection.