We're a mere week away from the Criterion rerelease of Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, Seven Samurai, in the spiffy new three disk edition. Thankfully there's an advanced review up going over the various new special features, packaging, transfer and more up at DVD Talk. Here's a little snippit, the full review can be found here.
Seen above, the 1.33:1 menus for this release are rather dark but easy to navigate. This 207-minute film has been divided into 29 chapters over the first two discs, while no obvious layer changes were seen during playback. This three-disc set is housed in a handsome matte-finish digipack case (with an outer slipcover) and includes a thick booklet with essays by Kenneth Turan, Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver and DVD Talk's own Stuart Galbraith IV. Also of note are tributes by Arthur Penn and Sidney Lumet, as well as an autobiographical piece from the late Toshiro Mifune.
Now, you're probably wondering why I picked that particular paragraph, well.. I'll tell you why. "This 207-minute film has been divided into 29 chapters over the first two discs.." That's why. Maybe I'm just a lazy son of a bitch, but I absolutely hate, hate, hate having to change disks in the middle of a viewing. Frankly though, from the sound of things, that'll be my only complaint with this new edition. It sounds fantastic and packed to the gills with nifty extras. In fact, they even cleaned up the film print further than they did with their earlier 1998 single disk edition.
Anyway, it's a pretty good review full of information on the extras, presentation, packaging, etc. and even of the movie itself. It even includes screen shots of the new edition and the earlier edition for comparison purposes. So if you were on the fence about buying this, then this review should definately help you make up your mind.
Go give a it looksee.