Our friends over at Criterion have just announced that they're going to be releasing AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa on DVD on 12/8 (SRP $399, but it's available for pre-order on Amazon for just $299). This extraordinary set will come enclosed in a linen-bound box and will include an illustrated companion book. Released on the 100th anniversary of the legendary Japanese director's birth, the set will include 25 of his films on 25 DVDs - the most complete such set ever released in the U.S. - 4 of which have never been available on the DVD format in this country. Included will be:
The Bad Sleep Well (1960), Dodes'ka-den (1970), Drunken Angel (1948), The Hidden Fortress (1958), High and Low (1963), I Live in Fear (1955), The Idiot (1951), Ikiru (1952), Kagemusha (1980), The Lower Depths (1957), Madadayo (1993), The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945 - new to DVD), The Most Beautiful (1944 - new to DVD), No Regrets for Our Youth (1946), One Wonderful Sunday (1947), Rashomon (1951), Red Beard (1965), Sanjuro (1962), Sanshiro Sugata (1943 - new to DVD), Sanshiro Sugata, Part II (1944 - new to DVD), Scandal (1950), Seven Samurai (1954), Stray Dog (1949), Throne of Blood (1957) and Yojimbo (1961)
Each of these films is presented with a restored digital transfer, with audio in the original Japanese and English subtitles. The companion book features an introduction and notes on each of the films by Stephen Prince (The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa) and a remembrance by Donald Richie (The Films of Akira Kurosawa).
Also today, Criterion has revealed that they'll release The Rolling Stones: Gimmie Shelter on Blu-ray Disc on 12/1 (Cat# 99 - SRP $39.95), featuring a new high-definition digital transfer of the uncensored thirtieth-anniversary version, remastered and restored from the camera original, exclusive Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround-sound mixes, audio commentary featuring directors Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin and collaborator Stanley Goldstein, additional performances by the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden in 1969 (including Little Queenie, Oh Carol and Prodigal Son, plus backstage outtakes), excerpts from KSAN Radio's Altamont wrap-up (recorded December 7, 1969, with introductions by then DJ Stefan Ponek), an Altamont stills gallery (featuring the work of renowned photographers Bill Owens and Beth Sunflower), original and re-release theatrical trailers and a booklet with essays (by Mick Jagger's former assistant Georgia Bergman, music writers Michael Lydon and Stanley Booth, and film critics Amy Taubin and Godfrey Cheshire).