Seven Samurai review

Japanese classic doesn't look quite as magnificent as we'd hoped in hi-def

Akira Kurosawa's 1954 epic is long overdue a quality Blu-ray release in the UK. Sadly, this BFI release does little to change matters. Restored by Toho in Japan (with additional work done in the UK to remove further damage), it appears that somewhere along the way someone went a little overboard with the digital noise reduction tools – eliminating much of the native film grain and fine detail. Couple that with the relative lack of extras (a trailer and interview) and connoisseurs are far better off importing Criterion's Region A-locked US set with its more authentic transfer and copious goodies.

Seven Samurai, BFI, Region B BD, £20 Approx