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Akira Kurosawa's adventure film Dersu Uzala comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The Russian soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the U.S. release trailer. This is a great release for any fan of the master filmmaker.
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Overview

Akira Kurosawa's adventure film Dersu Uzala comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The Russian soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the U.S. release trailer. This is a great release for any fan of the master filmmaker.
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Editorial Reviews

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Director Akira Kurosawa is known for his epics, and this Russian-Japanese co-production was one of the most sweeping of his long and brilliant career. Metaphorically, the story of the crafty, stodgy hunter who teaches a Russian about the land and its animals evokes the bankruptcy of colonialism. Physically, it is one of the most impressive filmed testaments to the majesty of nature. Breathtaking cinematography makes the Siberia-Mongolian frontier the real star of this slow-moving, proud, and unconventional buddy film. Kurosawa has made more accessible films in plot and structure, but the rugged beauty of this work is unsurpassed in his canon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • UPC: 738329017224
  • Original Release: 1975
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  • Source: Kino Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Time: 2:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,041

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maxim Munzuk Dersu Uzala
Yuri Solomin Capt. Vladimir Arseniev
Vladimir Kremena Turtwigin
Alexandr Pyatkov
Dima Korshikov
Svetlana Danielchanka Mrs. Arseniev
Suimenkul Chokmorov Jan Bao
Mikhail Bychkov
Nikolai Volkov Sr.
Sovetbek Dzhumadylov
Technical Credits
Akira Kurosawa Director, Screenwriter
Fyodor Dobronavov Cinematographer
Yuri Gantman Cinematographer
Shinobu Muraki Production Designer
Yoshiro Muraki Production Designer
Yuri Nagibin Screenwriter
Asakazu Nakai Cinematographer
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Scene Index

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0. Chapter Selection
1. Logos and Prelude [2:51]
2. The Valley of Witches [5:26]
3. The Wanderer Dersu [7:05]
4. The Ways of the Forest [8:42]
5. Mighty Men [4:16]
6. Fireside Chat [4:56]
7. Ancient Chinese Secret [5:43]
8. The Menacing Silence [7:43]
9. "Cut Grass Fast" [8:19]
10. Surviving the Night [3:33]
11. The Smallness of Man [7:26]
12. Farewell For Now [6:16]
13. The Frontier Redux [4:31]
14. Reunion [4:41]
15. Conversatioin With a Tiger [4:26]
16. Repairing a Damaged Forest [3:17]
17. Tracking Bandits [4:39]
18. Fording a River [8:11]
19. Autumn [1:38]
20. The Second Tiger [6:41]
21. Impending Dark [7:02]
22. A Specter of Fear [3:27]
23. The Captain's Home [4:29]
24. The Ways of the City [3:57]
25. "Please Let Me Go Back" [3:48]
26. Farewell, Dersu [6:08]
27. End Credits [1:33]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    It realistically portrays wilderness regions, and the human emotions associated with them. I expected first rate writing, acting, camera work, lighting, and directing, and this film did not disappoint me. For me, Kurosawa is the premier master.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A simple, epic, realistically charming biography.

    Not to mention the incredible photography of the Siberian wilderness, which colors have undeniably wild, austere blues and browns. The kind of poetic simplicity that seeps in long after the film is over, if one allows. I'm eternally amazed it gained a best picture oscar, which it certainly wouldn't have today, lacking a politically correct influence in its 'message'. There's really no message here, other than the hard-earned wisdom gained from the lonely survival of Derzu, a character that will exist forever more in reality than fiction. I saw this film once a good 15 years ago, and its images and simple story still haunt me. Only a film this unpretentious could haunt myself, in my humble estimation. Reminiscent of old-world folk tales, where the entire story is the lesson, not the final sentence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2002

    Simply the best film

    Dersu Ursala, ''The Hunter,'' is certainly one of Kurosawa's best films, and for many like myself, one of the greatest films ever. And I do not say this lightly. At the same time, it will not be a film for everyone. But for those whose hearts are tuned to the truth gained in simple acts of human interaction and survival, the film will amaze. If the pace at first is slow, it is because it is studied, and the gradual movement of events, in the end, only enhances our awareness of the film-maker's vision. At 60, Dersu has lived his life alone in the Siberian wilderness, rarely in contact with others. When he does come into contact with the captain of a Russian survey team, sent out to map the coast and its regions in the late 19th century, his experience and knowledge prove essential to the survival of both. If the survey team at first takes him for a simple, provincial character, they readily learn the the uniqueness of his thorough relationship with the natural world. It is in Dersu's final years, and in his temporary move to the city because his eyesight no longer allows him to hunt successfully, that we discover the difficult truths of all human efforts, even those of kindness. The tragedy of the film's final scenes is not flashy or sentimental, like too many contemporary films can be. It is real and unavoidable. Since I was first introduced to this film by a close friend many years ago, I've come to watch it every year for its power of renewal. You can do yourself no better favor than to spend a night, a reflective night to be sure, among these characters.

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