The widescreen DVD of this Japanese classic (co-directed and produced by the late, great Akira Kurosawa) contains absolutely nothing other than chapter selections and the film itself, and as such will not be of much interest to anyone other than collectors. It's a shame that such a magnificent piece of filmmaking hasn't been given the treatment it so richly deserves (the film has been called the Japanese Gone With the Wind). There are a few aspects of the disc worthy of note. First and foremost is the soundtrack, which is a Dolby Digital one-channel mono transfer -- the most one can expect, taking into consideration the source material. It seems that Image has done its best to preserve the look & feel of the film's original TohoScope (the Japanese answer to Panavision) presentation; the 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio has been well maintained and lends a sharp edge to the image quality and to Kazuo Yamada's cinematography, even though there is slightly more dust and scratching present than necessary. Overall, the lack of any extra features whatsoever, no matter how trivial, borders on criminal -- this film is an absolute staple of its genre and deserves much more. One can only hope that a special edition is in the works.