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« : August 07, 2009, 11:58:15 AM »


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071411/


Still one of my favorite movies no matter how many times I watch it. A simple tale of friendship and loyalty but told through the camera of a great artist and visionary. The first part is perfect, the second is not, but it's still very good. It's not flawless: it's around 30 minutes overlong (it won't hurt you to watch it but it feels a bit superficial and not so eventful like the rest), and we don't get to see the city of Khabarovsk (the only urban center in the movie) at all... (Scrimp Commie bastards.)


8.5/10

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« #1 : August 08, 2009, 01:30:01 AM »

One of your favorite movies and only an 8.5?

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« #2 : August 08, 2009, 04:03:20 AM »

I'm trying to be objective.


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« #3 : August 08, 2009, 04:17:10 AM »

shenanigans!!!!!! :) ;) :D ;D >:( :( :o 8) ??? ::) :P :-[ :-X :-\ :-* :'( >:D ^-^ O0

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« #4 : August 08, 2009, 06:25:29 AM »

The whole movie is available on YouTube, with English subtitles. The quality is not so good but hey, it's free.


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« #5 : August 08, 2009, 11:04:22 AM »

I've been wanting to see this for a while. I've seen about ten Kurosawa films but none of them were close to even disappointing. Ran and Ikiru are easily his best works. I'll definitely check this out soon, but not on Youtube - I've gotta get my hands on a DVD.

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« #6 : August 08, 2009, 12:13:48 PM »

The whole movie is available on YouTube, with English subtitles. The quality is not so good but hey, it's free.
Even the home video options don't provide a very satisfactory viewing experience. Apparently, there are no good masters of this film, and the film itself is in need of a restoration. A shame, as this is Kurosawa's best Russian film and needs to be seen by everyone. But those damn commies probably won't be willing to spend the necessary roubles.



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« #7 : August 09, 2009, 09:44:42 AM »

Even the home video options don't provide a very satisfactory viewing experience. Apparently, there are no good masters of this film, and the film itself is in need of a restoration. A shame, as this is Kurosawa's best Russian film and needs to be seen by everyone. But those damn commies probably won't be willing to spend the necessary roubles.

The DVD I own is OK; nothing special but for a movie that old and that neglected it looks and sounds acceptably. From what I could find on the net there's a variety of DVD versions circulating, from American and Russian international editions to Polish and even Spanish home versions. Something called ''Dersu Uzala - Collection Edition'' from 2002 is available from Amazon for about 28 bucks, but I'm guessing that's the Russian home edition (Cyrillic), though I'm not sure.


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« #8 : August 09, 2009, 10:04:56 AM »

I've been wanting to see this for a while. I've seen about ten Kurosawa films but none of them were close to even disappointing. Ran and Ikiru are easily his best works. I'll definitely check this out soon, but not on Youtube - I've gotta get my hands on a DVD.

Many people I know that praise most of Kurosawa's other movies have a soft spot for Dersu Uzala, and also many people that otherwise don't like very much his classic body of work like Dersu Uzala, which is, IMO, completely understandable. His other movies are (apart from being great) universally approachable even for a Westerners, but they also have a strong Oriental influence you can't take away from them (something most people would just call bullshitting). It's like, they're great, but you don't really understand all in them, you don't understand why this crazy Oriental has to rely so much on philosophy and theatralization, but you watch them, because they're great. That's maybe comparable to Fellini's movies in China or Japan, they never became part of the mainstream, I'm guessing most people didn't understand them, but those that had a passion for cinema knew they had in hands something great.

Anyway, in Dersu Uzala any doubtful infidel can witness that the man always knew what he was doing. The story itself isn't complex or much original, ''the ignorant white man against the nature'', but the master carves in the substance with passion and style.

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« #9 : February 03, 2021, 10:30:30 PM »

I was given 4 months of Criterion on demand as a Christmas present. Unfortunately, I've so far been able to only watch 2 complete movies on it. Covid has not been kind to my time as I juggle work with homeschooling kids (hence my fewer posts on the forum these days).

In any case, I did take advantage of watching "Dersu Uzala". The quality of the image made it clear why Criterion has never released this on physical media. It reminded me of watching "One Eyed Jacks" before it was finally restored. There seemed to be some beautiful photography (I call it that rather than cinematography since Kurosawa was in his relatively static phase by this point), but the image appearing on my TV wasn't doing justice to the 75mm original.

In any case, I concur with Dust Devil. It's a little too long, but definitely touching.

I generally don't much appreciate later Kurosawa, when editing and camera movement play second fiddle to pretty pictures. This one might be an exception, but I really want to see a good quality print.

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« #10 : February 04, 2021, 11:21:23 AM »

I was given 4 months of Criterion on demand as a Christmas present. Unfortunately, I've so far been able to only watch 2 complete movies on it. Covid has not been kind to my time as I juggle work with homeschooling kids (hence my fewer posts on the forum these days).

In any case, I did take advantage of watching "Dersu Uzala". The quality of the image made it clear why Criterion has never released this on physical media. It reminded me of watching "One Eyed Jacks" before it was finally restored. There seemed to be some beautiful photography (I call it that rather than cinematography since Kurosawa was in his relatively static phase by this point), but the image appearing on my TV wasn't doing justice to the 75mm original.

In any case, I concur with Dust Devil. It's a little too long, but definitely touching.

I generally don't much appreciate later Kurosawa, when editing and camera movement play second fiddle to pretty pictures. This one might be an exception, but I really want to see a good quality print.
I like the film very much but it needs to be restored and it's very unlikely that it ever will be. If it were a Japanese film there would be hope, but as it is a Soviet era Russian film I don't think there is any money to do what needs to be done. A shame.



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« #11 : February 04, 2021, 08:10:33 PM »

This gives me hope:

https://forum.fanres.com/thread-1916.html

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« #12 : February 05, 2021, 10:59:26 AM »

Oh hell yeah, when I saw there was a new post here I was hoping it'd have to do with a restoration.

I'm sure Criterion is releasing this, but lets hope that it just comes in a giant box set like their Varda / Bergman / Fellini. Im weary of buying Kurosawa Blus because I can't imagine they're not working on a big set.

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« #13 : February 05, 2021, 11:38:05 AM »

This gives me hope:

https://forum.fanres.com/thread-1916.html
Well, I'm glad to be wrong in this case. I hope we'll see something before too long.



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