Dersu Uzala (1975) – Imprint Standard Edition
|Number of Blu-ray Discs
19 July, 2023
|Runtime (in minutes)
Kurosawa’s Academy Award winning masterpiece.
Dersu Uzala is the enthralling tale of an eccentric indigenous frontiersman (Maxim Munzuk) who is taken on as a guide by a Soviet surveying crew. While the soldiers at first perceive Dersu as a naive and comical relic of an uncivilized age, he quickly proves himself otherwise with displays of ingenuity and bravery unmatched by any member of the inexperienced mapping team, on more than one occasion becoming their unlikely saviour. An amazing true story based on the memoir by Russian explorer Vladimir Arsenyev.
Filmed in the far reaches of Siberia, it took over two years for Director Akira Kurosawa to complete this timeless masterpiece of cinema which was shot in 70mm and was honoured with the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film in 1976.
Starring Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin & Mikhail Bychkov.
Special Features and Technical Specs:
- 1080p High-definition presentation on Blu-ray
- Audio Commentary by film historian Stuart Galbraith IV, aided by biologist Jonathan C. Slaght, Russian/USSR historian Sergey Glebov, and Roger Corman-New World Pictures attorney Barbara Boyle
- Mapping Kurosawa: A History of Dersu Uzala – with film writer and historian Michael Brooke
- Sound of the Taiga – video essay by music historian David Schecter on the score
- Actor Yuri Solomin on writer Vladimir Arseniev
- Actor Yuri Solomin on director Akira Kurosawa
- Actor Yuri Solomin discusses the film
- Making the Film – short documentary
- Archive footage of the real Vladimir Arseniev
- Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
- Audio Russian DTS HD 5.1 Surround
- Optional English dub & subtitles