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Stray Dog

Stray Dog

Toshiro Mifune
Director: Akira Kurosawa Cast: Toshiro Mifune
Toshiro Mifune
, Takashi Shimura
Takashi Shimura
, Keiko Awaji
Keiko Awaji
Akira Kurosawa
Stray Dog

Stray Dog

Toshiro Mifune
Director: Akira Kurosawa Cast: Toshiro Mifune
Toshiro Mifune
, Takashi Shimura
Takashi Shimura
, Keiko Awaji
Keiko Awaji
Akira Kurosawa

DVD (Black & White)

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Despite being considered Akira Kurosawa's first important film, the Stray Dog DVD is unfortunately one of the lesser Criterion releases. The print is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, but it is not in good shape. It does show some marks and lines, and the image flickers and fades on occasion. It is still probably made from the best print of the movie that exists, but Criterion has set the bar so high that now consumers expect all their releases to be nearly perfect. The disc's visual deficiencies are somewhat compensated by good supplementary features. It has an informative audio commentary by Stephen Prince, the author of The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa. Another useful supplement is a 30-minute documentary on the making of Stray Dog, a part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It's Wonderful to Create. It features interviews with a few of Kurosawa's surviving collaborators on that film: art director Toshiro Muraki, script supervisor Teruyo Nogami, and actors Keiko Awaji and Isao Kimura. The booklet that comes with the DVD includes a nice mini-essay by Terrence Rafferty and an excerpt from Kurosawa's book Something Like an Autobiography in which he reminisces about the filming of Stray Dog.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/25/2004
UPC: 0037429187920
Original Release: 1949
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 2:02:00
Sales rank: 3,158

Special Features

New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound; Audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of "The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa"; A 32-minute documentary on Stray Dog from the series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create, including interviews with Kurosawa, production designer Yoshiro Muraki, actress Keiko Awaji, and others; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition; 16-page booklet featuring Akira Kurosawa on Stray Dog, from his book "Something Like an Autobiography" and an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toshiro Mifune Murakami, the Detective
Takashi Shimura Sato, the Head Detective
Keiko Awaji Harumi, His Girl
Ko (Isao) Kimura Yusa, the Criminal
Reisaburo Yamamoto Hondo, the Suspect
Haruo Nakajima Man in Bar Fight (cut out)
Noriko Sengoku Girl
Minoru Chiaki Actor

Technical Credits
Akira Kurosawa Director,Screenwriter
Fumio Hayasaka Score Composer
Ishiro Honda Asst. Director
Ryuzo Kikushima Screenwriter
So Matsuyama Art Director
Shojiro Motoki Producer
Shinobu Muraki Production Designer
Yoshiro Muraki Production Designer
Asakazu Nakai Cinematographer
Yoshi Sugihara Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Stolen Pistol [5:22]
2. Identifying the Pickpocket [3:33]
3. Tailing Ogin [9:18]
4. The Black Market [9:19]
5. The Mule [7:38]
6. Arms Identification [3:37]
7. Interrogation [7:49]
8. Baseball Game [10:07]
9. "Like That Rain-Drenched Cat" [5:53]
10. Looking for Yusa [8:58]
11. Après Guerre [6:46]
12. Another Victim [6:23]
13. A Showdown Nears [3:08]
14. Questioning Harumi [11:48]
15. Sato Gets Closer [7:34]
16. Three Bullets Left [3:56]
17. "28... White Linen Suit" [8:57]
18. Recovery [2:12]
1. "On the Threshold of Greatness" [5:22]
2. A Shift in Style/Changing Times [3:33]
3. Central Theme/Studio Politics [9:18]
4. The Black Market [9:19]
5. The Yakuza/Sound [7:38]
6. The Science of Ballistics [3:37]
7. Blocking/Master and Pupil [7:49]
8. Baseball/Yusa [10:07]
9. Sources for Yusa's Character [5:53]
10. "A World That Is Out of Kilter" [8:58]
11. Nature vs. Nurture [6:46]
12. Climate of Fear/Telephoto Lenses [6:23]
13. Ambiguity/Minoru Chiaki [3:08]
14. Composition/Symbolism [11:48]
15. Suspense [7:34]
16. Murakami's Isolation [3:56]
17. Kurosawa's Morality [8:57]
18. Coda [2:12]
1. Kurosawa Writes a Novel [5:06]
2. Capturing Postwar Japan [2:21]
3. Sets and Production [6:28]
4. Actors [8:10]
5. Kurosawa's Distinct Style [8:39]
6. The Film's Legacy [1:53]

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