Film Music Of Akira Kurosawa
6 CD Box Set
Volume 1

2002 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title Film Music of Akira Kurosawa
CD Label Toho Music Corporation
CD Number AK-0001~0005
AKS-1
Music by: Various
Recordings Stereo/Mono
Number of discs 6
Year of release/manufacture 2001

OVERALL
REVIEW

April 5, 2002 (Updated Dec. 6, 2002)

Unlike the Futureland, TYCY-5637-41, 5 CD box set on this site that covers parts of most of Akira Kurosawa's films, Toho Music is releasing several box sets of music in Akira Kurosawa's films that are supposed to contain complete (or as complete as they can make them) soundtracks to each of his films. Each set contains 6 CD's (8 in Volume 3). So far they have released three sets. This one, a second set Film Music of Akira Kurosawa - Vol. 2 and a third set Film Music of Akira Kurosawa - Vol. 3 also on this site.

This first volume contains five discs covering 7 films plus a bonus 6th disc called "THE WORLD OF AKIRA KUROSAWA: REAL SOUNDTRACKS" which concentrates on "Seven Samurai". The volume 2 box set has two of these bonus discs covering other films. The price of these sets are very reasonable considering that you are getting 6 discs per box (8 in Volume 3). The booklet cover photos for each of the movie discs is done in sepia tones with red lettering and has a grainy look to them. So when you go to the pages for each individual disc, the graininess of the scans is supposed to be there.

If you are a fan of the music in Kurosawa's films, I highly recommend these box sets and suggest you grab them while you can because I have a feeling they won't be available for long. I bought my copies from Ark Soundtrack Square at: http://www.arksquare.net/index_main.html. I have dealt with this company many times now and have been very satisfied with their service and quick delivery.

Disc 1 Disc 2
Disc 3 Disc 4
Disc 5 Disc 6

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