Denti Alligator wrote:
Mr_sausage wrote:Seven Samurai is a far more exciting film than the Bad Sleep Well ...
Although it is impossible to say whether you will enjoy these movies, I cannot recommend them enough. If you're still uncertain, however, you could always make one a rental to test its quality.
I guess I should give Seven Samurai another chance.
The problem with renting (in the case of all threee films) is that I'm going to end up with the shitty old transfers. If I'm going to give these films my fullest attention, I ought to see them in all their remastered glory.
Fair enough, but I've only ever seen those movies on the "shitty old transfers," which to be honest are not horrible and hardly marr their viewing. They're nowhere near as bad as the original Seven Samurai disc.
Denti Alligator wrote: Seven Samurai "far more exciting" than Bad Sleep Well? Really?
Most certainly. The Bad Sleep Well is an inventive film and full of life, but Seven Samurai rivets me to the screen like no other film. Even though it's three and a half hours I can honestly say that everytime it ends I wish it were longer. It's just perfectly edited into a fluid, economical whole. I'm actually rather surprised you were bored. The Bad Sleep Well, for all of its visual energy, is not as quickly paced as Seven Samurai--obviously because one is an adventure film and the other is a drama; and its social message is not, I think, wholly successful. There is also an intimacy, a closeness to Seven Samurai that I did not feel in The Bad Sleep Well. Actually the latter insists on a theatrical distance from the opening scene onward, keeping our main players in the background and revealing them through a chorus.
I think I've derailed things long enough--back to Yojimbo/Sanjuro.
Side Note: I accidently hit "edit" instead of "quote" on your post, Denti, and did not notice until after I hit "submit." I believe I fully reconstructed your post, but if something is slightly different, you know why. Sorry.