Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hulu Streams Free Akira Kurosawa Movies for his Birthday

March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998
In honor of what would have been Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s 103rd birthday, Hulu and the Criterion Collection are streaming 24 of his films for FREE this weekend only.  Criterion has been the leader in offering the premium home experience for movies to film buffs, and their releases are usually chock full of bonus features and top of the line picture quality.  The online on-demand streaming site Hulu usually only offers these movies with their paid subscription service (Hulu Plus) so this is a big deal and a great way to hook new customers.  For those unfamiliar with Kurosawa this is also a great introduction to his impressive body of work which spans 57 years.  His film The Hidden Fortress has been frequently referenced by George Lucas as a major influence on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, his highly influential epic Seven Samurai has been remade as The Magnificent Seven and A Bug's Life, Yojimbo inspired Eastwood's "Man with No Name" Trilogy, and his drama Throne of Blood is based on Shakespeare's play Macbeth.  His movies are highly recommended by Idol Threat, especially for fans of samurai cinema (chambara) so take advantage of this from now until midnight on Sunday.

Stream Here: www.hulu.com


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