Sam Noland’s review published on Letterboxd:
I don't often use the word film on this site. For whatever reason, I prefer the word movie. But guys, Seven Samurai is a film.
I've never bought a film on Itunes before, but I felt an unbelievable urge to watch this, and I couldn't find any online versions with English Subtitles, so I threw down $3.00 and bought my first Itunes film. The problem was that I didn't have enough available space on my phone to download it. So I deleted three or four apps, every e-mail and text, all my internet history, some saved podcasts, and a few important photos. I had just enough space to download it, but the wireless signal at my house wasn't very fast, so it took about three and a half hours to download it. And you know what? I regret absolutely none of it.
Everything. Everything is perfect. From the opening credits to the end title card, the music gets you into everything that is going on and gives an amazing sense of tone. The background noise, like birds chirping or rain falling, does the exact same thing amazingly. The acting. Jesus Christ. The acting. I remember every samurai, and every villager, and who they are, and what they do, and why they do it. I remember because all of the characters are written and acted perfectly by every single person. There are wide shots with up to 45 characters in them, and none of those actors mail it in. Everyone takes it seriously and does everything perfectly. I remember every single moment from this film, because it takes it's time and all feels real. This is all thanks to the unbeatable direction of Akira Kurosawa. I've only seen one other movie by him, and in both of them, there is an indescribable charisma emulating from the screen, because of the writing and the story and the acting, and the music, and a hundred other things I could keep going on about.
I'll put it this way. I was expecting to have this be one of my all-time favorite movies, and it exceeded my expectations. $3.00 is not expensive enough for this experience. If anyone has made it this far, you have my sincerest thanks.