I didn't want to post this yesterday, as I figured it might be taken for a sick April Fool's joke, but word's come down that the Criterion Collection's Blu-ray of Akira Kurosawa's late masterpiece Ran has been "withdrawn from Criterion's schedule due to a rights issue." This is a tremendous bummer. The splendiferous Ran has had a long and largely ill-fated career on home video, with Criterion's wonderful 2005 standard-definition release finally getting it right. I can say with some confidence that their Blu-ray would have been magnificent. The only Blu-ray of the picture extant is, according to the mavens at DVD Beaver, pretty bad news.