Originally released in theaters in an abridged 141-minutes version in USA and Europe. Original Japanese version (now available on restored video release) is 203 minutes long.
The British version of the DVD was released by the BFI rather than Criterion and is the 190 minute version.
Initial Japanese release at 206 minutes plus intermission. Initial U.S.A. release as 'The Magnificent Seven' in November, 1956, with English subtitles, running time 158 minutes. Landmark Films U.S.A. release in December 1982, running time 203 minutes. Later U.S.A. releases by Avco-Embassy Pictures, Janus Films, and Films Incorporated, running time 208 minutes. Home video version running time 206 minutes.