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Criterion Press Release: Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Blu-ray Combo)

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    ZATOICHI: THE BLIND SWORDSMAN - (DUAL-FORMAT 9-BLU-RAY/18-DVD EDITION) 

    The colossally popular Zatoichi films make up the longest-running action series in Japanese history and created one of the screen’s great heroes: an itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightning-fast swordsman. As this iconic figure, the charismatic and earthy Shintaro Katsu became an instant superstar, lending a larger-than-life presence to the thrilling adventures of a man who lives staunchly by a code of honor and delivers justice in every town and village he enters. The films that feature him are variously pulse-pounding, hilarious, stirring, and completely off-the-wall. This deluxe set features the string of twenty-five Zatoichi films made between 1962 and 1973, collected in one package for the first time.

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New digital restorations of all twenty-five films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays

    • The Blind Swordsman, a 1978 documentary about Zatoichi portrayer and filmmaker Shintaro Katsu, along with a new interview with its director, John Nathan

    • New interview with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns

    • Trailers for all twenty-five films

    • New English subtitle translations

    • PLUS: A book featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien; synopses of the films by critic, novelist, and musician Chris D.; “The Tale of Zatoichi,” the original short story by Kan Shimozawa; and twenty-five new illustrations inspired by the films, by twenty-five different artists

     

     

    TITLE: Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (DUAL-FORMAT 9-BLU-RAY/18-DVD EDITION)

    CAT. NO: CC2330BDDVD

    UPC: 7-15515-11211-6

    ISBN: 978-1-60465-800-2

    SRP: $224.95

    PREBOOK: 10/29/13

    STREET: 11/26/13

     

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  2. SAhmed

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    Ichi san in HD - excellent news! The presentation looks exquiste as well.

    Roll on November (and hopefully the B&N sale but either way this will be mine :D )

    Regards,
     
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    This one was most unexpected! Criterion continues to put the major studios to shame.
     
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    I am seriously excited by this!

    My poor, poor bank balance....
     
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    What's impressive is that, unless I'm mistaken, Zatoichi is Toho and Daiei so this is two studios combined.

    Now, if Criterion could do the same for Godzilla. They've done other toho titles, and have done dealings with Universal so that could take care of King Kong Vs Godzilla.
     
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    I'd dig an annual tradition of November having a box set of some Japanese genre classics and a mega set of the Godzilla sequels would be really cool. But I doubt if anymore Godzilla releases will happen, it seems that just doing the original was really difficult. Maybe HANZO THE RAZOR Blu-ray set next year. Zatoichi to make America love Shintaro Katsu, Hanzo to destroy that love.
     
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    Criterion does have more Nobuo Nakagawa titles but I see them coming from Eclipse rather than BD.
     
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    Speculation is that Eclipse is done with the advent of dual-format. Only 2 releases this year and other titles planned for Eclipse went into the mainline so they could be Blu, like Pierre Etaix.
     
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    Hmm...wouldn't mind those Eclipse Kurosawas on BD!
     
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    This is all speculation, no hard info that Eclipse is done - but only 2 releases in all of 2013...
     
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    They have a bunch of Hideo Gosha that I'd love to see get released. Some speculation is that they also have some Teruo Ishii films, which were picked up in the deal to get the rights to JIGOKU.

    Getting back to topic, Even though I believed that Criterion had picked up the 7 AnimEigo ZATOICHIs (based on the artist responsible for the ZATOICHI MEETS THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN posting a close-up of his drawing on his blog last month), it made me super happy to have that belief confirmed. However, it does make me wonder if Criterion has picked up other former AnimEigo titles like the 2 LADY SNOWBLOOD films (AnimEigo's DVDs of this went OOP 2 years ago) and the 6 LONE WOLF AND CUB films (AnimEigo's DVDs and Blu-rays have either recently or will soon be OOP).
     
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    That would be amazing.

    This Zatoichi news is also amazing.
     
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    Agree! I'll happily upgrade my Lone Wolf and Lady Snowblood discs!
     
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    in a heartbeat, I would jump at that chance, this is definitely going to crush my wallet in Nov criterion sale
     
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    I emailed Criterion and asked them if they had acquired any other titles that AnimEigo used to have, explicitly asking about Lady Snowblood and Lone Wolf and Cub, and, in response to my question, I got their generic check our website and newsletter for announcements of titles. If you are an optimist, there was no "no we don't have them." If you are a realist, it was just the generic answer they send out when people ask about titles.
     
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    I doubt they would. Zatoichi is a special case as they do a lot of Samurai films and they needed those titles to complete their set. The Z series always sold well for HVe
     
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    50 percent off plus another coupon might make this a go at B&N.
     
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    Let's see...

    50% plus member 10% plus $8 coupon brings it down to $93.25 plus tax...for a $225 item.

    Yep. That's a go. :)
     
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    I'd buy this full price. It's already a better deal than last year's Hitchcock and 007 sets. 50% off is a no brainer.

    Definitely Criterion release of the year.
     

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