Criterion Press Release: The Complete Lady Snowblood (Blu-ray)

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THE COMPLETE LADY SNOWBLOOD  Blu-ray & DVD Editions 

A young woman (Meiko Kaji), trained from childhood as an assassin and hell-bent on revenge for her father’s murder and her mother’s rape, hacks and slashes her way to gory satisfaction. Rampant with inventive violence and spectacularly choreographed swordplay, Toshiya Fujita’s pair of influential cult classics Lady Snowblood and Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance, set in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japan, respectively, are bloody, beautiful extravaganzas composed of one elegant widescreen composition after another. The first Lady Snowblood was a major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill saga, and both of Fujita’s films remain cornerstones of Asian action cinema.
 
Lady Snowblood

1973 • 97 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
 
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance

1974 • 89 minutes • Color • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
 
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 
• New 2K digital restorations of both films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays 
• New interviews with Kazuo Koike, the writer of the manga on which the films are based, and screenwriter Norio Osada
• Trailers
• New English subtitle translations
• PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton
 
TITLE: THE COMPLETE LADY SNOWBLOOD (BLU-RAY EDITION)
SRP $39.95
PREBOOK 12/8/15
STREET 1/5/16 
CAT. NO. CC2570BD  
ISBN 1-68143-095-9
UPC 7-15515-16551-8
 
TITLE: THE COMPLETE LADY SNOWBLOOD (2-DVD EDITION)
SRP $29.95
PREBOOK 12/8/15
STREET 1/5/16 
CAT. NO. CC2571DDVD
ISBN 1-68143-096-7
UPC 7-15515-16561-7

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Great news. The DVDs of each are outrageously boosted, so these should be a treat on Criterion blu.


Oh, and neat cover, too!
 

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Scenes online of the Criterion blu make the blacks look crushed. Colors look wonky, too. Anybody have this and care to comment? Was really looking forward to this and now not sure...
 

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I haven't had a chance to watch the whole thing, but from what I've checked out, it is by far the best it has ever looked on home video. The contrast is possibly a little high in some spots (a byproduct of being from a scan of a 35 mm low-contrast print?), but it is sharp (not sharpened), detailed, with a nice grain structure. And the colors, which seem to be what most of the people at the blu-ray forums are whining about, are perfectly fine. (DVDBeaver's juxtaposing screenshots of the Criterion next to screenshots of the drab brown-grey Arrow seems to have made some people at the BR forum conclude that the Criterion's colors are wrong, but why they think a decade old DVD master, especially one provided by Toho, is proof of what a film should look like is beyond me.)
 

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