Summary: This western release is actually two films cobbled together and has enjoyed notoriety because of it's "video nasty" reputation. There is a lot of blood, but the violence is comparatively cartoon-like (although the scene involving the female assassins proving their worth is rather grim!
Excerpt: Director: Robert Houston Writer: Robert Houston and David Weisman Mains: Tomisaburo Wakayama, Masahiro Tomikawa, and Kay Matsuo Synopsis: Shogun Assassin is about the actual "Shogun's Assassin" . The Shogun is a ruthless leader that out of control, killing innocent without mercy. His only fear is how assassin, and he orders him to get put to death.
Excerpt: Apparently this is AnimEgo's first BD release and they really have to be applauded for their efforts. To go back and use the source material of the original Lone Wolf & Cub movies had to be a real labor of love, I daresay it's been given just as much care and attention as a Criterion BD restoration. I've seen this movie countless times on VHS and bootleg DVD and the jump to Blu-Ray is really startling.
Excerpt: The american version of this movie is cut brilliantly, if you are a fan of samurai movies then you will love this. Minor video issues and could have done with more extras but other than that its great.
Excerpt: This must be the only film that I can think of that has the best recutting and dubbing! I've seen the original two films, and the American version SHOGUN ASSASSIN is so much better! The blu-ray is amazing. Sure there are some scratches here and there, but the company did an amazing job cleaning up most of the scratches from previous video versions. The extras are great as well - an entertaining interview with Samuel L.
Conclusion: No other martial arts film in history has ever been released so many times over the years on so many different formats than Shogun Assassin!! As any true martial arts fan knows this is the most classic samurai film in history, a fantastic classic tale of revenge, the story is great, the cast is awesome and the action scenes are violent and bloody as he leaves piles of bodies in his path of destruction and not forgetting the iconic music score.
Conclusion: YES AIIIIIIIIIIII, when I saw that this film had been converted to blu-ray, there is only one option but to buy. I cant wait to receive this all time classic, and in HD. I dont really care if it is abit grainny to be honnest, this film has to be in your collection if you are anything of a kung-fu or asian film fan.
Conclusion: If you like Ninja/martial arts films then this is a must. Blu ray is OK. Not amazing. Picture good enough - some grain, but audio poor at the begining with some digital distortion on vocals. This issue does not run for the whole film and shouldn't stop you buying this classic.