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Shogun Assassin - 5 Film Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] (1980)

Tomisaburo Wakayama , Robert Houston , Kenji Misumi  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Tomisaburo Wakayama
  • Directors: Robert Houston, Kenji Misumi, Buichi Saito, Yoshiyuki Kuroda
  • Format: Blu-ray, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ANIMEIGO
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 427 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074JODEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,673 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Once a noble samurai, he is now he most feared assassin in Japan, known as Lone Wolf. Along with his young son and a heavily-armed baby cart, Ogami Itto travels the back roads of feudal Japan in search of vengeance. This blu-ray collector's set contains the complete series that brought new life to blood-drenched death. From the explosive first film that became a cult-classic, to the snow-capped finale, there is never a dull moment for this loving father and son, the greatest team in the history of mass slaughter!

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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mass Slaughter July 20, 2006
Format:DVD
"Shogun Assassin" is a great film. Much "controversy" has arisen over the years regarding this film having been cobbled together from two other films in the Lone Wolf series. I think that what has been achieved is an extremely entertaining, fast-paced piece of action. By eliminating non-essential story lines and including a voice over narration, the action moves at break neck speed. The amount of blood spilled is so over the top as to be cartoonish, which only adds to the uniqueness of the movie. The DVD transfer is excellent and the restored picture is high quality. Some reviewers have complained about certain scenes being unrestored, it is actually only two shots totaling maybe five seconds in length. Both shots are of a castle and the excuse for not restoring them was that they were stock footage with no original element available. I do not know why the company had to place the disclaimer of this fact on the film, as I doubt anyone would have really noticed anyway. An added bonus on the DVD is the inclusion of the trailer which, I had never seen before. I can only imagine an audience seeing this trailer and somehow not wanting to see the film, it is awesome. Anyway, if you have never seen "Shogun Assassin" or have seen it a thousand times, buy this DVD, it is well worth it.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, but get the originals instead. September 7, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Unlike what some of the other reviews have stated, this is not spliced together episodes from a Japanese tv show. Actually, it is spliced from the first two (there are six in the series) Lone Wolf and Cub movies: Sword of Vengeance and Baby Cart at the River Styx. It is also not a kung fu film because for one thing, kung fu is a martial art form from China and this movie is from Japan and is involving samurai (who don't practice kung fu).

Unfortunately, taking two movies and cutting them down to one movie half as long hurts the story of the films. In the original films, the Shogun didn't just up and decide that he was threatened by Ogami Itto and decide to kill his family. The story is more involved and the viewer has a much stronger emotional connection with the characters of the story when watching the original versions of the film in two separate parts.

Also, the Lone Wolf and Cub series has seen a recent release onto DVD by AnimEigo and the picture and sound quality on these new DVD transfers is astounding when compared to this film. It literally looks as if it is a recent release instead of a film from the 70s. Additionally, these DVD releases contain the original Japanese audio tracks (matched with the AnimEigo's superb subtitles) not a horrible English dubbing as contained in Shogun Assassin.

All this combined, it is impossible for me to recommend this film over the originals to anyone. Granted, they both still contain ridiculous blood spurting and great swordplay and you'll still have a good time watching either Shogun Assassin or the original Lone Wolf and Cub movies but Shogun Assassin is just inferior. However, if (and only if) you really hate subtitles in your movies, then Shogun Assassin might be the way to go.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There will be blood April 10, 2009
Format:DVD
I am not usually a fan of dubbed versions of Japanese films. Most of the time, they are so poorly done I don't know why they even bother. But somehow, I find "Shogun Assassin" to be not only forgivable, but an awesome flick.

Maybe because this is more than just a dubbed version of the original film. The director, Robert Houston, spliced together the "good parts" of two films, Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance and Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx into a single story. He then hired deaf lip-readers to help him create an English-language script that was synchronized to the mouth movements, and Mark Lindsay from the band Paul Revere & the Raiders to lay out a funky synthesizer track for a score. It reminds me a bit of the animated series Robotech or even Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily? which both created new stories out of Japanese material.

Or maybe it is because "Shogun Assassin" is just so cool. The story is a simplified version of the original Lone Wolf and Cub series. You still have the wandering swordsman with his killer baby, but this time they are only fleeing from "The Shogun" instead of any complex story of clan rivalry. They are pursued by endless squads of "ninjas" which are handily and bloodily dispatched in grand style. That's about it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I guess you had to have been there June 19, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
My introduction to these characters was via the outstanding Lone Wolf and Cub series. I have 5 Lone Wolf films in DVD (not Blu-ray). But I have to say, those DVDs have better resolution and color than the Shogun Assassin movies in this collection. That's my technical complaint.

As for movies, any potential buyer should be aware that these movies are intended for those who love cheesy dubbed Asian action movies. There is no Japanese audio track. There are no subtitles. Shogun Assassin was a recut/reinvention of two Lone Wolf and Cub movies, made for the American audiences. We're talking B movies way way way down in the Bs. If you like samurai movies, like the Samurai Trilogy, Yojimbo, Hari Kiri, 47 Ronin, Zatoichi movies, then this collection is NOT for you!

I regret buying this collection mainly because I didn't realize what I was getting. That was my mistake. However, I am surprised at the lower quality of the film footage. One would expect a Blu-ray mastering to have better results than older DVD transfers of essentially the same footage. I suppose the SA films are already 2 or more film generations from what might be available for LWAC, so maybe this is the best they could have done. At any rate, it's very disappointing to me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Shogun Assissin 5DVD Set
I have the Japanese version of what is referred to as the "Babycart series." This 5 DVD collection has dubbed in English so a person does not have to keep reading the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Charles Tatum
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Saw it first on betamax! We watched it over and over and over again. This past Christmas, I ordered a copy for each of my family members. Still as good as ever. Classic!
Published 1 month ago by Sali
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
When I was younger my dad would watch this movie a lot. He didn't have it on DVD so I got him this and Shogun Assassin 2 for his birthday. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christina Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas gift
Wonderful, My husbands favorite and he never saw video 4 and 5 so he finally has closure, Great find, price expected for the rareness of it.
Published 2 months ago by Jolene Denny
4.0 out of 5 stars You should see it
I don't like too much blood and while there is much of it in here, it looks quite fake/theatrical. So I didn't find it too disturbing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by 1337
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The Version I've Been Waiting For!!
For years I've had a old VHS copy of "Shogun Assassin" that I watched frequently, so when I saw the 30th Anniversary version on Blu-ray, I had to have a copy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H P Bushrod
5.0 out of 5 stars Disregard the Negative reviews
I was nearly influenced by the negative reviews. I am glad that I ignored the reviews and purchased this product. The picture quality is excellent. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Mastrangelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Calling all Samurai Fans
This video is a must see for all Samurai fans or Japanese history buffs and must have for your collection.
Published 3 months ago by Bernard F Rash
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray is a gorgeous remastering for this cult exploitation classic!
Shogun Assassin is a favorite 80s guilty pleasure that was actually edited together from the first two films of a classic Japanese movie series called Lone Wolf And Cub. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MonsterZeroNJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Poetry
If this was the 6-film version, I'd give it 6 stars, but for now this one will have to do. Shintaro Katsu's involvement with these films-- he played Zatoichi and Wakayama is his... Read more
Published 4 months ago by cw
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