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The Complete Lady Snowblood (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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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.
BLU RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New 2K digital restorations of both films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
New interviews with Kazuo Koike, the writer of the manga on which the films are based, and screenwriter Norio Osada
New English subtitle translations
PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : unknown
- Director : Toshiya Fujita
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Restored, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 3 hours and 6 minutes
- Release date : January 5, 2016
- Actors : Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Juzo Itami, Masaaki Daimon, Kazuko Yoshiyuki
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Criterion Collection
- ASIN : B016R7C3AE
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,044 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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But these are sumptuously shot, richly colored films from 1973 and 1974, which were in a weird lost decade for Japanese film (there were some good ones... but a LOT of bad ones). These films were based on the manga of a similar name (Japanese translations can vary).
So do not compare these to Kurosawa or Tarantino, enjoy these on their own. They are over the top, bloody revenge flicks. They are amazing for being what they are and not trying to hard to be anything else.
This 2 Blu-Ray collection was a stunning price and has TONS of extras! (digital tons... not real tons... heh). Criterion has produced a lovely set for the fans. Thank you for showing your love Criterion. Now take my money!
I probably won't be re-visiting this film for a while, if ever.
Not whole-heartedly recommended.
This movie (and its sequel, "Love Song of Vengeance", also included in this Criterion release) are essential viewing for fans of Japanese cinema, fans of revenge films and fans of Quentin
While the special features aren't anything that special, it is still two movies for the price of one, and they've been painstakingly restored to fine detail and brilliant color, per Criterion's usual high standard. I found myself blown away by the first movie and entertained by the sequel. I have no regrets about this purchase.
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Ist film is very good, where as the 2nd is not as good as the first. Brilliant action blood spraying scenes.
First time ever watched it, really enjoyed it !
It's far superior to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.
I was expecting much more than this after all this was the start of the best revenge story I’ve seen in years,
I didn’t even know these movies existed because I saw the Quentin Tarantino “Kill Bill” first, then I was surfing
Amazon and I found these an in reading some of the reviews that stated it was from these movies he got the idea,
to make Kill Bill, but like Rosemary said this is more of a deep emotional revenge than kill bill was,
“Lady Snowblood” an “Lady Snowblood Love Song Of Vengeance”, is set in late nineteenth to early Twentieth-century
Japan, you will know this story from the out set so the spoilers I’m giving you wouldn’t make your viewing any less
surprising, trained from a child to take revenge on the people who has killed her parents, Miko Kaji sets out on her
mission to annihilate each an every one who has done her parents wrong, an it’s done in the most brutal way possible,
but the blood seem to be really good red die, for some reason, or they were using blood thinners at the time,
so you will get a chuckle at that if the killing gross you out,
this Criterion restored picture quality is really really good kudos to that, some of the night scenes are a little dark,
but not as much that you can’t make things out,
Lady Snowblood 97 Min.
Love Song Of Vengeance 87 Min.
Japanese LPCM 1.0 with English subtitles.no Dub.
I’m Very Impress With These Movies..Love Them..
Visualmente es impactante y al ser de Criterion la calidad de restauracion es excelente, ademas son las dos películas por lo que es una buena opción
Reviewed in Mexico on September 7, 2020