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Samurai 7: Box Set (Viridian Collection)

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Based on the legendary Akira Kurosawa classic epic feature film, Seven Samurai. Set in a futuristic world that has just witnessed the end of a massive war, scores of villages are terrorized by Nobuseri bandits. But the Nobuseri are no normal bandits. They were once Samurai, who during the war integrated their living cells with machines to become dangerous weapons now appearing more machine than man. Absolute power corrupts, and their reign of terror is increasing its hold on the countryside. But one group of villagers has had enough, deciding to hire samurai to protect their village. Kirara is a young priestess who travels to the city seeking out protection. One by one, she encounters brave samurai that the war has left behind. These men of skill and valor are each unique and not without their quirks. But can they come together as one to defend the helpless village?

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  • Actors: R. Bruce Elliott, Christopher Sabat, Sean Teague, Bob Carter, Greg Ayres
  • Directors: Futoshi Higashide, Hirofumi Ogura, Hiroyuki Okuno, Inuo Inukawa, Jirô Fujimoto
  • Format: Box set, NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018RCN54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,503 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Samurai 7: Box Set (Viridian Collection)" on IMDb

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Samurai 7 the Viridian Collection has all 26 episodes, is in a widescreen format, has clear audio and great graphics. The fight sceens are very detailed and so fast that you'd have to watch them in slow-mo to truly appreciate the detail. It has a good story line and you'll love all of the characters.
This series takes place in a futuristic world that's just suffered through a massive war. All the villages are controlled or terrorized by the Nobuseri bandits. These men were once Samurai but chose to become machines in order to be more powerful. All the villages are suffering. The villagers are starving because the Nobuseri are taking all the rice they grow; though some villagers tried to rebel against this injustice they were too weak and paid dearly.
But one village has no other choice but to try and resist the Nobuseri or they will surely parish. The elder decides the only way they'll have a chance is to hire 7 strong samurai to help them. The village sends it's water priestess, Kirara, to find these men and bring them to the village.

There are many adventures and quite a bit of intrigue in the royal merchant court. Only by watching this series from start to finish will you discover how and if these samurai can save the village.
I suggest this series to anyone who loves swordfights, adventure and good clean fun. It's a good series for anyone over the age of 13, due to some graphic violence. For $28.00 it'd be a shame to let this series go by.
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Absolutely, Akira Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAI is one of the great films of all time, and, in attempting a remake, one would require a hefty set of stones, as well as ample funding and talent. In 2004, with the approval of Akira Kurosawa's estate, a top notch anime version, SAMURAI 7, was created and debuted on Japanese television. In this DVD box set, we get the entire series, consisting of 26 episodes on 7 discs. SAMURAI 7 takes Akira Kurosawa's original masterpiece and transports it from the 16th century to a war ravaged, sci-fi future setting. However, the tweaked storyline still chronicles the tale of seven samurai who come to the aid of a tormented farming village that has been subjugated by bandits; this time, however, the bandits are the Nobuseri, mechanically-integrated predators who themselves were once samurai.

You don't need to have seen the 1954 film to enjoy SAMURAI 7, though viewers of both will make rapid connections between the two. The makers of this anime did a great job of instilling into their project the same heart and intent of the original SEVEN SAMURAI. This isn't just a meaningless point A to point B anime action flick. Emphasis is thoughtfully placed on character and plot development as we actually get to know the players in this series, from the ragtag samurai, which the last great war has largely reduced to a jobless and purposeless state, to the lowly farmers, who are insular, abhor fighting, and fear the samurai almost as much as the bandits.

Although palpable throughout the series, it's in the samurai's stay at the Kanna village where the distinction between the two social classes become most pronounced as the bushido code clashes with the villager's less "noble" but infinitely more realistic principles.
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I started to watch this series, DVD by DVD, and was really enjoying it. It is the Seven Samurai in anime form. But they expanded on the story, so in the end the Samurai go after who is behind the bandits. It can get pretty bloody and sometimes very emotional. But there is also tons of action and lots of battles. Swords and guns, robots and warriors, flying cities and hover cars. Great stuff, as the rest of the reviews have pointed out.
The reason I finally got the complete set, even after getting many of the individual DVDs was it was cheaper to buy the whole set, getting all the DVDs, then it was getting the last three DVDs to complete my collection. The advantage is the fact that the Complete Set costs less then most single DVDs. The only sad part is the individual discs each came with a booklet of interviews and information. And the Complete Set did not come with any extra material. On the other hand it will take up less space than buying all seven discs. But you only get one commentary no matter which way you collect the series. In other words, the DVDs are the same, with all the same photo galleries, character profiles, and trailers.
So I had to drop a star. When you put out a complete set it should have extras the other DVDs don't. At least I think so.
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"Samurai 7" is Toshifumi Takazawa's anime series remake of the original 1954 Japanese film "Seven Samurai" that was directed by Akira Kurosawa. This film is both tightly and loosely based off of the original.

This anime completely strays from any such use of fanservice (the term often used these days to mean "lite sexual material" such as say, major cleavage, beyond-normal-tight-fitting and short-cut clothing meant to be sexually appealing, etc.). Also, there is maybe one or two instances of the use of the word "Damn". There is humor, but none of it crude. In fact, this film is generally quite a bit more conservative than the 1954 original that it was based upon. The only two things that I should raise to be fair are these: 1) the female lead wears very conservative looking clothes, but it does bare her midriff, and her skirt is mid-thigh length (some people may not like it). There is also a slit in her skirt on the right side. The thing about this outfit is that it looks very conservative and the animators do not even raise a single finger to try and exploit the fanservice "opportunities" they could have had with that. The skirt doesn't even fly up. If anything, they use it to differentiate her as a countryside girl from those of the imperial city...the old primitive versus refined gambit. 2) There is one bath house scene where the female lead and a major supporting female character are conversing about serious matters. However, again, the animators do not "exploit" this. In fact, the room is filled with the steam, all you see is either the shoulder up or one instance of the back torso (you don't see "hind-quarters", nor are their "full-frontal displays").
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