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Child and Expertise for rent...
on 26 November 2000
The first film in the fantastic "Lone Wolf & Cub" series... this film details the framing and exile of the Shogun's exectutioner Itto Ogami, the murder of his wife, and his first assignment as an assassin who walks the road to hell... with his young son Daigoro in tow. This is essential background plot material for the following 5 films. _Very_ gory, but some truly excellent swordfight choreography.
As for the DVD itself, it is based on the AnimEigo print, which means it is a) in Japanese Language and b) has excellent English subtitles and occsionally some supertitles with information on Japanese terms. The subtitles are burned into the print (but in the "black bars" so it doesn't conceal any of the action), and so cannot be turned off. It is in Widescreen format (1.85:1 I think) and picture quality is ok, but certainly not crystal clear... it is slightly blurry, hazy, very dark and a little grainy. Extras are almost non-existant; The only extras included are Synergy's own trailers for the other 5 films.
If you have only seen this film as "Shogun Assassin" I'd sincerely recommend watching this film and "Babycart at the River Styx", as Shogun Assassin was a dubbed edit of these two films.