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Great film, awful DVD
on 12 August 2004
Don't get me wrong, this really is an outstanding film. Hardly surprising, since it was written by Kazuo Koike, who did the screenplays for the Babycart/Lone Wolf & Cub films, as well as writing the original Lone Wolf Manga series. But quite frankly, this particular edition - like most of Artsmagic's output - is appalling. If I hadn't bought it from such a respected retailer, I'd have assumed it was a bootleg copy.
Not only is the picture quality nowhere near as good as you would generally expect from a DVD but the menu graphics look awful & are unclear & the features are very poor. The chapters often start/finish in the completely illogical places eg halfway through a scene. I noticed one starts about 2 minutes before the end of an importan scene - why not start it after the scene, then? Worse still, there isn't even a clock, so most DVD players can't tell you how long it's been on for & how long is left - even my video can do that.
But if you can get past that, it's still a good film which is well worth seeing. I personally wouldn't call it a classic as it's a bit too generic for that, but it's still a very good film that I would highly recommend to fans of the Samurai/Revenge genres.