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Samurai 7: The Complete Series Blu-ray

United States
FUNimation Entertainment | 2004 | Season 1 | 650 min | Rated PG-13 | Feb 24, 2009

Samurai 7: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio
Japanese: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Three-disc set (3 BDs)

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region A (locked)

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Video 3.6 of 53.6
Audio 4.3 of 54.3
Extras 1.8 of 51.8
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Anime100%
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Adventure46%
Foreign41%
Fantasy39%
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Samurai 7: The Complete Series

 (TV) (2004)

Samurai 7: The Complete Series Blu-ray offers solid video and superb audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Samurai 7 is set in a futuristic world that has just seen the end of a massive war, many villages are being terrorized by Nobuseri bandits. The Nobuseri are no normal bandits. They were once men, but during the war they modifed themselves with machines to become living weapons and now apprear as more machine than man. A group of villagers decide to hire samurai to protect their village. These men of valor are as skilled as they are unique.

For more about Samurai 7: The Complete Series and the Samurai 7: The Complete Series Blu-ray release, see Samurai 7: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Masaki Terasoma, Romi Park

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Samurai 7: The Complete Series Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Presented in 1080P using the AVC video codec, the transfer is certainly a nice step up from the DVD, but failed to impress me as much as I had hoped. The bitrate averaged between 15 and 20 MBPS, which is decent considering the nearly 4 hour runtime on each disc. Detail seemed to fluctuate from scene to scene, and as I stated above, the fine textures were often obscured by the presence of smoke, fog, or artificial brightening. I wish detail were the only thing affected by these techniques, but the black level and contrast also took a hit in these scenes. Colors were well-rendered in most scenes, but still looked somewhat less vivid when fog or smoke was present. As a screenshot example of a scene to scene variance, take a look at screenshot number 19 and 20. Both shots occur in sequence, yet you can see the muted coloring, and hazy look in the wider shot, with steam applied to the room. Other problematic elements included thin light halos around character outlines in darker scenes, some noticeable banding on color transitions, and an odd greenish tint across the skin on facial close-ups that ran at eye level.

By now, you are probably assuming this is a disappointing transfer, but I don't mean for it to sound all bad. Detail does look exceptional in many shots (especially when processing techniques are not used), which leads me to believe that some of the problems I described above are apparent in the source material, and not a problem with this transfer. In fact, many of these source issues were likely not as noticeable prior to bringing this to 1080P, which reveals any flaw in the animation. You should also keep in mind that the appearance of these problems will depend on the size of screen you are viewing this on. At 42 to 50 inches, you will likely find the transfer quite pleasing (especially compared to the DVD), but on a 100 inch screen, the video quality just doesn't measure up to other animated titles on Blu-ray.


Samurai 7: The Complete Series Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Funimation has released "Samurai 7" to Blu-ray with two excellent audio options. The primary option is a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track in the native language of Japanese. The secondary track is the English dubbed track, also presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1. I switched back and forth between the tracks throughout the course of the series, and no matter what your preference is, you won't be disappointed. The volume on both tracks is identical with the exception of the dialogue (which is somewhat louder on the English dub), The sound during action sequences showed a great deal of depth, and spacial separation was excellent. Your subwoofer will definitely get a good workout with the rumble of explosions, or the low hum of engines. Clarity is perfect, with not an ounce of distortion. Whether your hearing the clash of sword blades, or the swoosh of an arrow, the precision of the on-screen action can be jaw-dropping. Scenes that were heavy on dialogue seemed a little front heavy at times, but it didn't detract from the experience, and is barely worth mentioning (I would have preferred to hear the low level music during these scenes from my surround speakers, which would provide a greater sense of immersion).

There are two subtitle options depending on the audio track you prefer. If you prefer to watch the series with the Japanese language track, then you will want to select the subtitle track that offers English subtitles throughout the entire series. If you choose the English language track, you can select the second subtitle track which only presents English subtitles during the Japanese musical sequences (the opening theme song). As expected, you also have the option of watching the feature with no subtitles at all.



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