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Shogun Assassin Box Set Blu-ray

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AnimEigo | 1980 | 5 Movies | 425 min | Rated R | Apr 24, 2012

Shogun Assassin Box Set (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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English: LPCM Mono
English: Dolby Digital Mono

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Shogun Assassin Box Set

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Shogun Assassin Box Set Blu-ray delivers great video and decent audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

In a time of evil and tyranny, a stone-faced ronin wanders the countryside with his young son (and a weapon-filled baby cart), hunted by the merciless minions of an evil Shogun. Once a noble samurai, he is now the most feared assassin in Japan, known only as Lone Wolf.

For more about Shogun Assassin Box Set and the Shogun Assassin Box Set Blu-ray release, see Shogun Assassin Box Set Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Tomisaburo Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Oki, Akiji Kobayashi, Shin Kishida
Director: Robert Houston

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Shogun Assassin Box Set Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

All five of the Shogun Assassin films are presented on Blu-ray courtesy of AnimEigo with AVC encoded 1080p transfers in 2.35:1. Fans of these films have been generally very pleased with the previously released AnimEigo DVDs, and that feeling should continue with these nicely sharp and vividly saturated looking transfers. My colleague Casey Broadwater previously reviewed the standalone Blu-ray release of Shogun Assassin, and his comments are by and large true for the subsequent films as well. AnimEigo is to be commended for going the extra mile and sourcing these transfers from the best elements available, with some beautiful clarity and gorgeous saturation resulting more often than not. As with the first film, the sequels all show age related wear and tear, and there are quite a few white specks and occasional scratches dotting the landscape, but overall these transfers are surprisingly clean and well restored. There doesn't appear to have been any overindulgent noise reduction applied to any of the transfers, and colors pop magnificently (especially that over the top red blood) throughout all of the films. There is some noticeable, albeit fairly minor, ringing in various shots scattered throughout the films, typically when foreground objects are backlit. The restoration demo (which was included on the standalone release of the first film) clearly shows an impressive uptick in fine detail, as well as added clarity and improved color and contrast, something that remains true for the subsequent films. One passing qualm some may have is the fact that the sequels have all been placed onto one BD-50, but there were no egregious compression artifacts resulting, and the overall image quality of the sequels retained the same general sharpness, clarity and saturation as the first film.

Note: For screencaps of the first film, see Casey's review, linked above. All of the screencaps included with this review come from the sequels. Screencaps 1-5 are from Shogun Assassin 2, 6-10 from Shogun Assassin 3, 11-15 from Shogun Assassin 4, and 16-20 from Shogun Assassin 5.


Shogun Assassin Box Set Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

Okay, here's where some of the bad news starts. Only the first film is granted a lossless audio track, an LPCM mono mix pumping out on two channels via an uncompressed 2.0 track. Casey Broadwater's assessment of the first film can be read here. Unfortunately, the rest of the films are granted only lossly Dolby Digital Mono mixes, once again provided via 2.0 tracks. The audio on these sequels suffers at least somewhat from the less than fulsome low end that the lossless track provides to the first film, but otherwise, while audiophiles are no doubt going to be upset (probably with good reason), there's nothing major to complain about here, at least if accepting the Dolby tracks on face value and removing any aspect of "wishing it were different". Fidelity here is just fine, and dynamic range is actually pretty good. Yes, there's not quite the clarity and "oomph" of a lossless track, and that certainly would have been preferable, but what's here is decent, if not fantastic.


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