Best Blu-ray Deals

Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
RoboCop (Blu-ray)
$5.00
Frozen Planet (Blu-ray)
$14.99
Seven (Blu-ray)
$4.99
Somewhere in Time (Blu-ray)
$10.49
Liar Liar (Blu-ray)
$9.96
Fairy Tail: Part 8 (Blu-ray)
$26.99
Robots / Horton Hears a Who / Rio (Blu-ray)
$14.99
Far and Away (Blu-ray)
$10.49
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning / The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (Blu-ray)
$19.96
Mallrats (Blu-ray)
$9.96
High School of the Dead OVA: Drifters of the Dead (Blu-ray)
$4.99
Intolerable Cruelty (Blu-ray)
$10.49
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Blu-ray)
$5.99
History of the World: Part I (Blu-ray)
$6.16
High Plains Drifter (Blu-ray)
$9.96
Olympus Has Fallen (Blu-ray)
$12.70
Reality Bites (Blu-ray)
$9.96
Gambit (Blu-ray)
$21.98
Weird Science (Blu-ray)
$6.96


Deals


 Best deals
 New deals
 Lowest prices
 New price drops
 New lowest prices
 Big price drops


Reviews


 New reviews
 Browse reviews
 Search reviews

Releases


 Release calendar
 Now available
 New releases
 Coming soon
 Recently listed
 New pre-orders
 New covers

Top lists


 Top movies
 Top collected
 Top Blu-ray
 Top sellers
 Top pre-orders

Database


 Search movies
 Blu-ray movies
 Blu-ray box sets
 TV on Blu-ray
 3D movies

Community


 Latest reviews
 Top reviewers
 Top contributors

By genre


 Action (31539)
 Adventure (24106)
 Animation (7322)
 Anime (3607)
 Biography (3277)
 Comedy (23847)
 Comic book (4192)
 Coming of age (1474)
 Crime (16834)
 Dark humor (3204)
 Documentary (4437)
 Drama (38026)
 Epic (4573)
 Erotic (868)
 Family (10513)
 Fantasy (13609)
 Film-Noir (1047)
 Foreign (5122)
 Heist (1486)
 History (4972)
 Holiday (1094)
 Horror (11686)
 Imaginary (801)
 Martial arts (2785)
 Melodrama (2046)
 Music (7592)
 Musical (3289)
 Mystery (9613)
 Nature (1698)
 Other (658)
 Period (5849)
 Psychological thriller (2710)
 Romance (13805)
 Sci-Fi (15135)
 Short (322)
 Sport (2472)
 Supernatural (3469)
 Surreal (1170)
 Teen (2805)
 Thriller (28520)
 War (4918)
 Western (2073)

By studio


 20th Century Fox
 Criterion
 Disney / Buena Vista
 DreamWorks
 Lionsgate Films
 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
 New Line Cinema
 Paramount Pictures
 Sony Pictures
 Studio Canal
 Universal Studios
 Warner Bros.

 Show all studios


About


 Blu-ray movies
 Blu-ray studios


Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Blu-ray

United States
Disney / Buena Vista | 2003 | 116 min | Rated R | Sep 15, 2009

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region free

Price
List price: $20.00, Price history
Third party: Buy on eBay
Available from Amazon sellers

Buy Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman on Blu-ray

Price
Buy on:

Movie rating
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
7.7
/10
31
ratings.


Blu-ray rating
Video 3.3 of 53.3
Audio 3.2 of 53.2
Extras 2.4 of 52.4
Based on 3 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Foreign100%
Drama96%
Action36%
Crime35%
Comedy-

34%
popularity
223
collections
7
fans




Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

 (2003)

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Blu-ray offers decent video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Zat˘ichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zat˘ichi discovers a remote mountain village at the mercy of Ginzo, a ruthless gang-leader. Ginzo disposes of anyone who gets in his way, especially after hiring the mighty samurai ronin, Hattori, as a bodyguard. After a raucous night of gambling in town, Zat˘ichi encounters a pair of geishas--as dangerous as they are beautiful--who've come to avenge their parents' murder. As the paths of these and other colorful characters intertwine, Ginzo's henchmen are soon after Zat˘ichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, the stage is set for a riveting showdown.

For more about Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman and the Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Blu-ray release, see Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Michiyo Okusa, Yui Natsukawa, Guadalcanal Taka, Takeshi Kitano
Director: Takeshi Kitano

» See full cast & crew


Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Zatoichi slashes its way onto Blu-ray with an unfaithful, over-processed 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer that has little regard for Kitano's directorial intentions, features contrast boosting that changes the film's palette, and suffers from enough edge enhancement and noise reduction to blind any videophile who looks too closely. Ironically, portions of the supplemental package are devoted to the exact aesthetic Kitano desired for his film; an aesthetic that isn't represented by the high definition presentation we see before us. It isn't a dramatic discrepancy -- fans readying their pitchforks shouldn't expect a Halloween-esque snafu -- but it is disheartening nonetheless. Unfortunately, the hits keep on coming. While colors are bold and black levels remain deep throughout, depth is flat on occasion and dimensionality is unreliable. And even though detail is much sharper than it is on the domestic and international DVD releases of the film, textures are sometimes smeared, ringing is a consistent issue, and clarity wavers depending on a variety of variables (shot-to-shot lighting chief among them). Likewise, the image is far cleaner than it's been before, but artifacting, banding, edge halos, and some minor crush still creep in and spoil the proceedings.

As it stands, those who crave a slick and shiny picture (and aren't sensitive to the side-effects of EE and DNR) will probably be pleased with the results. However, Zatoichi diehards and discerning videophiles will be shocked by how little respect the transfer technicians have paid to Kitano's work.


Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

Imagine a furrowed brow thirtysomething tilting back his head, shaking his fist at the heavens and bellowing, "ENGLISH DUBS!!!" Picture that and you'll have a pretty good idea of my reaction to Disney's Ultimate Force of Four Collection lossy fiasco. Like its brethren, Zatoichi features a loud and gaudy DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track... in English. Its original Japanese language mix is presented with a flat and faulty Dolby Digital 5.1 track (640kbps) that lacks the finesse and power of its lossless counterpart. Admittedly, the differences aren't vast enough to completely dismiss the Dolby offering, but in this age of lossless milk and honey, there's absolutely no reason that the studio couldn't have granted Zatoichi two DTS-HD MA tracks. Ah well. Dialogue dominates the film, creating a rather front-heavy experience, but brief eruptions of sword-clashing violence boast enough LFE kick and rear speaker punch to keep things interesting. Prioritization is spot on, voices are intelligible, and ambience -- particularly during scenes in which the blind swordsman has to rely on his heightened senses -- is impressive. If only everything else was as admirable. Dynamics are a bit frothy, pans are occasionally stocky, directionality is inconsistent, and ambience appears and disappears at will. Ultimately, both tracks are decent but flawed, injecting too much disappointment into this release to warrant a higher score or stronger recommendation.


Blu-ray bundles with Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1 bundle)





Similar titles you might also like

What is this?

Show more titles »


Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Blu-ray, News and Updates



Today on Blu-ray - September 15th - September 15, 2009

After the conclusion of the ĹX-Men Trilogy', 20th Century Fox looked for a new way to capitalize on the extremely popular superhero property. Eventually word leaked that they would pursue a series of ôoriginsö films which would detail the lives of the X-Men before ...

Ultimate Force of Four Blu-ray Detailed - July 23, 2009

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that they will bring the 'The Ultimate Force of Four' box set to Blu-ray on September 15th. This four-disc set will feature 'Hero', 'Iron Monkey', 'The Legend of Drunken Master' and 'Zatoichi' in 1080p AVC video ...

Four Asian Martial Arts Films on BD from Disney - June 23, 2009

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is bringing four major Asian martial arts action movies to Blu-ray on September 15: 'The Legend of Drunken Master', 'Hero', 'Iron Monkey', and Takeshi Kitano's 'Zatoichi'. All four will be available separately or together ...

» Show more related news posts for Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Blu-ray


Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Blu-ray, Forum Discussions



Topic Replies Last post
Your Worst Blind Buy? 2743 Mar 25, 2014
what will be your next blind buy? 435 Mar 16, 2013
Your last blind buy 293 Jul 23, 2012




 


Get Daily Blu-ray Deals



* We do not share your email and you may opt out at any time.



Top Blu-ray Deals

 


The best Blu-ray deals online. Don't miss out on these great deals.

See Today's Deals »


 Top movies


Latest Deals United States



The latest deals on Blu-ray movies
at Amazon.

Show new deals »


Trending Blu-ray Movies
1. Mallrats
2. Frozen
3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
4. RoboCop
5. Gravity
6. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
7. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
9. Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: V...
10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
11. Gravity 3D
12. Despicable Me 2
13. The Wolf of Wall Street
14. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D
15. Ender's Game

Trending in Theaters
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2. Transcendence
3. The Raid 2
4. Frozen
5. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
7. RoboCop
8. Oculus
9. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
10. The LEGO Movie
11. Noah
12. Under the Skin
13. Rio 2
14. The Grand Budapest Hotel
15. Ride Along

Top 10 Sellers United States
1.  Frozen
2.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
3.  Frozen Planet
4.  Gravity
5.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Third...
6.  The Pirate Fairy
7.  RoboCop
8.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
9.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
10.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D
  » See more top sellers


Top 10 Pre-orders United States
1.  RoboCop
2.  The Lego Movie
3.  Sorcerer
4.  Lone Survivor
5.  The Monuments Men
6.  The Lego Movie
7.  Noah
8.  The Walking Dead: The Complete Four...
9.  True Detective: The Complete First ...
10.  Pompeii 3D
  » See more pre-orders


Top 10 Bargains United States
1.  Frozen
$23.76, Save 47%
2.  Frozen Planet
$14.99, Save 73%
3.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Third...
$34.99, Save 56%
4.  RoboCop
$5.00, Save 75%
5.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
$19.99, Save 50%
6.  The Wolf of Wall Street
$19.96, Save 50%
7.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
$19.99, Save 50%
8.  Ender's Game
$17.96, Save 55%
9.  Ben-Hur / The Ten Commandments
$9.99, Save 50%
10.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Secon...
$39.99, Save 50%
  » See more deals



Most Popular Blu-ray Movie Deals


RoboCop

 United States


$19.99 $5.00





Frozen Planet

 United States


$54.98 $14.99





Seven

 United States


$9.98 $4.99





Best Blu-ray Movie Deals »



This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2014 Blu-ray.com. All rights reserved.
Registration problems | Business/Advertising Inquiries | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices