Censored, banned, bootlegged, mistreated, but ultimately unstoppable, this breathtaking high-definition special edition is the release Shogun Assassin fans have been waiting for. Unquestionably the most popular samurai film in the West since the days of Akira Kurosawa, this chanbara classic was lifted from a hugely popular comic book saga and, still wet, transferred glistening to the screen. After being framed for disloyalty to his clan lord, disgraced ronin Itto Ogami (with three-year-old son Daigoro in tow) travels medieval Japan as the most skilled samurai-for-hire bar none. But as the treachery and obstacles in his latest mission quickly pile up, Ogami is forced to handle it the only way he knows how. A re-scored, re-dubbed reassembly of the first two films in the Lone Wolf & Cub series, the result has become an ageless cult sensation in its own right: a crazed thrill-ride in a booby-trapped baby cart, propelled on arterial spray, hurtling gleefully to nowhere.
One of the most enduringly popular and deliriously violent action films of the 1980s, originally censored by the BBFC for cinema release and then banned as a video nasty; Shogun Assassin is released, fully uncut, in a standard blu-ray format on 24 January 2011.
- Stunning fully-restored 1080p presentation of the uncut film in its original aspect ratio
- New video appreciation of the film by actor Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction)
- Two commentary tracks: one featuring producer David Weisman, illustrator Jim Evans and actor Gibran Evans (the voice of Daigoro); the second with film scholar Ric Meyers and martial arts expert Steve Watson - Original HD theatrical trailer for Shogun Assassin
- Original Japanese trailers for all six of the original Lone Wolf and Cub films
Release Date: 24 January 2011
Certificate: 18 - Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
Run Time: 85 min (Approx.)
Format: 2.35:1 OAR/ Colour
Subtitles: English SDH (Optional)