'Zatôichi: The Blind Swordsman' Blu-ray Dated and Detailed

Posted Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 06:00 AM PDT by

25 Japanese action classics will be available in a Criterion boxed set this November!

In an early announcement to retailers, the Criterion Collection will proudly present 'Zatôichi: The Blind Swordsman' on Blu-ray on November 26.

The colossally popular Zatoichi films make up the longest-running action series in Japanese history and created one of the screen’s great heroes: an itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightning-fast swordsman. As this iconic figure, the charismatic and earthy Shintaro Katsu became an instant superstar, lending a larger-than-life presence to the thrilling adventures of a man who lives staunchly by a code of honor and delivers justice in every town and village he enters. The films that feature him are variously pulse-pounding, hilarious, stirring, and completely off-the-wall. This deluxe set features the string of twenty-five Zatoichi films made between 1962 and 1973, collected in one package for the first time.

The 27-disc set (9 Blu-rays + 18 DVDs) will feature new digital restorations of all twenty-five films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays; and supplements will include: The Blind Swordsman, a 1978 documentary about Zatoichi portrayer and filmmaker Shintaro Katsu, along with a new interview with its director, John Nathan; New interview with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns; Trailers for all twenty-five films; and a book featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien; synopses of the films by critic, novelist, and musician Chris D.; "The Tale of Zatoichi," the original short story by Kan Shimozawa; and twenty-five new illustrations inspired by the films, by twenty-five different artists.


Suggested list price for the box set is $224.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'Zatôichi: The Blind Swordsman' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under November 26.

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Zatôichi: The Blind Swordsman (Criterion) (Blu-ray)
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