Saturday, June 12, 2010

Lone Wolf and Cub Like Never Before

It's not news that Lone Wolf and Cub is possibly the best action series ever produced in Japan. Originating from a manga, it spawned several TV sequels and an Americanized jigsaw known as Shogun Assassin.

What could be news to some is Eureka UK's re-mastering of all 6 features. Simply titled The Complete Lone Wolf and Cub Boxset, this collection is an absolutely stunning presentation that immediately renders every other release (incl. the the US Animeigo boxset) utterly obsolete.

Using original Toho elements, it has a sheen and freshness of image that never betrays its almost forty year vintage. Watching one of my favorite installments, Yoshiyuki Kuroda's 'White Heaven in Hell' (#6 in the series)...

I experienced visual wonders that I'd never experienced before. From the snow-bound vistas to the rich rural locations, every frame is like a shot of electricity to the eyes.

Surprisingly, the UK boxset appears to be Region O, so is playable all over the world on region-specific players. Artwork and slip cases are top notch, and Shogun Assassin is also included as part of the 7-disk set.

Do yourself a favor and pick this up. Unless you caught these when they were first released, you have never seen them like this before.

Masterpieces given the masterpiece treatment!

5 comments:

  1. I got this box set a couple of months back and you're right; THIS is the way to watch this great series! Back in the '90s I got most of these films on subbed VHS from "Video Search of Miami" and back then I don't think anybody even dreamed of ever being able to get these in English friendly versions and they look this good! And Shogun Assassin is probably one of the best ever dubbed and westernised films I've seen!

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  2. the sneering (homo-phobic) snobJune 16, 2010 at 4:44 AM

    Phantom, could you devote the next article on this site to a complete reveiw of "The Pauline Hickey Fan Page" giving your opinion on every image, thanks. Shes arguably the most gorgeous bird of all time, only Heather was more desirable.

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  3. The AnimEigo versions seemed so impressive back in the day...This sounds wow. I'm getting this once I get that Region free Bluray player I'm currently too cash strapped to buy.

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  4. I"m definitely getting this ASAP

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  5. Jack -- I used to get subbed stuff from VSOM, too. They still have some rare stuff, but legitimacy is catching up.

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    JLC -- you probably don't need the Region-free player because these are Region 0.

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    Jurguens -- Go for it!

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