Revenge of the Samurai

It’s a splendid week for fans of classic Samurai films to have access to money and a DVD player, though some may prefer a dark and haunting Korean thriller.

This Week’s Region 1 DVD Releases

Rebel Samurai. Image courtesy of Criterion Collection Spider Forest. Image courtesy of Tartan Extreme Asia
Kill!. Image courtesy of Criterion Collection Samurai Rebellion. Image courtesy of Criterion Collection Samurai Spy. Image courtesy of Criterion Collection Samurai Spy. Image courtesy of Criterion Collection

REBEL SAMURAI: SIXTIES SWORDPLAY CLASSICS
Japan. 420 minutes.
Release Company: Criterion Collection.

Four-disc collection. Titles also available individually. Detailed information about the films is available at the Home Vision web site. Here’s a list of the features:

KILL! (1968):
# New, restored high-definition digital transfer
# Original theatrical trailer
# New essay by film and cultural critic Howard Hampton
# New and improved English subtitle translation

SAMURAI REBELLION (1967):
# New, restored high-definition digital transfer
# Excerpts from a 1993 interview with director Masaki Kobayashi
# Original theatrical trailer
# New essay by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie
# New and improved English subtitle translation

SAMURAI SPY (1965):
# New, restored high-definition digital transfer
# Exclusive interview with director Masahiro Shinoda
# New essay by film scholar Alain Silver
# New and improved English subtitle translation

SWORD OF THE BEAST (1965):
# New, restored high-definition digital transfer
# New essay by Japanese-film and pop-culture authority Patrick Macias
# New and improved English subtitle translation

SPIDER FOREST
South Korea. 2004. 120 minutes.
Directed by Song Il-gon.
Release Company: Tartan Extreme Asia.

“An enigmatic mystery that follows a tormented car accident survivor haunted by visions of murder, this dreamlike thriller is a challenging audience puzzle.”–TLA Video web site.

Features:
# Deleted Scenes,
# Behind The Scenes
# Cast Interviews
# Photo Gallery
# Original Theatrical Trailer

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