(aka "Jbei ninpch" or "Ninja Scroll" or "Jubei Ninpocho: The Wind Ninja Chronicles")

 

directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Japan 1993

Theatrical Release: January 20, 1995

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DVD Comparison:

Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC vs. Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC vs. Oly - Region 3- NTSC vs. Manga Entertainment (US) - Region 1,2,4 - NTSC vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman and  Pavel Borodin for all the Screen Caps!

(Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC LEFT vs. Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC 2nd vs. Oly (Korean) - Region 3- NTSC 3rd vs. Manga Entertainment (US) - Region 1,2,4 - NTSC - 4th vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 2 - PAL - 5th vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Manga Entertainment

Region 1,4 - NTSC

Manga Entertainment

Region 1,4 - NTSC

Oly (Korea) (Special Edition)
Region 3 - NTSC

Manga Entertainment (US)

Region 1,2,4 - NTSC

Manga Entertainment (UK)
Region 2 - PAL
Manga Entertainment (UK)
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:31:09 1:31:09 1:31:06 1:31:15 1:31:15 1:31:15
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.65 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.65 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.15 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.12 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.9 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.15 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) + Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen)

     

Bitrate:

 

Oly (Korean) SE +

Manga Entertainment (US)

 

   

Bitrate:

Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) + Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen)

 

   

Audio Japanese (DTS 6.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DTS 6.1,Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Sp Japanese (DTS 6.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DTS 6.1,Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Sp Japanese (DTS 6.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), Japanese (Dolby Digital
2.0), English (DTS 6.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (Dolby Digital
2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)

Japanese (DTS 6.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DTS 6.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (Dolby D

Japanese (DTS 6.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DTS 6.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (Dolby D

Subtitles English, none English, none English, Korean, none English, none English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish
Features Release Information:
Studio: Manga Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• It's the 1st disc of the 2-disc 10th Anniversary Special Edition Box Set
• Interview with director Yoshiaki Kawajiri
• Interview with key members of the English vocal cast
• History of Jubei (text)
• Character profiles (text)
• Manga Trailers

DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
Digipack in a sleeve

Chapters 24

 

Release Information:
Studio: Manga Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• It's the 2nd disc of the 2-disc 10th Anniversary Special Edition Box Set
• Interview with director Yoshiaki Kawajiri
• Interview with key members of the English vocal cast
• History of Jubei (text)
• Character profiles (text)
• Manga Trailers

DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
Digipack in a sleeve

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Oly (Korean)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with director Yoshiaki  Kawajiri
• Characters (text)
• Art designs (text)
• Theatrical trailer
• TV spot

DVD Release Date:
Keep case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Manga Entertainment (US)

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• A Guide to Ninja Scroll (text)
• Trailer
• Manga Trailers

DVD Release Date:
Keep case

Chapters 24
 

Release Information:
Studio: Manga Entertainment (UK)

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• It's the 1st disc of the 2-disc 10th Anniversary Special Edition Box Set
• Interview with director Yoshiaki Kawajiri
• Interview with key members of the English vocal cast
• History of Jubei (text)
• Character profiles (text)
• Manga Trailers

 

DVD Release Date:
Keep case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Manga Entertainment (UK)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• It's the 2nd disc of the 2-disc 10th Anniversary Special Edition Box Set
• Interview with director Yoshiaki Kawajiri
• Interview with key members of the English vocal cast
• History of Jubei (text)
• Character profiles (text)
• Manga Trailers

 

DVD Release Date:
Keep case

Chapters 24

 

 

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Comments ADDITION - Manga 10th Anniversary (Jan -05): I'm afraid I don't know enough about these releases to make any substantial comments. Please review the images and judge for yourselves.

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ADDITION: Oly (Korean) - October 2004 - The Korean 1-disc Special
Edition. (Looks like the first disc from the 2-disc Special Edition (described
HERE ), which also includes the original fullscreen version.

It is quite possibly the same transfer as on the US Special Edition and the quality is similar to the UK widescreen version.

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The original UK DVD of this movie was slightly cut (at 52 seconds). All (or almost all) PAL versions contained the same cut version. The SE editions contain the uncut version.

The UK 10th Anniversary Special Edition is a 2-disc set with the ORIGINAL fullscreen version on the 1st disc and the CROPPED anamorphic widescreen version on the 2nd disc. Both discs have exactly the same extras, languages and subtitles.

The US 10th Anniversary Special Edition exists with the fullscreen version on one side, anamorphic widescreen version on another side and the same extras as the UK version.

The Australian 10th Anniversary Special Edition contains only the fullscreen version and that is not bad.

Of course, the fullscreen version from the UK SE is the best one. I'm not sure if it's visible without zoom, but the widescreen vesion from the UK SE is not only cropped, but also less sharp than the fullscreen version.

They all have a lot of ghosting, but I think it's because of its animation nature. I don't know if they have PAL speedup.

The packaging and menus of the UK SE say "DTS 6.1". But according to my DVD computer software both DTS tracks contain only 5 channels, so this may be inaccurate.

Soon I will add the Korean Special Edition.

 - Pavel Borodin

 





DVD Menus

 

(Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC - RIGHT)


 

 

 

 

(Oly (Korean) - Region 3- NTSC LEFT vs. Manga Entertainment (US) - Region 1,2,4 - NTSC - RIGHT )
 

 

 

 

(Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)

 

 

 

 


 

Screen Captures

(Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC TOP vs. Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC 2nd vs. Oly (Korean) - Region 3- NTSC 3rd vs. Manga Entertainment (US) - Region 1,2,4 - NTSC - 4th vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 2 - PAL - 5th vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC TOP vs. Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC 2nd vs. Oly (Korean) - Region 3- NTSC 3rd vs. Manga Entertainment (US) - Region 1,2,4 - NTSC - 4th vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 2 - PAL - 5th vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC TOP vs. Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC 2nd vs. Oly (Korean) - Region 3- NTSC 3rd vs. Manga Entertainment (US) - Region 1,2,4 - NTSC - 4th vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 2 - PAL - 5th vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC TOP vs. Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC 2nd vs. Oly (Korean) - Region 3- NTSC 3rd vs. Manga Entertainment (US) - Region 1,2,4 - NTSC - 4th vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 2 - PAL - 5th vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC TOP vs. Manga Entertainment (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 1,4 - NTSC 2nd vs. Oly (Korean) - Region 3- NTSC 3rd vs. Manga Entertainment (US) - Region 1,2,4 - NTSC - 4th vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Fullscreen) - Region 2 - PAL - 5th vs. Manga Entertainment (UK) (10th Anniversary SE - Widescreen) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


 

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Image:

UK Special Edition - fullscreen

Sound:

UK Special Edition - both

Extras: UK Special Edition - both
Menu: UK Special Edition - widescreen

 


 

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