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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Zat˘ichi hatashi-j˘" )


directed by Kimiyoshi Masuda
Japan 1968


Zatoichi falls in with a group of bandits in a small village. From their hiding place, the criminals control the town’s activities through a corrupt police official, who runs the town’s sweatshop where young women are forced to work in brutal slavery. Zatoichi steps in to deal with the gang in this thrilling nonstop action film, which features dazzling swordplay, superb performances, and a thrilling climax.

Theatrical Release: August 10, 1968

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DVD Review: Home Vision Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Donald Brown for the Review!

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:21:51

2.34:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.22 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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


Audio Japanese - Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.34:1

Edition Details:
• Three theatrical trailers
• Liner notes by Michael Jeck

DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
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Chapters 16


Comments Observe the chroma in the roofs in the fifth screenshot and on the shoulder of the man on the right of the last screenshot. Other artifacts, such as jagged lines, are unfortunately plentiful. The color is fine, but the black level is generally flat. I'm not sure what happened to this transfer to make it so different from the others.

No particular fault can be found with the subtitles or audio.

 - Donald Brown


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