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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Zatoichi chikemuri kaido" )


directed by Kenji Misumi
Japan 1967


The entire Zatoichi series includes 26 film episodes. In an effort to maintain the integrity of this collection, DVDs from HVe are numbered in order of movie release. Episodes 14, 16, and 20-26 are not available from Home Vision Entertainment. Summary A dying woman begs Zatoichi to reunite her son with his father, who is working in a small town. But when the son and father meet, Zatoichi finds out that the father has been forced to work for gangsters. Using his lightning sword, Zatoichi takes on the crime boss in a relentless blend of action, violence, and comedy that makes Zatoichi Challenged one of the best in the long-running series.

Theatrical Release: December 30, 1967

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DVD Review: Home Vision Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Donald Brown for the Review!

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Runtime 1:26:15

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.0 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 - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Three theatrical trailers

DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
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Chapters 17


Comments The image is softer and the colors more drab than in earlier episodes of the series. A hint of chroma is also evident on occasion, as in the thatch roofing in the fourth screenshot. Still, the picture is decent overall, as are the sound and subtitles.

 - Donald Brown

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