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(aka "Sengoku jieitai" or "G.I. Samurai" or "Time Slip")

 

directed by Mitsumasa Saito
Japan 1979

 

If you are not a fan of Chiba or the genre, you might stick this in the "so bad its good" category. Certainly the plot rings out for that designation- a Japanese military unit out on maneuvers is caught in a 'time-slip' and transported back 400 years to feudal Japan where two factions are at odds. Accepting that wild premise and you are ready for some fun - samurai + military style. To be honest I did get a kick out of it, but then again I am known to enjoy very bad cinema at times as well. I can't see Chiba fans not getting their jollies with this baby. You can have a lot of fun watching this.

Gary Tooze

Theatrical Release: December 5th, 1979 - Tokyo

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DVD Comparison:

Ventura (The Sonny China Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Optimum (The Sonny Chiba Collection Vol. 2) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Gary Tooze and Henrik Sylow for the Screen Caps!

(Ventura (The Sonny China Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Optimum (The Sonny Chiba Collection Vol. 2) - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)

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Ventura

Region 1 - NTSC

Optimum
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 2:18:30 2:19:06
Video

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.10 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.45 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:

Ventura (The Sonny China Collection)

 

Bitrate:

Optimum (The Sonny Chiba Collection Vol. 2)

 

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese

2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese

Subtitles English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Ventura

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Widescreen 16X9 Trailers for 8 other Sonny China / Ventura DVD releases
• Karate Bearfighter (3:04 / 16x9)
• Killing Machine (3:02 / 16x9)
• Karate Bullfighter (2:51 / 16x9)
• Karate For Life (2:52 / 16x9)
• Shogun's Samurai (3:06 / 16x9)
• G.I. Samurai (3:19 / 16x9)
• Ninja Wars (1:52 / 16x9)
• Legend of the Eight Samurai (2:13 / 16x9)

DVD Release Date: October 26th, 2004
Transparent Keep Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Optimum

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Poster Gallery and trailers for following Optimum Chiba releases
• The Killing Machine (2:53 / 16x9)
• Street Fighter (2:52 / 16x9)
• Return of Street Fighter (3:01 / 16x9)
• Street Fighter's Last Revenge (2:55 / 16x9)
• Yakuza Deka (2:41 / 16x9)
• Yakuza Deka The Assassin (2:41 / 16x9)
• Bullet Train (1:29 / 16x9)
• G.I. Samurai (3:20 / 16x9)
• Golgo 13 (3:04 / 16x9)
• Biography (text)
 

DVD Release Date: September 19, 2005
Keep Case

Chapters 20

 

 

Comments Considering the comparison of "The Killing Machine", this is almost the exact opposite. While Optimum still has the best picture and original color scheme, Optimum also is now the one with cropped (up to 2.5% left and right, and up to 1% top and bottom) frame, perhaps due to over scan, and combing issues. Ventura is still more compressed, clearly visible by zooming in.

Since both images has pros and cons and neither has the original Aspect ratio of 1.85:1, I make it a tie.

Part of the 3-disc "Sonny Chiba Collection Vol. 2", along with "
Golgo 13" and "Bullet Train"
 

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 






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(Ventura (The Sonny China Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Optimum (The Sonny Chiba Collection Vol. 2) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Ventura (The Sonny China Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Optimum (The Sonny Chiba Collection Vol. 2) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Ventura (The Sonny China Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. Optimum (The Sonny Chiba Collection Vol. 2) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)
Combing issues on Optimum

 

 


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