Based on the original story by Koike Kazuo and Kojima Goseki, "Lone Wolf & Cub: Sword Of Vengeance" is the first installment in a six film series that takes place in mideastern Japan during the early Tokugawa Era
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a restoration effort that has yielded a natural color scheme, with nicely balanced hues, accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. Images are generally sharp and can be satisfyingly detailed. In an effort to cut down on excessive film grain, dirt, and artifacts, digital video noise reduction was applied to the image. While the picture does have a smooth appearance, there is considerable smearing and loss of finer details. Some edge enhancement and pixelization can also be noticed. Nonetheless, this is a big improvement over the previously released LaserDisc. (Suzanne Hodges)
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