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Lone Wolf And Cub: Sword Of Vengeance
Genre: Foreign - Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 77 (Oct 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Wakayama Tomisaburo, Watanabe Fumio, Tsuyaguchi Shigeru, Mayama Tomoko, Uchida Asao & Ito Yunosuke

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 1.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes on-screen and DVD packaging liner notes. lso includes trailers for this and other AnimEigo titles.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): AnimEigo, Inc.
(Catalog Number): AV203-001
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 83
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1972
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/26/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Misumi Kenji
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
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

DVD Picture:
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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