Chushingura (The Loyal 47 Samurai), is an eighteenth century Japanese morality tale. Lord Kira is the Grand Master of Ceremonies for a planned reception of Imperial representatives. When the honorable Lord Asano refuses to bribe Kira, he is repeatedly demeaned until he loses control, whips out his sword, and wounds Kira. For this dishonorable act he is forced to commit hara-kiri. His faithful vessels swear to avenge this injustice and much blood flows. The complex political maneuvering and swordplay is compelling, although at times difficult to follow.
The windowboxed 2.10:1 DVD is not anamorphically enhanced and exhibits very slight improvements over the LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 14, improvements that are limited to slight refinements in color fidelity. The picture quality is unimpressive and appears to be sourced from a print element. The image is jumpy, with excessive aliasing, shimmering details and moir
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