Samurai, The (Onmitsu Kenshi)-Volume 7 (1962)

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Released 8-Jan-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Martial Arts None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1962
Running Time 70:10 (Case: 66)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Sadao Funatoko
Studio
Distributor
Senkosha Productions
Shock Entertainment
Starring Koiichi Ose
Toshiyuki Katsuki
Fuyukichi Maki
Bin Amatsu
Ken Mishima
Tamotsu Ohtake
Ryuji Ishikawa
Jun Haichi
Tadashi Tanemura
Case PUSH-26
RPI $24.95 Music Hirooki Ogawa


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

This is the seventh volume of The Samurai, but it's really the third volume of the second storyline. The first four volumes made up a completely different storyline. You'll find my review of The Samurai Volume 5 discusses the second storyline please refer there for the background to the story

The three episodes on this disc are:

  1. The Face Stealer (23:48) - Mission Impossible's peeling off of fake faces was stolen from this episode (honest!).
  2. The Mysterious Pilgrims (23:40) - is the lord one of the disguised pilgrims? Or is he still in the litter?
  3. Hide and Seek Death (23:42) - Lord Saranobu is safe because he is close to his enemy's own castle...or is he?

Attrition is really wearing down both Genkaru's Koga ninja, and the Ega ninja led by Tombei The Mist. At the end of Episode 9 they both decide they need reinforcements, and so must visit Ninja Country. Cue the next disc!

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Transfer Quality

Video

This series is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

The image is fairly soft, but it still looks sharper than the first four volumes. There's some grain, but that's a minor issue. Shadow detail is poor. There is no low-level noise.

This is black-and-white, displaying quite a decent range of tones from true black through to a solid white. They manage quite a reasonable tonal balance, even with occasional variations in brightness.

We have film artefacts to sell wholesale! Pretty much every conceivable film artefact can be seen here, with every frame affected. Even so, the picture is not that hard on the eyes, because the vast majority of the film artefacts are small.

This disc, like all discs in the second storyline, shows some nasty film artefacts one frame adjacent to many of the film splices I've discussed these in more detail in my review of Volume 5.

There is no significant aliasing or moire, and no shimmer, except on the menu, and no MPEG artefacts on this disc.

There are no subtitles.

The disc is single-sided and single layered. There is no layer change to worry about, and no problem, given the limited amount included on this disc.

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Audio

The soundtrack is provided in English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono. The soundtrack contains crackle and hiss, but it's not too bad.

The dialogue is clear enough, and fairly easy to understand. It's a horrible dub, by normal standards, but the show would be wrong without it.

The music is written by Hirooki Ogawa it is an interesting combination of instruments, with quite a bit of percussion of various kinds.

This soundtrack uses your centre channel speaker, but nothing else.

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Extras

Emptiness, a lack of fulfilment...there are no extras.

Menu

The menu is static and silent, listing the episodes, and allowing selection and playing of one at a time. The background to this menu is blue.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

This disc is not available in Region 1.

Summary

A second season of a classic TV serial, presented in poor condition on DVD.

The video quality is quite poor, but we wouldn't recognise it otherwise.

The audio quality is poor, but adequate.

There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Tony Rogers (bio-degrading: making a fool of oneself in a bio...)
Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-S733A, using Component output
DisplaySony VPH-G70 CRT Projector, QuadScan Elite scaler (Tripler), ScreenTechnics 110. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE
SpeakersFront Left, Centre, Right: Krix Euphonix; Rears: Krix KDX-M; Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5

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