Sword of Doom

The Sword of Doom

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Director: Kihachi Okamoto

Cast: Kihachi Okamoto, Tatsuya Nakadai, Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama

     
 

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The Criterion Collection carries over one of their most underappreciated samurai releases from laserdisc to DVD with Kihachi Okamoto's 1965 production of The Sword of Doom. Though light on extras, the film has been remastered and restored with a high-definition transfer that gorgeously shows off its stark black-and-white cinematography. While the image does

Overview

The Criterion Collection carries over one of their most underappreciated samurai releases from laserdisc to DVD with Kihachi Okamoto's 1965 production of The Sword of Doom. Though light on extras, the film has been remastered and restored with a high-definition transfer that gorgeously shows off its stark black-and-white cinematography. While the image does have some shimmering problems along with some age marks, the picture is stunning and is easily the most important feature on the disc. Sound is presented in the original Japanese mono signal and is more than acceptable, considering its original source. Worthy of mention as well is a new and improved English subtitle translation as well as a lengthy essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien. While the company could have put a bit more time into the extras, the disc is still something that enthusiasts will clamor to put into their collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
UPC:
0037429203026
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
3,430

Special Features

New, restored high-definition Digital transfer; An essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien; New and improved English subtitle translation

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [1:47]
2. An Answered Prayer [4:47]
3. A Request to Relinquish [2:47]
4. "Would You Surrender Your Chastity?" [8:30]
5. Miscalculation [3:07]
6. The Mount Mitake Match [6:15]
7. Forest Slaughter [2:53]
8. Hama's Regrets [6:01]
9. Shimada Witnesses the Silent Room [6:40]
10. Omatsu and Uncle Shichibei [6:03]
11. Bamboo Flute [4:31]
12. Omatsu Serves Lord Kamio [4:32]
13. "There Is No Way to Save Him" [3:48]
14. The Bamboo Game [2:00]
15. Searching for Omatsu [1:30]
16. Mistaken Ambush [6:54]
17. Hyoma's Challenge [7:10]
18. A Failure and a Success [6:23]
19. Hyoma Discovers Omatsu [4:57]
20. Three Plots, One Night [5:06]
21. Triggering Ryunosuke's Demons [7:40]
22. Rampage [6:33]
23. Samurai Climax [4:02]
24. Color Bars [6:10]

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The Sword of Doom 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great movie this is. Tatsuya Nagadai completely surprised me with his acting in this movie(He is the lead in Kurosawa's Ran & Kagemusha). In this movie, Nagadai plays a samurai who is so skilled but merciless. He knows he is the best until he sees Toshiro Mifune (always amazing & who is a samurai instructor in this movie) display his swordplay in the night when he is surrounded by gangs (amazing fight sequence - beautiful cinematography). This movie shows the transformation of the protagonist from being a fearless warrior with lot of confidence to a warrior with fear & doubts. Watch it to enjoy this excellent movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fantastic film; I couldn't recommend it more highly
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