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Two features from idiosyncratic Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano (aka Beat Takeshi) are paired up for this double-disc DVD release. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi and Sonatine have both been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which have also been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The original Japanese-language audio for The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, as well as a dubbed English-language version; optional subtitles in...
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Two features from idiosyncratic Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano (aka Beat Takeshi) are paired up for this double-disc DVD release. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi and Sonatine have both been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which have also been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The original Japanese-language audio for The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, as well as a dubbed English-language version; optional subtitles in English, Spanish, and French are also available. Bonus materials included with this title include a short documentary on the making of the film and interviews with director of photography Katsumi Yanagishima, production designer Norihiro Isoda, costumer Kazuko Kurosawa, and swordsman Tatsumi Nikamoto. Sonatine features both original Japanese and dubbed French tracks in Dolby Digital Surround, in addition to optional subtitles in English and Spanish. As a bonus, the title includes an introduction and afterword from Quentin Tarantino and an interview with Takeshi Kitano. Both discs include a collection of trailers for other Miramax titles.
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Closed Caption; The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi:; Behind-the-scenes special; Exclusive interviews with crew; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions; Original language track (Japanese); Optional English-language track; English, Spanish, and French subtitles; ; Sonatine: ; Beat Takeshi interview; Prologue and epilogue by Quentin Tarantino; Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions; Original language track (Japanese); French-language track; English and Spanish subtitles
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • UPC: 786936264531
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  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 3:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
1. A Blind Man's Cane [3:55]
2. The Rest Stop [2:37]
3. A Helpful Masseur [3:49]
4. For Hire [4:53]
5. Chopping Wood [4:47]
6. Odd or Even? [5:48]
7. No Ordinary Masseur [3:26]
8. Seeking Honor [6:25]
9. Big Winners? [9:05]
10. "I Think I've Got It!" [4:43]
11. Deadly Games [6:46]
12. Hiding Out [5:34]
13. Looking Back [11:25]
14. A Showdown [5:30]
15. "The Art of Combat" [6:54]
16. "There's Trouble!" [7:28]
17. A Reckoning [7:35]
18. The Real Kuchinawa Boss [8:17]
19. The Festival [3:44]
20. End Credits [3:10]
Side #2 -- Sonatine
1. Stupid Things [6:03]
2. An Unwelcome Request [5:57]
3. "Three Minutes" [6:47]
4. Welcome to Okinawa [6:05]
5. "It's Total War Now" [4:19]
6. Ambushed [5:19]
7. Hanging Low [5:47]
8. A Bad Joke? [5:53]
9. Passing Time [4:29]
10. Bad Driving and Digging Holes [5:05]
11. Ready for the Rain [4:17]
12. Fighting Fair [4:31]
13. News From the Boss [7:21]
14. Finding Takahashi [7:26]
15. "Are You Coming Back?" [6:29]
16. The Last Move [4:47]
17. End Credits [3:12]
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Side #1 -- The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Behind-the-Scenes Special
      Video Interviews With: Katsumi Yanagishima, Cinematographer
      Video Interviews With: Norihiro Isoda, Production Designer
      Video Interviews With: Kazuko Kurosawa, Costume Supervisor
      Video Interviews With: Tatsumi Nikamoto, Master Swordsman
   Set Up
      Spoken Languages
         Japanese
         English
      Captions and Subtitles
         English
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Spanish
         French
         Captions and Subtitles: None
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Miramax 25 Anniversary
      Hero
      Finding Neverland
Side #2 -- Sonatine
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         Japanese
         French
      Captions & Subtitles
         English
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Spanish
         Captions and Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Intro With Quentin Tarantino
      Outro With Quentin Tarantino
      Conversation With Takeshi Kitano
         What Is Sonatine?
         Takeshi Kitano on Quentin Tarantino
         The Violence in Sonatine
         The Yakuza Fascination
         The Genesis of Sonatine
         Play All
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Miramax 25 Anniversary
      Hero
      Finding Neverland
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A bit long

    I enjoy simple martial arts films and this was fit the bill. Two geishas head to town to avenge their family's death with the aid of a mysterious swordsman in a town run by gangsters. The fight scenes are a bit too sporadic for me and the exposition conveyed in flashbacks was a bit disruptive to the momentum of the plot. I suppose the lengedary blind swordsman is supposed to be a mystery with regard to his true identity, but there was too little character development. The film presented itself as a light, quirky, comedic, yet a dark and senselessly violent flick. I don't know whether to call it an action flick, niche genre - most likely, but it teetered too closely to a melodrama and the comedy wasn't consistent enough for me. I think the word I'm looking for is 'sloppy.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun

    The movie goes in a steady pace. It doesn't tell you the story right away but it leads with action. The special effects are dated, the fighting is a little typical, but the character in it is not. It does has some humor and somewhat sad story about the children. Overall it is very entertaining.

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