Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Blu-ray + DVD)
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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Blu-ray + DVD)

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This extensive release offers an immense collection of films from the Japanese Zatoichi series, a samurai folktale about a blind swordsman that inspired over 25 acclaimed films produced between 1962 and 1973.

Overview

This extensive release offers an immense collection of films from the Japanese Zatoichi series, a samurai folktale about a blind swordsman that inspired over 25 acclaimed films produced between 1962 and 1973.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/26/2013
UPC:
0715515112116
Rating:
NR
Source:
CRITERION
Region Code:
1A
Time:
36:36:00

Special Features

• New digital restorations of all twenty-five films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays.
• The Blind Swordsman, a 1978 documentary about Zatoichi portrayer and filmmaker Shintaro Katsu, along with a new interview with its director, John Nathan.
• New interview with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns.
• Trailers for all twenty-five films
• New English subtitle translations
• PLUS: A book featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien; synopses of the films by critic, novelist, and musician Chris D.; “The Tale of Zatoichi,” the original short story by Kan Shimozawa; and twenty-five new illustrations inspired by the films, by twenty-five different artists.

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: The Tale Of Zatoichi/The Tale Of Zatoichi Continues
1. Tight Quarters [5:20]
2. Make Your Bets [4:13]
3. Trustworthy Man [11:00]
4. Fateful Meeting [8:07]
5. Worthy Opponent [5:21]
6. Zatoichi's Story [5:09]
7. Body In The River [4:08]
8. Getting Acquainted [6:07]
9. Kill the Messenger [10:05]
10. Under The Moonlight [10:19]
11. Coward [3:43]
12. No Rifle [5:43]
13. The Trap [4:49]
14. The Duel [6:51]
15. Honor [5:11]
1. Minding His Business [7:17]
2. Lord Form Edo [4:10]
3. Ambush [2:53]
4. Striking Resemblance [8:31]
5. Hired Killers [9:31]
6. Yoshiro's Secret [4:47]
7. Zatoichi Returns [7:32]
8. Followed [2:16]
9. Paying Respect [7:31]
10. Kanbei's Revenge [3:59]
11. Old Resentments [5:53]
12. Brothers [6:09]
13. Death To The Boss [1:50]
Disc #2 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: New Tale Of Zatoichi
1. That's Zatoichi [6:07]
2. Old Friends [3:09]
3. Robbed [11:41]
4. Sensei [7:57]
5. Secret Plans [8:40]
6. Unpaid [4:14]
7. Sword Demonstration [10:39]
8. A Proposal [7:59]
9. Mercy [5:34]
10. Ransom [5:15]
11. Unarmed [7:36]
12. Taking On The Gang [7:28]
13. Student Becomes Teacher [5:05]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #3 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi The Fugitive/Zatoichi On The Road
1. Wrestling [5:13]
2. A Bounty [6:01]
3. Funeral [4:11]
4. Obata Inn [7:25]
5. Hanging Laundry [3:56]
6. Celebration [7:48]
7. An Old Love [6:41]
8. Childhood Memories [8:21]
9. In The Woods [6:41]
10. Ultimatum [6:33]
11. Otane's Disappearance [3:44]
12. Trapped [10:42]
13. Final Battle [8:46]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. A Generous Offer [10:06]
2. Plea [6:02]
3. Protecting The Girl [4:50]
4. Looking For Work [8:55]
5. Scoundrels [5:12]
6. Rescued [10:16]
7. A Beautiful Day [7:19]
8. Negotiations [11:10]
9. A Good Meal [1:50]
10. Bait [3:46]
11. Switching Sides [7:12]
12. Battle [6:27]
13. The Challenge [4:31]
Disc #4 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi And The Chest Of Gold
1. Kichizo's Grave [6:22]
2. Celebration [3:35]
3. Taxes [7:53]
4. The Back Road [9:48]
5. Mount Akadi [8:10]
6. Down The Mountain [9:37]
7. Jushiro's Wager [5:46]
8. Like A Flower [6:49]
9. Torture [7:58]
10. Notice [5:37]
11. Execution At Dawn [3:00]
12. Destroying The Evidence [4:03]
13. Jushiro And Zatoichi [3:36]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #5 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi's Flashing Sword/Fight, Zatoichi, Fight
1. Hit [8:21]
2. Not A Show [3:28]
3. Thanking Okuni [8:11]
4. River Crossing [8:16]
5. Boss Yasugoro's House [5:09]
6. Seiroku Returns [5:02]
7. Three Options [7:50]
8. Rescued [9:30]
9. Avoiding War [9:02]
10. Fireworks [5:20]
11. In The Dark [11:55]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Search For Ichi [4:25]
2. Orphaned [6:58]
3. Difficult Times [7:29]
4. Inconsiderate Assassins [7:14]
5. Betting With Baby [7:08]
6. Hired Help [5:44]
7. Nanny [6:33]
8. Finding Faults [8:12]
9. Big Decision [4:03]
10. Last Day [6:42]
11. Separate Ways [2:51]
12. Deadbeat Dad [7:50]
13. No Role Model [4:59]
14. Ring Of Fire [4:14]
15. Heartbroken [3:05]
Disc #6 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Adventures Of Zatoichi
1. Strange Mission [11:04]
2. Price Of Business [7:21]
3. Jinbei [10:31]
4. Rescuing Osaki [8:25]
5. Bodyguard's Promise [4:04]
6. Similar Story [6:39]
7. A Fool [7:20]
8. Father's Fate [9:13]
9. Devious Doings [7:44]
10. Misjudged [2:55]
11. Station Skirmish [10:48]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #7 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi's Revenge/Zatoichi And The Doomed Man
1. Scavenger [5:26]
2. Old Acquaintance [5:21]
3. Lecher [6:40]
4. Locked Up [6:12]
5. Gambler Gossip [4:45]
6. Memories Of Youth [7:12]
7. High Stakes [8:54]
8. The Enforcer [7:28]
9. Security [3:43]
10. Different Outcome [2:02]
11. Swiped [3:51]
12. Lucky Man [5:31]
13. Turning The Tables [16:14]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Innocent Man [5:51]
2. His Own Path [7:34]
3. Fated Destination [4:43]
4. Hoodwinked [6:21]
5. Two-Faced Bastard [6:06]
6. Another Zatoichi [8:55]
7. No Comparison [5:44]
8. Shimazo's Son [5:08]
9. Perfect Bait [9:19]
10. Statement [4:12]
11. Beach Brawl [13:28]
Disc #8 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi And The Chess Expert
1. Helping Out [6:12]
2. Sleight Of Hand [6:42]
3. Slipup [5:25]
4. Innocent Victim [4:03]
5. Different Approaches [3:57]
6. Failed Plan [8:16]
7. Medicine Money [5:28]
8. Healing [3:06]
9. Hidden Identities [7:56]
10. Floating Clue [8:05]
11. Vendetta [9:29]
12. A Woman Scorned [11:52]
13. Checkmate [6:41]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #9 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi's Vengeance/Zatoichi's Pilgramage
1. Highway Robbery [5:34]
2. In Between [6:48]
3. Hiding The Truth [5:35]
4. Ears For Eyes [3:50]
5. Heart Of Gold [7:33]
6. A Child's Mind [8:05]
7. Giving In [7:36]
8. Chasing A Dream [7:04]
9. Like A Flower [5:07]
10. Hindrances [3:06]
11. Condition Denied [7:37]
12. Worthy Opponent [3:37]
13. Set Straight [11:03]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Bumpy Ride [7:40]
2. Prayer [2:25]
3. Followed [5:37]
4. Following [4:03]
5. Grudge [3:43]
6. Oyabun [1:45]
7. Debt [4:50]
8. Successor [4:25]
9. Watermelon War [2:23]
10. Impressed [2:51]
11. Friends Or Foes [6:31]
12. Darkness [1:56]
13. A Good Man [5:55]
14. Steadfast [2:32]
15. Sly Guy [4:05]
16. Two Faces [6:53]
17. Alone [14:42]
Disc #10 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi's Cane Sword
1. Omen [6:27]
2. Bad Luck [6:03]
3. Cane Sword History [8:55]
4. A Gift [3:34]
5. Inn Intrigue [10:36]
6. Important Guest [8:05]
7. Blacksmith's Soul [4:20]
8. The Hook [4:08]
9. Playing Games [8:49]
10. Plea For Help [3:43]
11. Orders Followed [5:24]
12. Two Swords [4:16]
13. Switched Blade [4:50]
14. Blame [3:30]
15. Snowy Slaughter [10:15]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #11 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi The Outlaw
1. Small Target [4:52]
2. Swordless Samurai [2:26]
3. Squeezed Dry [4:48]
4. Replanting [1:17]
5. Slicing Dice [4:44]
6. Lost Souls [4:45]
7. Obligation [6:09]
8. A Pawn [2:33]
9. Cost Of Killing [4:48]
10. Righting Wrongs [4:16]
11. A Fine Voice [4:28]
12. Shamisen Showdown [4:02]
13. Blown Cover [4:41]
14. Honor Betrayed [4:55]
15. Beasts In Disguise [5:42]
16. Changed Town [4:56]
17. Broken Dreams [6:44]
18. An Official's Job [8:02]
19. Tears In Rain [7:18]
20. Unbreakable [3:44]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #12 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi Challenged/Zatoichi And The Fugitives
1. New Companion [8:13]
2. Two Bosses [6:34]
3. Gaining Sight [6:17]
4. Final Threat [4:41]
5. Another Wanderer [9:58]
6. Missing Father [10:14]
7. True Artist [5:47]
8. Overheard Information [6:57]
9. Escape [7:33]
10. Mountaintop Massacre [4:51]
11. Reunited [4:11]
12. Orders [8:16]
13. Shared Sorrow [2:57]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Snakes [9:04]
2. Two Jobs, One Night [7:27]
3. A Favor [2:59]
4. Polar Opposites [5:04]
5. Heaven And Hell [8:52]
6. Free From Bondage [7:37]
7. One Life [6:38]
8. Returning The Favor [5:22]
9. Fighting Fugitives [9:59]
10. Doctor In Danger [6:11]
11. A New Start [5:30]
12. Back From Hell [3:47]
13. True Yakuza [3:38]
Disc #13 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Samitaran Zatoichi/Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
1. The Assignment [8:17]
2. Zatoichi's Advantage [4:41]
3. Broken Code [3:41]
4. Osode [11:07]
5. Conflicting Feelings [10:56]
6. Cane Of Value [8:18]
7. Wanted Woman [5:41]
8. All For Naught [5:13]
9. Caught [2:54]
10. Slipping Through [3:14]
11. Making Amends [7:04]
12. Advantage Of Darkness [4:37]
13. A Happy Life [6:58]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Trapped In Hell [4:29]
2. Paradise Lost [6:43]
3. Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo [5:34]
4. Umeno [4:48]
5. Imprisoned [9:47]
6. Cursed [3:25]
7. Eboshiya [5:56]
8. Worthy Competitors [6:03]
9. Family Strife [4:17]
10. Beating The Boss [3:17]
11. Motivated By Money [5:55]
12. Kuzuryu [4:39]
13. Official Visit [5:29]
14. Spies [5:14]
15. Lighting Fuses [11:18]
16. Freedom [3:19]
17. Always Hunted [3:42]
18. Jizo [4:43]
19. The Good Son [8:15]
20. Gold Or Honor [8:53]
Disc #14 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi Goes To The Fire Festival
1. Ruler Of The Underworld [4:08]
2. A Fine Lady [4:43]
3. Botched Rescue [8:09]
4. Egg On The Face [3:39]
5. Blind Boss [8:55]
6. Pampered [10:08]
7. Bathhouse Of Blood [4:58]
8. Okiyo [6:12]
9. Chrysanthemums [2:31]
10. An Invitation [9:23]
11. A Real Man [5:53]
12. Chosen Successor [5:25]
13. Battle Of The Blind [4:32]
14. Fire Festival [12:46]
15. Love And Hate [4:41]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #15 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi Meets The One-Armed Swordsman/Zatoichi At Large
1. Wang Kang [7:41]
2. Manhunt [7:08]
3. Language Barrier [8:15]
4. Witnesses [4:07]
5. Two Anma [8:46]
6. Rescue [9:12]
7. Informant [5:06]
8. Payback [4:53]
9. The Abbot [3:45]
10. Special Guest [4:48]
11. Traitor [5:51]
12. Double-Crossed [6:42]
13. Saving The Boy [2:58]
14. Proper Punishment [9:11]
15. A Misunderstanding [5:59]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. Special Delivery [10:32]
2. Search For Sataro [9:59]
3. Upholding The Law [7:09]
4. Shakedowns [8:56]
5. Due Date [3:25]
6. Kenta's Story [5:13]
7. Disappointments [4:37]
8. Impressive Skills [5:21]
9. Breaking Bonds [5:06]
10. Wanted [9:31]
11. Settling Scores [8:56]
12. Justice Is Served [6:31]
13. On His Way [2:40]
Disc #16 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi In Despseration
1. Twist Of Fate [6:47]
2. The Ogiya [7:31]
3. Runaway [2:54]
4. Seeking Redemption [4:39]
5. Gambles [12:54]
6. Paid In Full [4:37]
7. Devils [7:25]
8. Bribe Money [3:00]
9. Losing Face [12:40]
10. Together Forever [3:14]
11. Sex And Death [7:38]
12. Speared [7:49]
13. Bandaged Blade [11:12]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #17 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi's Conspiracy/The Blind Swordsman
1. Hometown Welcome [7:23]
2. Honored Guest [5:00]
3. Virgins Only [3:51]
4. Disrespected [1:30]
5. Oshige [7:37]
6. Meeting Again [3:18]
7. For The Future [7:32]
8. Stay Or Go [6:02]
9. Official License [7:12]
10. Ultimatum [10:18]
11. Bottomless Swamp [4:32]
12. Measure Of Dishonesty [10:32]
13. Not Quite Trapped [2:20]
14. Grain And Gore [6:20]
15. Unforgiven [4:08]
1. Color Bars [:20]
1. "This Has To Be Me!" [10:11]
2. Director Katsu [8:13]
3. Karaoke Confusion [9:17]
4. Thinking Up Lines [6:11]
5. Family Life [9:16]
6. Onstage [14:23]
1. Chapter 1 [4:18]
2. Chapter 2 [5:22]
3. Chapter 3 [4:22]
4. Chapter 4 [3:22]
5. Chapter 5 [:30]
Disc #18 -- Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Supplements
1. Chapter 1 [2:18]
2. Chapter 2 [3:50]
3. Chapter 3 [3:55]
4. Chapter 4 [8:01]
5. Chapter 5 [4:22]
6. Chapter 6 [4:05]
7. Chapter 7 [:37]

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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though a few of the actual films deserve 4 stars, the additional material (& quality of the film transfers) are exceptional! Katso-san would have been proud of this package. The only negative is how tightly the discs are placed into the sleeves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent.  The book is outstanding, a well written prologue, an illustration and info on all 25 original films, as well as a short piece of the original narrative as written by Ken Shimozawa.  My favorite part is all of the amazing artwork all over, well everything.  I got a good 20 minutes of enjoyment simply looking at the box, the disk holder (inside and out) etc. 
RickM1962 More than 1 year ago
First of all, let me clarify that this rating is strictly for the set, which is marvelous. I would recommend anyone with even a passing interest in this genre, to buy it immediately. What I would NOT recommend is buying it from Barnes & Noble. Allow me to explain. I have been a member with B&N since the mid 90's and have for the most part been quite satisfied. That has changed severely over the past few months culminating in the fiasco that was this order. I pre ordered the set back on November 7th with the understanding that it would ship on the 26th, which was its release date. A few days past that, I noticed that it was showing not shipped. I contacted B&N Customer Service and was told that the set had shipped but she didn't have a tracking number. After 40 minutes of her trying to get me off the line, she finally admitted that it had not shipped. She said that she would have someone get back with me with a ship date. That never happened. I called back two days later and spoke to a rep. He said that he released the set for shipping and that it would go out that day (Friday) and that I would have it Monday. That never happened either. I sent two emails over the next few days and got no response. I called back and after 20 minutes, was connected to a supervisor. She told me that she didn't know why it hadn't shipped, but that the set was now out of stock and she didn't know when it would be back in stock. She said that she would check with the warehouse and get an update on the status and get back with me. You guessed it. That never happened either. Finally, nearly two weeks after I was supposed to receive it; it finally arrived. This has been the worst customer service experience that I have experienced in years. If this is their new norm then it comes as no surprise that they are now having financial issues. I have spent thousands of dollars with Barnes & Noble as well over the years, but I'm afraid that they have seen the final dollar from me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago