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Lady Snowblood/DVD

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< Lady Snowblood

US

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  • Released in 2004
  • Region 1
  • 97 min
  • STUDIO: Animeigo
  • PICTURE: 2.35:1 Anamorphic NTSC
  • SOUND: Japanese Mono
  • SUBTITLES: English
  • SPECIAL FEATURES: Liner Notes | Bonus Trailers (no trailer for Lady Snowblood)
  • DVD COMMENTS: Animeigo’s disc got an amazing amount of praise from the US critics back in 2004, but the truth is that their DVD doesn’t quite live up to its reputation. It’s remastered and certainly not bad, but the colours are a bit off, the sharpness isn’t the best, and the transfer looks a little dark. The audio can be slightly harsh at times, too. This is still the best English-subtitled DVD available, but the Japanese DVD, also released in 2004, is notably better. - HungFist
  • Buy the Animeigo DVD

US Box Set

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  • Released in 2005
  • Region 1
  • This is the aforementioned Animeigo DVD in a box set with lady Snowblood 2
  • Buy the Animeigo Box Set

Australia

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  • Released in 2005
  • Region 4
  • 97 min
  • STUDIO: Eastern Eye
  • PICTURE: 2.35:1 Anamorphic PAL
  • SOUND: Japanese Mono
  • SUBTITLES: English
  • SPECIAL FEATURES: Interviews | Stills | Trailers
  • DVD COMMENTS: Specs are unconfirmed. Apparently, this DVD has the interviews from the Japanese DVD, but the transfer are said to be a port of the R1 disc (plus a conversion).

Australian Box Set

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  • Released in 2005
  • Region 4
  • This is the aforementioned Eastern Eye dvd in a box set with Lady Snowblood 2

UK

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  • Released in 2001
  • Region 2
  • 97 min
  • STUDIO: Warrior
  • PICTURE: 2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic PAL
  • SOUND: Japanese Mono
  • SUBTITLES: English (burnt-in)
  • SPECIAL FEATURES: Biography | Picture Gallery | Trailer
  • DVD COMMENTS: The oldest and worst DVD available for Lady Snowblood. Avoid! - HungFist
  • Buy the UK DVD

Germany

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  • Released in 2005
  • Region 2
  • 97 min
  • STUDIO: R.E.M
  • PICTURE: 2.35:1 Anamorphic PAL
  • SOUND: Japanese Mono
  • SUBTITLES: German
  • SPECIAL FEATURES: Interview with Mark Schilling | Picture Gallery | Original Trailer | Bonus Trailers
  • DVD COMMENTS: Truly weird! While the Australians were wise enough to get their extras from Japan, they got the film transfer itself from the wrong country (USA). The Germans seem to have gotten their transfer from Japan, but forgotten to include the Japanese extras. Instead, they have an interview with The Japan Times’s Mark Schilling. The transfer is a NTSC to PAL conversion, but due to better source material, it should still be better than the US and AU DVDs. However, I have not seen this German DVD myself. - HungFist
  • Buy the German DVD

Japan

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  • Released in 2004
  • Region 2
  • 97 min
  • STUDIO: Toho
  • PICTURE: 2.35:1 Anamorphic NTSC
  • SOUND: Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 Kbps)
  • SUBTITLES: Japanese (hard of hearing)
  • SPECIAL FEATURES: Meiko Kaji Interview (15:32) | Kazuo Koike Interview (11:12) | Theatrical Trailer (2:45) | Lady Snowblood 2 Trailer (2:23) | Artwork Gallery | Booklet (6 pages)
  • DVD COMMENTS: This progressive, window-boxed transfer is not as perfect as some of Toei's work, but still looks very nice. Easily better than the US release by Animeigo. The audio is also notably better than on the R1 DVD. The extras feature some nice treasures for those who speak Japanese. - HungFist
  • BUY THE DVD
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