Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1962-1973)
A Collection of 25 Movies | The Criterion Collection
720p Blu-rayRip | MKV | AVC @ 5.06 Mbps, 23.976 fps | 1280 x 546 | 2197 min | 92.77 GB
Audio: Japanese: LPCM (AC-3) Mono @ 640 Kbps, 48.0 KHz | Subtitle: English (2 streams)
Director: Various | Stars: Shintarô Katsu and others | Country: Japan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
The viewer's immediate impression is that Zatoichi is an ordinary man. He wears simple clothes and isn't athletic. He moves slowly because he is blind, which makes it even more difficult to believe that he can defend himself. But those who attack him always die. He is so fast that most of his opponents never see the sword that is hidden in his cane. Some of them can hear it, but it is usually only a few seconds before their bodies collapse. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman
is without a shadow of a doubt Criterion's most ambitious project to date. I don't think that even during the DVD era there were any such special releases (the only one that comes close is the beautiful Ford at Fox box set). Naturally, I urge you to consider adding it to your collections, and by doing so let Criterion know that their efforts are very much appreciated. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.