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Blade Of The Immortal Blu-ray Review

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“Blade Of The Immortal” is another winner from Takashi Miike.

After losing his sister and nearly dying in battle, a wanted samurai named Manji is turned into an immortal by a mysterious nun named Yaobikuni. 50 years later, the severely scarred and hard edged Manji encounters a young girl named Rin who is seeking revenge against those who killed her family. Unable to carry out vengeance herself, she ends up hiring Manji as her bodyguard to do her dirty work. From there on out, a bloody quest against Master Anotsu and his destructive Itto-Ryu and even the Government takes place.

Based on the manga series by Hiroaki Samura, “Blade of the Immortal” is the 100th film by director Takashi Miike (who is easily one of the best and most prolific Japanese filmmakers). As it turns out, the film is also a success for the director as well. While he’s no stranger to samurai films (check out the acclaimed “13 Assassins”), the director goes all out here in what is essentially one long, bloody, violent battle movie. I’m not eaggerating when I say that either as the film clocks in at 141 minutes and is almost entirely comprised of Manji battling opponent after opponent. The film even concludes with a battle of over 300 people! Even the most avid fan of action films might find themselves a little exhausted by all the elaborate fight scenes complete with flying body parts, a wide assortment of weapons, and a whole lot of death. Still, there’s no denying that both Miike and cinematographer Nobuyasu Kita are masters of showcasing thrilling action set pieces. More filmmakers need to take notice of this movie as THIS is how action should be done.

From a story perspective, the movie isn’t exactly original. The manga clearly owes a lot to “Highlander” and past samurai films, but that shouldn’t affect anyone’s enjoyment of ‘Immortal.’ Afterall, they always say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

On a final note, actor Takuya Kimura deserves recognition for his work here as Manji. Without his performance, the film would not have been as involving as it is. He’s the heart of the film, he is entirely believable during the action scenes, and he really makes the character his own.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? This Blu-ray disc offers up a crisp hi-def transfer.

Audio Tracks: Japanese and English 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? The original language Japanese track is dynamic while the English dub is tolerable.

Extras: * Poster gallery * Magnolia trailers and 2 “Blade of the Immortal” trailers * A 28 minute extra about Takuya Kimura (who plays Manji) that also includes interviews with other cast and crew members about him as well as behind-the-scenes footage * 56 minutes of interviews about cast members and the characters they play * “Manji Vs. 300” is a behind-the-scenes featurette about the massive climactic battle sequence

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March 20, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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