July is going to be yet another expensive month for movie fans, and this next release isn't helping. Takashi Miike's recent hit 13 Assassins
is due to hit shelves on July 5th from Magnet Releasing. This has been Miike's biggest film stateside both in terms of the widest opening and the most unanimous critical acclaim, all of the praise is well deserved as far as I'm concerned. Here are the first details from Magnet:
FROM LEGENDARY JAPANESE CULT DIRECTOR
TAKASHI MIIKE COMES A SPECTACULAR
SAMURAI EPIC FOR THE AGES 13 ASSASSINS
Winner Of Four Japanese Academy Awards, The Action Masterpiece
Slices Its Way Onto Blu-ray And DVD July 5
From Magnolia Home Entertainment Under The Magnet Label
"A classic samurai movie, right up there among the finest in the genre"
- Los Angeles Times
When a tyrannous lord wreaks havoc across Japan, it is up to a brave and powerful group of warriors to take him out in 13 Assassins, arriving on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 5 from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet label. Directed with brilliance and beauty by iconic cult director Takashi Miike (Sukiyaki Western Django, Ichi the Killer), the samurai quickly gather their small army of 13 in order to do battle with hundreds of soldiers sent to protect the evil lord. What follows are some of the most epic battle sequences and incredible fight scenes in the history of cinema, as the 13 Assassins set a trap for their enemy and go for the kill in their makeshift "Village of Death!"
"A stone-cold, limb-severin,' bull-burnin' masterpiece" (Ain't It Cool News), 13 Assassins stars acclaimed Japanese actor Koji Yakusho (Babel, Memoirs of a Geisha) and was produced by Oscar** winner Toshiaki Nakazawa (Departures) and Jeremy Thomas (Brother, The Last Emperor). "A classic swords-and-samurai film with postmodern blood and guts" (Boston Globe), the special features will go behind-the-scenes of the gruesome battles in a making-of featurette and will also include the film's international trailer. The Blu-ray Disc and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.98 and $26.98, respectively.
Cult director Takashi Miike (Ichi The Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a brave group of elite samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and his army to prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future.
No word yet on extras, but according to the posted cover art, it will at least include a digital copy. This is going to be the 126 minute International version of the film. If an English friendly DVD of the longer Japanese cut becomes available, I'll note it. However, be aware that all of the reviews here at the site were based upon the international cut, it is really outstanding and I have no qualms about recommending it. Pre-order link is below.
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