Takashi Miike's 13 ASSASSINS Blazes Onto Blu-ray/DVD July 5th From Magnet Releasing

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Takashi Miike's 13 ASSASSINS Blazes Onto Blu-ray/DVD July 5th From Magnet Releasing
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.

Synopsis
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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ToryJune 7, 2011 12:44 AM

Damn. And to think that I waited this long because I thought Magnet would do the right thing. Does anyone know if the Japanese DVD comes with English subs?

J HurtadoJune 7, 2011 1:16 AM

The Japanese disc does not. As of this entry, there is no English subtitled release planned of the full cut. We've been over this before in other entries, this is the version that was made available for international sale.

ToryJune 7, 2011 1:44 AM

My apologies. I've stayed away from reviews for the most part. Thanks for the info.

CuttermaranJune 7, 2011 3:22 AM

Too bad they bring out the short version. The movie really needs its 20 minutes characterization, because in the short version some of the 13 hired men are barely mentioned + a few miike typical moments are missing.

Ard VijnJune 7, 2011 7:47 AM

It's interesting to see that the international cut got a very high audience rating at this year's IFFR, but the Japanese cut (which was screened once) got an even higher one!

But Magnet is not to be blamed here. They actually tried to get the Japanese cut but the Japanese distributor flat-out refused it. With the huge pricing difference between US blurays and Japanese blurays, this is a market-protection startegy which I detest but can do nothing about. And neither can Magnet, unfortunately.

J HurtadoJune 7, 2011 11:00 AM

No problem! It is confusing.

hiroaki.jJune 7, 2011 11:07 AM

I'll definitely pick this up, but it's practically begging for the longer cut to be downloaded so people can see the missing footage.

SwarezJune 7, 2011 11:38 AM

Yeah it's a shame. These days with fan subs you can pretty much watch any film you want for free.

hiroaki.jJune 7, 2011 12:59 PM

While it is a shame that artists don't get their recompense, the other side of that, "watch any film you want" is kind of exactly how distribution should be. IMO anyhow. Although different circumstances, "A Serbian Film" is another example of this. Would happily pay for a more legitimate cut on blu, or even 4-5 bucks for a HD rental stream. But the option simply doesn't exist.


I kind of feel like the industry is lagging behind on this issue.