Blu-ray Release: Vengeance Is Mine

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 26, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion


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Serial killer Ken Ogata gets down to business in Vengeance Is Mine.

Director Shohei Imamura’s (The Pornographers) 1979 crime thriller Vengeance Is Mine is one of the greatest Japanese imports of the Seventies.

The film revolves around Iwao Enokizu (Mishima’s Ken Ogata), a thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer who is on the run from the police.

Shohei turns the fact-based story about a seventy-eight-day killing spree of a remorseless man from a devoutly Catholic family into a cold, perverse, and at times diabolically funny examination of the primitive coexisting with the modern.

Critically lauded around the world, Vengeance is more than just a true-crime tale—it’s a work that bares humanity’s snarling id.

Criterion’s Blu-ray edition of the movie includes the following features:

• Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Audio commentary from 2005 featuring critic Tony Rayns
• Excerpts from a 1999 interview with director Shohei Imamura, produced by the Directors Guild of Japan
• Trailer and teaser
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson, a 1994 interview with Imamura by writer Toichi Nakata, and writings by Imamura on Vengeance Is Mine and his approach to filmmaking

 

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.