Blu-ray Release: The Sword of Doom

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 6, 2015
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

The Sword of Doom movie sceneTatsuya Nakadai (Harakiri) and Toshiro Mifune (Throne of Blood) star in the 1966 samurai action thriller movie The Sword of Doom, the story of a wandering samurai who exists in a maelstrom of violence.

A gifted swordsman plying his craft during the turbulent final days of shogunate rule in Japan, Ryunosuke (Nakadai) kills without remorse or mercy. It is a way of life that ultimately leads to madness.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray edition of Kihachi Okamoto’s swordplay classic (Criterion released a DVD edition back in 2005) contains the following:

• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Audio commentary featuring film historian Stephen Prince
• Trailer
• An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien


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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.