B-Movie fanatics and cult movie fans will be pleased to know that a 5 film collectors edition of Shogun Assassin has now been released to Blu-ray.
This new collection features the Shogun Assassin collection that was created for western audiences, this is not the complete collection of the original Japanese ‘Lone Wolf & Cub’ films – although there is obviously an overlap.
The films collected here are all the dubbed versions and the boxset includes:
- Shogun Assassin
- Shogun Assassin 2: Lightning Swords of Death
- Shogun Assassin 3: Slashing Blades of Carnage
- Shogun Assassin 4: Five Fistfuls of Gold
- Shogun Assassin 5: Cold Road to Hell
To breakdown the above films in more depth. The original Shogun Assassin was created from a re-editing of the first two Lone Wolf and Cub films with a Western dialog dubbed over the top.
Shogun Assassin 2: Lightning Swords of Death was actually the third Lone Wolf film ‘Baby Cart to Hades‘, and again was dubbed for Western audiences.
Shogun Assassin 3: Slashing Blades of Carnage was the forth Lone Wolf film ‘Baby Cart in Peril‘, and was also dubbed.
Shogun Assassin 4: Five Fistfuls of Gold was the dubbed version of the fifth Lone Wolf film called ‘Baby Cart in the Land of Demons‘.
And Shogun Assassin 5: Cold Road to Hell was the dubbed version of the sixth and final Lone Wolf film called ‘White Heaven in Hell‘
So basically this collection is the Western interpretation of the original Lone Wolf films, and not the original Japanese film series.
There are a few interviews and special features on this Collectors Edition that have not previously been made available on previous releases.
Shogun Assassin comes with an additional commentary that is provided by film scholar Scott Houle, alongside martial arts expert Steve Watson. Scott Houle provides insight into the art of dubbing throughout much of his commentary – interesting, but not essential.
The collection also comes with a nice booklet that features an essay on the making of the film, various interviews, notes, and updates on what the cast and crew went on to do after Shogun Assassin.
So in summary, it probably isn’t worth buying for the extras, you don’t get much more than you will find in past releases. However, for a definitive collection on Blu-ray of the Western editions of the Lone Wolf & Club franchise, then this is good value and a lot of fun that provides all 5 films in a compact single box.
Get it now from Amazon.com