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Ninja Scroll: The Motion Picture (1993/Sentai Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: A Extras: C- Film: B+

When a mysterious plague wipes out a village, a group of ninjas are sent to investigate what happened, but what they find are the 8 Devils of Kimon, who killed the village to hide large shipment of gold for the Shogun of the Dark. Jubei Kibagami, a wandering swordsman for hire finds himself caught in the middle when he meets the beautiful ninja Kagero, the sole survivor of the ninjas. Together, along with Dakuan - a monk spy, they must stop the 8 Devils of Kimon from reaching their goals in Ninja Scroll: The Motion Picture (1993).

Jubei is a swords master for hire, but has he met his match with the supernatural power ninjas of the Devils of Kimon? He soon finds himself in a middle of a ninja war over a treasure that could change the nation. Jubei discovers the Devils of Kimon is lead by Gemma, his old nemesis who now has the ability of regeneration. As he and Kagero defeat the devils one by one, they begin to draw closer to one another and eventually fall in love with each other. In the end, Jubei faces Gemma alone in one final showdown in which only one of them will survive.

This was and is a classic, legendary, influential anime, as Ghost in the Shell was know for cyber punk, Ninja Scroll was known for it's ninjas. It is full of action, adventure and violence, it is beautifully drawn considering how old it is. Like all old animated films on Blu-ray, there is usually very little they can do to improve the quality, short of re-animating the film, they can only try and clean it up a bit. However, the 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image looks about as good as it can thanks to some good work from Sentai, though the lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) mix is even better and a rare 5.1 (English in this case) outing for Sentai we wish there were more of; an impressive upgrade from the original theatrical mono sound, which we still get in Japanese lossless 2.0 DTS-MA.

Extras include trailers, but you can read more about the TV series version at this link...


- Ricky Chiang


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