This anime isn't for children or the overly sensitive. It's not as mysogenist as some people say. It takes place in feudal Japan where the social climate concerning women was less than egalitarian. In fact, this movie makes social commentary on it and it is one of the main themes. Sure, there's some male chovanist fan fare but 90% of the anime industry is that. 90% of all movies out there are that. The female character is essentially in opposition to this.
In terms of action, this movie has an over the top feel. It's over indulgent. I personally feel it's done extremely well.
I get the feeling the same people who were offended by this movie might be the same type who would call Starship Troopers a facsist movie. They miss the point of the movie completely - an entirely shallow perception.
Now for the reason why I gave this DVD 1 star.
IT'S NOT WIDESCREEN AS IT SAYS ON THE BOX! THEY JUST CUT THE TOP AND THE BOTTOM OFF THE IMAGE, THUS MAKING THE IMAGE EVEN SMALLER THAN 4:3 TV FORMAT. THOSE PEOPLE YOU USED TO HEAR IN THE VIDEO RENTAL STORE COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW THE MOVIE THEY RENTED HAD THE TOP AND BOTTOM CUT OFF... WELL THIS DVD MAKES THEM RIGHT!
The good points about this DVD are 5.1 and 6.1 Japanese and English dialogue, and stereo French and Spanish. The older version only has Stereo Japanese and English.
If you already have Ninja Scroll you might consider spending your money elsewhere unless you have a 5.1 or 6.1 system and need to have this sound format. If you don't already have Ninja Scroll, then you might just consider buying this version for the sake of future proofing...