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Samurai X: Director's Cut Collection

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mayo Suzukaze, Junko Iwao, Nozomu Sasaki, Masami Suzuki, Shûichi Ikeda
  • Directors: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
  • Writers: Masashi Sogo, Nobuhiro Watsuki
  • Producers: Hiroshi Hasegawa, Katsunori Furihashi, Kazuki Noguchi, Ryuzo Shirakawa, Yoshinori Naruke
  • Format: Animated, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Adv Films
  • Release Date: Dec 6 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000BKSJ5M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,161 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Director Kazuhiro Furuhashi has recut the four-episode Samurai X OVA into a seamless feature that serves as a prequel to both Samurai X: The Movie and the light-hearted TV series. The action unfolds in 1864, at the beginning of the revolution against the Tokugawa Shogunate that culiminated in the Meiji Restoration. The orphan Shinta is transformed by master swordsman Hiko into Kenshin, an assassin who believes he is using his sword to bring about a better world. When he and the mysterious Tomoe hide from the intrigues of Kyoto in a remote mountain village, Kenshin finds peace, raising crops and savoring the passage of the seasons, but this tranquility cannot endure. Furuhashi choreographs the characters' inner conflicts as skillfully as the epic sword fights, infusing them with an elegant sensuality. In either format, Samurai X OVAs capture the violence and poetry of samurai culture in a story of exceptional emotional depth. (Rated 17 and older: violence, alcohol use, mature themes) --Charles Solomon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
The 3 stars are in no way a reflection of the story, animation, or anything pertinent to the story. It is for this director's cut dvd of the original OVA's trust and betrayal.
This directors cut merges the ova's trust and betrayal. As mentioned by someone else, very little is added, but the reflection's ova directors cut should have more added when it's released in the US.
Reflections is the one that i thought really needed a director's cut. This is coming from someone who is a Rurouni Kenshin fan.
As far as this director's cut for betrayal and trust goes, I was hoping for more. This just felt like they took the breaks out of the original OVA's. When I hear the word's director's cut, I immediately think of restored scenes that the director was forced to cut for one reason or another. This felt like there were no restored scenes, except for the one that someone mentioned in another review above.
Another reason for it only getting three stars, is there are no extra's whatsoever on this disc. The only things they have are language selection, scene selection (Which has moving animation featured for each scene you can select. I always like this!) and lastly some trailers for other anime. There are no extra's!
Buy it? Or don't buy it? hmmm . . . If you're a die hard fan of Rurouni Kenshin, you will buy it without any need for me to coax you into doing so. If you're not a die hard fan, but already own all of the OVA's and are too lazy to use your remote from a sitting or laying down position to press a button to skip past the credits of one act to go into the next act then this is perfect for you!
It may seem like I'm exaggerating a bit, but I assure you I am not.
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I got this movie for christmas expecting more of a the "Rerouni Kenshin" looks... you know the slap-stick humor, the wide eyes in shock whole thing. But the movie is NOTHING like the cartoon series. That was my mistake, I was expecting the cartoon series. DON'T! Its a sad movie and not much humor is in it.
I am going to tell you the story but im not going to ruin it for you. The story is this, Shinta was an orphan whose parents died of sickness so he was turned into a slave. But his slave masters were attacked and he was saved by Hiko. Hiko changed his name to Kenshin and taught him Hiten Mistourougi(I think thats how its spelled) syle of swordmanship. Kenshin became an assassin. Later he picks up a girl named Tomoe after being attacked. Time passes and then Kenshin's clan was attacked so he had to run. The leader of Kenshins clan advises him to move out of town and pretend to be husband and wife with Tomoe. That's only the first part but I can't really tell the second part without ruining the movie. But this dvd explains how Kenshin got the cross-shaped scar on his cheek.
The movie is a sad movie but one of the best parts of the movie is the music. The music can stay in your head for quite awhile. Unlike the cartoon series, none of the music uses rock instruments(electric guitars, drumset, etc.) it uses classical music instruments. So expect classical music.
There are some complaints, but not enough for me to give it 4 stars. First of all you can't really tell if when the first movie ends and the second begins. Also the ending credits are in japanese and the subtitles won't tell you who helped to make this wonderlful movie. I also thought there was going to be some more extra features but there isn't just previews to other anime movies.
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Trust & Betrayal follows the life of Kenshin, from his youth as an orphan named Shinta, to his violent life as Battousai the manslayer, and then to his life as a man seeking atonement for his plentiful sins.
As an orphan, he sees the murder of the people presently caring for him, and is saved from getting killed himself by the man who will become his master. Kenshin, however, abandons his master before his training is fulfilled in order to stop a corrupt government and fight for the "good" guys. He kills without feeling, suppressing his emotions and conscience, and is the most effective assassin on either side.
And then he meets Tomoe, a woman everyone mistakes for a prostitute. Unknown and unrealized to Kenshin, Tomoe is as much a pawn of the revolution as Kenshin himself is, being used by the opposition to exact revenge, as well as by his own people to ensure that he doesn't break down emotionally and become useless as a fighter.
Kenshin's fiercest struggles, however, are not physical. It is too easy for this killing machine to defeat his opponent for the fight to ever be called into question. His struggles only truly begin when he finally lives a normal life, and starts to question why he thought he could only be happy using his sword to kill for justice, asking himself if justice can ever be exacted through murder?
While the main premise of Kenshin is fascinating, the theme of atonement, and if good ends can ever be justified by evil means, my problem with the movie is that I don't think the relationship between Kenshin and Tomoe was developed enough to make me believe that Kenshin's existence with Tomoe was enough to begin his path to redemption and atonement.
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