The Complete Lone Wolf & Cub Box Set
- Japan/USA, 1970
- directed by Kenji MISUMI, Buichi SAITO, Yoshiyki KARODA & Robert HUSTON
- colour, 596 minutes
- Certificate: 18
- Date Released: November 2009
- Original Japanese Trailers
Eureka! Classics | At last… the riveting, bloody, and ultra-stylish Lone Wolf and Cub series, together with the classic Shogun Assassin (all based on the perennially popular manga by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima) available together in one boxset, officially licenced from Toho, fully uncut, and freshly remastered.
Filled with memorable set pieces, iconic characters and violent action, this series more than lives up to its reputation as a pinnacle of Japanese exploitation cinema whose musings on the meaning of honour in a lawless world still resonate today. In White Heaven In Hell alone, Ogami Ittō kills 150 people onscreen, the highest body count for a single character in a single film in cinema history.
In America, the first two Lone Wolf instalments were re-edited into the legendary Shogun Assassin, the film that single-handedly created legions of new fans of Japanese action cinema upon its release. Originally prosecuted as a video nasty in the 1980s, this hugely influential thrill-ride is presented here along with the original Lone Wolf and Cub series, gorgeously remastered in their original aspect ratio.
CD, on 14 April 2010, 11:42 AM
Amazing release. Totally uncut and remastered. More than any fan can hope for. I'm from North America and bought this version over the on R1 versions. There is only one issue with audio in the first film. 3 sections where the background audio drops out, a rain scene, a waterfall scene, and a cornfield scene -- the background audio disappears. WEIRD.
Neil Evans from Preston UK, on 21 February 2011, 8:05 AM
This boxset is the best I've seen these films. The newly remastered anamorphic transfurs really look fantastic. For a fan of Lone Wolf and Cub or just samurai films in general this set is a must have!!!