Criterion in the USA have announced a Blu ray box set for the classic 6 Lone Wolf and Cub films. The films have had a new 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks. The set also includes Shogun Assassin the re-edited version of the first two films released with an English dub and soundtrack. Based on the best-selling manga, the six bloody and violent Lone Wolf and Cub films elevated Samurai films to bloody, new heights.
The shogun’s executioner, Itto Ogami (Tomisaburo Wakayama), takes to wandering the countryside as an assassin—along with his infant son Daigoro (Akihiro Tomikawa) and an infinitely weaponized perambulator—helping those he encounters while seeking vengeance for his murdered wife. Delivering stylish thrills and a body count that defies belief, Lone Wolf and Cub is beloved for its brilliantly choreographed and unbelievably violent action sequences as well as for its tender depiction of the bonds between parent and child.