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Ronin Gai
Genre: Foreign

Reviewed In Issue 98 (Jul 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Yoshio Harada, Kanako Higuchi, Renji Ishibashi, Kaoru Sugita, Kunie Tanaka & Shintaro Katsu

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
The only special feature is the trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Home Vision Entertainment
(Catalog Number): RON020
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1989
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/07/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Kazuo Kuroki
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Produced in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the death of Shozo Makino, the father of Japanese Cinema, Ronin Gai is a gruesome story set in the 1830s near the end of the samurai era. Based on a story by Itaro Yamagami. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture has a dated appearance. The color scheme can appear nicely balanced at times, though fleshtones can seem brownish, and blacks lack true depth and appear milky. Sharpness is adequate, though throughout much of the picture finer details and textures are lacking. The source element is quite clean, with only a few artifacts noticed. Though dated, the visual experience is not terribly bothersome. (Suzanne Hodges)

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