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Hidden Blade, The
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 112 (Sept 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Masatoshi Nagase, Takako Matsu, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Yukiyoshi Ozawa & Ken Ogata

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include a behind-the-scenes look with Yoji Yamada, almost nine minutes of footage from the Berlin Film Festival, a six-minute press conference with Mr. Yamada, two trailers (US and Japan), and four Tartan previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Tartan Video
(Catalog Number): TVD2020
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For some violent material
(Retail Price): $24.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 132
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/08/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Yoji Yamada
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Munezo (Nagase) is an honorable samurai who was raised to respect tradition. But when he finds himself in trouble, to prove his innocence, Munezo is ordered to find and kill a former friend. Knowing that he can

DVD Picture:
The heavily washed-out anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 picture does not look very good. Blacks are a light gray, and colors don

Both the Dolby