Massacre Gun (1967)

Starring: Jo Shishido, Tatsuya Fuji, Ryoji Hayama & Takashi Kanda Directed by: Yasuhara Hasebe Synopsis: Shishido stars as Kuroda, a mob hitman who turns on his employers after being forced to...

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Starring: Jo Shishido, Tatsuya Fuji, Ryoji Hayama & Takashi Kanda
Directed by: Yasuhara Hasebe

Synopsis:
Shishido stars as Kuroda, a mob hitman who turns on his employers after being forced to execute his lover.  Joining forces with his similarly wronged brothers, hot-headed Eiji and aspiring boxer Saburo, the trio escalate their mob retaliation to all-out turf war where no one will stop until one faction emerges victorious.

Video:
The film renders a 1080p transfer from its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC.  The film is dual-layered with a slight crisp contrast of black and white exports.  Though not the perfect transfer due to the age of the film, the noise reduction complements the saturation of the film well.  There are no debris, damage marks, or cuts that are noticeable throughout the film.  The overall image ability is good, not great, black and white levels could have been slightly improved in some areas.  The sharpness is consistent with minor fluctuations, some due to the cinematography of the film and age.  Overall, though not the perfect transfer, it indeed fullfills my viewing pleasure and expectations of this great Japanese film noir.

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Audio:
The audio transfer sounds authentic from its linear PCM mono track.  The jazzy score suits the soundtrack well and correlates with the film’s overall experience.  Minor fluctuations can be heard throughout the film, but barely noticeable.  Depth and clarity are positive points as well has the enhancements of the overall balance during the action sequences are vaguely affected. Dialogue is stable and there are no audio dropouts, pops or distortions that I could noticeably hear.

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Supplements:

  • Limited Edition Blu-Ray (3,000 copies only)
  • Restored High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation, on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world!
  • Original uncompressed mono PCM audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • Brand new interview with star Jo Shishido
  • Brand new Interview with renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Gallery featuring rare promotional images
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Ian MacEwan
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp, newly illustrated by Ian MacEwan and featuring original archive stills

Closing thoughts:
Arrow Films release of Massacre Gun is guaranteed to please the audience of classic Japanese film noir’s from the ’60s and ’70s.  The film’s transfer is satisfactory and I thoroughly enjoyed my overall viewing experience.  I am a sucker for Japanese crime thrillers and Arrow did this one right and the slew of added on bonus features made this release a home run in my ball park.  Good job Arrow Films!

Technical specifications:

Disc:

Production release:  Nikkatsu Studios
Video release: Arrow Films

Number of discs: 2
Region Free
Runtime: 89 minutes
Case: Standard clear amaray case
Release date: April 7, 2015

Video:
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Audio:
Japanese: LPCM Mono

Subtitles:
Yes (English)

Extras:
Yes

To purchase this film or any other Arrow Films merchandise visit: www.mvdb2b.com

Massacre Gun: Purchase Link

Retail: $29.96

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