by Marlan Moore | staff editor
Classic anime flick Ninja Scroll has been re-released on DVD today by Sentai Filmworks and Section23 Films. The film is also making its way to blu-ray for the first time ever with a new HD transfer from the source.
Ninja Scroll was originally released into Japanese theaters in 1993, and went on to being one of the most popular anime films of the ’90s in North America. For many, Ninja Scroll served as a gateway drug into the world of Japanese culture and animation.
The film, set in feudal Japan, follows master ninja Jubei Kibagami as he is coerced into going on a mission with female ninja Kagero to uncover the truth behind a mysterious plague that wiped out an entire village. After being intoxicated with a slow-acting poison, Jubei is forced into the mission. Only when he figures out the truth behind the plague and the demons that brought it will he be given the antidote.
Sentai Filmworks calls the film an “insanely gore-packed orgy of violence,” which is probably the best way to describe the film.
It’s so gore-filled in fact, that it’s release was originally censored in the U.K. and Australia. This new release promises to deliver the uncut version to North America (and in HD, to boot!).
Both DVD and Blu-ray editions feature English and Japanese Audio tracks with English subtitles. The DVD has an MSRP of $19.98, with the Blu-ray going for $24.98.
Was this your anime gateway drug? If not, what first got you into anime?