©1980 Baby-Cart Productions. All rights reserved

Catalog Number 12-023
Format Extended Play CLV
MPAA Rating
Running Time 85 minutes
Release History


Extended Play Version

Mono
Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Red
Retail Price $24.95
Year Issued 1981

Side Running Time
1 52½ min
2 32½ min
85 minutes
Ratings
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Replication
Packaging
Large Open-Top
Open-Top
Side-Open Sticker
Printed

Pressing Notes

One of the last titles made under the DiscoVision label by MCA, Shogun Assassin had real staying power in the laser catalog. Still listed in the Winter 1984 MCA Home Video Catalog, it lasted through Pioneer Video's 1982 catalog.

The video transfer is awful. The image is too dark, and often it looks as though there is nothing happening at all on the screen. Watching 85 minutes of blank screen and listening to synthesizer music is a bit grating. When there is something to see on screen, the colors are overly saturated. The audio transfer is better, with no obvious roll-off or clipping. Although the film is clearly identified in the closing credits as being recorded in "Dolby Stereo", it is presented here in Mono.

Leonard Maltin gave the film of described it as:

Coherent film brilliantly edited out of two different features in Japanese Sword of Vengeance series about samurai warrior who travels across countryside pushing his young son in a baby cart, stopping only to get involved in inordinate amounts of combat. Americanized version, narrated by child, is absolutely stunning visual ballet of violence and bloodletting.
I can't understand how the MPAA could have given Paul Verhoeven such a bad time with 1987's RoboCop after giving this film an R rating. I've never seen so much spurting blood anywhere.

The DiscoVision opening contains a copyright message under the logo. The disc includes the MCA Videodisc standard "shrinking numbers" bumpers. The video disc jacket claims to be an MCA DiscoVision, the disc labels show the copyright as MCA Videodisc. The replication is not the worst Carson Extended Play title, but it's not great either. There is light speckling throughout the program, which shows up quite nicely over all the dark scenes.


Release History

Shogun Assassin has never re-appeared on LaserDisc in this form. Several of the "baby cart" films were issued on LaserDisc in full widescreen during the mid 90's. Since this film is really pieces of these other films, one could say that the 'original' version was issued on LaserDisc. But that aside, the assemblage known as "Shogun Assassin" in the United States was never reissued on LaserDisc.


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