A young woman (Meiko Kaji), trained from childhood as an assassin and hell-bent on revenge for her father s murder and her mother s rape, hacks and slashes her way to gory satisfaction. Rampant with inventive violence and spectacularly choreographed swordplay, Toshiya Fujita s pair of influential cult classicsÂ Lady SnowbloodÂ andÂ Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance,Â set in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japan, respectively, are bloody, beautiful extravaganzas composed of one elegant widescreen composition after another. The firstÂ Lady SnowbloodÂ was a major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino sÂ Kill BillÂ saga, and both of Fujita s films remain cornerstones of Asian action cinema.BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURESÂ - New 2K digital restorations of both films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks- New interviews with Kazuo Koike, the writer of the manga on which the films are based, and screenwriter Norio Osada- Trailers- New English subtitle translations- PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton
The Purge: Election Year (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
Manufacturer: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
It has been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night - the 12 hours of lawlessness. This year, the annual ritual comes at the eve of a heated presidential election with the nation deeply divided between those who are pro-Â and anti-ÂPurge. As head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), Leo's mission is to protect her during her controversial and contested run for president. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of Washington, D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.