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Old October 14th, 2003, 08:51 PM   #1
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For those of you old enough to have watched Shogun on television, it has been released on dVD. 5 disks, 9 hours of program. Compared to the $350 they asked for VHS, $65 for the DVD set is a bargain.

Incredible production values. Very good acting (I guess, a lot of dialog is in Japanese) The lead actress spoke no English so all of her many English lines were memorized.

Catch it if you can.
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Old October 15th, 2003, 05:37 AM   #2
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I'm enjoying watching it now, but I'm a bit annoyed at the lack of picture restoration - there's some noise and dirt that should have been very easy to clean up if they'd bothered.

Also, it's all hacked together - removing all the opening and closing credits (apart from the first and last), and I think the opening is a hack version from multiple episodes so that all the characters appear in it.

This means that on each DVD there's 2 to 3 hours of solid material with no breaks. This makes it tricky to watch unless you intend to do the whole darn thing in one sitting.

So yes, it's a bargain, and the extras are great - but it's not true to the original and it's not user friendly.
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