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The Executioner Collection

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Genres: Action
Plot Synopsis:

Fists flurry and blood flows as legendary cult director Teruo Ishii (Shogun's Joy of Torture, Horrors of Malformed Men) joins forces with martial arts legend Shin'ichi 'Sonny' Chiba in this bone crunching double whammy of classic karate exploitation from Toei.

Ryuichi Koga (Chiba) is a descendent of the Koga Ninja school, now earning his living through more nefarious means as a gun for hire. When he is enlisted to take down a drug cartel alongside Hayabusa (Makoto Sato), a disgraced former narcotics detective now operating within the criminal underworld, and renegade Aikido master Sakura (Eiji G?), tensions grow among this three man team of ne'erdowells as each come to question each other's motives. Koga returns in the even more gungho follow up, Karate Inferno, as the ringmaster of a gang of thieves plotting to steal a priceless jewel from a master criminal.

Making its High Definition home video debut, The Executioner is presented in both its original Japanese language version and with the English dub track from the 1970s North American release. Fans of the Street Fighter star will delight as Chiba pitches himself into a succession of freewheeling action and feisty fight scenes in this double dish of martial arts mayhem, all served up in director Ishii's characteristically lurid style.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition presentations of both films
  • Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio for both films
  • Original uncompressed English mono audio track for The Executioner
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Brand new audio commentary by Chris Poggiali and Marc Walkow
  • Sonny Chiba, Karate King, a 30 minute featurette on the legendary Sonny Chiba, featuring Grady Hendrix, Tom Mes, Chris Poggiali, Marco Joachim and Seiji Anno, from the band Guitar Wolf
  • Original trailers
  • Image galleries for The Executioner and The Executioner II: Karate Inferno
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Lucas Peverill
  • First pressing only: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the films by Mark Schilling
  • Release Details
    Release Date: January 10th, 2023
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1974
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Arrow Video
  • Technical Specs
    Length:173 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Audio Formats:English: LPCM Mono
    Japanese: LPCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English SDH

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