The film is presented in its original 2.35:1 theatrical ratio and the picture is the best thing about this release, crisp and sharp with no issues at all. For the record, I’m watching on a Panasonic 50″ Plasma screen with a Samsung BDP1500 player.
Audio-wise, the speakers get a workout during the fight scenes and when there’s all manner of spiritual hokum going on.
The extras are as follows, all of which are in HD:
- Deleted Scenes (7:42): Four of them here, all containing the same stilted acting.
- Re-forging the legend (6:44): A fairly perfunctory skip through the making of the film – locations, set design, etc.
- Keanu & Kai (4:00): Another short piece, this time centreing on the lead actor and his character, making it all sound more intriguing than it actually is.
- Steel Fury: The fights of 47 Ronin (5:54): A look at how the fight scenes were choreographed, surprisingly.
- Myths, Magic & Monsters: The FX of 47 Ronin (7:35): A look at the… oh, you get the idea.
There are subtitles in oodles of languages (see below) and a reasonable 20 chapters, although a few more wouldn’t hurt.
Running time: 119 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Released: May 12th 2014
Picture: 1080p High Definition
Sound: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hindi
Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Hindi, Dutch, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Arabic
Widescreen: 2.35:1 (ARRIRAW (2.8K))
Disc Format: BD50
Director: Carl Rinsch
Producers: Pamela Abdy, Eric McLeod and Scott Stuber
Screenplay: Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini (based on a story by Chris Morgan and Walter Hamada)
Music: Ilan Eshkeri
Kai: Keanu Reeves
Ôishi: Hiroyuki Sanada
Mika: Kô Shibasaki
Lord Kira: Tadanobu Asano
Lord Asano: Min Tanaka
Chikara: Jin Akanishi
Yasuno: Masayoshi Haneda
Hazama: Hiroshi Sogabe
Basho: Takato Yonemoto
Hara: Hiroshi Yamada
Horibe: Shû Nakajima
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