The Lone Wolf and Cub dvds did come last saturday. I bought some Asian versions of the dvd's because they were cheaper than the AnimEigo versions. I occasionally like to be frugal, but it's not a lifestyle. The reality is, lower cost equal more crap for the dollar. That and luck and you can fill your house with lots of stuff. AnimEigo owns the US rights, and sells it's dvds for $153 with free shipping because you are spending over $80. I bought the Babycart Bundle from hkDVDstore.com and got all six movies and Shogun Assassin for $117 including shipping. They were a mixed batch of dvd's. The first and third movies were on the Unit World Movie Inc. label and were pretty crappy. They were recorded at a pretty low bit rate and the source of the movie sure looks like the old laserdisc from AnimEigo. The subtitles sure look the same, but they didn't capture any of the laserdisc quality. hkDVDstore now seems to only stock the UW versions, so give them a miss.
The other 4 movies in the series are on the Red Sun label and are really good looking. The source for them was the AnimEigo dvd's, the AnimEigo logos are there, all the extras are there, the bit rate is good. Me happy, well not so happy, now I have replace the first and third movies. Luckily you can get the AnimEigo versions at DVDPlanet at a lower cost than they sell them for at AnimEigo. The set of 6 US versions would cost $126 at DVDPlanet, but neither AnimEigo or DVDPlanet sells the Shogun Assassin, so getting that somewhere else could add about $20 to the total price. Not everyone needs or even wants the Shogun Assassin. The first two films were edited together by some Americans in 1980. The final result is an action packed mess, narrated by the Cub in a most annoying way. I hadn't seen this since the mid-80's and I had forgotten about the music. The score to the Japanese originals is pretty good, lapsing into porno jazz occasionally, but still entertaining. The music on the rework is very weird, I don't even know how to describe it, a lot of weird fuzz guitar. Poker Industries has a Shogun Assassin with a cd soundtrack of the original music for about $20 with shipping.
So, by buying the Babycart Bundle I saved a buck but I didn't get the cd. I got the bundle for $117, plus the two rebuys at $42, minus $14 for selling the poor ones at DreamHaven. The total $145. Buy the AnimEigo versions from DVDPlanet for $126, pay $20 for Shogun Assassin from Poker Industries, and your total is $146 plus you have a cd soundtrack. A much better deal.