Different DVD versions of Zatoichi

Title: Zatoichi
Production Company: Mongkol Cinema
Country: Thailand
Release date: 2004-06-15
Region (Format): 0 (NTSC)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese and Thai
Subtitles: English, Japanese and Thai
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (16x9)
Price: $19.95
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Trailers and "Making of" featurette.
  

Title: ไอ้บอดซามูไร special
Country: Thailand
Release date: 2004-07-01
Region (Format): 0 (NTSC)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese and Thai
Subtitles: English, Japanese and Thai
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (16x9)
Price: $8.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: none
  

Title: ซาโตชิไอ้บอดซา&#
Production Company: DVD Easy
Country: Thailand
Release date: 2004-07-01
Region (Format): 0 (NTSC)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Thai (dub)
Subtitles: none
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (16x9)
Price: $3.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: none
  

Title: Zatoichi [Blu-ray]
Production Company: Artificial Eye
Country: United Kingdom
Release date: 2008-10-27
Region (Format): 0 (PAL)
Sound: DTS Japanese
Subtitles: English
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: ?24.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
  

Title: Zatoichi / Zatoichi le Samurai (Seville Signature Collection)
Production Company: Seville Pictures
Country: Canada
Release date: 2004-12-07
Region (Format): 1 (NTSC)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese, French (dub) and English (dub)
Subtitles: English, French
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: CAN$ 34.95
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Disc 2: Masterclass in Paris (32 minutes), "Making of" (40 minutes), Interviews with Cast and Crew (50 minutes), Trailer and Trailer gallery. English and French subtitles on all additional material.
Notes: This is a two-disc edition. It has an reversible inlay cover, one side English, the other French.
  

Title: Zatoichi / Sonatine Double Bill
Production Company: Buena Vista, Miramax / Rolling Thunder
Country: USA
Release date: 2004-11-09
Region (Format): 1 (NTSC)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese and English (dub)
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: $29.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Making of (40 minutes) and 4 interviews (21 minutes).
Notes: This is part of a dual DVD along with "Sonatine". The interviews are by Katsumi Yanagishima (4:26), Norihiro Isoda (5:40), Kazuko Kurosawa (6:58) and Tatsumi Nikamoto (4:25). They have been edited by Miramax and in total reduced by 4:28 minutes.
  

Title: Zatoichi [Blu-ray]
Production Company: Miramax
Country: USA
Release date: 2009-09-15
Region (Format): 1 (NTSC)
Sound: DTS-HD Japanese, 5.1 Japanese
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: $39.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: tba
  

Title: Zatoichi - First Edition
Production Company: Emotion / Bandai
Country: Japan
Release date: 2004-03-11
Region (Format): 2 (NTSC)
Sound: 2.0 and 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: English and Japanese
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (16x9)
Additional material: On Disc 2 there is "Making of" (42:28), "Behind the scenes" (58:34) and gags. No subtitles on Disc 2.
Notes: This DVD is Out of Print. Bandai released this as a limited print, which once sold out would be replaced by the single disc edition.
  

Title: Zatoichi - Single Disc Edition
Production Company: Emotion / Bandai
Country: Japan
Release date: 2004-03-11
Region (Format): 2 (NTSC)
Sound: 2.0 and 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: English and Japanese
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (16x9)
Price: ?3800
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: none
  

Title: Zatoichi - Den Blinde Samurai
Production Company: Sandrew Metronome
Country: Denmark
Release date: 2004-09-21
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 2.0 and 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: Dkr199.00
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: "Making of" (40 minutes), Interviews with Production team (50 minutes), biography (written by Henrik Sylow), filmography and trailer.
  

Title: Zat?ichi - ?dition Collector
Production Company: Wild Side Video
Country: France
Release date: 2004-06-02
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese, 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS French (dub)
Subtitles: French
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: ?24.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Disc 2 contains: "Making of" (39:53), Kitano interview at Fnac (32:21) with Kitano answering questions from the audience, Kitano interview about Zatoichi (27:04), Interviews with Production crew, Zatoichi joke from "Getting Any?" and Trailer.
  

Title: Zat?ichi - ?dition simple
Production Company: Wild Side Video
Country: France
Release date: 2004-06-02
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese, 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS French (dub)
Subtitles: French
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: ?19.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: none
  

Title: Coffret Zatoichi - Zatoichi - Le Masseur Aveugle
Production Company: Wild Side Video / MGM
Country: France
Release date: 2004-10-05
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: French
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: ?33.00
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: none
Notes: A "Zatoichi" set: "Zatoichi" by Kitano Takeshi and "Zat?ichi monogatari" by Misumi Kenji.

Please note, that while the Aspect Ration says 1.85:1, both films are presented in OAR. Thus "Zat?ichi monogatari" has the Aspect Ration of 2.35:1 (16x9).
  

Title: Zatoichi - Der Blinde Samurai
Production Company: Concorde Home Entertainment
Country: Germany
Release date: 2005-01-12
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese, 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS German (dub)
Subtitles: German
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: ?14.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Making Of, production notes, biographies, trailers.
  

Title: Zatoichi - Edizione Speciale
Production Company: Cecchi Gori
Country: Italy
Release date: 2004-05-01
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese and Italian (dub)
Subtitles: Italian
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: ?19.50
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Disc 2: 5 Trailers, Interview with Kitano, Kitano at Venice, Filmography.
  

Title: Zat?ichi - Two Disc Special Edition
Production Company: A-Film Home Entertainment
Country: Nederlands
Release date: 2004-09-23
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese, 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS French (dub)
Subtitles: Dutch and French
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (16x9)
Price: ?19.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Disc 2: Making of, Interviews, Fnac Masterclass
  

Title: Kitano Collection
Country: Nederlands
Release date: 2006-08-17
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: Dutch, French
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (4:3)
Price: 49.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Making of, masterclass, interviews
Notes: Contains Sonatine (1993), Getting Any (1995), Kid's Return (1996), Brother (2000), Dolls (2002) and Zatoichi (2003).
  

Title: Zatoichi
Production Company: Sandrew Metronome
Country: Norge
Release date: 2004-09-29
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Trailer, Behind the Scenes, Interviews with actors and production team, Filmography.
  

Title: Zatoichi
Production Company: Best Film
Country: Poland
Release date: 2004-04-01
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese and 2.0 Dolby Digital Polish
Subtitles: Polish
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: zl 19.90
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Trailer, Interviews with actors and production team, and behind the scenes
  

Title: Zatoichi - Edici?n Especial
Production Company: SAV
Country: Spain
Release date: 2004-09-22
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese, 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS Spanish (dub)
Subtitles: Spanish
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (16x9)
Price: ?20.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Disc 2 contains aprx 150 minutes of material: Documentaries, Production crew interviews, Masterclass, trailers.
  

Title: Zatoichi
Production Company: Sandrew Metronome
Country: Sweden
Release date: 2004-12-01
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: SKr189
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Trailer, Behind the Scenes, Interviews with actors and production team, Filmography.
  

Title: Zatoichi
Production Company: Artificial Eye
Country: United Kingdom
Release date: 2004-07-26
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 2.0 and 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: English
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: ?19.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: "Making of" (40 minutes) with cast and crew interviews (most likely the same as on Bandai DVD, but here with English subtitles), trailer, stills and poster gallery, Takeshi Kitano filmography.
  

Title: Zatoichi - Collector's Edition
Production Company: Artificial Eye
Country: United Kingdom
Release date: 2005-01-24
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 2.0, 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS Japanese
Subtitles: English
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: ?29.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Limited edition numbered 35mm film cell, 3 art cards and full colour illustrated 12 page booklet with production notes by Takeshi Kitano

2 new interviews with Takeshi Kitano, Interviews with Producer Masayuki Mori, Sword fight choregraphers Tatsumi Nikamoto and Hiroaki Tokoro/Costume designer Kazuko Kurosawa, Production designer Norihiro Isoda, Director of Photography Katsumi Yanagijima, Tap Dancing Choregrapher Hideboh (The Stripes), Composer Keiichi Suzuki and Sound designer Senji Horiuchi, Takeshi Kitano Masterclass (from Paris, November 2003), Making of Documentary, Stills and poster galleries, Theatrical trailer and Filmographies.
Notes: The film comes in an embossed tinbox.

We intend to release a collectors' edition of Zatoichi, incorporating some bonus material that was not made available to us when we produced the single disc version. It will be released in a limited edition box in late January. Steve Lewis [Artificial Eye]
  

Title: 盲俠座頭市(2碟)
Production Company: Panorama
Country: Hong Kong
Release date: 2004-04-22
Region (Format): 3 (NTSC)
Sound: 2.0, 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS Japanese and 2.0 Dolby Digital Cantonese
Subtitles: English and Chinese
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: HK$130.00
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Disc 2: "Making of" (40:18), Interviews with Production team (47:57). No English subtitles on Extra.
  

Title: 盲俠座頭市(普通版)
Production Company: Panorama
Country: Hong Kong
Release date: 2004-05-10
Region (Format): 3 (NTSC)
Sound: 2.0 and 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese and 2.0 Dolby Digital Cantonese
Subtitles: English and Chinese
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: HK$78.00
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: none
Notes: This single-disc film only DVD is DVD5 vs. DVD9 for the dual-disc. While it, in itself, will affect picture quality because of lower capacity, the bad quality of the DVD was based on a bad master:

The high contrast in the DVD5 version of "Zatoichi" is a problem of the master. When we receive the master tape, the high contrast problem already exist, and this is the best quality available.
Geoffrey Wong [Panorama Entertainment]

The DVD is titled "1 Disc Uncut Version". While it is the uncut version of "Zatoichi", so are every other editions. This does not indicate, that this particular DVD contains more scenes than the other editions.
  

Title: Zatoichi
Production Company: Intro Media
Country: Korea
Release date: 2004-04-13
Region (Format): 3 (NTSC)
Sound: 2.0 and 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese and Korean
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (16x9)
Price: ?30.00
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Trailers, Interviews, Gallery, Production notes and Making of
  

Title: Zatoichi
Production Company: Intro Media
Country: Korea
Release date: 2004-06-15
Region (Format): 3 (NTSC)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese and Korean
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (16x9)
Price: ?22.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Disc 1: Trailers and TV-spots. Disc 2: Interviews, "Making of" featurette, Production notes, "Turn your phone off" (infomercial) and photo gallery.
  

Title: Kitano Takeshi Collection 1990~2003
Production Company: Alto Media
Country: Korea
Release date: 2006-04-25
Region (Format): 3 (NTSC)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese, 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese, DTS Japanse
Subtitles: English, Korean, None
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: $79,95
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Diverse
Notes: Contains all films directed by Kitano, from Violent Cop to Zatoichi.
  

Title: Затоiчи
Production Company: Ruscico
Country: Russia
Release date: 2004-06-29
Region (Format): 5 (PAL)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese and Russian (voice-over)
Subtitles: Russian
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: RUB846
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Making of, Trailers and Filmography.