Path of Blood (2013) (Special Edition) (Blu-ray Review)

Path of Blood (2013) (Special Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Eric Power
Starring: Kenji Kiuchi, Yoshi Okai, Leo Shue Schuster
Rated: UR/Region O/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Synapse Films

Japan, 1614. War is over. Samurai displaced through defeat or reform wander the countryside as Ronin, seeking work where they can find it. At the edge of a forgotten village lies a path leading deep into the mountains. It is rumored the brave few who make it down the path will be rewarded with a life of freedom and purpose. However, none who have entered the path have returned. When a lone samurai sets his course towards the Path of Blood, unknown danger and terror awaits. Will his great swordsmanship be enough to survive?

Path of Blood is a short and to the point animated samurai film that is a very violent affair but is done in such a nice artsy manner that most probably won’t notice how brutal it can be. First off, this is a very stylish film. It isn’t what you’d call anime, but it mixes a lot of neat stuff together to make the film you get. This is a story very much like any old school samurai film you’ve probably seen before, but the animated side of it brings a bit of new life to the subject. We basically watch a samurai and a couple friends he makes along the way head into mountains filled with other samurai and ninja. It has a very Battle Royale feel for a good portion of it as we watch people just try to take other people out. Also, with the head bad guy waiting at the end you could almost say you get a video game vibe from it all as well.

I found this one interesting enough for a once over watch. I dig samurai and ninja movies but I’m not sure any style of animation can take the place of the fountains of blood that usually shoot up in movies like this. But I do respect what they did and I do admire anyone who can make a movie like this. I think it packs an interesting enough story and people who aren’t super hardcore about wanting to see inches of fake blood on the screen should be a lot more excited about what they get here. The film looks good as most animation in HD does. If nothing else the style used here helps it really pop on Blu-ray. The extras also have the original short film so you can see a quicker version of the same story and see how the animation changes for the better from then to this.

Extras

– Making of Path of Blood Featurette
– Path of Blood – The Original Short Film.
– Original Promotional Trailer
– Video Game Inspired Trailer
– Image Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 100%