May 2nd, 2007 will see the Region 4 DVD release of Sanshiro Sugata II by Eastern Eye. Unless they have completely messed up the release, this DVD should become the definitive English-friendly version of the film on DVD. After all, it shouldn’t take much to beat the only currently available DVD edition of the film, which is by the Chinese Mei Ah company.
That said, the release does not boast multiple extras or anything of that nature, although it does come with a trailer. Since no preview copy has been sent to me (well, I haven’t asked for any, and doubt that they would even act if I did) I cannot say anything about picture or sound quality at the moment.
Full specs for the release can be found at AV Channel. My thanks go to Doug for spotting this and being kind enough to drop me a note about it!
12 March 2007
If it meets the quality of their Sanshiro Sugata release, I will be happy that it gets released. Finding the few edits that they did for the first fim was a welcome addition.