by Marc Saint-Cyr
Attention all classic chambara fans! This past Tuesday - the 15th, that special date in each month when the Criterion Collection announces their newest batch of titles to be released three months ahead - attentive DVD collectors will have been pleased to see that we will be getting more Japanese cinema from the much-worshipped disc label. This time around, Criterion is putting out the first feature film from Hideo Gosha, "Three Outlaw Samurai." The disc itself, which will be released in both Blu-ray and DVD formats on February 14th, 2012, seems to be a bare-bones affair, arriving with just a trailer and an essay by critic Bilge Ebiri as special features. But this is still a more than welcome release, if only for a chance to get a fresh look at this period revenge piece starring Tetsuro Tamba, Isamu Nagato and Mikijiro Hira as the three titular samurai. Heck, besides the restoration job that the Criterion staff are sure to give the film, this disc will be worth owning just for the exceptional cover art shown above.
For those inspired by this news to refresh their knowledge of Hideo Gosha's work, take a look at our reviews for such other films of his as "Sword of the Beast," "Goyokin," "The Wolves," and "The Geisha."