A quite unusual and ambitious DIY project will be available to home audiences next week as Synapse Films releases the sword-swinging, gore-spraying samurai epic Bath of Blood on Blu-ray on March 13 (SRP $24.95). The impressive feat of film takes its inspiration from the ultra-violent Japanese series Lone Wolf and Cub, and was painstakingly animated in paper cut-out stop motion by one determined artist/madman working on his dining room table … for several years.
Path of Blood is the first animated film by Eric Power, who handcrafted the work in a unique visual style punctuated by visceral martial arts action. In addition to the film, the Blu-ray release includes a Making of Path of Blood featurette, the original short film, original promo trailer and “video game” inspired trailer, and image gallery.
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?
Read more about the project at ericpowerup.net.