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    Daiei's THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS /THE INVISIBLE MAN VS. THE HUMAN FLY Blu-ray Double Feature From Arrow Video In March 2021

    THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS trailer. Video courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA

    Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Group
    Special Thanks to James Flower and Clint Weiler

    Blu-ray cover art, courtesy of MVD Entertainment. © KADOKAWA

    In March 2021, Arrow Video will release a Blu-ray double feature of THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS (透明人間現わる, Tōmei Ningen Arawaru, 1949) and THE INVISIBLE MAN VS. THE HUMAN FLY (透明人間と蝿男, Tōmei Ningen to Hae Otoko, 1957). Finally released outside Japan for the very first time, these unique riffs on H.G. Wells’ classic character (though undoubtedly also indebted to Universal’s iconic film series) are two of the earliest examples of tokusatsu (special effects) cinema from Daiei Studios, later the home of Gamera.

    In THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS, written and directed by Nobuo Adachi in 1949, a scientist successfully creates an invisibility serum, only to be kidnapped by a gang of thugs who wish to use the formula to rob a priceless jewel. In addition to being the earliest surviving Japanese science fiction film ever made, the film’s entertaining special effects were an early credit for the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya (ULTRAMAN), five years before he first brought Godzilla to life.

    Eight years later, Mitsuo Murayama’s exciting THE INVISIBLE MAN VS. THE HUMAN FLY tells the story of a series of mysterious murders where the only clue is strange buzzing noise at the scene of the crime… could this be linked to secret wartime experiments in shrinking humans to the size of insects? And can a scientist who’s just invented an invisibility ray be the one to stop it?

    THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS /THE INVISIBLE MAN VS. THE HUMAN FLY Blu-ray will be available in both the United States and United Kingdom.

    Reversible sleeve art for THE INVISIBLE MAN VS. THE HUMAN FLY.
    Image courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA

    Discs: 1
    Duration: 87 / 96 Minutes
    Language: Japanese
    Subtitles: English
    Audio: Mono 1.0
    Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1

    US Release Date: March 16, 2021
    SKU: AV340
    UPC: 760137479284
    Region Code: 0
    SRP: 39.95

    UK Release Date: March 15, 2021
    BD Cat No: FCD2110
    BD Barcode: 5027035022796
    Region: B
    Rating: TBC
    RRP: £24.99

    Bonus Materials
    • High Definition (1080p) transfers of both films on one Blu-ray disc
    • Original lossless Japanese mono audio on both films
    • Optional English subtitles for both films
    • Transparent Terrors, a newly filmed interview with critic and genre scholar Kim Newman on the history of the “Invisible Man” in cinema
    • Theatrical trailer for THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS
    • Image galleries for both films
    • Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork by Graham Humphreys
    • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Keith Allison, Hayley Scanlon and Tom Vincent

    About Arrow Films

    Arrow Films is a leading independent entertainment distribution company, established in 1991. Operating in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, United States of America and Canada, Arrow Films is dedicated to supporting upcoming and established filmmakers of dynamic new cinema and developing an enviable slate of quality films that enjoy a lasting legacy across its award-winning branded labels, channels, and platforms.

    About MVD Entertainment Group

    MVD Entertainment Group is a full service music and movie distribution firm, exclusively representing thousands of audio and visual products for DVD, Bluray, CD, vinyl, and digital rights, worldwide. MVD also exclusively distributes a growing line of merchandise including limited edition collectibles, tee shirts, and more.

    “Serving Artists and Audiences” is MVD’s purpose statement; it represents a commitment to the interests of the musicians, filmmakers, record labels, producers, managers, and every link in the supply chain. The customers are the Audience, from wholesalers, sub-distributors, major retail chains, online retailers, specialists, and independent mom and pop stores, all the way to the consumer.

    MVD Entertainment Group was founded in 1986 by Tom Seaman, an industry veteran with prior experience with The Record Hunter, Sam Goody, CBS Retail, and JEM Distribution. Tom, along with his family Elinor, Eve and Ed, initially focused on music videotapes.

    At the turn of the century, with the advent of DVD, MVD built a large catalog of exclusively distributed audiovisual content on DVD’s, with special strength in music concert films, horror movies, documentaries, comedy, cult classics, and much more.

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