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    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new Blu-ray of ZOMBIE FOR SALE (기묘한 가족, Gimyohan Gajok, 2019), an infectiously funny slice of modern Korean cinema where TRAIN TO BUSAN, THE QUIET FAMILY and WARM BODIES collide to create a memorable rom-zom-com from first time director Lee Min-jae. When the illegal human experiments of Korea`s biggest Pharmaceutical company go wrong, one of their "undead" test subjects escapes and ends up in a shabby gas station owned by the Park family -- a band of misfits spanning three generations who hustle passers-by to make ends meet. When the Park family uncover their undead visitor, he bites the head of their household, who instead of transforming into an undead ghoul becomes revitalised and full of life! The

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of SAMURAI MARATHON (サムライマラソン, 2019), the action-adventure flick with a samurai twist. Award-winning director Bernard Rose -- whose wildly diverse career has spanned horror classics (CANDYMAN), historical romances (ANNA KARENINA) and indie dramas (IVANS xtc) -- co-wrote the screenplay with Japan’s Hiroshi Saito and Kikumi Yamagishi based on the novel The Marathon Samurai: Five Tales of Japan’s First Marathon. Inspired by a race still held yearly, the film follows an aging lord who challenges his samurai to a grueling marathon -- joined covertly by his daughter -- and the group must overcome deadly odds to survive. SAMURAI MARATHON stars Takeru Satoh (RUROUNI KENSHIN: FINAL CHAPTER), Nana Komatsu (THE WORLD OF KANAKO, SILENCE), Mirai Moriyama (RAGE, VISION), Shota Sometani

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will release MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO and PRINCESS MONONOKE, from the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, on October 20, 2020 in limited edition SteelBook packaging with striking new art. Each SteelBook will house a Blu-ray & DVD combo pack, presenting the film alongside hours of bonus features and a booklet with stunning art and statements from the filmmakers. With this release, two renowned films from one of the world’s most coveted animation collections can come home to collectors in limited edition SteelBook packaging for the first time in North America. MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO and PRINCESS MONONOKE now join HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, PONYO, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE and NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND in a series of SteelBook releases from the Studio Ghibli collection of films.

    Source: Third Window Films press release Special Thanks to Adam Torel UK distributor Third Window Films brings the award-winning Japanese film MELANCHOLIC (メランコリック, Merankorikku, 2018) out in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on September 7th. Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2018 Tokyo International Film Festival: Japanese Cinema Splash, this auspicious debut from writer/director Seiji Tanaka features an ingenious script full of unexpected shifts in genre and tone, effortlessly swinging between black comedy, coming-of-age romance and crime thriller. Despite having graduated from the prestigious Tokyo University, Kazuhiko is unemployed and living with his parents without any plans for the future. Everything changes, however, when he takes up a job at a local bathhouse and discovers that it is used by the yakuza as a convenient place for executions and corpse disposal. Winner – Best Director, Tokyo Film Festival Winner – Best Debut

    The 2019 movie in stunning high-definition! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans, Jeff Hayne and J.W. Starrett In addition to being included in the ULTRAMAN R/B Complete Series and Movie Blu-ray + Digital set, the 2019 theatrical feature film, ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE: SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND (劇場版ウルトラマンR/B セレクト!絆のクリスタル, Gekijō-ban Urutoraman R/B Serekuto! Kizuna no Kurisutaru), will also be available in a "Movie Only" Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment for $19.99 SRP. The movie is set one year after the end of the ULTRAMAN R/B series. While visiting an old friend, Katsumi Minato (aka Ultraman Rosso) encounters a monstrous evil being called “Tregear.” As the threat escalates, Rosso and his brother Ultraman Blu are assisted by the returning Ultraman Geed, and their younger sister... who becomes a new hero, Ultrawoman Grigio! ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE is presented with the original

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new Arrow Academy Blu-ray of HIROSHIMA (ひろしま, 1953). The film is a powerful evocation of the devastation wrought by the world's first deployment of the atomic bomb and its aftermath, based on the written eye-witness accounts of its child survivors compiled by Dr. Arata Osada for the 1951 book Children Of The A Bomb: Testament Of The Boys And Girls Of Hiroshima. Adapted for the screen by independent director Hideo Sekigawa (LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF THE SEA, TOKYO UNTOUCHABLE) and screenwriter Yasutaro Yagi (THEATRE OF LIFE, RICE), Hiroshima combines a harrowing documentary realism with moving human drama, in a tale of the suffering, endurance and survival of a group of teachers, their students and their families. It

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Official Site: birthday-wonderland.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan Keiichi Hara’s fantastical anime adventure THE WONDERLAND (バースデー・ワンダーランド, Bāsudē Wandārando, 2019), will be released on digital download, On Demand, on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack and as a standalone DVD on October 6, 2020 from Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory. THE WONDERLAND is a showcase of incredible creative force, directed by Keiichi Hara, one of Japan’s leading animation film directors (MISS HOKUSAI, COLORFUL), and with visual and character designs by renowned artist Ilya Kuvshinov (GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045). Bonus features on the release include interviews with the Japanese voice cast, featuring the talent of Mayu Matsuoka as protagonist Akane (Young Shoya, A SILENT VOICE) and audio commentary with character designer and concept artist Ilya Kuvshinov. On the day before her birthday, young Akane meets the mysterious alchemist Hippocrates

    The North American debut for the series and movie in stunning high-definition! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans, Jeff Hayne and J.W. Starrett Mill Creek Entertainment is pleased to announce the next release from the Ultraman superhero library! The ULTRAMAN R/B Complete Series and Movie Blu-ray + Digital set will be released on October 13, 2020 for $49.99 SRP. This marks the North American debut for both the television series and subsequent feature film. Originally released in 2018, the 25-episode ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) [?????????(???), Urutoraman R/B (Ruubu)] series revolves around the main theme of familial “Bonds” and “Love”. When Katsumi and Isami Minato, two brothers with clashing personalities, obtain incredible powers, they focus on overcoming their differences to defend Earth from giant monsters as the superhero team of Ultraman Rosso and Ultraman Blu! The 2019 theatrical feature film, ULTRAMAN R/B

    Multi-Year Agreement Grants Shout! Factory TV Streaming Rights to Renowned Live-Action Pop Culture Library Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Mill Creek Entertainment announced a landmark distribution alliance to bring Tsuburaya Productions’ iconic ULTRAMAN superhero library to streaming entertainment platforms in North America. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders and CEOs Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; Jeff Hayne, SVP of Mill Creek Entertainment; Shout’s Senior Vice President of Digital Enterprises and Shout! Factory TV, Gene Pao; and Jordan Fields, Shout’s Vice President of Acquisitions. The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory and its multi-platform streaming service, Shout! Factory TV with exclusive SVOD and AVOD digital rights in the U.S. and Canada to Tsuburaya’s expansive catalog of ULTRAMAN properties including more than 1100 episodes and 20 movies. Iconic series and popular

    The Iconic Japanese Superhero Will Be Celebrated With Live Streamed Events on Shu.Watch and Launch of The Official Ultraman Galaxy Online Store Source: Alta Global Media press release Official Site: Shu.Watch Special Thanks to Theo Dumont ULTRAMAN DAY has arrived. The iconic and celebrated classic Japanese superhero ULTRAMAN will be celebrated today, Friday, July 10 with a series of major virtual activations and talks with the leaders behind the Ultraman revival live on Shu.Watch. Ultraman Day will also feature the launch of the official online Ultraman Galaxy Store, which will display exclusive collectible Ultraman merchandise featuring the poster artwork of Marvel’s Alex Ross cover created for The Rise Of Ultraman issue #1, on sale this September. ULTRAMAN DAY kicks off on Shu.Watch at 10am PST today and will feature a

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Official Site: moviespree.com/ultraman Special Thanks to Barrett Evans In celebration of Ultraman Day (the anniversary of Ultraman’s first appearance on Japanese television), Mill Creek Entertainment’s transaction-based streaming service movieSPREE is pleased to announce the availability of classic and new Ultraman complete series to purchase and stream exclusively in high-definition on movieSPREE’s website and apps, for only a special limited time price of only $7.10 each! Series include: · ULTRA Q · ULTRAMAN · ULTRASEVEN · RETURN OF ULTRAMAN · ULTRAMAN ACE · ULTRAMAN X · ULTRAMAN ORB · ULTRAMAN ORB – THE ORIGIN SAGA · ULTRAMAN GEED movieSPREE also features contains many ULTRAMAN movies, several which include English Dub tracks in addition to the original Japanese language audio that also features English Subtitles. Excluisve ULTRAMAN bundles and thousands of other film, television, and documentary titles are also

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Official Site: Shu.Watch Special Thanks to Barrett Evans This Friday, July 10, Tsuburaya Productions, Elevated Games, Mill Creek Entertainment, The Licensing Group Ltd and Starlight Runner Entertainment present a special FOUR HOUR live multicast with interactive sessions and content, plus special guests. Read on for the complete schedule... ULTRAMAN DAY Live Streaming Event Shu.Watch July 10, 2020 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM (PDT) SPONSORED BY TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ? ELEVATED GAMES ? MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT 10:00am / Mill Creek Entertainment Introduction 1966 THE BIRTH OF ULTRAMAN pre-roll and introduction 10:15am / Hosts Kevin Winston (Digital LA) & Jaron Hinds (Elevated Games) Welcome To ULTRAMAN Day: AR photo contest and ULTRAMAN DAY special Stickers 10:30am / Bin Furuya (The Original Ultraman) Bin demonstrates how to correctly do the Spacium Ray -- Ultraman’s signature move 10:45am / Marty Abrams (Man Behind Mego’s

    Source: The Licensing Group Ltd, Ultraman Galaxy press release Official Site: Shu.Watch Special Thanks to Carey Simon and Danny Simon ULTRAMAN DAY Live Streaming Event Shu.Watch July 10, 2020 10am PDT to 2pm PDT The Giant of Light arrived to save Earth 54 years ago and his name is ULTRAMAN. Raging monsters (Kaiju) and aliens roamed Earth, bound and determined to destroy everything in their path. It was up to the shining superhero to save everyone and everything. To mark this occasion, Tsuburaya Productions, Elevated Games, Mill Creek Entertainment, The Licensing Group Ltd and Starlight Runner Entertainment will bring you a special FOUR HOUR live multicast at Shu.Watch with interactive sessions and content, and a special guest appearance by none other than ULTRAMAN himself. ? Join ULTRAMAN enthusiasts as Ultraman’s past will be celebrated, and the future of the Ultraman franchise will be unveiled. ? Meet

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: anime.heros-ultraman.com (Japan), netflix.com/ultraman (US) Official Twitter Account: @ heros_ultraman Tsuburaya Productions has provided SciFi Japan with multiple updates containing more information and images for their ULTRAMAN (??????, Urutoraman) anime series. In April 2019, ULTRAMAN started streaming in over 200 countries (including the United States and Japan) exclusively on Netflix. The series was a critical and viewing hit, ranking first in anime and sixth overall for “the most-watched shows in Japan” on Netflix for last year. It also received an award for "Best CG Anime Broadcast on TV or Streamed Online" at the 2020 VFX-JAPAN Awards. A second season is currently in production for release in 2021. The first season is now airing on television in Japan, debuting on the independent station TOKYO MX on Sunday, April 12. Nippon BS Broadcasting Corporation`s satellite channel BS11 also began running the

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of ENTER THE FAT DRAGON (????, 2020), the new action-comedy starring international martial arts icon Donnie Yen [IP MAN, MULAN (2020), ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY]. The film was directed by Kenji Tanigaki (LEGEND OF SEVEN MONKS) and costars Teresa Mo (HARD BOILED), Niki Chow (HEAVENLY MISSION) and Wong Jing (KUNG FU MAHJONG). ENTER THE FAT DRAGON chronicles the events that transformed super-fit super-cop Fallon Zhu (Yen) into a records clerk with a major snack cake habit -- and one shot to regain his job and his fiancée. A hilarious parody of Bruce Lee`s 1972 film WAY OF THE DRAGON and a reimagining of the popular comedy martial arts film starring Sammo Hung, ENTER THE FAT DRAGON

    Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: p5a.jp (Japan), P5Ausa.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America is thrilled to announce the release of the PERSONA5 THE ANIMATION (????5???, Perusona 5 Anime) Complete Blu-ray Set on September 29, 2020. Fans will finally have a chance to own the electrifying anime adaptation of the best-selling JRPG series from developer ATLUS in a complete box set containing six Blu-ray discs with 26 episodes plus two supersized, special episodes: DARK SUN… and STARS AND OURS. The complete Blu-ray set also marks the release of the English dub, reuniting the immensely popular original cast members of the game. Also included are a stunning illustration card set, commercials, trailers, and textless versions of the show’s iconic opening and ending themes. Produced by CloverWorks (THE PROMISED NEVERLAND, RASCAL DOES NOT DREAM OF BUNNY GIRL SENPAI) and directed by Masashi

    Source: Arrow Films, Justin Cook Public Relations Special Thanks to Justin Cook Arrow Video has provided a new trailer for GAMERA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, a deluxe Blu-ray box set of the Gamera movie series. For the first time ever worldwide, all twelve tales of everyone’s favorite titanic terrapin are collected together, from the "friend of all children" in Gamera`s more lighthearted earlier films, to the Guardian of the Universe in the groundbreaking 1990s reboot series, often hailed as three of the best kaiju films ever made. GAMERA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION is now streaming on the Arrow Video Channel, The Blu-ray set will be released in the UK on August 17, and in the US on August 18, 2020. For the complete product specs please see the previous report on SciFi Japan. About Arrow Films Arrow Films is a leading independent entertainment distribution company,

    Source: Avery Guerra Official Site: notzilla.movie Facebook: facebook.com/NotzillaMovie Creepy Ex-Boyfriend Productions has joined forces with distributors Indie Rights for digital and Allied Vaughn for the physical media releases of the hilarious award-winning kaiju comedy spoof NOTZILLA for an August 18, 2020 day and date release! This hilarious send-up of classic monster movies has won best comedy awards at multiple film festivals. SYNOPSIS When a scientist from Japan smuggles a monster’s egg into the United States, what could possibly go wrong when it actually hatches—and alcohol makes it grow taller than a skyscraper? The race is on as the monster drinks beer and wreaks havoc, the Japanese scientist tries to shrink it, and a crazed weapons physicist tries to nuke the monster—and possibly take the entire city of Cincinnati with it! CREDITS Director: Mitch Teemley Producers:

    Source: Media Blasters press release Special Thanks to Carl Morano With a record number of people practicing social distancing and caution, quality home entertainment is more highly valued than ever before! With that in mind, Media Blasters Inc. is back at work and pleased to announce that the live-action sci-fi actioner ZEIRAM 2 (????2, Zeiramu 2, 1994) will makes its premiere on Blu-ray and finally return to DVD on September 22, courtesy of the Tokyo Shock label. ZEIRAM 2 comes from the imagination of filmmaker and prolific character designer Keita Amemiya (ZEIRAM, GARO, MECHANICAL VIOLATOR HAKAIDER). Upon successfully wrapping up an important case, the beautiful alien bounty hunter Iria returns to Earth. Along with her computer, Bob, and her assistant, Fujicrow, she is assigned a new android trainee. Unfortunately, inside the android resides the most evil, cunning combat life form known in the universe -- a

    New Titles Include ZOMBIE FOR SALE, The 12-Film GAMERA COLLECTION, CREEPSHOW 2, BLOODSTONE, BLACK RAINBOW & MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE Source: Arrow Video Channel press release Special Thanks to Justin Cook Arrow Video is excited to announce the July slate of titles on their subscription-based Arrow Video Channel, including acclaimed undead comedy ZOMBIE FOR SALE and GAMERA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, all twelve films starring mankind`s greatest defender: a fire-breathing mutant turtle. An infectiously funny slice of modern Korean cinema where TRAIN TO BUSAN, THE QUIET FAMILY and WARM BODIES collide to create ZOMBIE FOR SALE, a memorable rom-zom-com from debut director Lee Min-jae. For the first time ever, fans can trace the decades-long evolution of Gamera, from the "friend of all children" in his more light-hearted earlier films, to the Guardian of the Universe in the groundbreaking 1990s reboot series, often hailed as three of the best

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