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    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler A relentless one-of-a-kind sensory assault chock-full of hyper-kinetic fight scenes, gangster shootouts, sword-slashing violence and gory zombie horror, VERSUS (-ヴァーサス-, Vāsasu, 2000) was a key title amongst the barrage of innovative horror and action movies that appeared as if from nowhere from Japan at the turn of the millennium, leading to a new wave of appreciation for Asian extreme cinema. A mysterious face-off in a wooded clearing between two escaped convicts and a carload of sharply dressed yakuza holding a beautiful woman captive ends in hails of bullets and showers of blood. The location for this violent encounter is the mythic Forest of Resurrection, the site of the 444th portal of the 666 hidden gates that link this earthly domain to the netherworld – and it

    Source: Sentai press release Sentai announced today that it acquired distribution rights to anime series KILLING BITES (キリングバイツ, Kiringu Baitsu, 2018), based on the manga of the same name, for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Mexico. By the time Yuya Nomoto discovers his so-called friends have duped him into a clandestine plot to kidnap a high school girl, they’re already dead. Things go from bad to worse as Yuya is dragged into a cutthroat world of underground bloodsport known as Killing Bites, where Therianthropes -- brutal gene-edited killing machines -- fight to the death for rival, power-hungry forces who manipulate society from the shadows. A production of studio LIDENFILMS (THE HEROIC LEGEND OF ARSLAN, BERSERK, YAMADA-KUN AND THE SEVEN WITCHES), KILLING BITES is directed by Yasuto Nishikata (UNDEFEATED BAHAMUT CHRONICLE, THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS, THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS: PRISONERS OF THE SKY),

    Bonus Features Include a Making-Of Featurette, Interviews with Cast & Crew and an All-New English Dub! Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Official Site: traintobusanpeninsula.com Special Thanks to Leif Helland Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in TRAIN TO BUSAN (부산행, Busanhaeng, 2016), the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings fans TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA (반도, Bando, 2020), the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world, available early on Digital October 27 in time for Halloween or on 4K Ultra Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD November 24 from Well Go USA Entertainment. “The stakes are predictably high, the violence unsurprisingly gory and the zombies twitchy, agile and fast” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times) when a former soldier returns to the PENINSULA on a secret mission. The film stars Gang Dong-won, Lee Jung-hyun, Kwon Hae-hyo,

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to James Flower and Clint Weiler BURST CITY (爆裂都市 BURST CITY, Bakuretsu Toshi Bāsuto Shiti, 1982) is an explosive Molotov cocktail of dystopian sci-fi, Mad Max-style biker wars against yakuza gangsters and the police, and riotous performances from members of the real-life Japanese punk bands The Stalin, The Roosters, The Rockers and INU. In a derelict industrial wasteland somewhere on the outskirts of Tokyo, two rival punk bands and their unruly mobs of fans gather for a Battle of the Bands-style protest against the construction of a nuclear power plant, bringing them head to head with the yakuza industrialists behind the development of their turf. This extraordinary celebration of Japan`s punk music scene of the early 1980s thrust Sōgo Ishii (now known by the name of Gakuryū Ishii), the underground filmmaking wunderkind

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Sentai has announced that it acquired distribution rights to BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL (無限の住人-IMMORTAL-, Mugen no Jūnin: Immortal, 2019-20), the anime series based on the manga of the same name, for audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand together with Latin America and Nordic countries. Manji, the Slayer of Hundreds, has been cursed with eternal life -- but in the dark of his existence shines a final glimmer of hope. If he can slay 1,000 evil men, Manji will finally be able to end his life of infinite misery. When a young girl named Rin asks him to help her take revenge on the group of master swordsmen who slaughtered her family, Manji finds some resemblance to his lost younger sister in her and decides to come to her aid. BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL is

    Get Funimation’s Exclusive 25th Anniversary Silver Chrome All Might Funko POP! with Purchase in the Funimation Shop Source: Funimation press release Official Movie Site: heroaca-movie.com (Japan), funimationfilms.com/myheroacademia (US) Special Thanks to Jamie Falkowitz-Tancredi Funimation is releasing the MY HERO ACADEMIA: HEROES RISING (僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ヒーローズ:ライジング, Boku no Hīrō Akademia THE MOVI Hīrōzu: Raijingu, 2019) movie bundle that includes the Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital download including SUB and DUB, available October 27 in the Funimation Shop and select retailers. Released in theaters earlier this year, MY HERO ACADEMIA: HEROES RISING delighted audiences and earned over $13 million at the box office making it the #8 highest-grossing anime films of all time in the U.S. Now fans can own the hit film! Head over to Funimation’s shop to get the movie PLUS a 25th Anniversary Silver Chrome All Might Funko POP! with purchase. Don’t miss

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new DVD edition of the independent kaiju comedy ATTACK OF THE GIANT TEACHER (アタック・オブ・ザ・ジャイアントティーチャー, Atakku Obu Za Jaianto Tīchā, 2019) from director Yoshikazu Ishii (ULTRAMAN GINGA). Kenzo Miyazawa is an earnest teacher who works at a night high school. His class is filled with unique and slightly odd students. Suddenly, the night school witnesses a drop in student numbers and has no choice but to shut down by the end of the year. Mr. Miyazawa’s class decides to create a musical for the school’s last festival. Then, an alien beast invades Earth and begins destroying the town. Mr. Miyazawa challenges the alien beast to a fight. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION Prize: A. There are four

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor SRS Cinema has licensed North American home media rights an obscure 1984 Korean movie from director Jeong-yong Kim (BRUCE LEE`S WAYS OF KUNG FU, DRAGON AGAINST VAMPIRE, FIST OF GOLDEN MONKEY). Never before released in America, the film was screened in its native country as THE UNDEAD BEAST (비천괴수, Bicheongoesu) but is better known as THE FLYING MONSTER (飛天怪獸), the international title used for its release in Japan and other Asian markets. The independent production was a combination of new scenes shot in Korea with local actors, and monster footage lifted from Tsuburaya Productions` 1971 television series, RETURN OF ULTRAMAN (帰ってきたウルトラマン, Kaettekita Urutoraman). In THE FLYING MONSTER, a young reporter named Kang Ok-hee is writing a story about the theories of Dr. Kim, a scientist who believes that

    Source: Third Window Films press release Special Thanks to Adam Torel UK distributor Third Window Films is pleased to announce Europe`s first Blu-ray and the UK`s first release of Shinya Tsukamoto`s GEMINI (双生児, Sōseiji, 1999). Adapting the Edogawa Rampo short story The Twins, Shinya Tsukamoto`s (TETSUO, TOKYO FIST) modernist Meiji horror represents the director`s first foray into period films and fleshes out Rampo`s original tale of savage sibling rivalry considerably. Yukio (Masahiro Motoki) is living a charmed life: he is a respected young doctor with a successful practice and a beautiful wife. His only problem is that his wife is suffering from amnesia, and her past is unknown. Things begin to fall apart, however, when both his parents die suddenly, killed by a mysterious stranger with Yukio`s face. Only when Yukio confronts this stranger will the mystery of his identity, and his wife`s

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Official Site: lupin-3rd-movie.com (Japan), gkids.com/films/lupin-the-3rd-the-first (US) Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan One of the most influential characters in anime returns with a new adventure. The exciting new film LUPIN III: THE FIRST (ルパン三世 THE FIRST, Rupan Sansei THE FIRST) makes its way to home entertainment this winter following a North American theatrical run. Introducing the beloved characters in CG animation for the first time, the film will be released on digital download-to-own on December 15, 2020 and on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, as a standalone DVD, and as a SteelBook edition of the Blu-ray combo on January 12, 2021 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. This release will be presented in both the original Japanese version and a new English dubbed version, featuring the return of the beloved English cast that has voiced previous Lupin films and series. Bonus features exclusive to the

    Author: Keith Aiken Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: ani.tv/ultraman_z, m-78.jp/z (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series Tsuburaya Productions` latest Ultraman show, ULTRAMAN Z (ZETT) 『ウルトラマンZ(ゼット), Urutoraman Z (Zetto)』, will be released on Japanese home video early next year. ULTRAMAN Z Blu-ray Box I [『ウルトラマンZ』Blu-ray BOX I], containing Episodes 1-13 of the series plus a Special Disc of exclusive bonus features, will be available on January 27, 2021. Among the extras are a `Making Of` featurette, episode commentaries and a 24 page, full color booklet featuring cast and crew interviews and details on the show`s production. Six rental DVD volumes of ULTRAMAN Z will also be released, two per month, starting January 27. ULTRAMAN Z Blu-ray Box II -- containing Episodes 14-25 of the series -- is scheduled for March 26, 2021. PRODUCT DETAILS ■ Blu-ray BOX I (Episodes 1-13) Japanese Release Date: Wednesday, January 27,

    The 2014 heartfelt, coming-of-age series receives a stunning new home video release as a complete Blu-ray set! Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: kimiuso.jp (Japan), yourlieinapril.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America is thrilled to announce the Your lie in April (四月は君の嘘, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, 2014-15) Complete Blu-ray Set arriving just in time for the holiday season on December 22, 2020. For the first time ever, fans can now own all twenty-two episodes of the heartwarming series in six Blu-ray discs, housed in a beautiful box featuring illustration by character designer Yukiko Aikei. The Blu-ray set includes thirteen collectible illustration cards, plus audio commentary by the English cast and director (Episode 1 and 22), English bloopers, the English trailer, as well as textless openings and endings. (SWORD ART ONLINE, BLUE EXORCIST). Directed by Kyohei Ishiguro (OCCULTIC;NINE) with series

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans and Noah Sawyer Mill Creek Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new ULTRAMAN R/B Blu-ray + Digital set. The set includes Tsuburaya Productions` 25-episode series ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) [ウルトラマンR/B(ルーブ), Urutoraman R/B (Ruubu), 2018] and the 2015 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). Both ULTRAMAN R/B and ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE are presented with the original Japanese audio and English subtitles. ULTRAMAN R/B will be available on Blu-ray + Digital (SRP: $49.99) on Tuesday, October 13. Mill Creek`s Ultraman titles can be ordered from UltramanOnAmazon as well as other retailers (both online and in stores). Digital redemption will also be available via Mill Creek Entertainment’s streaming service, movieSPREE. The series and movie will also be available for

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new Blu-ray of Koji Shima`s WARNING FROM SPACE (宇宙人東京に現わる, Uchūjin Tokyo ni Arawaru, 1956), the first Japanese science fiction film to be made in color. The movie features eye-popping special effects from the same team at Daiei Studios that would bring Gamera to life a decade later. As Japan is rocked by mysterious sightings of UFOs over Tokyo and large one-eyed aliens attempting contact, scientists collaborate to investigate the unexpected rise in extraterrestrial activity. Unbeknownst to them, one of the aliens has already assumed human form and is about to deliver a very important message... that could be humanity`s last hope for survival. The WARNING FROM SPACE Blu-ray will be released October 13 by Arrow

    "Welcome to the Clock Tower, the mystery-filled mecca for mages.” Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: anime.elmelloi.com (Japan), elmelloi-anime.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America announced today that the LORD EL-MELLOI II’S CASE FILES {RAIL ZEPPELIN} GRACE NOTE (ロード・エルメロイⅡ世の事件簿 -魔眼蒐集列車 Grace note-, Rōdo Erumeroi Nisei no Jikenbo -Magan shūshū ressha Grace note-, 2019) anime series is coming to home video as a Complete Blu-ray Box Set! This set features all fourteen episodes with both Japanese and English audio, housed in a special package illustrated by Character Designer Jun Nakai. along with a myriad of bonus content including textless opening and ending, PV collections, web previews, as well as an exclusive special booklet. The box set includes a brand new English dub featuring an all-star cast led by Lucien Dodge (FATE/ZERO, GOD EATER ) as Lord El-Melloi II and Kayli Mills

    Source: Third Window Films press release Special Thanks to Adam Torel UK distributor Third Window Films is pleased to announce the world`s first Blu-ray release of THE TASTE OF TEA (茶の味, Cha no Aji, 2004). Filmmaker Katsuhito Ishii takes a break from the post-Tarantino excess of such highly-stylized outings as SHARK SKIN MAN AND PEACH HIP GIRL for this low-key look at an eccentric family residing in a quiet countryside town just north of Tokyo. The Haruno family is a five-piece clan living the simple life in Japan. The summer sun shining gently down, this quiet quintet is transformed into a six-piece when urban-dwelling uncle Ayano (Tadanobu Asano), a successful music producer, arrives to visit his family and confront his feelings for the ex-girlfriend who married another man after Ayano moved to the city. As the lazy days pass by, each member of

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Sentai has acquired rights to IS THE ORDER A RABBIT? BLOOM, the third season of the delightfully energetic slice-of-life anime series IS THE ORDER A RABBIT? (ご注文はうさぎですか? BLOOM, Go Chūmon wa UsagiDesu Ka? BLOOM, 2020), for audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, the Middle East, and North Africa. The colorful cast of Is the Order a Rabbit? is back to charm audiences as they beam cuteness, coffee and bunnies galore! Adapted from the four-panel manga series of the same name, IS THE ORDER A RABBIT? BLOOM finds Cocoa, Chino, Rize, Chiya, Tippy and all your Rabbit House favorites weathering the transition between summer and autumn as they serve up more of the adorable antics and cute capers that made their earlier adventures so beloved. Whether at school or at

    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 the pulse-pounding action-adventure epic INVINCIBLE DRAGON, starring China’s next-level action superstar Max Zhang (IP MAN 3, MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY). Director Fruit Chan (THE MIDNIGHT AFTER) assembled a dynamic supporting cast, including champion UFC fighter Anderson Silva (NEVER SURRENDER, TAPPED OUT), Kevin Cheng (MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY) and Stephy Tang (THE EMPTY HANDS) for Zhang, who portrays a brilliant but trigger-happy detective who pays a high price when he is outsmarted by a vicious serial killer. INVINCIBLE DRAGON debuts on Blu-ray (SLP: $29.98), Digital and DVD (SLP: $24.98) October 6 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The film is presented in the original Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles, has a runtime of approximately 99 minutes

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC press release Official Site: sagirinokuni.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra SRS is proud to announce the latest Kaiju addition to their growing line, Daisuke Sato’s beautiful and amazing HOWL FROM BEYOND THE FOG (狭霧の國, Sagiri no Kuni, 2020). Set in Kyushu during the Meiji era, a blind girl, named Takiri, and the blind monster from a nearby lake, named Nebula, fight against greedy developers who threaten to take over her family’s land. Using an all puppet human cast and a fantastic monster suit, it offers a new aesthetic in the world of kaiju films. Limited edition pre-sales have started with copies expected to ship by late November. Only 1000 will be sold on Blu-ray, which will include reversible artwork featuring both pieces of the artwork from Tomoaki Matsumoto and Matt Frank, a 35 min making of and is

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans and Noah Sawyer Mill Creek Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new ULTRAMAN GINGA + ULTRAMAN GINGA S Blu-ray + Digital set. The set includes Tsuburaya Productions` 12-episode series ULTRAMAN GINGA (ウルトラマンギンガ, Urutoraman Ginga, 2013), the 16-episode sequel series, ULTRAMAN GINGA S (ウルトラマンギンガS, Urutoraman Ginga S, 2014), the feature film ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE: SHOWDOWN! THE 10 ULTRA WARRIORS! (劇場版 ウルトラマンギンガS 決戦! ウルトラ10勇士!!, Gekijō-ban Urutoraman Ginga S Kessen! Urutora 10 Yuushi!!, 2015) and the special ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY (ウルトラファイトオーブ 親子の力、おかりします!, Urutorafaito Ōbu Oyako no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!, 2015). The two series are presented in Japanese with English subtitles while ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE and ULTRA FIGHT VICTORY come with both the original Japanese audio and an English dub. ULTRAMAN GINGA + ULTRAMAN GINGA S is now available

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