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    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: baki-anime.jp (Japan) Sentai announced today that it acquired BAKI (グラップラー刃牙, Gurappurā Baki), the brutal martial arts anime series, for release in a home video complete collection. Sentai’s release will feature the original Japanese with English subtitles together with an all-new English dub. Five vicious convicts escape death row. They make their way to Tokyo intent on committing violent blood sport. Now they’re after Baki Hanma. With the onslaught looming, Baki must enlist Kaoru Hanayama, Doppo Orochi, Sea King Retsu and Goki Shibukawa, each with his own unique combat ability, if Baki wants to live to brawl another day. From the mind of the series’ original creator, Keisuke Itagaki, BAKI adapts the “Most Evil Death Row Convicts Saga” of the second manga series. BAKI is produced by TMS Entertainment (GUGURE! KOKKURI-SAN, MEGALOBOX , LUPIN THE 3rd)

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release 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 Toei’s SHOGUN’S JOY OF TORTURE (徳川女刑罰史, Tokugawa Onna Keibatsu-shi, 1968), cult director Teruo Ishii’s infamous omnibus of three shocking tales of crime and punishment based on true-life documented cases set during the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate. The first tale sees the beautiful Mitsu (Masumi Tachibana) going to horrifying lengths to tend to her older brother Shinzō (Teruo Yoshida), a carpenter injured in a work accident, but the law catches up on them and metes out a terrifying retribution after they violate the ultimate taboo. In the second, unfettered passions in a Buddhist nunnery are not allowed to go unpunished after abbess Reihō

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC press release Official Site: sandaikaijyu.pal-ep.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra SRS Cinema keeps the indie kaiju rolling with MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS (三大怪獣グルメ, San Daikaijū Gurume, 2020) on limited edition Blu-ray and VHS. In the latest film from the amazing Minoru Kawasaki (THE WORLD SINKS EXCEPT JAPAN, MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT!), Yuta, a young master at the Tsukiji Fish Market, accidentally drops his meal of mixed seafood into the Sumida River. Some time afterwards a gigantic mutated squid monster arises from the depths and begins to wreak havoc upon an awe-stricken Tokyo. Attempts by the Japan Self-Defense Forces to stop the creature prove futile. As it seems things couldn’t get any worse an enormous mutant octopus monster emerges from the deep and heads into a clash of the titans

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: babylon-anime.com (Japan) Sentai announced today that it acquired rights to the suspense-filled thriller BABYLON (バビロン, Babiron, 2019), the anime series based on Mado Nozaki’s popular light novels. Sentai plans to release the series on Blu-ray as well as digital sell-through via select outlets. Zen Seizaki, dedicated prosecutor with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, is assigned a seemly cut-and-dry case of false advertisement on part of a pharmaceutical company. But what starts as a routine investigation soon turns into something much darker, the strange details of the case painting a portrait of corruption and deceit that permeates the mayoral election being run in the newly formed Shiniki District. Soon Seizaki discovers depravity that puts at risk the very fabric of the Japanese justice system — not to mention Seizaki’s own sense of right and wrong.

    Source: Shout! Factory Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan and Tom Chen On May 11th, Shout! Factory’s Scream Factory imprint will release a 2-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of the 1976 KING KONG remake. The timeless story of a beauty (Jessica Lange, making her feature-film debut) and a beast returned to the screen in this ambitious production from producer Dino De Laurentiis (SERPICO, DEATH WISH) and director John Guillermin (TOWERING INFERNO). The Petrox company’s search for new oil reserves on a strange island unleashes a terror unseen by civilized man — KING KONG! Charles Grodin (THE HEARTBREAK KOD, MIDNIGHT RUN) is the scheming oil company shark out to exploit the giant beast (Rick Baker) to his fullest. And Jeff Bridges (THE BIG LEBOWSKI, IRON MAN) is the desperate hero, Jack Prescott, who attempts to wrest the beautiful heroine from

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Official Site: wellgousa.com/films/ne-zha (US) Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the action-packed epic THE SWORDSMAN (검객, Geomgaek, 2020). From first time writer/director Choi Jae-hoon, the film stars Jang Hyuk (VOLCANO HIGH, WINDSTRUCK), Kim Hyeon-soo (BE WITH YOU), Joe Taslim (THE RAID: REDEMPTION, FAST & FURIOUS 6), Jeong Man-sik (BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS), Lee Na-kyung (BATTLE FOR INCHEON: OPERATION CHROMITE) and Lee Min-hyuk (A LOVE TO KILL). After being blinded in a coup against the king, Joseon’s greatest swordsman (Jang Hyuk) goes into hiding, far removed from his city’s anguish. But when traffickers kidnap his daughter, he has no choice but to unsheathe his sword once more. THE SWORDSMAN debuts on Blu-ray (SLP: $29.98), Digital and

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: karakuri-anime.com (Japan) Sentai announced today that it will release KARAKURI CIRCUS (からくりサーカス, Karakuri Sākasu, 2018-19), adapted from Kazuhiro Fujita’s manga of the same name, for home video this spring. Hailed as one of the best series from the Fall 2018 season, the 36-episode series blends unique artwork, characters and storytelling with gripping action all set within a complex, enigmatic world. Following his father’s untimely demise, Masaru Saiga inherits the family fortune as well as his father’s company. Too bad he also inherited a target on his back since his unscrupulous relatives want to murder Masaru and take what’s rightfully his! The only thing standing between Masaru and assassination is a sickly clown named Narumi Kato, a white-haired girl name Shirogane who claims she’s Masaru’s guardian, and the mysterious puppet left to Masaru by his father upon

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Official Site: wellgousa.com/films/ne-zha (US) Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the animated-feature JIANG ZIYA (姜子牙, 2019), the acclaimed follow-up to the international blockbuster NE ZHA (哪吒之魔童降世, Nézhā zhī Mótóng Jiàngshì, 2019).Produced by Beijing Enlight Pictures and written and directed by Yang Yu (aka Jiao Zi), JIANG ZIYA is the second chapter in the magical Fengshen Cinematic Universe, a fate-defying, action-packed legendary tale retold through vibrant Chinese animation. To earn his place with the gods, commander Jiang Ziya must vanquish the fox demon behind a brutal clan war. Upon learning the creature’s fate is tied to that of a young girl, he faces an impossible choice: can he sacrifice one to save many? JIANG ZIYA

    HERO MASK Available April 27th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its April slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks’ action packed series, HERO MASK, available on Blu-ray April 27th. Product details follow, in order of release… ELFEN LIED Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 350 min. Street Date: 4/6/2021 Format: BD Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP: $49.98 Critics have described

    The seventh classic ULTRAMAN series gets its North American, high-definition debut! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Barrett Evans, Jeff Hayne and J.W. Starrett Minneapolis, MN (January 26, 2021) Mill Creek Entertainment is pleased to announce the next release from the Ultraman superhero library! ULTRAMAN LEO (ウルトラマンレオ Urutoraman Reo) will arrive on Blu-ray as both a special edition SteelBook for $55.99 and in standard packaging for $45.99 on April 13, 2021. This exciting debut comes off the back of Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the entire available Ultraman back-catalogue via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment, from the revolutionary team at Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. ULTRAMAN LEO is the seventh and final entry in the first wave of the Ultraman Series, premiering in Japan in April 1974. The mighty hero Ultraseven is crippled while defending

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Official Site: gkids.com/films/earwig-and-the-witch (US) Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan EARWIG AND THE WITCH (アーヤと魔女, Āya to Majo, 2020), the first new release in four years from the legendary Studio Ghibli, will be released on digital platforms on March 23, as well as in both a Limited Edition Steelbook and a Blu-ray + DVD combo on April 6 from GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory. Directed by Goro Miyazaki (TALES FROM EARTHSEA, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL) and produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki, with planning from Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki, the feature is based on the children’s novel Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones (Howl’s Moving Castle), and marks Studio Ghibli’s first entirely 3DCG animated feature. The all-star voice cast for the English dub features the voices of Richard E. Grant (CAN YOU

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the deluxe Blu-ray set GAMERA: THE HEISEI ERA. The four disc collection includes the acclaimed 1990s trilogy of GAMERA THE GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (ガメラ 大怪獣空中決戦, Gamera Daijū Kūchū Kessen, 1995), GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来 Gamera 2 Region Shūrai, 1996), GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS (ガメラ3 邪神〈イリス〉覚醒, Gamera 3: Jyashin Irisu Kakusei, 1999) plus the one-shot film GAMERA THE BRAVE (小さき勇者たち~ガメラ~, Chīsaki Yūsha-tachi Gamera, 2006). GAMERA: THE HEISEI ERA includes High Definition (1080p) transfers of all four movies, Japanese and English audio tracks, newly recorded audio commentaries, Japanese and American trailers, image galleries, featurettes and much more. The disc cases come with reversible sleeves featuring original

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: heromask.jp (Japan), HERO MASK | Netflix Official Site (US) Sentai announced that it has acquired home video rights to the action thriller series HERO MASK (ヒーロー・マスク, Hīrō Masuku, 2018), a Studio Pierrot (TOKYO GHOUL, BLEACH) production, through a worldwide licensing arrangement (excluding Asia). Detective James Blood, member of an elite police unit, pushes the edges of law enforcement to bring down the criminal threats and terrorist organizations plaguing a beautiful metropolitan city. When the murder of Crown Prosecutor Monica Campbell crosses his desk, Blood finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy involving LIVE, a two-faced corporate conglomerate with ties to the sordid underworld of human experimentation. With Sarah Sinclair — the only witness to Campbell’s death — at his side, Blood will have to face an army of mask-wearing superhumans to uncover the truth and stop LIVE

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the deluxe Blu-ray set GAMERA: THE SHOWA ERA. The four disc collection includes the first eight movies in the series: GAMERA THE GIANT MONSTER (大怪獣ガメラ, Daikaijū Gamera, 1965), GAMERA VS. BARUGON (大怪獣決闘 ガメラ対バルゴン, Daikaijū Kettō: Gamera Tai Barugon 1966), GAMERA VS. GYAOS (大怪獣空中戦 ガメラ対ギャオス, Daikaijuu Kūchū-sen Gamera Tai Gyaosu, 1967), GAMERA VS. VIRAS (ガメラ対宇宙怪獣バイラス, Gamera Tai Uchū Kaijū Bairasu, 1968), GAMERA VS. GUIRON (ガメラ対大悪獣ギロン, Gamera Tai Daiwarujū Giron, 1969), GAMERA VS. JIGER (ガメラ対大魔獣ジャイガー, Gamera Tai Daimajū Jaigā, 1970), GAMERA VS. ZIGRA (ガメラ対深海怪獣ジグラ, Gamera Tai Shinkai Kaijū Jigura, 1971) and GAMERA SUPER MONSTER (宇宙怪獣ガメラ, Uchū Kaijū Gamera, 1980). GAMERA: THE SHOWA ERA includes High Definition (1080p) transfers of all eight

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE SRS Cinema has revealed a new trailer for the 1984 Korean movie WAR OF THE GOD MONSTERS that was released in its native country as THE UNDEAD BEAST (비천괴수, Bicheongoesu) and marketed internationally as THE FLYING MONSTER (飛天怪獸, Hiten Kaiju). The distributor will bring the movie to North America for the first time in early 2021. In WAR OF THE GOD MONSTERS, a young reporter named Kang Ok-hee is writing a story about the theories of Dr. Kim, a scientist who believes that dinosaurs still exist in the modern world. When gigantic creatures suddenly appear and cause massive destruction, the doctor and journalist must find a way to save the world. Limited edition physical media pre-sales start on January 21, 2021. Visit srscinema.com for more details

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: laidbackers.com (Japan) Sentai announced today that it acquired home video and digital sell-through rights for LAIDBACKERS (レイドバッカーズ-, Reidobakkāzu-, 2019), Japan’s hilarious final theatrical anime of the Heisei era. Sentai will distribute the feature in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America and the Netherlands. Four former heroes are now living quiet, reincarnated lives in present day Kyoto, Japan. They bask in the warm contentment of being ordinary, modern folk without much important to do. But their idyllic lives are shattered when a precocious elementary schooler who is secretly a reincarnated demon king they once defeated shows up and starts making some serious demands! Now the former heroes must band together with their arch nemesis, because it’s do or die for team LAIDBACKERS! LAIDBACKERS is a production of Studio

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new, extras-packed Blu-ray of JSA: JOINT SECURITY AREA (공동경비구역 JSA, Gongdong Gyeongbi Guyeok Jeieseuei, 2000), the award winning South Korean thriller from the director of OLDBOY. Before OLDBOY, before THE HANDMAIDEN, visionary filmmaker Park Chan-wook helmed this gripping tale of deceit, misunderstanding and the senselessness of war. Gunfire breaks out in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, leaving two North Korean soldiers dead while a wounded South Korean soldier (Lee Byung-hun, THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD) flees to safety. With the tenuous peace between the two warring nations on a knife-edge, a neutral team of investigators, headed by Swiss Army Major Sophie Jean (Lee

    The Over-the-Top Action Epic Starring Action Icon Tak Sakaguchi Debuts Exclusively on Streaming Service Hi-YAH! February 12 Before Hitting Digital, Blu-ray & DVD March 2 Source: Well Go USA, ddPR press release Official Site: wiiber.com (Japan), wellgousa.com/films/crazy-samurai-400-vs-1 (US) Special Thanks to Leif Helland #CrazySamurai Leading Japanese martial arts icon Tak Sakaguchi (VERSUS, RISE OF THE MACHINE GIRL) stars in the groundbreakingly innovative action epic CRAZY SAMURAI: 400 vs. 1 (狂武蔵, Kyō Musashi, 2020), which will debut exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-YAH! on February 12, before hitting Digital, Blu-ray and DVD March 2 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The highlight of this extraordinary film is a 77-minute action sequence shot in one continuous take, a “marathon battle [that] rivals any ever filmed” (Forbes). Director Yuji Shimomura (DEATH TRANCE, RE: BORN)

      From the Debauched Mind of Exploitation Legend Teruo Ishii, an Anthology of Taboo Delights and Horrors! Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to James Flower and Clint Weiler   From the outrageous imagination of cult director Teruo Ishii (ORGIES OF EDO, HORRORS OF MALFORMED MEN) comes SHOGUN’S JOY OF TORTURE (徳川女刑罰史, Tokugawa Onna Keibatsu-shi, 1968), the infamous omnibus of three shocking tales of crime and punishment based on true-life documented cases set during the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate. The first tale sees the beautiful Mitsu (Masumi Tachibana) going to horrifying lengths to tend to her older brother Shinzō (Teruo Yoshida), a carpenter injured in a work accident, but the law catches up on them and metes out a terrifying retribution after they violate the ultimate taboo. In the second, unfettered passions in a

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler On March 16, SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment present the independent monster movie KONGA TNT (2020) from director Brett Kelly (ATTACK OF THE JURASSIC SHARK). KONGA TNT is an experimental movie project made while in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly took unused footage from previous movies and combined it with new footage shot by himself and actor/FX artist John Migliore along with writer Trevor Payer. After becoming injected with a formula derived from an alien ship, a lab gorilla escapes from his containment and befriends two young boys. The alien formula causes the gorilla to grow to gargantuan size and rampage throughout the city and the boys must find a way to save their simian friend before the army takes him down.

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