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    THE MUST-HAVE SET BECOMES AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON APRIL 23 2024 Source: Shout! Studios press release Special Thanks to Lizbeth Galeno Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. ©Ishimori Production Inc. and Toei Company, Ltd. Shout! Studios in collaboration with Toei Company Ltd. proudly presents a spectacular Kamen Rider collection, KAMEN RIDER GEATS: The Complete Series, as it becomes available for the first time in national home entertainment shelves on April 23, 2024. Fans of the much-loved superhero franchise can add to their tokusatsu collection by pre-ordering their 8-disc set on ShoutFactory.com. Customers purchasing this Blu-ray collection directly from the online store will receive an exclusive poster while supplies last. A newer entry in the Kamen Rider franchise, KAMEN RIDER GEATS completed airing in August 2023, making this release the shortest wait for all tokusatsu fans eager to take home

    Wraparound packaging art for the BATTLE KAIJU SERIES 02: ULTRAMAN VS. ALIEN BALTAN Blu-ray set. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to CJ Johnsen and Spencer Kopp Over the past 50+ years, many of the monsters and aliens introduced in Tsuburaya Productions’ Ultraman franchise have become pop culture icons, both in Japan and abroad. The popularity of these characters has inspired the BATTLE KAIJU SERIES, a new Blu-ray collection from Mill Creek Entertainment devoted to some of the greatest Ultraman foes. The second volume looks at Alien Baltan, the Space Ninjas widely recognized as the greatest rivals to Ultraman and his fellow Ultra Brothers. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS BATTLE KAIJU SERIES 02 - ULTRAMAN VS ALIEN BALTAN collects 11 Alien Baltan episodes and 2 movies from across the Ultraman franchise, starting with their

    Source: Shout! Studios press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.toei-anim.co.jp/movie/digimon-adventure/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Tom Chen (Shout! Studios) and Scott Barretto (Publicity Partners) Photo courtesy of Fathom Events. © Akiyoshi Hongo, Toei Animation, Toei Shout! Studios, a multi-platform media company, and Toei Animation Inc., the legendary anime studio, announced a new home entertainment distribution deal to bring DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING (デジモンアドベンチャー02 THE BEGINNING, Dejimon Adobenchā 02 THE BEGINNING), the highly anticipated 2023 feature film based on the original TV sequel series from the globally popular Digimon anime franchise, which marks its 25th anniversary this year.. The announcement was made by Melissa Boag, Shout! Studios’ Executive Vice President, and Masayuki Endo, President and CEO of Toei Animation Inc. This multi-year partnership provides Shout! Studios with North American home entertainment distribution rights to DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada, including all packaged media

    Source: Sentai press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Sentai Home Video has announced its April 2024 slate of anime Blu-ray releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. BLACK BULLET COMPLETE COLLECTION Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionsRun Time:         325 min.Street Date:      4/2/2024Format:             BDLanguage:        English & Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $49.98 It’s been 10 years since mankind was nearly wiped out by a parasitic virus known as Gastrea. With the survivors of war-torn Japan now forced to live within a protective barrier of monoliths, the Gastrea threat is diminished but still present. When a Gastrea does rear its ugly head, it’s up to the government employed Civil Security agents to take them down. Enter Promoter Rentaro Satomi and his Initiator, Enju Aihara, as they battle this growing threat that may soon overtake humanity

    Win the Chinese monster movie CROCODILE ISLAND on DVD From Well Go USA! Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a DVD of the terrifying monster thriller CROCODILE ISLAND (巨鱷島, Jù È Dǎo, 2020). A plane malfunction lands a single father and his daughter on an island in an area around the Devil's Sea also known as the Bermuda Triangle of Asia.  They and the other survivors must battle enormous crocodiles and spiders in an epic battle for their very survival.  Co-directed by Shixing Xu (SHARKTOPUS) and Simon Zhao (THE ANTARCTIC OCTOPUS), the film stars Gallen Lo (FLASHOVER), Yinyue Liao (MEET YOURSELF), and feature film newcomer Bingxiang Wang. Synopsis:        After their plane makes

    The practical spfx micro-budget supernatural indie found footage horror film WELL SHARK is coming to Blu-ray and DVD in North America. ©2023 ALBATROS CO,.LTD.   Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Key art is by Stefan Motmas. Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©2023 ALBATROS CO,.LTD. SRS Cinema has licensed WELL SHARK (イド・シャーク, Ido Shāku) for release in North America. Directed, written and produced by Taichirou Natsume, the film is a practical spfx micro-budget supernatural indie found footage horror. SYNOPSIS Psychic Investigation Big Summer, a group which looks into psychic phenomena and the occult, received a video said to have been filmed at a haunted place. The video shows a couple of YouTubers who were filming a deserted old well when they

    Source: Sentai press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its February 2024 slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. TEARS TO TIARA Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         650 min.Street Date:      2/6/2024Format:             BDLanguage:        English & Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $79.98 For dozens of generations, the legions of the Divine Empire seemed unstoppable, brutally tearing asunder nation after nation and subjugating their people. Then one of the Empire's power-hungry priests made the mistake of attempting to resurrect an ancient Demon Lord. Instead of binding Arawn as planned, the Demon Lord chose to rescue the intended sacrifice - the young high priestess Riannon - and formed an alliance with her potentially legendary brother Arthur and the Gael Clan. Now the Empire will reap the seeds

    Cleopatra Entertainment is bringing Toei Video's LION-GIRL to Blu-ray and DVD. Photo courtesy of Cleopatra Entertainment. © 2022 Toei Video Company Source: Cleopatra Entertainment, LLC press release Special Thanks to Tim Yasui and Jeff Michael Cleopatra Entertainment has set the North American and United Kingdom release date for LION-GIRL (唐獅子仮面, Karajishi Kamen, 2022), a new Japanese Superhero film written and directed by cult film master Kurando Mitsutake and based on characters created by Japanese manga legend Go Nagai. The film will be released on Digital Platforms and on special Home Entertainment Blu Ray and DVD formats on November 7th, 2023. Photo courtesy of Cleopatra Entertainment. © 2022 Toei Video Company To accommodate the official release date, Cleopatra has launched a brand-new Trailer and a new Poster that is unique for its English-speaking territories. The U.S. Theatrical premier at the Arena Cinelounge in

    Photo courtesy of Avery Guerra ©Showa Tokusatsu Monster Film Cooperation Corps Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Showa Tokusatsu Monster Film Cooperation Corps SRS Cinema has licensed director Shinpei Hayashiya`s WAR OF THE NINJA MONSTERS: JARON VS. GOURA (忍獣大戦記 蛇龍対號羅, Shinobu Kemono Daisenki Daryū Tai Goura) for release in North America. This continues an ongoing relationship between the distributor and filmmaker as SRS has previously released Hayashiya`s daikaiju movies REIGO; KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS (深海獣レイゴー Shinkaijū Reigō,, 2005/2008),  RAIGA: GOD OF THE MONSTERS ( (深海獣雷牙 Shinkaijū Raiga, 2009) and GOD RAIGA VS KING OHGA (深海獣雷牙 対 溶岩獣王牙, Shinkaijū Raiga tai Yōganjū Ōga, 2019). Details are being finalized, but SRS Cinema is expected to soon announce preorders for Blu-ray and VHS Special Editions for early 2024, with a wide release DVD edition to

    Source: Sentai press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its January 2024 slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. IS IT WRONG TO TRY AND PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? S4 P2 Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         275 min.Street Date:      1/2/2024Format:             BDLanguage:        English & Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $69.98 Despite recruiting assistance from other Familias, the Hestia Familia's mission to the lowest level of the Dungeon they have ever been to is perched on the brink of disaster. Not only is the team shattered and split, but something is wrong with the Dungeon, as monsters are appearing on levels where they've never appeared before. As a battered Bell and Ryu are pursued across the 37th floor by the monstrous Juggernaut, the

    GKIDS and Shout! Factory bring the SPIRITED AWAY stage play to Blu-ray and Digital. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©Studio Ghibli ©Toho Co., Ltd.   THE FIRST-EVER STAGE PRODUCTION OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI’S ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING MASTERPIECE DIRECTED AND ADAPTED BY TONY AWARD-WINNER JOHN CAIRD Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Lizbeth Galeno   Hayao Miyazaki’s legendary Academy Award-winning animated feature is brought to life in Tony Award-Winner John Caird’s stage adaptation masterpiece, SPIRITED AWAY: Live on Stage. Filmed during the hit production’s 2022 run at the historic Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, the critically acclaimed stage show will be available on all major digital platforms and on Blu-Ray this November 14, 2023 from GKIDS with distribution from Shout! Studios. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©Studio Ghibli ©Toho Co., Ltd. The wondrous stage play adaptation entertaining in master puppetry, brilliant costuming, magical sets

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Official Sites: https://movies.shochiku.co.jp/kagaminokojo/ (Japan), https://gkids.com/films/lonely-castle-in-the-mirror/ (North America) Special Thanks to Lauren Blum   Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. © 2022 Lonely Castle in the Mirror Film Partners Step into the fantastic adventure LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR (かがみの孤城, Kagami no Kojō, 2022) now on Blu-ray and all major digital platforms from GKIDS with distribution by Shout! Factory. Bonus features include trailers and an art gallery of the film’s stunning visuals. LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR is available to order from GKIDS and Shout! Factory, as well as Amazon. From acclaimed director Keiichi Hara (MISS HOKUSAI, COLORFUL, THE WONDERLAND) and based on the bestselling novel by Mizuki Tsujimura, LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR is a heartfelt drama about the pains of growing up and the unlikely bonds that can bring people together. Shy outcast Kokoro has been avoiding school

    Win the Thai monster movie CREEPY CRAWLY on Blu-ray From Well Go USA! Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the horror thriller CREEPY CRAWLY (๑๐๐, The One Hundred, 2022). When travelers arrive in Thailand during the pandemic, they must quarantine for 14 days at a hotel run by a secretive manager and staff. Unusual incidents begin at night, but no one is prepared for the shocking horror of a hundred-legged monster taking over the bodies of guests. Co-written and co-directed by Chalit Krileadmongkon (THE BEAST BELOW) and Pakphum Wongjinda (POSSESSED), CREEPY CRAWLY stars Chanya McClory (SANG KRASUE 2), Pirat Nitipaisalkul [AKA Mike Angelo] (THE MISFITS), and Benjamin Joseph Varney (FRIEND ZONE).

    Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. © Rensuke Oshikiri / Futabasha Publishers Ltd. © 2017「Liverleaf」Film Partners Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. © Rensuke Oshikiri / Futabasha Publishers Ltd. © 2017「Liverleaf」Film Partners Distributor SRS Cinema has licensed North American home media rights to the 2017 Japanese suspense thriller LIVERLEAF (ミスミソウ, Misumisō). A live-action adaptation of the manga by Rensuke Oshikiri, the film depicts a grandiose tale of revenge fueled by the intertwining emotions of people who have endured abuse, bullying, and other forms of trauma. LIVERLEAF was directed by Eisuke Naito and stars Anna Yamada (SUICIDE FOREST VILLAGE) and Hiroya Shimizu (SADAKO). Story Haruka Nozaki (Anna Yamada) transfers to a new school, but she is bullied there. The only person on her side is her classmate Mitsuru Aiba (Hiroya Shimizu). Haruka

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the terrifying Korean horror-comedy GANGNAM ZOMBIE (강남좀비, Gangnamjombi, 2023). In the wealthy Gangnam district in the heart of Seoul, mass chaos ensues when previously normal people suddenly begin viciously attacking other citizens, leading an elite former taekwondo athlete to take on one final match against the walking dead. GANGNAM ZOMBIE is directed by LEE Su-seong (MEMORIES, HOUSE WITH A GOOD VIEW) and stars Ji Il-ju (BLADES OF BLOOD), PARK Ji-yeon (DEATH BELL 2: BLOODY CAMP) from the chart-topping girl group T-Ara, and CHO Kyung-hoon (NORTH KOREAN GUYS).  Synopsis:        Soon after previously normal people begin viciously attacking other citizens in Seoul’s wealthy Gangnam

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2021 The Great Yokai Wars Film Partners Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE   Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©2021 The Great Yokai Wars Film Partners SciFi Japan is pleased to share -- courtesy of SRS Cinema -- a first look at the cover art for the Blu-ray of Kadokkawa Pictures' THE GREAT YOKAI WAR: GUARDIANS (妖怪大戦争 ガーディアンズ, Yōkai Daisensō Gādianzu, 2021). Right click on the photos to take a closer look at the beautiful painted artwork by Bob Eggleton, the award winning fantasy artist and lifelong kaiju fan. THE GREAT YOKAI WAR: GUARDIANS is director Takashi Miike's sequel to his 2005 hit THE GREAT YOKAI WAR, which was itself an update of the Yokai movie trilogy produced by the Daiei Motion Picture Company in the late 1960s.  STORY

    The ULTRASEVEN: 55TH ANNIVERSARY ANTHOLOGY Blu-ray set collects 55 of the best episodes, movies and specials featuring the popular Ultra Hero. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to CJ Johnsen and Spencer Kopp Last fall, Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. kicked off the Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Project (ウルトラセブン55周年, Urutorasebun 55-Shūnen), celebrating the anniversary of the original ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun, 1967-68) televsion series. Over the past year there have been Ultraseven anniversary exhibitions, screenings and merchandising in Japan.  Now Mill Creek Entertainment joins in on the fun with the ULTRASEVEN: 55TH ANNIVERSARY ANTHOLOGY Blu-ray set, coming November 14, 2023! Running 27 hours and 25 minutes, the ANNIVERSARY ANTHOLOGY is a "best of" collection of 55 select Ultraseven-themed episodes, movies and specials from across the Ultraman franchise. Alongside the original incarnation of the hero and his Dan Moroboshi alter ego, this

    Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Team Better Tomorrow Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Team Better Tomorrow SRS Cinema is excited to announce the acquisition of Yoshikazu Ishii’s YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO (『特撮喜劇 大木勇造 人生最大の決戦』, Tokusatsu Kigeki Ōki Yūzō Jinsei Saidai no Kessen, 2022). Ishii was an apprentice of the late Toho FX director Koichi Kawakita, and served as a special effects assistant director on GODZILLA: FINAL WARS,  NEGOTIATOR: MASHITA MASAYOSHI, DAIMAJIN KANON, and ULTRAMAN MEBIUS. He has directed  episodes of ULTRAMAN GINGA and ULTRAMAN GINGA S. SRS builds upon a successful relationship with Ishii following their release of his prior production, 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) back in 2019, and believes YUZO will be an even greater success. YUZO THE BIGGEST BATTLE IN TOKYO stars genre

    Source: Sentai press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its December slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. BIBLIOPHILE PRINCESS Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         300 min.Street Date:      12/5/2023Format:             BDLanguage:        Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $59.98 Lady Elianna Bernstein's entire family loves to read, and they retain so much knowledge that they're considered a national resource. Despite that, they've always remained politically neutral… until Elianna agrees to pretend to become betrothed to the Kingdom's heir, keeping unwanted suitors away from the Prince and giving Elianna access to the Royal Library. But when she notices that Prince Christopher might be seeing another woman, Elianna realizes she may not be on the same page that she thought she was on concerning her part in this story.

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 BAD CITY Film Partners Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 BAD CITY Film Partners Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the action-adventure crime thriller BAD CITY (バッド・シティ, Baddo Shiti, 2022). The sophomore effort from director Kensuke Sonomura (HYDRA), BAD CITY stars legendary Japanese actor Hitoshi Ozawa (Takeshi Kitano’s BOILING POINT, Takashi Miike’s DEAD OR ALIVE), Akane Sakanoue (ALICE IN BORDERLAND, ULTRAMAN X), Masanori Mimoto (ENTER THE FAT DRAGON, HYDRA, Takashi Miike’s YAKUZA APOCALYPSE), Lily Franky (Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Academy Award-nominated SHOPLIFTERS), and Tak Sakaguchi (VERSUS, DEATH TRANCE, PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND).  Synopsis:        Long plagued by poverty and crime, Kaiko City has been torn apart by rampant corruption and growing violence between the local

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