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    Two Terrifying Titles Debut Exclusively on Digital June 25. Photos courtesy of Well Go USA.   Source: Well Go USA, lbhpr Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment brings two terrifying titles exclusively to digital June 25. HOPELESS is a thriller focusing on a teenage boy who attempts to escape from his hellish reality but ends up in the world of crime, while TASTES OF HORROR is an omnibus-style film from five acclaimed South Korean directors (Sang-hoon Ahn, Johnny Chae [as Chae Yeojoon], Yoon Een-Kyoung, Yong-gyun Kim & Dae-wung Lim) who created six shorts compiled into one terrifying film.   HOPELESS (화란, Hwaran, 2023) Starring: Hong Xa Bin, Kim Jong-soo, Song Joong-ki Writer/Director: Kim Chang-hoon Synopsis: After spending his entire childhood in a town riddled with crime and violence, a teenage boy saves up his money in hopes of

    Photo courtesy of Shout! Studios. ⒸMasamune Shirow・Production I.G/Kodansha・ Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Production Committee   FEATURING THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, A 100-PAGE ARTBOOK, 4 ART CARDS AND MORE! Source: Shout! Studios Special Thanks to Lizbeth Galeno   Photo courtesy of Shout! Studios. ⒸMasamune Shirow・Production I.G/Kodansha・ Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Production Committee Get in on the action as GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045 (攻殻機動隊 SAC_2045, Kōkaku Kidōtai SAC_2045, 2020), the Production I.G. (HAIKYU!, ATTACK ON TITAN) and Sola Digital Arts (ULTRAMAN) cyberpunk anime series makes its North American Blu-Ray debut in select e–commerce stores from Anime Limited, distributed by Shout! Studios. Originally based on the 1980s manga Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow, this latest revisit to the long-running series brings viewers to the franchise now set in a future with super-advanced technology and for the first time

    Photo courtesy of Freestyle Digital Media. Unconventional Sci-Fi Alien Horror Movie Features IN A VIOLENT NATURE Actor Ry Barrett and Sets Digital Debut for U.S VOD Platforms and DVD on July 19, 2024Source: Freestyle Digital Media press release Special Thanks to Avery Guerra Photo courtesy of Freestyle Digital Media. Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, has acquired U.S. VOD rights to the strangely bizarre sci-fi alien horror movie THE HYPERBOREAN, which will be available to rent/own on all U.S. digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms, as well as on DVD, starting on July 19, 2024, through Freestyle Digital Media. From beyond the land of the ice and snow comes… THE HYPERBOREAN! When a seasoned crisis manager injects himself into a dysfunctional family, and their faltering whiskey company, he must navigate through a public relations nightmare involving

    Source: Sentai press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Sentai Home Video has announced its September 2024 slate of anime Blu-ray releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. UN-GO Published by:    Sentai Distributed by:   Distribution SolutionsRun Time:         325 min.Street Date:      9/3/2024Format:             BDLanguage:        English Dub, Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $59.98 Shinjurou Yuuki should be known as one of the greatest detectives of all time. Instead, he lives in a dystopian future where the job of solving Japan’s crime usually falls to a techno-wizard and a nationwide network of wiretaps, cameras, and super-computers. This leads many to consider human detectives flawed and obsolete, but the dirty truth is that computerized detective work is highly subject to data manipulation, so even the police must sometimes turn to private investigator Shinjurou and his shapeshifting assistant Inga. Of

    Packaging art for the new BATTLE KAIJU SERIES 03: ULTRAMAN VS. GOMORA 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 third volume looks at the “Ancient Monster” Gomora, one of the most fearsome kaiju to ever battle the Ultra Heroes. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Introduced in Episodes 26 and 27 of the original ULTRAMAN series from 1966, Gomora has the distinction of starring in the first two-part story in the franchise and

    Front and back packaging artwork for the ULTRAMAN TAIGA: The Complete Series & ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE: NEW GENERATION CLIMAX Blu-ray set. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS. Series: ©ULTRAMAN TAIGA PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM. Movie: ©ULTRAMAN TAIGA FILM PARTNERS. All Rights Reserved. Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to CJ Johnsen and Spencer Kopp Note: Article updated 6/18/24 with revised packaging artwork, direct pre-order links, and O-card details. June 18, 2024 – New York, NY – Mill Creek Entertainment, a division of Alliance Entertainment (NASDAQ: AENT), is excited to announce the release of ULTRAMAN TAIGA: The Complete Series and ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE: NEW GENERATION CLIMAX, coming to Blu-ray and Digital July 30, 2024. This summer release comes from Mill Creek Entertainment’s recently announced extension and expansion of its current partnership with Tsuburaya Fields Media & Pictures Entertainment, Inc. The deal includes digital and

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA.   Source: Well Go USA, LBHpr  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 Chinese martial arts thriller BLIND WAR (盲战,  Mang Zhan, 2022). The film tells the story of the former SWAT captain, permanently injured during a failed mission for which he took responsibility. After gradually getting out of the haze, his old enemy reappeared and threatened his daughter.  Directed by Huo Suiqiang (DEMON SEALER BUREAU)​, BLIND WAR stars Andy On (SPECIAL I.D., RIDE ON, 100 YARDS)​, Li Zixiong, Yang Xing (QIMEN DARK BLADE), Wang Hanyangm (MARTIAL UNIVERSE 2: NINE TALISMAN TOWER), Qi Shenghan, Zhang Yaqi (THE LEGEND OF ENVELOPED DEMONS), Wu Jingxuan, Cheng Sihan, and Zhou Hongbo. BLIND WAR is now available on Blu-ray (SLP:

    Source: MVD Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Derek Stubinski Photo courtesy of MVD. On July 9th, Synapse Films presents the global debut of the Thai/Korean production CROCODILE (จระเข้, Crak̄hê, 1981) on Blu-ray, from a new restoration of the original English 35mm camera negative.    Move aside Jaws. Watch out Godzilla. When Mother Nature rebels against humankind for defying her laws, she strikes back with unbelievable fury creating the largest and most savage crocodile on earth... there is a giant crocodile on the loose! Mutating and getting larger possibly because of an atomic explosion, the crocodile's thirst for blood also grows as it rampages through a small quiet beach town devouring anything in its path.   Dr. Tony Akom (Nat Puvani) and Dr. John Stromm (Min Oo) are on a perfect family vacation, but it takes a tragic turn when three of their loved ones

    THE LAST UNICORN will be released in a 4K UHD + Blu-ray Combo Pack and a SteelBook. Photo courtesy of Shout! Studios. © ITC Films, Inc. 1982 Source: Shout! Studios press release Special Thanks to Sarah J. De Bruin 4K UHD + Blu-ray Combo Pack. Photo courtesy of Shout! Studios. © ITC Films, Inc. 1982 One of the most beloved fantasy films of all-time, THE LAST UNICORN (1982) has enraptured generations of fans with its poetic tale of a brave unicorn’s journey through a mystic land, seeking others of her kind. Available on 4K UHD for the first time as a 4K UHD +Blu-ray combo pack on August 20, 2024 from Shout! Studios, the new release is a 4K Transfer of the 35mm interpositive along with Dolby Vision, and includes a number of bonus features including a Q&A with Peter S. Beagle and more! The

      GODZILLA MINUS ONE is now streaming in North America! Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD. Source: Toho Co., Ltd press releaseOfficial Site: https://godzilla-movie2023.toho.co.jp/ (Japan), https://godzilla.com/ (US)Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/godzilla231103 (Japan), https://twitter.com/Godzilla_Toho (US) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/godzilla231103/ (Japan), https://www.instagram.com/godzilla_toho/ (US) TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@godzilla.toho Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tohogodzillaofficial/ (US) YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/Godzilla_Toho (US)  The wait to watch the record-breaking, Academy Award-winning GODZILLA MINUS ONE (ゴジラ-1.0, ゴジラマイナスワン, Gojira Mainasu Wan, 2023) on demand in North America is officially over. Fans of the King of the Monsters can now stream GODZILLA MINUS ONE on Netflix, with GODZILLA MINUS ONE and GODZILLA MINUS ONE/MINUS COLOR (ゴジラ-1.0/C,ゴジラマイナスワン/マイナスカラー, Gojira Mainasu Wan/Mainasu Karā, 2024) digital purchase and digital rental available across popular platforms. GODZILLA MINUS ONE is available to stream on Netflix starting June 1, subtitled and dubbed in Japanese, English, and more languages in North America. GODZILLA MINUS ONE/MINUS COLOR will be available to stream on Netflix

    Source: Media Blasters press releaseSpecial Thanks to Carl Morano Photo courtesy of Media Blasters. © Machine Girls Film Partners (Belleville, New Jersey)  Media Blasters Inc. is pleased to announce the sibling pairing of two of the best-selling, high-octane Tokyo Shock hits of all time- THE MACHINE GIRL CHRONICLES with the original MACHINE GIRL and the official follow-up, RISE OF THE MACHINE GIRLS!  The double-disc blu-ray destroyer will be locked and loaded on June 25th! THE MACHINE GIRL: JACKED!- Ami is your average schoolgirl trying to provide a normal life for her younger brother and herself following the tragic death of their parents. But her whole world comes crashing down when her brother and his friend are brutally murdered by a ruthless gang of bullies headed by the spoiled brat son of a local yakuza boss!  When Ami sets out to avenge her slain sibling, she soon

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA.   Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. After tracing a strange ailment to a remote gravesite, a team of supernatural experts soon discovers what happens when you mess with the wrong grave in the award-winner horror-thriller EXHUMA (파묘, 2024), debuting on Digital June 4 from Well Go USA Entertainment.  Written and Directed by Jang Jae-Hyun (SVAHA: THE SIXTH FINGER), EXHUMA stars CHOI Min-Sik (OLDBOY, I SAW THE DEVIL), KIM Go-Eun (HERO, LITTLE WOMEN), YOO Hai-Jin (A TAXI DRIVER), and LEE Do-Hyun (PRISON PLAYBOOK, SWEET HOME). EXHUMA won the Art Award at the 2024 Baek Sang Art Awards and also picked up awards for Best Director (Jang Jae-Hyun), Best Actor (CHOI Min-Sik), Best Actress (KIM Go-Eun), and Best New Actor (LEE Do-Hyun).   Synopsis:       

    Photo courtesy of Media Blasters. ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. PRE-ORDER THE ELITE KOLLECTION BLU-RAY BOX SET NOW!Source: Media Blasters press releaseSpecial Thanks to Carl Morano (Belleville, New Jersey)  Media Blasters Inc. is pleased to announce the North American licensing of three classic stand-alone KAMEN RIDER films- Keita Amemiya’s two special episodes-  KAMEN RIDER ZO and KAMEN RIDER J and Makoto Tsuji’s feature-length SHIN KAMEN RIDER PROLOGUE.  All three Tokusatsu (term for the special effects infused Super Hero genre!) titles will be available on blu-ray in multiple configurations for casual and die-hard fans alike.  Stay tuned for more details and box set specs! To commemorate this special event, Media Blasters announces a pre-order date for an exclusive, limited blu-ray pressing of KAMEN RIDER: THE TRILOGY ELITE KOLLECTION!  This slipcased set will only be available via direct sales from the Media Blasters Storefront and will

    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 award-winning epic fantasy CREATION OF THE GODS I: KINGDOM OF STORMS (封神第一部:朝歌风云, Fengshen Part 1: Chao Ge Fengyun, 2023) from director Wuershan (PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION, MOJIN: THE LOST LEGEND). After killing the emperor, King Zhou reigns as a tyrant so brutal that he earns Heaven’s wrath. To save the mortal world, the gods intervene and invest in a champion brave enough to challenge the king—even if it may cost him everything. CREATION OF THE GODS I: KINGDOM OF STORMS stars Kris Phillips (THE MONKEY KING 2), Li Xuejian (THE WANDERING EARTH II), Huang Bo (JOURNEY TO THE WEST), Yu Shi (BORN TO FLY),

    Photos courtesy of Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. © 2024 Legendary. Godzilla TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM © Legendary.   Source: Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Michael Foell and Liza Nedelman   Titans Combine Forces for the Ultimate Team-up when the Action-packed Adventure Becomes Available for Purchase and Rental Debuts for Premium Digital Ownership and Rental on May 14 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD arrive on June 11 5-Film 4K UHD Collector’s Edition Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Monsterverse Also Available this Summer The latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise, GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE, which follows up the explosive showdown of Godzilla vs Kong with an all-new cinematic adventure, debuts for purchase and rental Digitally at home on May 14. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, GODZILLA

    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 NORYANG: DEADLY SEA (노량: 죽음의 바다,  Noryang: Jugeumui Bada, 2023), which brings to a close Director Kim Han-Min’s epic nautical trilogy that began with THE ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS (2014) and continued with HANSAN: RISING DRAGON (2022).  In the final chapter, legendary Korean admiral Yi Sun-Sin faces his final fight at the historical Battle of Noryang, the last major battle of the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–1598).  The cast includes Kim Yun-seok (ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU)​, Baek Yoon-sik (JEON WOOCHI, TAZZA: THE HIGH ROLLERS), Jung Jae-young (CASTAWAY ON THE MOON), and Huh Joon-ho (DR. CHEON AND THE LOST TALISMAN). NORYANG: DEADLY SEA debuts on DVD (SLP: $19.98),

    Photo courtesy of Shout! Studios. ©2023 Studio Ghibli AVAILABLE TO OWN ON DEMAND IN 4K ON ALL MAJOR DIGITAL PLATFORMS ON JUNE 25  Source: Shout! Studios press release Special Thanks to Lauren Blum   Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©2023 Studio Ghibli Fresh off a historic Academy Award win for Best Animated Feature, the latest and long awaited cinematic masterpiece from the legendary Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, THE BOY AND THE HERON (君たちはどう生きるか, Kimitachi wa Dō Kiru ka, 2023), will be released July 9 on 4K UHD + Blu-ray, Blu-ray + DVD, and in a Limited Edition Steelbook that includes 4K UHD + Blu-ray, featuring Dolby Vision plus Dolby Atmos for the ultimate home entertainment experience from GKIDS with home entertainment distribution from Shout! Studios. This is the first title from Studio Ghibli to ever be released on 4K UHD. THE BOY

    Source: SRS Cinema LLC press releaseSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Showa Tokusatsu Monster Film Cooperation Corps Distributor SRS Cinema has announced the launch of preorders for their limited edition Blu-ray of TWAR OF THE NINJA MONSTERS: JARON VS. GOURA (忍獣大戦記 蛇龍対號羅, Shinobu Kemono Daisenki Daryū Tai Goura), a brand-new kaiju movie from Shinpei Hayashiya, director of the Reigo / Raiga / Ohga series!! The cast and crew includes suit actros Mizuho Yoshida (GODZILLA, MOTHRA AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK, ZEIRAM) and Akihiko Ohashi (GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION, GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS), cinematographer/VFX/editor Masayuki Nagata (ATAMI MONSTER), composer Yasuhiro Ueda (ULTRA GALAXY MEGA MONSTER BATTLE: NEVER ENDING ODYSSEY, ULTRAMAN ZERO VS DARKLOPS ZERO), monster designer Shinji Nishikawa (GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE, GODZILLA 2000), suit and prop makers Naofumi Kanamori and Tomohiro Matsumoto (REIGO: KING OF THE SEA MONSTERS), CG

    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 acclaimed Australian sci-fi thriller MONOLITH (2023) directed by Matt Vesely (OVERHEATER) and starring Lily Sullivan (EVIL DEAD RISE, I MET A GIRL). While trying to salvage her career, a disgraced journalist (Sullivan) begins investigating a strange conspiracy theory. But as the trail leads uncomfortably close to home, she is left to grapple with the lies at the heart of her own story.  Following its international premiere at SXSW, MONOLITH was nominated for the New Visions Award at the Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival, Best Direction in a Debut Feature Film at the Australian Directors Guild Awards and Best Indie Film at the Australian

    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 highly-lauded drama MONSTER (怪物, Kaibutsu, 2023) from internationally-acclaimed, award-winning director Hirokazu Kore-eda (SHOPLIFTERS, BROKER). After learning a teacher is bullying her son, a mother demands answers, eventually resorting to legal action. But as the truth is gradually revealed, it proves more complex than anyone imagined. The film’s screenplay was written by Yuji Sakamoto (IN LOVE AND DEEP WATER), with music by late Academy Award-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (Best Music, Original Score, THE LAST EMPEROR, 1988).  The cast of MONSTER includes Sakura Ando (SHOPLIFTERS, GODZILLA MINUS ONE), Eita Nagayama (UNDERCURRENT), newcomer Soya Kurokawa, and Hiiragi Hinata (ONE SECOND AHEAD, ONE SECOND BEHIND). At the

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