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    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 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

    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

    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

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Source: Well Go USA, ddPR press release Special Thanks to Leif Helland Prepare to be terrified by an ancient creature from local Thai folklore in the horror thriller CREEPY CRAWLY (๑๐๐, The One Hundred, 2022), debuting on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD just in time for Halloween on October 3 from Well Go USA Entertainment. 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 Well Go USA. ©2022 Sunac Culture Entertainment (Beijin) Co., Ltd. and Daysview Animation Co., Ltd. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 Sunac Culture Entertainment (Beijin) Co., Ltd. and Daysview Animation Co., Ltd. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the Chinese  action/adventure GOODBYE MONSTER (山海经之再见怪兽, Shanhai Jing: Zaijian Gaoshou, 2022). After accidentally ruining his island, a doctor is banished, but he has one last chance to redeem himself after a young boy comes to him for healing in this magical anime for the whole family. Synopsis:        After disobeying orders and using an untested idea to defeat the Dark Spirit, a promising young doctor accidentally destroys his island and is banished from Kunlun Hospital, forbidden from ever practicing

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 BAD CITY Film Partners In the Yakuza Underworld, Corruption Runs Deep Source: Well Go USA, ddPR press release Special Thanks to Leif Helland In a city plagued with poverty and crime, a corrupt businessman decides to run for mayor by eliminating opponents from the rival mafia. A former police captain serving time for murder is secretly released to head a special task force to arrest him in the action-adventure crime thriller BAD CITY (バッド・シティ, Baddo Shiti, 2022), exploding on Blu-ray and DVD September 19 from Well Go USA Entertainment. 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),

    DOOMED MEGALOPOLIS: THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS is coming to Blu-ray in North America, courtesy of Media Blasters. The sleeve art is not final. Photo courtesy of Media Blasters, Inc. ©Kinema Junposh Source: Media Blasters, Inc. Special Thanks to Carl Morano Media Blasters will release DOOMED MEGALOPOLIS: THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS (帝都物語, Teito Monogatari, 1988) on Blu-ray in North America on September 26. Also known as TOKYO: THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS, this live-action, supernatural thrill-ride was directed by Akio Jissoji (ULTRAMAN, ULTRASEVEN, THIS TRANSIENT LIFE) and produced by Takashige Ichise, producer of classic J-horror hits such as RINGU, JU-ON and DARK WATER that spawned Hollywood remakes. The movie also features stunning creature designs by H.R. Giger of ALIEN fame. A psychic, Yasunori Kato, plots to destroy Tokyo and revert the city back to it's ancient origins as a desolate 'holy ground.' This leads Kato to resurrect Masadako, hoping that he

    Source: Sentai press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its November slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. FAMILIAR OF ZERO Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         1250 min.Street Date:      11/7/2023Format:             BDLanguage:        Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $99.98 Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière's name is longer than her list of positive accomplishments at the Tristain Academy of Magic. Cursed by her fellow students with the horrible nickname "Louise the Zero", she hopes that summoning a surprisingly strong Familiar will turn her luck around… but instead of some cool mythical creature, Louise summons a normal human from Japan! Now Sato Hiraga is magically bound to an incompetent sorceress, but there may be more to her seemingly mediocre magical powers than meets the eye

    ULTRAMAN REGULOS will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan. Image courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya ProductionsOfficial Site: https://m-78.jp/galaxy-fight/regulos/ja/ (Japan), https://m-78.jp/galaxy-fight/regulos/english/ (English) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series Tsuburaya Productions has announced the Japanese Blu-ray and DVD release of ULTRAMAN REGULOS (ウルトラマンレグロス, Urutoraman Regurosu, 2023), the latest entry in their streaming "Ultra Galaxy Fight" line. The six-episode series streamed on Tsuburaya Productions' subscriber service "TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION" in Japan and on Ultraman Connection in North America. In addition to the series, the Blu-ray and DVD wil include the special ULTRAMAN REGULOS: FIRST MISSION (ウルトラマンレグロス ファーストミッション, Urutoraman Regurosu: Fāsuto Misshon, 2022), while the Blu-ray will also feature a recording of the "ULTRA GALAXY FIGHT Special Night" (ウルトラギャラクシーファイトスペシャルナイト完全版, Urutora Gyarakushī Faito Supesharu Naito Kanzenban) live event that was held on December 27, 2022.  ● ULTRAMAN REGULOS Blu-ray Distributor: BANDAI NAMCO Filmworks Release Date: Wednesday, November 22,

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN BLAZAR PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO Source: Tsuburaya ProductionsOfficial Sites: https://ani.tv/ultraman_blazar/, https://m-78.jp/blazar/ (Japan)Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series  Tsuburaya Productions has announced the Japanese home video release for their latest Ultraman show, ULTRAMAN BLAZAR (ウルトラマンブレーザー, Urutoraman Burēzā). ULTRAMAN BLAZAR Blu-ray BOX VOL.I (『​ウルトラマンブレーザー』Blu-ray BOX VOL.I、Urutoraman Burēzā Blu-ray BOX VOL.1), will be available from BANDAI NAMCO ARTS on December 22, 2023 with VOL.II following on February 28, 2024. ULTRAMAN BLAZAR began airing on Saturday, July 8, 2023 on the TV Tokyo network, and has been trending #1 worldwide on Twitter. Episodes are simulcast worldwide on the Official Ultraman YouTube channel with multiple dub options, including English, Chinese, Indonesian and Malaysian. The ULTRAMAN BLAZAR Blu-ray BOXes use a special walnut box design. Each volume includes a 24-page, full color booklet with secrets about the production of ULTRAMAN BLAZAR, plus a SPECIAL DISC containing exclusive bonus footage.  

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