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    Yusaku Matsuda stars in three rare Japanese gangster films, available outside Japan for the first time ever. Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © Toei Co., Ltd. Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Special Thanks to Derek Stubinski Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © Toei Co., Ltd. Made at the end of the 1970s, Tōru Murakawa's GAME TRILOGY launched actor Yusaku Matsuda as the Toei tough guy for a new generation. Matsuda was the definitive screen icon of 1980s until his career was tragically cut short by cancer at the age of 40, following his Hollywood debut in Ridley Scott’s BLACK RAIN. In this career-defining triptych, Matsuda is Shohei Narumi, an ice cool hitman of few words, a steely trigger finger, and a heart of stone, hired in THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (最も危険な遊戯, Mottomo Kiken na Yūgi, 1978) by a company bidding for a lucrative government

    Source: Wild Eye Releasing press releaseSpecial Thanks to Alicia Diaz   Photo courtesy of Wild Eye Releasing. © Wild Eye ReleasingDirected by legendary cult filmmaker Mark Polonia (SHARKENSTEIN, SHARKULA, JURASSIC SHARK 2: AQUAPOCALYPSE) and written by B-movie legend Bret McCormick, Wild Eye Releasing heads back to the deep this summer with the newest entry in the long running, cult hit shark series JURASSIC SHARK 3 : SEAVENGE. The unstoppable Megalodon is back, stalking the inhabitants of a stranded boat off the coast of a small fishing community. A reporter, her cameraman and some thieves must work together to finally put an end to this legendary man-eater, but that won't be easy as this aquatic serial killer has emerged to exact it's own brand of revenge on them. The digital and DVD, which includes an audio commentary, scene selection, and trailers, hits June 13.

    SHIN ULTRAMAN will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in July. Photo courtesy of Cleopatra Entertainment and MVD Entertainment. © 2022 Shin Ultraman Production Committee Source: Cleopatra Entertainment, LLC, MVD Entertainment Special Thanks to Tim Yasui   The hit SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman, 2022) comes to home video in July, courtesy of Cleopatra Entertainment. The film will be available on VOD starting July 4th with the Blu-ray and DVD editions following on July 11th.   Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. © 2022 Shin Ultraman Production Committee   The movie is an adaption of the original ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン 空想特撮シリーズ, Urutoraman Kūsō Tokusatsu Shirīzu, 1966-67) television series from writer/producer Hideaki Anno (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION) and director Shinji Higuchi (Gamera Trilogy, ATTACK ON TITAN), the co-directors of the award-winning box office smash SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016).

    Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its August slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. VERMEIL IN GOLD Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         300 min.Street Date:      8/1/2023Format:             BD – (Limited Edition Premium Box Set will be released Soon)Language:         English & Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $69.98 Magic student Alto Goldfield isn't having much luck at summoning, but it's required to advance to the next grade. Then he chances upon an old grimoire and summons a lot more than he anticipated - a very beautiful and naked demon girl named Vermeil! The good news: she's willing to become his familiar! Unfortunately, she also wants to "bond" in another way, live off his mana, and isn't crazy about wearing clothes. This

    Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Se Ki Corporation Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Blu-ray cover art. Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Se Ki Corporation SRS Cinema has revealed the cover art for their Blu-ray edition of THE STORY OF HONG GIL-DONG (홍길동, Hong Gil-Dong, 1967), the first animated feature film from  South Korea. The movie was adapted from a comic strip that was based on an ancient story of a Korean hero. A special boy is born on a day where hurricanes and wicked spirits struck medieval Korea. The citizens and family learn that the infant has superhuman strength and cunning intelligence. As the boy grows up, he vows to his family, the emperor of Korea and the high deities to rid Korea of chaos and disorder caused by wicked beings. Presales for the limited

    ULTRAMAN DECKER FINALE: JOURNEY TO BEYOND Blu-ray Special Edition. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ©ULTRAMAN DECKER FILM PARTNERS Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Sites: https://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/ultraman_decker/, https://m-78.jp/decker/ (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series Tsuburaya Productions has announced the Japanese Blu-ray & DVD release for the TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION original movie ULTRAMAN DECKER FINALE: JOURNEY TO BEYOND (ウルトラマンデッカー最終章 旅立ちの彼方へ…, Urutoraman Dekkā Saishū Fumi Tabidachi no Kanata e…) on Friday, July 28, 2023. Special interviews with ultra heroines Yuka Murayama, Sae Miyazawa and Kayano Nakamura will be included as a bonus. ULTRAMAN DECKER FINALE: JOURNEY TO BEYOND depicts the desperate battle of the expert team GUTS-SELECT to face the latest threat to the Earth. Fans can enjoy the brilliance of the mysterious woman, Dinas, who is featured prominently in this "final chapter," and the heroic end of the Giant of Lght, Ultraman Decker. The film was released theatrically in Japan and simultaneously distributed online at

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya Productions press releaseOfficial Site: https://seven55th.m-78.jp/ (Japan) Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Masayuki Nagatakei) will release the Blu-ray box set ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES: ULTRASEVEN 4K UHD & MovieNEX (ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES ウルトラセブン 4K UHD & MovieNEX, Urutoraman Akaibusu Urutorasebun 4K UHD & MovieNEX) in Japan on Friday, July 7, 2023. This release is part of the year-long Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Project (ウルトラセブン55周年, Urutorasebun 55-Shūnen) celebration that launched last October. In 1967, ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun) premiered as the third entry in Tsuburaya Productions' "Fantasy Special Effects Series" following ULTRA Q (ウルトラQ, Urutora Kyū, 1966) and ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン,  Urutoraman, 1966-67). The innovative and deep storyline, excellent special effects techniques, precise miniatures, and unique and fascinating monster designs have generated a lot of discussion, and even now, 55 years later, Ultraseven is still popular among people of all generations

    Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its July slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. THE EXECUTIONER AND HER WAY OF LIFE Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         300 min.Street Date:      7/4/2023Format:             BD – (Limited Edition Premium Box Set will be released Soon)Language:         English & Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $69.98 When interdimensional travelers from an otherworldly land known as "Japan" appear, death and destruction always follow. It's up to Executioners like Menou to exterminate the Lost Ones before they wreak havoc. When Menou encounters a Lost One named Akari, it's bloody business as usual… until Menou discovers Akari can cheat death. Even so, Menou has a job to do, and she is committed to her executioner's mission come hell

    Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Se Ki Corporation Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE SRS Cinema is proud to announce the acquisition of South Korea’s first ever animated feature, A STORY OF HONG GIL-DONG (홍길동,Hong Gil-Dong, 1967). Directed by  Shin Dong-Hun, the film is adapted from a comic strip that was based on an ancient story of a Korean hero. A special boy is born on a day where hurricanes and wicked spirits struck medieval Korea. The citizens and family learn that the infant has superhuman strength and cunning intelligence. As the boy grows up, he vows to his family, the emperor of Korea and the high deities to rid Korea of chaos and disorder caused by wicked beings. A special Blu-ray release will be coming later in 2023, and a DVD/Digital release in 2024.  67 mins

    1 Source: Epic Pictures Releasing press releaseSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra   Key art, courtesy of Epic Pictures Releasing. Hollywood based Epic Pictures Group have acquired North American distribution rights, sales rights ex-Asia, and has also taken an investment position in Thailand's highly anticipated giant monster movie THE LAKE (บงึ กาฬ, Bueng Kan). Plans are to release the film March 10 in limited theatrical, followed by March 14 on digital platforms, and April 14 the film is set to hit physical media. Blu-ray pre-orders will launch on March 14. Discs will be available in retail stores on May 16. THE LAKE is a Hollywood (Thailand) Co., Ltd. production, directed by Lee Thongkham and produced by Watson Boy Homsangpradit with executive producer Patrick Ewald. In the film, an eco-thriller;  'A gigantic and bloodthirsty monster emerges from a lake after its egg is

    ©2022 God Hikoza Project Source: SRS Cinema LLC Official Site: https://god-hikoza.com/ (Japan) Special Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor SRS Cinema has licensed North American home media rights to the 2022 daikaiju movie SUPER LEGEND GOD HIKOZA (超伝合体ゴッドヒコザ, Chō-den Gattai Goddo Hikoza). Blu-ray and DVD preorders are scheduled to begin in February. SUPER LEGEND GOD HIKOZA is the latest production from writer/director Minoru Kawasaki, the internationally renowned cult filmmaker behind such works as THE WORLD SINKS EXCEPT JAPAN (日本以外全部沈没, Nihon Igai Zenbu Chinbotsu, 2006), MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT! (ギララの逆襲/洞爺湖サミット危機一発, Girara no Gyakushū / Tōyako Samitto Kiki Ippatsu, 2008), EARTH DEFENSE WIDOW (地球防衛未亡人, Chikyū Bōei Mibōjin, 2014), KAIJU MONO (大怪獣モノ, Daikaijū Mono, 2016) and  MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS (三大怪獣グルメ, San Daikaijū Gurume, 2020). Kawasaki specializes in comedic movies, often featuring monsters and anthropomorphized animals, that use “Kigurumi Tokusatsu,” the traditional Japanese

    The long unseen Korean monster movie SPACE MONSTER WANGMAGWI finally makes it North American debut, thanks to SRS Cinema! Photo courtesy of SRS Cinema and Avery Guerra. Source: SRS Cinema LLC press releaseSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra Distributor SRS Cinema has announced the launch of preorders for their limited edition Blu-ray of  SPACE MONSTER WANGMAGWI (우주괴인 왕마귀, Ujugoein Wangmagwi). Blu-ray cover art, courtesy of SRS Cinema and Avery Guerra. Released in 1967, WANGMAGWI was the second giant monster film to be made in South Korea (and first feature length one). A holy grail among kaiju fans, it was long thought to be lost until an original print emerged out of the blue a few years ago. It is being released on physical media for the FIRST time EVER -- anywhere in the world -- thanks to SRS Cinema. SYNOPSIS Aliens

      © 2018 Youku Information Technology (Beijing) Company Source: ITN Distribution, Inc.Special Thanks to Avery Guerra   The independent film company ITN Distribution has released the Chinese giant monster movie SNOW MONSTER VS. ICE SHARK (大雪怪, Dàxuě guài, 2019) on DVD in North America. Directed by Huang He (UNDERGROUND MONSTER) and starring Juncheng Wu (UNKNOWN CONTROL), Yongxian Zhang (RESTART THE EARTH) and Tang Xin (LAND SHARK), the film follows representatives of a genetic research corporation who are attacked by giant creatures while on an expedition to an unknown area on the edge of the Arctic. © 2018 Youku Information Technology (Beijing) Company SNOW MONSTER VS. ICE SHARK is now available from Amazon and other major retailers (Walmart, Best Buy, etc) nationwide. The movie is presented in English and 2.35:1 widescreen, has a runtime of 82 minutes and a SRP of $15.99 .

      © Willa Film, LLC. Source: Willa Film, LLC. press releaseSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra   CRABS!, the award-winning indie creature feature is now available to pre-order in the USA on iTunes and Apple TV. CRABS! took an astonishing eight years to make and is the labor of love of first time writer/director Pierce M. Berolzheimer. © Willa Film, LLC. CRABS! will be available to watch on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Prime on November 15th, 2022. A feature packed Director’s Edition Blu-Ray will be released a week later on November 22nd which will include three feature length commentaries (including a very special one from actor Chase Padgett in character as Radu!), behind the scenes featurettes, blooper reels, deleted scenes, storyboard animatics, and the official soundtrack. Pre-Order CRABS! here today! https://apple.co/3A1btHF CRABS! has been described as “a film lover's dream”

      Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 All Rights Reserved Source: Well Go USA, MPRM Communications  Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win THEY CRAWL BENEATH, the the practical effects-driven Sci-Fi creature feature  reminiscent of the fun horror films of the 1950s. Directed by Dale Fabrigar (D-RAILED, LONELY BOY), the nail-biting thriller stars Michael Pare (THE LINCOLN LAWYER), Joseph Almani (LAW OF ATTRACTION), Arthur Roberts (NOT OF THIS EARTH), Merrick McCartha (TWISTED TWIN), Karlee Eldridge (HOUSE OF BODIES), Elena Sahagun (TREMORS 3: BACK TO PERFECTION) and Natalia Bilbao (NO MAN’S LAW). Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. ©2022 All Rights Reserved THEY CRAWL BENEATH had its world premiere at the Texas Frightmare Festival and will also be screening at the Horror Hotel Film Fest and the Halloween Horror Picture Show.  

    CAROLE & TUESDAY, December 20th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its December slate of releases which includes CAROLE & TUESDAY, a 24-episode anime television series directed by Shinichirō Watanabe. It was animated by studio Bones, in commemoration of the studio's 20th anniversary. A CAROLE & TUESDAY Limited Edition Premium Box Set will be released soon. Product details follow, in order of release...   Coming December 2022 Photo courtesy of Section23 Films. BEYOND THE BOUNDARY Published by:    Sentai Filmworks Distributed by:   Section23 Films Run Time:         495 min. Street Date:      12/6/2022 Format:             BD Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP:                 $79.98 As the last surviving member of her clan, Mirai Kuriyama was born with the ability to control her blood and wield

    Source: Sentai press release, AMCN Entertainment Group Official Site: http://caroleandtuesday.com/index.html (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto and Stephen Cox Sentai revealed today that it has acquired the home entertainment rights to the critically-acclaimed music anime CAROLE & TUESDAY (キャロル&チューズデイ, Kyaroru & Chūzudei, 2019) from original creator and chief director Shinichiro Watanabe, who is wildly admired for such commercially successful titles as COWBOY BEBOP, SAMURAI CHAMPLOO and SPACE DANDY. Animated by production studio Bones (FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD, MOB PSYCHO100, SPACE DANDY, MY HERO ACADEMIA) and directed by Motonobu Hori (animation director for PSYCHO-PASS) with soundtrack by record label FlyingDog, CAROLE & TUESDAY will be released on home video by Sentai later this fall. In the not too distant future, AI-generated music dominates entertainment on Mars, where the cutthroat music industry churns out dozens of plastic stars manufactured for mass appeal. It is here that Carole Stanley, an

    Mill Creek Entertainment brings three more Ultraman sets to DVD in North America for the first time! Photos courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to Spencer Kopp, CJ Johnsen and J.W. Starrett Mill Creek Entertainment is excited to present the North American DVD* debut of three Ultraman titles. This exciting debut comes off the back of Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the available Ultraman back-catalogue via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment, from the revolutionary team at Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. The ULTRAMAN ZEARTH Double Feature includes the 1996 movie ULTRAMAN ZEARTH ウルトラマンゼアス, Urutoraman Zeasu) and its 1997 sequel, ULTRAMAN ZEARTH 2 (ウルトラマンゼアス2 超人大戦・光と影, Urutoraman Zeasu Tsū: Chōjin Taisen Hikari to Kage). Zearth was introduced as part of the 30th anniversary of Ultraman, and offered a more comedic take on the franchise with

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS © ULTRAMAN DECKER PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Sites: https://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/ultraman_decker/, https://m-78.jp/decker/ (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series Hironobu Kageyama, Hiroki Matsumoto and Takeshi Tsuruno. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS © ULTRAMAN DECKER PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO Tsuburaya Productions has announced the Japanese home video release for their latest Ultraman show, ULTRAMAN DECKER (ウルトラマンデッカー, Urutoraman Dekkā). ULTRAMAN DECKER Blu-ray BOX VOL.I (『​ウルトラマンデッカー』Blu-ray BOX VOL.I、Urutoraman Dekkā Blu-ray BOX VOL.1), will be available from BANDAI NAMCO ARTS on December 23, 2022 with VOL.II following on March 24, 2023. ULTRAMAN DECKER was created as a homage to ULTRAMAN DYNA, the second of the beloved "Heisei Trilogy" series known as “TDG” series (ULTRAMAN TIGA, ULTRAMAN DYNA and ULTRAMAN GAIA), which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The ULTRAMAN DECKER Blu-ray BOXes use a special walnut box design. Each volume includes a 24-page,

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © 1965 Toei Co., Ltd. This September Arrow Brings One of Japan’s Most Important Cinematic Works to Home Video for the First Time Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Special Thanks to Audrey Faine Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © 1965 Toei Co., Ltd. Japanese director Tomu Uchida (BLOODY SPEAR AT MOUNT FUJI, THE MAD FOX) directed 70 films over a career that spanned nearly 50 years. The crowning moment of Uchida's legendary career would come in 1965 with the release of the epic crime drama, A FUGITIVE FROM THE PAST (飢餓海峡, Kiga Kaikyō, 1965). On September 27, Arrow brings this stunning masterpiece to home video outside of Japan for the first time. In 1947, a freak typhoon sends a passenger ferry running between Hokkaido and mainland Japan plunging to the ocean depths, with hundreds of lives lost. During the chaos, three men

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