Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture One of the most important and influential film makers in cinematic history, Akira Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. His final masterpiece, RAN has been beautifully restored in 4k, approved by Director of Photography ShÃ´ji Ueda. A reimagining of Shakespeare's King Lear set in feudal Japan, RAN tells the story of Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai Yojimbo, Kagemusha) an aging warlord who, after spending his life consolidating his empire, decides to abdicate and divide his Kingdom amongst his three sons Taro (Akira Terao - Letter from the Mountain, Dreams), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu The Man in White, Red Shadow: Akakage) and Saburo (Daisuke RyÃ» TÃ´no Monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe). This leads to a brutal and bloody war between the brothers for absolute power of the kingdom. Extras: A.K. Feature Length Chris Marker Documentary On Akira Kurosawa Interview With The Director Of Photography ShÃ´ji Ueda Interview With Ms Mieko Harada Interview With Michael Brooke Author/Journalist Stage Appearance At Tokyo International Film Festival 2015 Ran: The Restoration
This brand-new restoration of the CÃ©sar Award-winning political thriller directed by Joseph Losey is starring Alain Delon in a career defining role with a special appearance from Jeanne Moreau. Mr. Klein, with its Kafkaesque focus on the themes of identity and obsession, has become a classic of the doppelgÃ¤nger paranoia genre and is one of Losey's darkest films. Paris, January 1942 - art dealer Robert Klein (Alain Delon) is making a killing. For this loyal Frenchman the Nazi occupation is a unique business opportunity. He stands to profit from the Jewish people's misfortune, as they sell their possessions in a hurry to leave the country. But when a Jewish newspaper turns up on Klein's doorstep, his comfortable life begins to unravel. It seems there is another Robert Klein, a suspected Jewish Resistance fighter, who is content to live in the shadows and let his namesake take the fall. As Klein's investigation of his double progresses, the mood shifts from Hitchcock to Kafka and proving his innocence becomes less important than confronting his doppelgÃ¤nger... Extras: Introduction by Jean-Baptiste Thoret Mr Klein Revisited by Michel Ciment Interview with Henri Lanoe
Zavvi - The Home of Pop CultureAs the elves pursue the Clover Kingdom, hell-bent on destroying humankind, Asta discovers that his newest sword may just be the key to stopping themand keeping human souls from being lost to the underworld forever!
Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture Exclusive Art by Matt Ferguson Celebrate one of the most critically acclaimed anime films of all time in 4K Ultra HD! 2029: A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of The Puppet Master, a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together with her fellow agents from Section 9, Kusanagi embarks on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity. Director Mamoru Oshii's award-winning cyber-tech thriller, based on the comic book by Shirow Masamune, is lauded as one of the leading Japanese animation films of all time. Brand new special features include: Full-length audio commentary of GHOST IN THE SHELL. Participants include: Mary Claypool (Animation Writer and English Language Scriptwriter of GHOST IN THE SHELL), Eric Calderon (Animation Producer and Writer), Richard Epcar (Voice of Batou in the GHOST IN THE SHELL franchise), Charles Solomon (Animation Historian and Critic) Accessing Section 9: 25 Years into the Future Featurette Landscapes & Dreamscapes The Art and Architecture of GHOST IN THE SHELL Featurette Box Set Includes: Steelbook with 1x UHD Disc and 1x Blu-ray disc Envelope containing 6x Artcards and 1x Matt Ferguson's Ghost in the Shell Poster All packaged in a rigid box Special Features Audio Commentary - Full length audio commentary of GHOST IN THE SHELL. Participants include: Mary Claypool (Animation Writer and English Language Scriptwriter of GHOST IN THE SHELL), Eric Calderon (Animation Producer and Writer), Richard Epcar (Voice of Batou in the GHOST IN THE SHELL franchise), Charles Solomon (Animation Historian and Critic) Accessing Section 9: 25 Years into the Future - Featurette (18:41) Landscapes & Dreamscapes The Art and Architecture of GHOST IN THE SHELL Featurette (10:49) Production Report Trailers Digital Works
Ren Amamiya is about to enter his second year of high school after transferring to Shujin Academy in Tokyo. A strange incident triggers the awakening of his Persona, and alongside his friends, he forms the Phantom Thieves of Hearts to change the hearts of corrupt adults by stealing the source of their distorted desires. Meanwhile, cases of psychotic breakdowns have been popping up one after another... Living their ordinary high school lives in Tokyo during the day, the group stalks the bustling metropolis of Tokyo as the Phantom Thieves by night. It's time for the curtains to rise on this grand, picaresque story! Bonus Features: Storage box for complete series 6 artcards Textless Opening and Ending
Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture Exclusive Art By Matt Ferguson The year is 2005 For millennia, the heroic Autobots, led by Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), have been at war with the evil Megatron (Frank Welker) and his Decepticons over control of their home planet of Cybertron. However, an even greater threat Unicron (Orson Welles, Citizen Kane), a colossal converting planet that devours everything in its path is heading right for Cybertron. The only hope is the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. Will the Autobots be able to save themselves and their home world in time? An all-star cast, including Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek), Eric Idle (the Monty Python films) and Robert Stack (The Untouchables), brings this inimitable, explosively entertaining Autobot adventure to life. Special Features New 4k Transfer From Original Film Elements New Feature-Length Storyboards, including deleted, alternate and extended sequences New Fathom Events 30th Anniversary Featurette, including Stan Bush's acoustic performances of The Touch and Dare 'Til All Are One A comprehensive documentary looking back at The Transformers: The Movie with members of the cast and crew, including story consultant Flint Dille, cast members Gregg Berger, Neil Ross, Dan Gilvezan, singer/songwriter Stan Bush, composer Vince Dicola and others! Audio Commentary with Director Nelson Shin, story consultant Flint Dille and star Susan Blu Featurettes Animated Storyboards Trailers and TV Spots
Zavvi - The Home of Pop CultureIn the wake of defeating Boros and his mighty army, Saitama has returned to his unremarkable everyday life in Z-City. However, unbeknownst to him, the number of monsters appearing is still continuously on the rise, putting a strain on the Hero Association's resources. Their top executives decide on the bold move of recruiting hoodlums in order to help in their battle. But during the first meeting with these potential newcomers, a mysterious man calling himself Garou makes his appearance. Claiming to be a monster, he starts mercilessly attacking the crowd.
Finally released outside Japan for the very first time, these unique riffs on H.G. Wells' classic character (though undoubtedly also indebted to Universal's iconic film series) are two of the earliest examples of tokusatsu (special effects) cinema from Daiei Studios, later the home of Gamera. In The Invisible Man Appears, written and directed by Nobuo Adachi in 1949, a scientist successfully creates an invisibility serum, only to be kidnapped by a gang of thugs who wish to use the formula to rob a priceless jewel. In addition to being the earliest surviving Japanese science fiction film ever made, the film's entertaining special effects were an early credit for the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, five years before he first brought Godzilla to life. Eight years later, Mitsuo Murayama's exciting The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly tells the story of a series of mysterious murders where the only clue is strange buzzing noise at the scene of the crime could this be linked to secret wartime experiments in shrinking humans to the size of insects? And can a scientist who's just invented an invisibility ray be the one to stop it? SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: High Definition (1080p) transfers of both films on one Blu-ray disc Original lossless Japanese mono audio on both films Optional English subtitles for both films Transparent Terrors, a newly filmed interview with critic and genre scholar Kim Newman on the history of the Invisible Man in cinema Theatrical trailer for The Invisible Man Appears Image galleries for both films Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork by Graham Humphreys FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Keith Allison, Hayley Scanlon and Tom Vincent
Zavvi - The Home of Pop CultureExclusive Art By Matt FergusonThe year is 2005 For millennia, the heroic Autobots, led by Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), have been at war with the evil Megatron (Frank Welker) and his Decepticons over control of their home planet of Cybertron. However, an even greater threat Unicron (Orson Welles, Citizen Kane), a colossal converting planet that devours everything in its path is heading right for Cybertron. The only hope is the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. Will the Autobots be able to save themselves and their home world in time?An all-star cast, including Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek), Eric Idle (the Monty Python films) and Robert Stack (The Untouchables), brings this inimitable, explosively entertaining Autobot adventure to life.Special FeaturesNew 4k Transfer From Original Film ElementsNew Feature-Length Storyboards, including deleted, alternate and extended sequencesNew Fathom Events 30th Anniversary Featurette, including Stan Bush's acoustic performances of The Touch and Dare 'Til All Are One A comprehensive documentary looking back at The Transformers: The Movie with members of the cast and crew, including story consultant Flint Dille, cast members Gregg Berger, Neil Ross, Dan Gilvezan, singer/songwriter Stan Bush, composer Vince Dicola and others!Audio Commentary with Director Nelson Shin, story consultant Flint Dille and star Susan BluFeaturettesAnimated StoryboardsTrailers and TV Spots
Of all Masaki Kobayashi's attacks on the cruelty and inhumanity perpetrated by authoritarian power (including The Human Condition and Samurai Rebellion) perhaps none are more brilliant than his visceral mesmerising Harakiri [aka Seppuku]. In a magnificent performance Tatsuya Nakadai (Yojimbo The Face of Another Ran) stars as Hanshiro Tsugumo a masterless down-and-out samurai who enters the manor of Lord Iyi requesting to commit ritual suicide on his property. Suspected of simply fishing for charity Hanshiro is told the gruesome tale of the last samurai who made the same request - but Hanshiro will not be moved... With its intricate structure and pressure-cooker atmosphere Kobayashi's first jidai-geki period drama is a full-scale demolition job of samurai ideals and feudal hypocrisy filmed with artistry and surgical precision and scored by celebrated composer Toru Takemitsu. Adapted from the same source novel in 2011 by notorious auteur Takashi Miike the original - winner of the 1963 Special Jury Prize at Cannes - still stands as a startling moment in Japanese cinema.
After losing the Number 1 Hero All Might, a vague sense of insecurity has befallen society. During this, a reported named Tokuda from a newspaper company comes to the Class A dormitories to observe Deku and the others. The reporter was interested in the message that All Might gave at Kamino, saying, You're next. What exactly does Tokuda think about Deku though...?
Driss (Omar Sy), a Senegalese man living in a Paris slum, applies for a job as caretaker to a wealthy quadriplegic, but all he wants is to get his paper stamped so he can get benefits. Despite his lack of qualifications, he lands the job because of his attitude: Philippe (François Cluzet), the quadriplegic, wants a caretaker who will look at him without pity. As Driss reluctantly learns to move, feed, and clean Philippe, the two men discover a blunt but vital humour that not only bridges the cultural and class divide between them, but gives Philippe a renewed joy in life. It's easy to see what made Untouchable such a massive success in France; the movie has the sweet sincerity and uplifting conclusion that make for a classic feel-good experience. The chemistry between the two leads is undeniable, and Sy--who won the French equivalent of the Oscar for his role--is a dynamic and charismatic performer, while Cluzet's understated performance conveys Philippe's frustrations. The movie doesn't dig too deeply into the struggles of life as a quadriplegic or the struggles of life among the inner-city poor, so when Untouchable ends it's not likely to leave a lasting impression, but that doesn't get in the way of its immediate charm and warmth. --Bret Fetzer
A series of newly remastered Japanese pink films produced by Keiko Sato. UNDERWATER LOVE ãããªã®æ²³ç«¥ directed by Shinji Imaoka (2011, 83 minutes) Asuka works in a lakeside fish factory. She is just about to be married to her boss. One day, she encounters a Kappa, a water creature living in the lake and learns that it is the reincarnation of Aoki, her first love. What ensues is a zany spectacle of love, music & sex. WOMEN HELL SONG ãããªå°çå å°ºå «å¼å¤© directed by Mamoru Watanabe (1970, 75 minutes) Katori Tamaki, the star of the first ever pink film, Flesh Market (1962), stars as the roaming outlaw Okayo, also known as Benten due to the prominent tattoo of the Buddhist Goddess of Love emblazoned across her back. On the run from her persecutors, who seek to claim the tattoo and its skin canvas as a bounty, Okayo finds a safe haven in the arms of the mysterious shakuhachi (bamboo flute) playing Seigaku, himself tattooed with the image of KisshÃ´ten, the Goddess of Prosperity. Special Features: Newly remastered Special bonus film: FORBIDDEN TECHNIQUES (ç¦ãããããã¯ããã¯) directed by Kan Mukai (1966, 71 minutes). After meeting a prostitute, a former box-champion recalls his past life. German dubbed with English subtitles
Mitsuha and Taki are total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he's never visited. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together? Find out in the latest film from the acclaimed auteur Makoto Shinkai. Contains the film on DVD with both the English dub and the original Japanese track with English subtitles. Extras/Episodes: Film on Blu-Ray
For the first time ever! Collect the first 3 three classic PokÃ©emon Movies movies in one amazing box set. POKÃMON: THE FIRST MOVIE The adventure explodes into action with the debut of Mewtwo, a bio-engineered PokÃ©mon created from the DNA of Mew, one of the rarest PokÃ©mon of all. After escaping from the lab where it was created, Mewtwo is determined to prove its own superiority. It lures a number of talented Trainers into a PokÃ©mon battle like never beforeand of course, Ash and his friends are happy to accept the challenge! Ash's excitement turns to fear and anger when Mewtwo reveals its plan for domination, creating powerful clones of our heroes' PokÃ©mon so it can even the imbalance between PokÃ©mon and their Trainers. Despite Ash's protests, Mewtwo refuses to believe that PokÃ©mon and people can be friends. But faced with the determination and loyalty of a young Trainer, Mewtwo just might have to reconsider especially when pitted against the power of the mysterious Mew! POKÃMON THE MOVIE 2000 Just one person can make a difference In the Orange Islands far south of Kanto, a Trainer named Lawrence is on a sinister quest: catching the Legendary PokÃ©mon Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres in an attempt to awaken Lugia, guardian of the sea! When Ash and friends arrive, the islanders ask him to gather three elemental orbs from different islands. As the weather across the world goes out of control, it becomes clear that the capture of the Legendary trio has thrown the environment out of balance! With Lugia's help, can Ash find the orbs, restore the balance, and be the chosen one that everyone turns to? POKÃMON 3: THE MOVIE A crystal catastrophe is unleashed upon Greenfield, and Ash, Pikachu, and friends must figure out how to undo the damage to the once-beautiful town. But the unthinkable happens when Ash's mother is kidnapped by the powerful Entei, a PokÃ©mon thought to have existed only in legend. Now Ash must go to her rescue, uncertain of what he'll uncover when he unlocks the real secret power behind the unbelievable turn of events: a young girl whose dream world is being turned into a nightmarish reality by the mysterious and unstoppable Unown!
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