SEIJUN SUZUKI: THE EARLY YEARS VOL. 2 LIMITED EDITION Blu-ray/DVD Combo from Arrow Video US
Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release
Special Thanks to Clint Weiler
Available for home-viewing for the very first time ever outside of Japan, this collection of bleak crime thrillers, brash mob dramas and exuberant action movies, made across the first five years of Seijun Suzuki’s career within Nikkatsu’s Borderless Action (mukokuseki akushon) line, presents a heady mix that laid the ground for what was to come.
THE SLEEPING BEAST WITHIN (けものの眠り, Kemono no Nemuri, 1960) is a gripping crime thriller that sees a newspaper reporter’s search for his girlfriend’s missing father lead him into heart of the criminal underworld of Yokohama’s Chinatown.
Its companion piece, SMASHING THE O-LINE (密航０ライン, Mikko Zero Rain, 1960), follows two reporters’ descent into a scabrous demimonde of drug and human trafficking.
In EIGHT HOURS OF TERROR (８時間の恐怖, Hachijikan no Kyofu, 1957), a bus making its precarious way across a winding mountain road picks up some unwelcome passengers.
In TOKYO KNIGHTS (東京騎士隊, Tokyo Naito, 1961), a college student takes over the family business in the field of organized crime.
THE MAN WITH A SHOTGUN (散弾銃の男, Shottogan no Otoko, 1961) marks Suzuki’s first entry into the territory of the “borderless” Japanese Western.
Format: Blu-ray + DVD
Street Date: 04/17/18
Label: Arrow Video
Production Year: 1957-1961
Run Time: 323 Minutes
Number of Discs: 4
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
• Limited Edition Dual Format Collection [1500 copies]
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation and Standard Definition DVD presentation
• Newly translated optional English Subtitles
• Audio commentary by critic and author Jasper Sharp on SMASHING THE 0-LINE
• Tony Rayns on the Crime and Action Movies – the critic and historian discusses the background to the films, their place within Suzuki’s career and the talent involved with them
• Stills gallery
• Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
• 60-page illustrated collector’s book featuring new writing by Jasper Sharp
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MVD Entertainment Group was founded in 1986 by Tom Seaman, an industry veteran with prior experience with The Record Hunter, Sam Goody, CBS Retail, and JEM Distribution. Tom, along with his family Elinor, Eve and Ed, initially focused on music videotapes.
At the turn of the century, with the advent of DVD, MVD built a large catalog of exclusively distributed audiovisual content on DVD’s, with special strength in music concert films, horror movies, documentaries, comedy, cult classics, and much more.