Win HIROSHIMA Blu-ray From Arrow Academy
Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group
Special Thanks to Clint Weiler
Arrow Video US is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new Arrow Academy Blu-ray of HIROSHIMA (ひろしま, 1953). The film is a powerful evocation of the devastation wrought by the world’s first deployment of the atomic bomb and its aftermath, based on the written eye-witness accounts of its child survivors compiled by Dr. Arata Osada for the 1951 book Children Of The A Bomb: Testament Of The Boys And Girls Of Hiroshima.
Adapted for the screen by independent director Hideo Sekigawa (LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF THE SEA, TOKYO UNTOUCHABLE) and screenwriter Yasutaro Yagi (THEATRE OF LIFE, RICE), Hiroshima combines a harrowing documentary realism with moving human drama, in a tale of the suffering, endurance and survival of a group of teachers, their students and their families. It boasts a rousing score composed by Akira Ifukube (GODZILLA) and an all-star cast including Yumeji Tsukioka (LATE SPRING, THE ETERNAL BREASTS), Isuzu Yamada (THRONE OF BLOOD, YOJIMBO) and Eiji Okada (HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, WOMAN IN THE DUNES), appearing alongside an estimated 90,000 residents from the city as extras, including many survivors from that fateful day on August 6, 1945.
HIROSHIMA was produced and distributed outside of the studio system by the Japan Teachers’ Union following the mixed critical reception to CHILDREN OF HIROSHIMA (1952), directed by Kaneto Shindo the previous year, the first dramatic feature to deal directly with the atomic bombing. Although sequences from the film were used in Alain Resnais’ classic of French New Wave cinema, HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (1959), it has been effectively out of circulation in Japan and the rest of the world since its original release in 1953 due to the force and political sensitivity of its message. This new High Definition presentation is the complete version, restoring the footage from the international edit that was released in the United States in 1955.
The HIROSHIMA Blu-ray is now available from Arrow Academy. The suggested retail price is $39.95.
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION
A. There are four (4) prizes, each consisting of one (1) HIROSHIMA Blu-ray.
B. The prizes will be shipped to the contest winners so entrants must include a valid mailing address. This contest is only open to participants in the United States and Canada.
C. In the event that a winner chooses not to (or cannot) accept a prize, he or she forfeits all claim to that prize.
D. One entry per person. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitution of prizes allowed.
Duration of contests:
A. The “HIROSHIMA Blu-ray” contest runs from July 14 until 11:59pm on July 29, 2020.
How to enter:
A. Submit your name, email address, and mailing address for the random drawing.
B. Be sure to write “HIROSHIMA Blu-ray” in the subject header of your email entry. SciFi Japan often runs multiple contests at the same time, so any entries without “HIROSHIMA Blu-ray” in the subject header will be discarded.
Determination of winners:
A. Only contestants who have submitted the requested information will be entered in the final drawing. The first four randomly drawn eligible entries will be judged the winners for this contest.
B. SciFi Japan is not responsible for typographical, electronic or other errors in Internet operation affecting the offering, outcome, administration of the contest or the announcement of prizes. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
C. The decision of Arrow Video US and SciFi Japan is final. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the SciFi Japan judges, which are final and binding in all respects.
D. Following the drawing, winners will be notified via email.
“HIROSHIMA Blu-ray” CONTEST
Email the following info to “HIROSHIMA Blu-ray” at firstname.lastname@example.org and you’re in the contest. Good luck!
About Arrow Films
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About MVD Entertainment Group
MVD Entertainment Group is a full service music and movie distribution firm, exclusively representing thousands of audio and visual products for DVD, Bluray, CD, vinyl, and digital rights, worldwide. MVD also exclusively distributes a growing line of merchandise including limited edition collectibles, tee shirts, and more.
“Serving Artists and Audiences” is MVD’s purpose statement; it represents a commitment to the interests of the musicians, filmmakers, record labels, producers, managers, and every link in the supply chain. The customers are the Audience, from wholesalers, sub-distributors, major retail chains, online retailers, specialists, and independent mom and pop stores, all the way to the consumer.
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.