Toei’s BLACK TEST CAR/THE BLACK REPORT On Blu-ray In September From Arrow Video US
Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release
Special Thanks to Clint Weiler
Japanese maverick director Yasuzo Masumura (BLIND BEAST) helms a bitingly satirical espionage thriller set in the heart of the Japanese auto industry in his 1962 landmark BLACK TEST CAR (黒の試走車, Kuro no Shisō-sha), which launched a series of similarly themed “Black” films.
In a bitter, take-no-prisoners corporate war between the Tiger Motorcar Company and their competitors, the Yamato Company, undercover spies have infiltrated both sides. As Tiger prepares to launch its newest “Pioneer” car and a prototype bursts into flames, Toru Toru (Hideo Takamatsu, THE LAST EMPEROR) heads a secretive task force to root out Yamato’s spy, and find out what they can about the competitor’s familiar-looking new model.
Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut, BLACK TEST CAR is paired here with the English-language video premiere of its follow-up THE BLACK REPORT (黒の報告書, Kuro no Hōkoku-sho, 1963), also directed by Masumura.
Street Date: 09/01/20
Label: Arrow Video
Run Time: 95 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Region Code: 0
List Price: $39.95
• High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation of BLACK TEST CAR and THE BLACK REPORT
• Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio on both films
• Optional newly translated English subtitles on both films
• Newly recorded critical appreciation by Jonathan Rosenbaum
• Theatrical trailers for both films
• Image galleries for both films
• Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella
• FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the films by Mark Downing Roberts
About Arrow Films
Arrow Films is a leading independent entertainment distribution company, established in 1991. Operating in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, United States of America and Canada, Arrow Films is dedicated to supporting upcoming and established filmmakers of dynamic new cinema and developing an enviable slate of quality films that enjoy a lasting legacy across its award-winning branded labels, channels, and platforms.
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.