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    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler   Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new DVD edition of ZILLAFOOT,  an epic kaiju homage to the Toho monsters and Tsuburaya heroes.   A UFO lands on Earth, unleashing a giant monster that is half lizard, half gorilla - Zillafoot! The monster rampages, decimating any military response and even awakening a strange dinosaur. Now it's up to scientists and the final member of the famed Ultrasquad to face the new threats and save humanity   The ZILLAFOOT DVD will be ravailable from SRS Cinema on October 5. The suggested retail price is $19.95. OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION Prize: A. There are five (5) prizes, each consisting of

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler   Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. ©2020 Monster Seafood Wars Production Committee SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new DVD edition of the  independent daikaiju film MONSTER SEAFOOD WARS (三大怪獣グルメ, San Daikaijū Gurume, 2020).  In the latest film from tdirector Minoru Kawasaki (THE WORLD SINKS EXCEPT JAPAN, MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT!) and screenwriter Masakazu Migita (ULTRAMAN TIGA), Yuta, a young master at the Tsukiji Fish Market, accidentally drops his meal of mixed seafood into the Sumida River. Some time afterwards a gigantic mutated squid monster arises from the depths and begins to wreak havoc upon an awe-stricken Tokyo. Attempts by the Japan Self-Defense Forces to stop the creature prove futile. As it seems things couldn't get any worse an enormous mutant octopus

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Video. ©Sony Pictures Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group press release Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Zombies! Werewolves! Atomic Mutation! Intergalactic Avians! Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the Limited Edition Blu-ray set COLD WAR CREATURES: FOUR FILMS FROM SAM KATZMAN, a quartet of classic terrors to take you back to the golden age of B-Movie Monsters! Photo courtesy of Arrow Video. ©Sony Pictures A mob boss hires an ex-Nazi scientist to reanimate his dead thugs in CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN (1955). An auto-accident survivor is used as an experimental subject to create a vaccine for nuclear fall-out with hair-raising side-effects in THE WEREWOLF (1956). Treasure hunters get more than they bargained for in the search for a cargo of diamonds that went down with a sunken ship when

    The classic series THE ULTRAMAN and ULTRAMAN 80 come to DVD in North America for the first time! Photos courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to JW Starrett and Kirsten Van Peursem Mill Creek Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new DVD sets of Tsuburaya Productions’ THE ULTRAMAN and ULTRAMAN 80. The sets feature audio of the original Japanese soundtracks with English subtitles. Episode guide booklets are also included. THE ULTRAMAN (ザ☆ウルトラマン, Za Urutoraman, 1979-80) is the eighth Ultraman television series and the first Ultraman anime show. The animation was done by Sunrise, the studio that has received international acclaim for their hugely popular MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM franchise. The show's hero, Ultraman Joneus, is a legendary warrior who hails from U40, a Star of Ultra outside of the Land of Light. Joneus made his first

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler   Photo courtesy of MVD Entertainment. SRS Cinema and distributor MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win the new DVD edition of the 1984 Korean movie WAR OF THE GOD MONSTERS. Released in its native country as THE UNDEAD BEAST (비천괴수, Bicheongoesu) and marketed internationally as THE FLYING MONSTER (飛天怪獸, Hiten Kaiju), this kaiju classic has never been released in North America until now!   Dr. Kim believes that ancient dinosaurs are waking up due to global warming rapidly melting the glaciers where they have slept for thousands of years. The recently widowed scientist, now in isolation to study his theories outside the judgemental eye of the public, struggles to find balance with his obsession and raising his young daughter, Sohee. A reporter, named Kang Ok-hee, discovers his hideout and

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Photo courtesy of MVD. MVD Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Collector's Edition Blu-ray of THE DARK (1979), a chilling tale of alien terror f rom director John "Bud" Cardos (KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS, MUTANT). A writer (William Devane, ROLLING THUNDER) takes a personal interest in a series of baffling, shocking murders in Los Angeles ... and evidence suggests the suspect may not be human. Every night "The Mangler" stalks the streets, attacking and mutilating random victims. On the creature's trail is TV reporter Zoe Owens (Cathy Lee Crosby, COACH) and police detective Dave Mooney (Richard Jaeckel, THE DIRTY DOZEN), but the truth behind the murders is far more strange and horrifying than they could ever imagine in this cult classic featuring Keenan Wynn (DR. STRANGELOVE), Casey Kasem (radio legend and "American

      Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray of Daiei's BLIND BEAST (盲獣, Mōjū, 1969), a grotesque portrait of the bizarre relationship between a blind sculptor and his captive muse, adapted from a short story from Japan's foremost master of the macabre, Edogawa Rampo (Horrors of Malformed Men, The Black Lizard, Caterpillar). An artist's model, Aki (Mako Midori), is abducted, and awakens in a dark warehouse studio whose walls are decorated with outsized women's body parts - eyes, lips, legs and breasts - and dominated by two recumbent giant statues of male and female nudes. Her kidnapper introduces himself as Michio (Eiji Funakoshi), a blind sculptor whom she

    Source: MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Photo courtesy of MVD. Unearthed Films and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray of the Japanese horror classic EVIL DEAD TRAP ( 死霊の罠, Shiryō no wana, 1988). Directed by Toshiharu Ikeda (MERMAID LEGEND) and originally produced by Japan Home Video, the movie features special effects created by Shinichi Wakasa, monster-suit maker for several Godzilla, Gamera and Ultraman films. A TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported snuff film that was made there, only to end up running for her life. Nami hosts a late night home video program. She receives a tape which appears to be a real snuff film. She and her crew investigate the location where she meets a man looking for his brother who warns her to

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. © 2020 SHIROBAKO PROJECT A love letter to the anime industry, the highly anticipated new film SHIROBAKO The Movie (劇場版 SHIROBAKO, Gekijōban Shirobako, 2020) will be released on digital download and on Blu-ray+ DVD combo pack on October 26, 2021 from Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory. The fan-favorite anime about making anime makes its home entertainment debut following a North American theatrical release this summer. Bonus features on the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack release include a teaser and trailer never before seen in North America, and a 4-page booklet with stunning character art.   SHIROBAKO The Movie is the eagerly awaited sequel to the television anime series of the same name, which has also been adapted as a manga series. SHIROBAKO The Movie’s director Tsutomu Mizushima (GIRLS UND

    Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Source: Well Go USA, ddPR Special Thanks to Leif Helland Photo courtesy of Well Go USA. Well Go USA Entertainment is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a Blu-ray of the acomedy-drama MIDNIGHT DINER (深夜食堂,  Shēnyè shítáng, 2019). Based on the celebrated manga series Shin’ya Shokudo  by Yaro Abe and previously adapted into the critically-acclaimed TV series in Japan, Korea and China, the cinematic version of MIDNIGHT DINER is set in a little restaurant in an inconspicuous lane of Shanghai, Tony Leung Ka-Fai (ONCE UPON A TIME IN HONG KONG) makes his directorial debut and plays the leading role of a man who makes a set of special food for each guest who visits the restaurant and listens everyone's story.  MIDNIGHT DINER also stars Deng Chao (SHADOW), Eddie Peng (OPERATION MEKONG), and Vision Wei (LOST IN WHITE).

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to JW Starrett Photo courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Mill Creek Entertainment is offering our readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray set of Tsuburaya Productions’ GRIDMAN - THE HYPER AGENT (電光超人グリッドマン, Denkō Chōjin Guriddoman,  1993-94) The Complete Series. The set contains stunning high definition video for all 39 half-hour episodes with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack plus newly translated English subtitles. In the series, three computer-savvy kids, Naoto, Yuka and Ippei created their own videogame superhero, but then discover it possessed by an inter-dimensional police officer, Gridman. Pursuing an evil program called Kahn Digifer, he merges with Naoto and fights Kahn Digifer's digitized monsters in order to prevent the computerized demon from wreaking havoc on the Human World. GRIDMAN - THE HYPER AGENT Complete Series will arrive August 17 on Blu-ray (SRP: $40.99).

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Source: Arrow Films, MVD Entertainment Special Thanks to James Flower and Clint Weiler Following their incredible GAMERA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION and THE DAIMAJIN TRILOGY releases, Arrow has announced another deluxe Blu-ray set... YOKAI MONSTERS COLLECTION! The box set will be available in the United States and United Kingdom in October. Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA From the makers of Daimajin comes a trilogy of terror ripped from the pages of Japanese folklore, with ghosts and monsters from ancient myths and legends brought to life through stunning special effects, alongside an epic, big-budget reboot of the series from a modern-day master of the macabre, now available together on Blu-ray for the first time. In the first film in the trilogy, 100 MONSTERS (妖怪百物語, Yōkai Hyaku Monogatari, 1968), a greedy slumlord's attempts to forcefully evict his

    Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Photo courtesy of MVD. VCI and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new Blu-ray of CHARIOTS OF THE GODS: 50th Anniversary, presenting the iconic documentaryin a new 2K restoration from the original 35mm negative. Based on Erich Von Daniken's book purporting to prove that throughout history aliens have visited earth. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has included CHARIOTS OF THE GODS in their list of the Top 100 Documentary Films of All Time. "Fifty million stars in our galaxy have the potential of supporting life forms capable of traveling to other planets," says world-renowned authority Erich von Daniken, whose film version of his best- selling book, Chariots Of The Gods, gives stunning visual proof that some form of life from outer space landed on Earth

    Photo courtesy of Film Movement. Source: Film Movement, Foundry Communications press release Special Thanks to Michael Krause Photo courtesy of Film Movement. Singular auteur Koji Fukada (A GIRL MISSING, HARMONIUM) makes his first foray into episodic drama, adapting Mochiru Hoshisato’s popular manga into a limited-run series replete with his patently idiosyncratic and lively take on human nature, fatalism, and true love.   THE REAL THING (本気のしるし, Honki no Shirushi, 2019) was an Official Selection at Cannes in 2020, and featured as part of a spotlight on Fukada’s career during last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival.   SYNOPSIS After Tsuji (Win Morisaki), a floundering toy salesman, rescues Ukiyo (Kaho Tsuchimura), a mysterious woman whose car stalls on the train tracks, she inadvertently whisks him into an epic series of misadventures involving gangsters, strange interlopers, kidnapping and other sundry crimes.  

    Funimation Releasing KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: LOVE WOVEN IN THE STARS Film in Theaters in the U.S. and Canada starting September 13 Source: Funimation press release Special Thanks to Jennifer St Clair and Brian Eley KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: LOVE WOVEN IN THE STARS key art, courtesy of Funimation. ©TSUTOMU NIHEI, KODANSHA/KOS FILM PARTNERS In a sweeping new story based on the manga by Tsutomu Nihei, Earth is destroyed and humankind lives on a massive spaceship called Sidonia to defend themselves  from hostile aliens. Welcome to KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA, the epic adventure tale set a thousand years in the future where the fate of humans rests in the hands of a brave few. Funimation, the market leader in anime serving fans worldwide, brings the popular sci-fi anime KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA to theaters and television. Funimation announced today it has partnered with Polygon Pictures for the film release

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Sites: ani.tv/ultraman_trigger, m-78.jp/trigger (Japan) Official Twitter: twitter.com/ultraman_series ULTRAMAN TRIGGER Blu-ray Box Vol. 1. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS © ULTRAMAN TRIGGER PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM・TV TOKYO   Tsuburaya Productions` latest Ultraman show, ULTRAMAN TRIGGER: NEW GENERATION TIGA (ウルトラマントリガー NEW GENERATION TIGA, Urutoraman Torigā Nyū Jenerēshon Tiga), only began airing on TV Tokyo this month, but the Japanese home video release has already been announced. ULTRAMAN TRIGGER' Blu-ray BOX VOL.1 (『​ウルトラマントリガー』Blu-ray BOX VOL.1、Urutoraman Torigā Blu-ray BOX VOL.1), will be available from BANDAI NAMCO ARTS on December 24, 2021 with VOL.2 following on March 29, 2022 ULTRAMAN TRIGGER was created as a homage to ULTRAMAN TIGA, the first of the beloved "Heisei Trilogy" series known as “TDG” series (ULTRAMAN TIGA, ULTRAMAN DYNA and ULTRAMAN GAIA), which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Emulating the core TIGA story elements such as the legend

    PETER GRILL AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S TIME Available October 12th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its October slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks laugh-out-loud anime series, PETER GRILL AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S TIME. A Special Steelbook release will be available on October 12th. Product details follow, in order of release... Photo courtesy of Section 23 Films. NAKAIMO ~ MY LITTLE SISTER IS AMONG THEM! Published by:    Sentai Filmworks Distributed by:  Section23 Films Run Time:         325 min. Street Date:      10/5/2021 Format:             BD Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP:                $59.98 The terms of Shougo Mikadono's late father's will are strangely specific:  To claim his substantial inheritance, Shougo must first transfer to Miryuin Private Academy, find a nice girl from among the student body, and convince

    Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA Source: Arrow Video US, MVD Entertainment Group Special Thanks to Clint Weiler Photo courtesy of Arrow Films. © KADOKAWA   Arrow Video US and MVD Entertainment are offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win their new THE DAIMAJIN TRILOGY Limited Edition Blu-ray Set. The collection includes all three Daiei giant monster movies that transplants the Golem legend to Japan’s Warring States period of the late-16th century. In DAIMAJIN (大魔神), directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda (YOKAI MONSTERS, ZATOICHI ON THE ROAD), the young son and daughter of the benevolent feudal lord Hanabusa flee to the mountains when their parents are slain by the treacherous usurper Odate. Ten years later, when the elderly priestess who has harboured them is also murdered, the rage of the slumbering ancient god that lies beneath the crumbling giant stone idol hidden deep

    The popular Heisei series ULTRAMAN TIGA, ULTRAMAN DYNA, and ULTRAMAN GAIA are coming to DVD in North America from Mill Creek! Photos courtesy of Mill Creek. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS ULTRAMAN DYNA and ULTRAMAN GAIA to follow later this year. Source: Mill Creek Entertainment Special Thanks to J.W. Starrett and Kirsten Van Peursem Minneapolis, MN (July 10, 2021) Mill Creek Entertainment is pleased to announce the North American DVD* release of ULTRAMAN TIGA, ULTRAMAN DYNA, and ULTRAMAN GAIA. This collection of 3 Ultraman series will feature Japanese audio with English subtitles, an exclusive collectible spine mural and episode guides. The first in the series, ULTRAMAN TIGA, is set to arrive on October 5, 2021. 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.

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