Ishirō Honda’s THE H-MAN「美女と液体人間」to Blu-ray from Anolis in March!

German label Anolis Entertainment have announced the Blu-ray world premiere of Toho’s classic 1958 special effects thriller 「美女と液体人間」 The H-Man. The dual-format 2-disc set will present the film in three different versions; the original Japanese and American theatrical versions, as well as the German. Missing in action is the film’s original 3-channel stereo sound mix (available on the Region 2 Japanese DVD edition), but the specs seem impressive enough otherwise. The disc will be the sixth in the label’s latest iteration of its collector’s Galerie des Grauens series, and streets on March 17th 2017.

Full release details, courtesy of the Anolis Entertainment Facebook page:

DAS GRAUEN SCHLEICHT DURCH TOKIO

Dieser Kracher, souverän inszeniert von Kaiju-Ikone Ishiro Honda, wird von den Fans gerne mit dem Original-Blob verglichen. Und wer sich den Inhalt anschaut, wird nicht drum herum kommen, dem zuzustimmen:

Rätselhafte Ereignisse erschüttern die Millionenstadt Tokio. Menschen verschwinden spurlos, die Polizei steht ratlos vor einem scheinbar unlösbaren Fall und einer Vielzahl unerklärlicher Phänomene. Während eines Drogendeals wird ein Kleinkrimineller von einem Taxi überfahren. Niemand findet den Verletzten, nur seine Kleidung ist zurückgeblieben. Die überlebenden Mitglieder eines Fischkutters berichten eine unglaubliche Geschichte über ein Geisterschiff in den Gewässern eines nuklearen Testgebiets. Gibt es einen Zusammenhang zwischen den Atombombenversuchen und den unfassbaren Vorfällen in Tokio? Erst mit Hilfe der Wissenschaft findet die Polizei die schauerliche Wahrheit heraus – doch ist es vielleicht bereits zu spät für die Bevölkerung Japans?

Japans Meister des phantastischen Films, Inoshiro Honda, präsentiert mit diesem Film einen ganz besonderen Gruselschocker und fesselt die Zuschauer auch ohne die bewährten Riesenmonster. Er visualisiert das vielleicht schrecklichste Monster aller Zeiten: Einen dämonischen Albtraum, der durch den Menschen selbst erschaffen wurde. Ein packendes Schauerstück, das bis heute nichts von seiner Aktualität eingebüßt hat.

Und wie kommt das gute Stück daher? Auf jeden Fall auch schon wieder auf Blaustrahl:

Verpackung: Standard Amaray Hülle (mit Flügel für 2. Disc)
Bestell-Nr: 31076
EAN-Code: 404 1036 31076 9

Bildformat: 1:2,35 (16:9)
Tonformat: Deutsch/Englisch/Japanisch DTS MA 2.0 Mono
Untertitel: deutsch (ausblendbar)

2-Disc-Edition (Blu-ray & DVD)

Extras: Japanische Langfassung und amerikanische bzw. deutsche Kinofassung wählbar / Audiokommentar von Dr. Rolf Giesen und Jörg M. Jedner / Audiokommentar mit Jörg Buttgereit, Bodo Traber und Alexander Iffländer / Deutscher Kinotrailer / Werberatschlag / Filmprogramm / Bildergalerie

16-seitiges Booklet geschrieben von Jörg M. Jedner

Als VÖ-Termin haben wir den 17. März 2017 festgelegt. Wie üblich gehen morgen die Infos an die Krämerseelen raus, somit sollte der Titel ab Dienstag/Mittwoch bei allen Shops vorbestellbar sein.

PS: Kurz noch was zu den Sprachen. Die Japanische Fassung weist deutschen und japanischen Ton auf, die amerikanische Version deutschen und englischen Ton. Die beiden Versionen haben also nicht 3 Sprachversionen zur Auswahl.

At this time I have no pre-order information to include, but will update as it becomes available.

Anolis’ dual format The H-Man Blu-ray / DVD can be preordered now through Amazon.de, and looks to run about $33 shipped at present exchange rates. It’s worth noting that, despite the inclusion of the American theatrical edition of the film, English subtitles are not included with this release.

For those region-locked customers, or those just looking to see the film in an English-friendly option, The H-Man is available in both its Japanese and American theatrical versions as part of Sony’s excellent (and value-priced) Icons of Sci-Fi: Toho Collection DVD set.

Makoto Shinkai’s YOUR NAME.「君の名は。」hits North American cinemas April 7th from Funimation Films

Makoto SHINKAI’s award-winning block-busting animated feature, currently in special IMAX release in Japan, will arrive in domestic cinemas in both its original Japanese with English subtitles as well as dubbed English.

From Funimation:

Separated By Distance
Connected By Fate

Makoto Shinkai’s latest masterpiece, Your Name. has quickly risen as one of the top anime films in the world. Award winning and under consideration for an Oscar, this number-one film is finally coming to North American theaters on April 7th, presented in both Japanese with English subtitles and English dub.

This release will also include the newly dubbed English soundtrack recorded by the Japanese band, Radwimps—which has not been debuted in any previous theatrical release!

Keep an eye on Funimation Films’ Your Name. site for further details and advance tickets.

Makoto Shinkai’s 5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND「秒速5センチメートル」to Blu-ray from Discotek Media this February

Discotek Media will release the 2007 film to Blu-ray on February 28th. The disc, which presents the film in Japanese with English subtitles or in dubbed English, is available for pre-order through Amazon.com and other outlets. A standard DVD, released by Discotek label Eastern Star in 2015, is also available.

From Discotek:

At what speed must I live in order to see you again? The modern-day anime classic and brainchild of rising star Makoto Shinkai, 5 Centimeters Per Second, presented to you as never before. Witness the story of Takaki, a young man on a journey from Tokyo to reunite with his childhood best friend, Akari. Feel his emotions superimposed on the gorgeous. heavily researched and impressively animated backdrops of Japan as he travels by train to see her. Join Takaki on a voyage into three interconnected tales of love and lost innocence that span the minutes and months of their lives. 5 Centimeters Per Second, the speed at which cherry blossoms fall from the trees, reminiscent of the pace of life as our lives intermingle.

5 Centimeters per Second is directed by Makoto SHINKAI (The Garden of Words), whose latest feature Your name. has taken Japanese audiences by storm four the last five months. Your name. is in the midst of a special 2-week IMAX engagement, and is expected in North American release from Funimation Films later this year.

WOLF GUY 「ウルフガイ 燃えろ狼男」 lives! To Blu-ray in the UK / US this Spring from Arrow

In a bombshell of an announcement for fans of elusive ’70s exploitation, Arrow Video have revealed that they’ll be releasing Toei’s seldom seen 1975 action oddity Wolf Guy to Blu-ray and DVD in the United States and United Kingdom at the end of April.

From the Arrow announcement:

Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba is a martial arts “manimal” in the ultra-70’s, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is Wolf Guy, one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan’s Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of 8 Man), and never before released outside of Japan, it’s a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk.

Chiba stars as Akira Inugami, the only survivor of a clan of ancient werewolves who relies on his supernatural powers to solve mysterious crimes. After a series of bloody killings perpetrated by an unseen force, Inugami uncovers a conspiracy involving a murdered cabaret singer, corrupt politicians, and a plot by the J-CIA to harvest his blood in order to steal his lycanthropic powers! At the same time, Inugami also discovers the truth behind his family heritage, and that he may not be the last of his kind.

Directed by B-movie genius Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Sister Streetfighter, Wandering Ginza Butterfly, Karate Bear Fighter), Wolf Guy truly is one-of-a-kind, with Chiba in full effect as the part-man, part-wolf, all-karate action hero and a collection of familiar 1970’s Toei actors in support. Violence, action, nudity, real surgical footage, and a psychedelic musical score all work together to create an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
• High Definition digital transfer
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Original uncompressed mono audio
• New optional English subtitle translation
• New video interview with actor Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba
• New video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
• New video interview with producer Tatsu Yoshida
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patrick Macias and a history of Japanese monster movie mashups by Jasper Sharp

Wolf Guy can be preordered now through Amazon.co.uk, and Stateside preorders are expected to be up and running soon.

Lily Franky stars in new teaser trailer for Yukio Mishima adaptation BEAUTIFUL STAR 「美しい星」

GAGA have dropped a new teaser trailer for the anticipated film adaptation of Yukio MISHIMA’s 1962 novel Beautiful Star 「美しい星」. The film is co-written and directed by Pale Moon‘s Daihachi YOSHIDA (The Kirishima Thing), and stars Lily Franky (Like Father, Like Son), Kazuya KAMENASHI (Joker Game), and Ai HASHIMOTO (Parasyte).

The film is expected to hit cinemas in May 2017.

Keiichi Hara’s MISS HOKUSAI 「百日紅」to North American Blu-ray from Universal in March

Fresh from a limited theatrical release through GKids last fall, Production I.G’s animated historical drama Miss Hokusai (adapted from the manga by Hinako SUGIURA) will soon find a more permanent home courtesy of a Blu-ray release from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From the Gkids website:

From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists.

As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches – sold under the name of her father – are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. Shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe while sketching drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush. But despite this fiercely independent spirit, O-Ei struggles under the domineering influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she is attempting to portray in her art. Miss Hokusai‘s bustling Edo (present day Tokyo) is filled with yokai spirits, dragons, and conniving tradesmen, while O-Ei’s relationships with her demanding father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this sumptuously-animated coming-of-age tale.

The dual-format Universal Blu-ray / DVD set will present Miss Hokusai in both its original Japanese as well as dubbed English, and is set to include a making-of featurette, trailers, as well as a digital copy. The disc streets on March 7rd, and is available for preorder through Amazon.com and other retailers.

Miss Hokusai 「百日紅」 was directed by long-time Crayon Shin-Chan alum and Colorful director Keiichi HARA from a screenplay by Colorful‘s Miho MARUO (The Dog of Flanders).

Sion Sono’s ANTIPORNO 「アンチポルノ」: New Trailer from Nikkatsu

Nikkatsu have dropped a new trailer for Sion SONO’s much-anticipated feature Antiporno 「アンチポルノ」, the fourth film from the studio’s Roman Porno Reboot project to see theatrical release. Ami TOMITE (Tag) and Mariko TSUTSUI (The Land of Hope) star.

Antiporno hits theaters on January 28th with a rating of R18+. As with other series entries, an R15+ edition will also screen on BS Sky Perfect! from the same date.

Love is mystery. Lust is misery. English-subtitled trailer for Isao Yukisada’s AROUSED BY GYMNOPEDIES 「ジムノペディに乱れる」

Nikkatsu have published an English subtitled trailer for writer / director Isao YUKISADA’s Aroused by Gymnopedies 「ジムノペディに乱れる」, which was released in Japanese cinemas just last week. Yukisada’s film was produced as a part of Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno Reboot project, and was the first of the series of five films to see release.

Aroused by Gymnopedies was written and directed by Yukisada, who co-wrote with Anne HORIZUMI (Five Minutes to Tomorrow), and stars actor and comedian Itsuji ITAO (Tokyo Gore Police), Sumire ASHINA, and Izumi OKAMURA (The Virgin Psychics).

A release date for SHIN GODZILLA 「シン・ゴジラ」?

I’m awaiting confirmation of this from more official sources (updated! see the note at the end of this article), but according to one Twitter user fans can expect a home video release of Shin Godzilla early in 2017 (in Japan, at least – due to licensing restrictions a US release is unlikely until considerably later). The tweet, which follows below, lists a release date of March 22nd for not only the anticipated DVD, Blu-ray, and special edition Blu-ray packages, but a 4k UHD Blu-ray release as well.

Again, I’m awaiting a more official announcement, but tentatively speaking, this is quite exciting. Godzilla in UHD is a tantalizing prospect, and one hopes that some of Toho’s classic series efforts will eventually make that leap as well. No specifics are yet known, of course, but I’ll update whenever they become available. My preliminary thoughts on the film itself are here.

Blessedly less ambiguous, as of earlier today, is the release date of the megalithic and oft-delayed The Art of Shin Godzilla 「ジ・アート・オブ・シン・ゴジラ」 hardcover tome, which will finally see the light of day on December 30th of this year. The 560-page record of the making of Japan’s most successful live-action film of 2016 is set to include a host of extras, including a complete screenplay and a deluxe slipcase, and retails for around $100. Full details and pre-order are available at Amazon.co.jp and the Evangelion Store.

Note (2016/12/2): Another tweet to share. Co-director Shinji HIGUCHI appears to have, himself, confirmed a release date for Shin Godzilla in March, which is more than enough for me.

Masanori Murakami-directed ONE WEEK FRIENDS 「一週間フレンズ。」 feature in theaters from Shochiku in February

A feature film adaptation of Matcha HAZUKI’s beloved manga One Week Friends 「一週間フレンズ。」 is set to charm cinema-goers early next year. Previously adapted as an anime television series from Brain’s Base, which aired in the Spring of 2014, Shochiku’s live-action One Week Friends will be in Japanese theaters from February 18th, 2017.

The film stars Haruna KAWAGUCHI (Creepy) and Kento YAMAZAKI (fresh from this year’s Your Lie in April) as Kaori, a lonely high school girl seemingly doomed to forget her friends upon waking each Monday morning, and Yūki, a boy who must befriend her anew each week. Masanori MURAKAMI (1 Litre of Tears) directs. Shochiku’s new theatrical trailer for the film follows below.

Yuriko Yoshitaka to star in film adaptation of Mahokaru Numata’s YURIGOKORO 「ユリゴコロ」

Snakes and Earrings star Yuriko YOSHITAKA will headline the anticipated film adaptation of author Mahokaru NUMATA’s acclaimed 2011 novel Yurigokoro 「ユリゴコロ」. The novel (published in the US under the title Nan-Core), which won the Haruhiko Oyabu Award in 2012, follows a young man’s attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding three journals found in his family home – journals which appear to be a confession of murder.

Naota KUMAZAWA (A Short Distance RelationshipKimi ni Todoke) will direct. Yurigokoro is expected to be completed by the Summer of 2017, and is scheduled for release in September 2017.

Uncensored English trailer for Akihiko Shiota’s WET WOMAN IN THE WIND is NSFW as hell

Nikkatsu have prepared a fully English-subtitled trailer for Akihiko SHIOTA’s Wet Woman in the Wind 「風に濡れた女」, and it certainly doesn’t mince words… or images. The second film to be released as part of the Roman Porno Reboot project, the R18+ rated Wet Woman in the Wind is in Japanese theaters from December 17th 2016, and will also be broadcast on BS SKY PerfectTV in an R15+ edition. Yuki MAMIYA (Crawler in the Attic) and Tasuku NAGAOKA (Why Don’t you Play in Hell) star.

The new trailer follows below (I’ve included the creatively, colorfully censored general audience-ready Japanese theatrical trailer for comparison), and is definitely not safe for work.

New trailer for Naoko Ogigami’s CLOSE KNIT 「彼らが本気で編むときは、」

Close Knit 「彼らが本気で編むときは、」, the unconventional new family drama from writer and director Naoko OGIGAMI (Kamome Diner), now has a full trailer. The film follows a neglected 11-year old who develops a close bond with her uncle and his partner, a transwoman named Rinko.

Close Knit is both written and directed by Naoko Ogigami, and stars Tōma IKUTA (The Brain Man), Kenta KIRITANI (Beat Kids), Rinka KAKIHARA, and Mimura (Dog in Sidecar). The film is set to open in theatrical release on February 25th 2017.

New trailer for Kazuya Shiraishi’s DAWN OF THE FELINES 「牝猫たち」

The third film in Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno Reboot series now has a trailer and release date. Dawn of the Felines「牝猫たち」, from director Kazuya SHIRAISHI (Twisted Justice), will arrive in Japanese cinemas on January 14th, 2017. The film, rated R18+, will also be broadcast on BS Sky PerfectTV in an R15+ edition.

Dawn of the Felines is both written and directed by Shiraishi, and stars Satsuki MAUE, Juri IBATA, and Michie.

Tetsuya Mariko’s DESTRUCTION BABIES arriving in 2017 from Third Window Films

Tetsuya MARIKO’s Destruction Babies will receive theatrical and home media distribution in the UK from Third Window Films in 2017. The film, released this Summer in Japan, snagged the Best Emerging Director award for Mariko at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival.

From the Third Window Films website:

Taira, an unnervingly quiet delinquent teen, mysteriously leaves town right before the coming of age festival. His disappearance doesn’t worry anyone except for younger brother Shota, his only remaining family, who sets off to look for him amidst the faded downtown neon lights.

Taira aimlessly wanders through a nearby city, provoking fights with random bystanders. His violent streak intrigues high schooler Yuya who rallies him to beat up more people. As the night progresses, street-side scuffles soon turn into a sinister game, becoming even more mindless and indiscriminate. The two leave behind a trail of blood and mass confusion.

Indie director Tetsuya Mariko brings us a deceptive piece of cinema which begins like a slice-of-life story and then takes an abrupt plunge into a pit of moral ambiguity. It stars award-winning actors Yuya Yagira (Nobody Knows) and Masaki Suda (The Light Shines Only There, Princess Jellyfish) in one of their best performances in Japanese cinema this year.

Third Window’s English-subtitled trailer for the film follows below. No release date has been announced.

English-language trailer for Nikkatsu’s 45th anniversary Roman Porno Reboot

We’re getting our first English-friendly look at Nikkatsu’s much-anticipated Roman Porno Reboot project, featuring five new films from some of Japan’s top directorial talent. Nikkatsu began releasing the films just this past weekend, with Isao YUKISADA’s Aroused by Gymnopedies, and an additional film in the series will be released each month from there.

The English-subtitled trailer for Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno Reboot is below, followed by the trailers for Yukisada’s Aroused by Gymnopedies and Akihiko SHIOTA’s Wet Woman in the Wind.

New restoration trailer for Tai Katō’s ZA ONDEKOZA

In commemoration of what would have been the director’s 100th birthday, Shochiku have undertaken a new restoration of Tai KATŌ’s eccentric and little-seen documentary event Za Ondekoza 「ざ・鬼太鼓座」. Filmed over the course of two years, not premiered until well after the director’s death in 1984, and once only presented in rare event screenings, Za Ondekoza has now been granted a 2k restoration from a new 4k scan.

The restored Za Ondekoza made its debut at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival in September and had its Japanese premiere at the 17th Tokyo Filmex earlier this month, and separate DVD and Blu-ray editions will arrive from Shochiku in February of 2017.

The restoration trailer follows below, and looks pretty fantastic. February can’t come soon enough.

SHIN GODZILLA – new theatrical teaser from Funimation Films

The limited North American theatrical engagement for ANNO Hideaki and HIGUCHI Shinji’s well-received reboot of Toho’s iconic Godzilla franchise is fast-approaching, and distributor Funimation Films have devised a slick new 15-second teaser to herald the King of the Monsters’ return.

Shin Godzilla has chewed up the Japanese box office for the last two months, turning more admissions than the series has seen since its heyday in the early 1960s, and in little more than two weeks the film will be stomping its way into more than four hundred North American cinemas. Shin Godzilla will be in theaters from October 11th, with three engagements at the Twin Cities’ own Lagoon Cinema. More details and a handy locator for the film’s scheduled showings are available at Funimation Films’ Shin Godzilla page.

Four new television spots for Hitoshi Ohne’s SCOOP!

The latest film from writer and director Hitoshi OHNE (Bakuman), a remake of Masato HARADA’s 1985 feature Out of Focus, is set for theatrical release in Japan on October 1st, and producer/distributor Toho have shared four new television spots for the production.

Scoop! stars Masaharu FUKUYAMA (Like Father, Like Son) as a news photographer turned paparazzi who, along with rookie reporter Fumi NIKAIDŌ (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?), finds himself involved in a major incident. Lily Franky co-stars.

Live action ATTACK ON TITAN part 2 to Blu-ray/DVD from Funimation in December

The conclusion to director HIGUCHI Shinji’s live action Attack on Titan duology make its North American home video debut from Funimation on December 6th, roughly two months after that of Attack on Titan The Movie: Part 1. As with Part 1, Funimation will issue Attack on Titan The Movie: Part 2 in both a DVD edition and a BD/DVD/UV-Digital combo pack, with audio available in the original Japanese with English subtitles as well as in a new English dub. The announcement trailer for the release follows below.

Kurosawa Kiyoshi’s existential creep-out masterpiece PULSE to Blu-ray from Arrow in December

pulse

The film, first released in 2001, will make its Blu-ray debut from Arrow Video in a dual-format Blu-ray / DVD edition on December 5th. Pulse (Kairo) will be a multi-territory release, available in both the UK and North America. Details are quoted from the Arrow Video website:

Award-winning filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivered one of the finest entries in the “J-Horror” cycle of films with this moody and spiritually terrifying film that delivers existential dread along with its frights. Setting his story in the burgeoning internet and social media scene in Japan, Kurosawa’s dark and apocalyptic film foretells how technology will only serve to isolate us as it grows more important to our lives.

A group of young people in Tokyo begin to experience strange phenomena involving missing co-workers and friends, technological breakdown, and a mysterious website which asks the compelling question, “Do you want to meet a ghost?” After the unexpected suicides of several friends, three strangers set out to explore a city which is growing more empty by the day, and to solve the mystery of what lies within a forbidden room in an abandoned construction site, mysteriously sealed shut with red packing tape.

Featuring haunting cinematography by Junichiro Hayashi (Ring, Dark Water), a dark and unsettling tone which lingers long after the movie is over, and an ahead-of-its-time story which anticipates 21st century disconnection and social media malaise, Pulse is one of the greatest and most terrifying achievements in modern Japanese horror, and a dark mirror for our contemporary digital world.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition digital transfer
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)
  • New optional English subtitle translation
  • New interview with writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • New interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
  • The Horror of Isolation: a new video appreciation featuring Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (Blair Witch, You’re Next)
  • Archive ‘Making of’ documentary, plus four archive behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Premiere footage from the Cannes Film Festival
  • Cast and crew introductions from opening day screenings in Tokyo
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tommy Pocket

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Chuck Stephens

Pulse will retail for £19.99, and is already up for pre-sale at the Arrow Video store as well as through Amazon UK. Availability through Amazon’s US branch should follow shortly.

Toho shares two new TV spots for Lee Sang-il’s RAGE

Toho Company have shared two new television spots for the upcoming mystery drama Rage (Ikari), an adaptation of YAMADA Shuichi’s eponymous two-part novel from 2014 and the latest feature from writer – director Lee Sang-il (Hula Girls). The award-winning WATANABE Ken (Unforgiven) stars, with MORIYAMA Mirai (Penance), MATSUYAMA Kenichi (Usagi Drop), AYANO Gō (Helter Skelter) and HIROSE Suzu (Your Lie in April).

Rage is set for release in Japan on September 17th.

The return of ‘The Return of Godzilla’

After decades in licensing limbo, Toho’s 1984 series reboot The Return of Godzilla (Gojira) will this month be making its belated premiere on Stateside DVD and Blu-ray courtesy of Kraken Releasing.

Directed by HASHIMOTO Kōji (a long-time assistant director of Tōhō tokusatsu productions) and featuring an ambitious effects production from NAKANO Teruyoshi (Submersion of Japan), The Return of Godzilla follows the efforts of public officials and a small group of civilians to avert disaster when the King of the Monsters reappears off the coast of Japan. The film starred TANAKA Ken (The Gate of Youth), SAWAGUCHI Yasuko (Princess From the Moon) and NATSUKI Yōsuke (Space Monster Dogora), and marked veteran suit actor SATSUMA Kenpachirō’s first turn in the title role (one he would reprise through 1995’s Godzilla vs. Destroyer).

The Return of Godzilla‘s dubbed US release version Godzilla 1985, which was produced by Roger Corman’s New World Pictures and featured a new framing narrative starring Raymond Burr, was a staple of the home video marketplace in the heyday of VHS, but has been largely unseen since. Due to ongoing licensing complications the Kraken edition will do little to change this. Working with the same transfer Toho used for their own Blu-ray release in Japan, Kraken will present the original 110′ version of The Return of Godzilla in both Japanese with English subtitles and in English dub (in this case the one produced by Toho for the film’s international distribution). Supplements are limited to trailers only, for both The Return of Godzilla as well as Kraken’s other Godzilla offerings, but the retail price is low – either $10 or $15, depending on the format.

Kraken Releasing’s The Return of Godzilla debuts September 13th on Blu-ray and DVD, and is available for pre-order now through Amazon.com (DVD and Blu-ray) and other retailers.