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Blu Notes: MATANGO「マタンゴ」⋅ 2017 ⋅ Toho Visual Entertainment

Blu Notes: MATANGO「マタンゴ」⋅ 2017 ⋅ Toho Visual Entertainment

Eiji Tsuburaya’s lauded effects production takes a backseat in this oddball genre offering from Toho studios, released to critical ambivalence and general audience confusion in the fall of 1963. A standout among Toho’s glitzier sci-fi actioners and giant monster fantasies, if by virtue of its […]

Blu Notes: The Neptune Factor (An Undersea Odyssey) ⋅ 2016 ⋅ Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Blu Notes: The Neptune Factor (An Undersea Odyssey) ⋅ 2016 ⋅ Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Ben Gazzara and a rag-tag crew of scientists and engineers (Yvette Mimieux, Ernest Borgnine, Donnelly Rhodes) fend off the inexplicably gargantuan denizens of a deep-sea trench on their way to rescuing their earthquake-stranded comrades in this oddball Canadian-produced maritime disaster yarn. The ambitious $2 million […]

Blu Notes: BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE「宇宙大戦争」⋅ 2017 ⋅ Anolis Entertainment

Blu Notes: BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE「宇宙大戦争」⋅ 2017 ⋅ Anolis Entertainment

Toho tokusatsu fans can scratch one more title off the list, courtesy of dependable German cult outfit Anolis Entertainment. Shinichi SEKIZAWA penned this action-minded follow up to 1957’s comparatively somber The Mysterians, which finds the newly-unified governments of Earth repelling an invasion from the high-tech bandits of […]

Blu Notes: The Valley of Gwangi ⋅ 2017 ⋅ Warner Archive Collection

Blu Notes: The Valley of Gwangi ⋅ 2017 ⋅ Warner Archive Collection

There are few films with which I am more familiar than 1969’s The Valley of Gwangi, pioneering effects talent Ray Harryhausen’s ode to late friend and mentor Willis O’Brien’s never-made tale of cowboys and dinosaurs. As a kid I owned this on pre-record and still managed […]

Blu Notes: Paramount Japan’s One Armed Boxer / 片腕ドラゴン (1972)

Blu Notes: Paramount Japan’s One Armed Boxer / 片腕ドラゴン (1972)

I’m back in public service announcement mode for this article, which I’ll keep as brief as possible. I was elated when Twin / Paramount Japan announced that they’d be bringing Jimmy Wang Yu’s One Armed Boxer to Blu-ray, and summarily depressed when I realized that licensor […]

Blu Notes: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963) & King Kong Escapes (1968)

Blu Notes: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963) & King Kong Escapes (1968)

Note: This article is concerned with the Blu-ray editions of King Kong vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes as opposed to the films themselves. While no coverage of the films currently exists at ExB, old articles about each can be had at Wtf-Film. You’ll find them here […]