Tag: Science Fiction

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 […]

A Song Before Annihilation: YOR’S WORLD (Oliver Onions)

A Song Before Annihilation: YOR’S WORLD (Oliver Onions)

With a 35th anniversary blu-ray edition of the film due in a few months from Mill Creek, now seems as good a time as any to revisit this fun bit of cheeseball film scoring. Hailing from that bygone era where it seemed every movie had […]

Apocalyptic sci-fi epic VIRUS「復活の日」DAY OF RESURRECTION infects 4k UHD and Blu-ray in December!

Apocalyptic sci-fi epic VIRUS「復活の日」DAY OF RESURRECTION infects 4k UHD and Blu-ray in December!

Director Kinji FUKASAKU’s bigger-than-big 1980 adaptation of Sakyo KOMATSU’s classic sci-fi novel Day of Resurrection「復活の日」is seeing the home video reissue it’s always deserved this December from Kadokawa. Huge, hyperbolic, and ultimately irresistibly human, Virus will see dual-format release in native 4k UHD Blu-ray and remastered standard Blu-ray […]

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 […]

THE HIDDEN slithers its way to Blu-ray next week from Warner Archive

THE HIDDEN slithers its way to Blu-ray next week from Warner Archive

Director Jack Sholder’s 1987 twist on Hal Clement’s seminal sci-fi novel Needle finds alien FBI agent Kyle MacLachlan (pre-Twin Peaks) and Earth policeman Michael Nouri (Flashdance) joining forces to combat a fiendish people-possessing invader as it weaves a path of violent destruction through Los Angeles. Punctuated […]

Phantom Beast AGON roars to Blu-ray this December from T.C. Entertainment

Phantom Beast AGON roars to Blu-ray this December from T.C. Entertainment

Tokusatsu completists take note. Nippon Denpa Eiga’s oddball daikaiju serial Agon「アゴン」will mark the 50th anniversary of its original broadcast next January, an occasion monster fans will be able to celebrate with a brand-new blu-ray edition of the title, due for release on December 22nd from Japan’s […]

Will you believe it when you’re dead?? THE GREEN SLIME creeps to Blu-ray this October from Warner Archive

Will you believe it when you’re dead?? THE GREEN SLIME creeps to Blu-ray this October from Warner Archive

When I first started ExB way back in 2013, our first recurring feature was a dumb little thing called “99 Reasons for The Green Slime on Blu-ray”. That feature, which came with a petition for… guess…, only ever got through the first two reasons, and […]

Creatures from lagoons and Its from space: 3D Jack Arnold Double Feature at the Trylon next weekend

Creatures from lagoons and Its from space: 3D Jack Arnold Double Feature at the Trylon next weekend

Minneapolis’ newly-renovated (bigger! stronger! faster!) Trylon Cinema will host a pair of classic Jack Arnold-directed creature-features next weekend – 1953’s It Came From Outer Space and 1954’s Creature From the Black Lagoon, both of which will be presented in anaglyphic 3D from 35mm prints. Tickets are available now […]

GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – new trailer and poster from Toho Animation

GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – new trailer and poster from Toho Animation

We now have our first good look at the King of the Monster’s colossal animated iteration courtesy of a new trailer for the upcoming feature from Toho Animation and Polygon Pictures. The official (and bilingual Japanese / English) website for the anime film has also […]

Krieg im Weltenraum! Ishiro Honda’s BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE blasts onto Blu-ray next week from Anolis

Krieg im Weltenraum! Ishiro Honda’s BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE blasts onto Blu-ray next week from Anolis

Anolis Entertainment continue to impress with their steady slate of vintage genre Blu-rays. Following on the heels of their dual-format release of The H-Man in March, next week will see the high definition home video debut of another classic tokusatsu effort – 1959’s Battle in Outer Space. […]

FRANKENSTEIN VS. BARAGON and MATANGO to Toho Blu-ray in November

FRANKENSTEIN VS. BARAGON and MATANGO to Toho Blu-ray in November

In addition to the two classic films from Ishiro HONDA, Kihachi Okamoto’s Battle of Okinawa and Japan’s Longest Day as well as the complete ’90s Mothra trilogy will also see release. All five are slated for November 3rd release dates, and can be pre-ordered through Amazon JP and the […]

John Agar against the INVISIBLE INVADERS: The Most Fantastic Battle Ever Fought!

John Agar against the INVISIBLE INVADERS: The Most Fantastic Battle Ever Fought!

“You would see nothing! We are invisible. We are invisible, Adam Penner! Long ago we learned to change the molecular structure of our bodies. You cannot see us.” It’s difficult to say for certain whether 1959’s Invisible Invaders has an awful lot on its mind, or […]

Entombed for eons… Turned to Stone… Seeking Women! Women! Women! Edward Cahn’s CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN

Entombed for eons… Turned to Stone… Seeking Women! Women! Women! Edward Cahn’s CURSE OF THE FACELESS MAN

Etruscan gladiator-slave Quintillus Aurelius rises from the ruins of Pompeii to reclaim his reincarnated bride in this occasionally odd and often rote science fiction horror, produced by Robert E. Kent (Invisible Invaders) for the prolific Edward Small (Witness For the Prosecution) and directed by B-picture […]

Flying Beast out of Prehistoric Skies! Fred F. Sears’ THE GIANT CLAW to Blu-ray in April from Anolis Entertainment

Flying Beast out of Prehistoric Skies! Fred F. Sears’ THE GIANT CLAW to Blu-ray in April from Anolis Entertainment

Addition (03/31): Anolis Entertainment’s The Giant Claw (Angriff der Riesenkralle) is up for pre-order now, through Amazon.de and other outlets. It’s been less than two weeks since German label Anolis Entertainment’s excellent Blu-ray issue of Ishiro Honda’s The H-Man, but they’re already at it again, expanding upon […]

All Brand New! An Important Film of Our Age Starring Russ Tamblyn, Kumi Mizuno, and… Kipp Hamilton?

All Brand New! An Important Film of Our Age Starring Russ Tamblyn, Kumi Mizuno, and… Kipp Hamilton?

The artwork shared below comes courtesy of a trade ad Toho placed in the September 14th 1966 issue of the industry publication Motion Picture Herald, in which it serves as the back cover image (which is great, as it means I didn’t have to dismember the […]

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 […]

Kikuchi’s GENOCIDE: Music for Insects to War By

Kikuchi’s GENOCIDE: Music for Insects to War By

Out of the string of grim and out-there sci-fi horrors Shochiku Company produced at the tail end of the 1960s, perhaps the grimmest and most out-there of them all was 1968’s 「昆虫大戦争」 Genocide. A sort of precursor to the ecologically-minded nature-gone-wild horrors of the 1970s, Genocide finds a […]

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 […]