Tag: Special Effects

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: 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 […]

Of birds and battleships: Columbia’s essential monster misfire at 60

Of birds and battleships: Columbia’s essential monster misfire at 60

Spendthrift producer Sam Katzman’s Clover Productions struck gold with It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955) and Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956), a pair of mid-century science fiction thrillers that punched well above their weight courtesy of ace production from Charles H. Schneer (Hellcats of […]

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 […]

Haruo Nakajima Remembered: A Few of our Favorite Performances from the Man who was Godzilla

Haruo Nakajima Remembered: A Few of our Favorite Performances from the Man who was Godzilla

For the best part of two decades, from the first Godzilla in 1954 through Godzilla vs. Gigan in 1972, actor Haruo NAKAJIMA served as the literal backbone of Toho Company’s tokusatsu production. A pioneer of the process of special effects suit acting, Nakajima performed the difficult and often […]

The Depression-era spectacle of Felix E. Feist’s DELUGE

The Depression-era spectacle of Felix E. Feist’s DELUGE

It’s been nearly 90 years since RKO’s Deluge first raged across the silver screen, leveling the concrete modernity of 1933 to rubble and inviting audiences to ponder the consequences, but its history, beyond those first furtive months of general release, has been a troubled one. Indeed, one could […]

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 […]

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 […]

Val Guest’s WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH headed to uncut Blu-ray from Warner Archive

Val Guest’s WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH headed to uncut Blu-ray from Warner Archive

Hammer’s 1970 follow-up to the creature classic One Million Years B.C. (itself arriving on Blu-ray from Kino later this year) will reach Blu-ray from Warner Archive in February. A new master of When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth‘s international theatrical version has been minted just for the occasion, […]

The Harryhausen Legacy: Mysterious Island (1961)

1961′s Mysterious Island begins with one of the great scenes of fantasy-adventure cinema. Imprisoned by Confederate forces in the midst of the Siege of Richmond near the end of the Civil War, Union Captain Cyrus Harding and his underlings, freed slave Corporal Neb and the cowardly Herbert Brown, decide […]

Behind the Scenes: Wind Velocity 75 Meters 「風速七十五米」

Ginza is swept up in a massive storm surge in the finale of Daiei’s Wind Velocity 75 Meters. We Western tokusatsu fanatics are blessed in that, with some rare exceptions, the majority of Japan’s golden-age science fiction and fantasy output has been available to us in some […]

41 Hours of Terror: Eye on The Final War 「第三次世界大戦 四十一時間の恐怖」 circa November, 1960

Effects artisans put the finishing touches on their model of San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge in this behind-the-scenes still for Toei’s The Final War (「第三次世界大戦 四十一時間の恐怖」, World War III: 41 Hours of Terror), published in LIFE Magazine’s issue from November 28th, 1960 (available in full […]