DVD News: Marebito, The Clonus Horror, Hellgate and Pulse

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DVD Active has updated us with the release dates and DVD artwork to several films that we should be expecting to hit the DVD shelves in the upcoming weeks - Marebite, The Clonus Horror, Hellgate and Pulse.

Maribeto:  Tartan Video has officially announced this Region 1 DVD release, which is scheduled for March 14, 2006 (with a price of about $24.99). The film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, along with Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 Surround tracks. English subtitles will also be provided. Extras will include:

  • Interview with director Takashi Shimizu
  • Interview with actor Shinya Tsukamoto
  • Director’s Discussion of Ju-On, The Grudge and Marebito
  • Original theatrical trailer

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In Marebito: "Masuoka is a cameraman possessed by the craving to understand fear--what it is and where it ultimately leads.  He wanders the Tokyo streets, a voyeur, hungrily looking for clues.  Obsessing over the haunted expressions of the faces he has captured in his daily filming, in particular a man who committed a grisly suicide on the metro.

He returns to the scene to better comprehend the dead man’s reasoning.

Following his final gaze leads Masuoka to a door, an entry into a bizarre, cavernous underworld. Here among the ghosts and the subterranean robots called DEROs he finds a beautiful young girl chained to a rock. Saving her from her imprisonment he takes her home.  But watching her from his web-cam at work each day he begins to suspect there is something truly inhuman about this girl with sharp teeth and who walks on all fours. When he begins to uncover her horrifying secrets Masuoka realizes that he has found the key to gaining the terrible knowledge he so craves..."

The Clonus Horror:  Set to be released by Anchor Bay UK on March 13, 2006 (Region 2 UK), priced at around £16.99.  No details on the DVD specs/extras have been released yet, but I've provided a synopsis of the film below.

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In The Clonus Horror:  The only thing they don't use... is the scream.  A man tries to break out of a high security government research facility. He possesses a terrible secret - the government is freezing people alive so that their body parts can be used to make clones of them.

 

Hellgate: Set to be released by Anchor Bay UK on March 13, 2006 (Region 2 UK), priced at around £19.99.   The disc will feature an anamorphic widescreen transfer and both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (along with Dolby 2.0), No details on the DVD extras have been released yet, but I've provided a synopsis of the film below.

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In Hellgate:  Hellgate seems like a model community in every respect, except for one problem: it's populated by the undead. A single resident takes on the necessary task of luring the living into town for slaughtering, so that everyone can be fed. Despite the horror, one young man who manages to get out unharmed cannot resist returning to the scene of the crimes to learn, once and for all, the mystery of Hellgate.

Pulse:  Set to be released by Optimum Home Entertainment on February 3, 2006 (Region 2 UK), priced at around £15.99.  No details on the DVD specs/extras have been released yet, but I've provided a synopsis of the film below.

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In Pulse: A leader of the so-called Japanese New Wave, Kiyoshi Kurosawa once again wraps a lowbrow, much-maligned genre -- in this case horror flicks, which are the rage in Japan -- around some decidedly highbrow philosophical concepts. At the film's outset, Michi (Kumiko Aso) and her cohorts at a rooftop nursery cannot get ahold of their co-worker, Taguchi, who has an important floppy disk. When she ventures over to his apartment, she finds him pale, listless, and unusually quiet -- that is until he suddenly hangs himself. While the suicide is disconcerting, what really freaks Michi out is that Taguchi's body seems to dissolve into the wall, leaving a sickly black stain.

Meanwhile, college slacker Ryosuke Kawashima logs onto the Internet for the first time even though he is not particularly fond of computers. Instead of stumbling into a porn site or a chat room, he finds himself in a most peculiar site -- he just sees ghostly images of other people going about their everyday life. Then the computer prompts him, asking, "Would you like to meet ghosts?" Even though he eventually pulls the plug, the machine still on occasion springs to life. He eventually consults a comely computer maven named Harue, who is also utterly baffled. As one Internet user after another seals themselves in their room with red duct tape and melt into black splodges, Kawashima and Michi independently come to discover that the Internet has become portal for an increasingly crowded afterlife. As Tokyo becomes increasingly depopulated, Kawashima and Michi cross paths.

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