Masters of Cinema Blu-rays in July

Eureka Entertainment have announced the UK Blu-ray Disc release of two titles from The Masters of Cinema Series. Arriving on 26th July 2010 priced at £22.99 RRP each are...

Vengeance is Mine - Based on the true story of Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) and his murderous rampage which sparked a 78-day nationwide manhunt, Shohei Imamura's disturbing gem Vengeance is Mine won every major award in Japan on the year of its release. Both seducing and repelling with its unusual story and grisly humour, Imamura uncovers the seedy underbelly within civilised Japanese society.

Features include:

  • Restored high-definition transfer
  • All-new improved English subtitle translation
  • Video introduction by Alex Cox
  • Audio commentary by noted critic and filmmaker Tony Rayns
  • Original Japanese trailers
  • 56-page book featuring essays, original promotional material and a director’s statement

La Planète sauvage (aka Fantastic Planet) - René Laloux's mesmerising psychedelic sci-fi animated feature won the Grand Prix at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and is a landmark of European animation. Based on Stefan Wul's novel Oms en série [Oms by the dozen], Laloux's breathtaking vision was released in France as La Planète sauvage [The Savage Planet]; in the USA as Fantastic Planet; and immediately drew comparisons to Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Planet of the Apes (both the 1968 film and Boule's 1963 novel). Today, the film can be seen to prefigure much of the work of Hayao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) due to its palpable political and social concerns, cultivated imagination, and memorable animation techniques.

Features include:
  • All-new restored high-definition transfer
  • Optional English subtitles with original French soundtrack
  • Optional USA dub track
  • Laloux Savage, a new 55-minute documentary on the director
  • Two short films by Laloux: Les Escargots (1965, in a new 1080p transfer) and Comment Wang-Fo Fut Sauvé (1987)
  • The complete soundtrack to La Planète sauvage (1973)
  • 56-page full colour booklet, featuring an essay by Craig Keller, interviews with Laloux, and a lavish selection of ephemera and original promotional materials from the film

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