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Simon Magus / The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz in July

Fabulous Films & Fremantle Home Entertainment have announced the UK DVD release of Simon Magus / The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz for 31st July 2006 priced at £15.99. From the award-winning writer/director Ben Hopkins this single-disc/double-feature set offers the following…

Simon Magus - A magical and uplifting tale set in 19th Century Central Europe. Believing him to be possessed by the Devil, Simon’s fellow villagers taunt and persecute him. The community is in a state of crisis; all the through-trade has been taken away by the newly constructed railroad. Hase, a ruthless merchant, and Dovid, an earnest young Scholar, have had the same idea; to build a railway station that will safeguard their future. But Hase is determined to prevent his competitor from controlling the new railway trade. Taking advantage of Simon’s vulnerability, he enlists him as a spy against the village and in doing so places everyone’s future into the bewildered young man’s hands.

Presented in 2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen with English Stereo sound extras include a director’s commentary and biographies.

The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz - As a solar eclipse plunges London into darkness, the populace descends into madness. From the sewers comes the shape-shifting Tomas Katz who is the cause of the insanity gripping the capital and who has designs for even greater chaos. Only a blind police officer, with links to the spirit world, can save the mysterious "astral child", who represents life and nature, from Katz's evil clutches... THE NINE LIVES OF TOMAS KATZ is a vibrantly original hybrid of multiple genres; the Ealing Comedy, the Film Noir, the Police thriller, and the German Expressionist films of darkness and insanity. The film presents a unique brand of left-field humour, spiritual beauty, and spectral horror.

Presented in 1.33:1 Full Frame with English Stereo sound extras include a commentary with director Ben Hopkins and actor Thomas Fisher, and biographies.

Also on the disc is a bonus short film, National Achievement Day, presented in 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen with English Stereo sound.

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