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    “Star of David (aka Beautiful Girl Hunter) (1979)

    Coming soon to Blu-ray from Synapse Films!

    Norifumi Suzuki’s “Star of David” AKA “Beautiful Girl Hunter” (1979)!

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    As far as I know Nikkatsu has not made a new master for this. Which is probably for the best at the moment considering what Nikkatsu has done for the past couple of years...

    So I expect it to be from the same master the Geneon DVD used which was released in 2007 and the Discotek one in 2008. And the German Blu-Ray.
    Will of course look better than the DVDs and hopefully a little bit better than the German Blu (I think they did some filtering, the top and bottom of the frame are blurred).

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    Someone PLEASE tell Synapse to try and get the Discotek extras! If I recall correctly, there was a Norifumi Suzuki audio commentary, and maybe an interview too? I shouldn't have sold my dvd...

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    We're using the HD master Nikkatsu gave us, plus the extras we were given from the previous release.
    I guess he could be talking about the Discotex extras?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derrick King View Post
    I guess he could be talking about the Discotex extras?
    Hopefully. Thanks!

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    I think this was the first Pink film that I saw after reading about it in the Mondo Macabro book. I actually found it pretty dull in between the sleazy bits, but grew to love it over the years. The Shock blu ray looks pretty good despite some issues. I wonder if the rumour that the original German cut was unfogged is true? The German cut on the blu ray is a reconstruction unfortunately. Probably another urban myth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agent999 View Post
    I wonder if the rumour that the original German cut was unfogged is true? The German cut on the blu ray is a reconstruction unfortunately. Probably another urban myth.
    I can't remember the exact contents of Star of David (seen it a couple of times, including twice in 35mm), but going by what you said...

    Almost certainly a myth. In soft core films the standard practice was for actors and actresses to wear crotch covers, which was no problem because the fogging or black bars would hide them anyway. So, an uncensored version usually wouldn't reveal anything too interesting.

    And I find it very hard to believe any kind of "hard core version" would have been produced for this movie that is packed with "mainstream" actors and actresses (unless the Germans did their own edit with hard core inserts like the French did with Toei's Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom). The only two pre-mid 80s JP films that I'm aware of to exist in such a form are In the Realm of the Senses and Daydream (1981), both of which were made specifically for foreign distribution. Had such a version been accidentally released in Japan, it would have landed the film makers and theatre owners in prison.

    This isn't an absolute "no", though. There are some odd cases like Teruo Ishii's Bohachi Bushido (1973), which lacks any censorship and you can actually clearly see the crotch covers (on DVD, and on the 35mm print that I've seen in Tokyo 2 or 3 times in the past 5 years). Cops vs. Thugs actually features a glimpse of Reiko Ike's pubic hair, and that's on DVD and 35mm as well (though the film print I saw must be a newly struck one... there's no way that could've passed the censorship in 1975). These are two cases that I can't quite explain why they exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takuma View Post
    I can't remember the exact contents of Star of David (seen it a couple of times, including twice in 35mm), but going by what you said...

    Almost certainly a myth. In soft core films the standard practice was for actors and actresses to wear crotch covers, which was no problem because the fogging or black bars would hide them anyway. So, an uncensored version usually wouldn't reveal anything too interesting.

    And I find it very hard to believe any kind of "hard core version" would have been produced for this movie that is packed with "mainstream" actors and actresses (unless the Germans did their own edit with hard core inserts like the French did with Toei's Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom). The only two pre-mid 80s JP films that I'm aware of to exist in such a form are In the Realm of the Senses and Daydream (1981), both of which were made specifically for foreign distribution. Had such a version been accidentally released in Japan, it would have landed the film makers and theatre owners in prison.

    This isn't an absolute "no", though. There are some odd cases like Teruo Ishii's Bohachi Bushido (1973), which lacks any censorship and you can actually clearly see the crotch covers (on DVD, and on the 35mm print that I've seen in Tokyo 2 or 3 times in the past 5 years). Cops vs. Thugs actually features a glimpse of Reiko Ike's pubic hair, and that's on DVD and 35mm as well (though the film print I saw must be a newly struck one... there's no way that could've passed the censorship in 1975). These are two cases that I can't quite explain why they exist.
    Are there any other uncensored Japanese films similar to Ai no korîda & Daydream?

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