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    Arrow Releasing Yokai Monsters Collection

    Coming soon from Arrow...

    From the makers of Daimajin comes a trilogy of terror ripped from the pages of Japanese folklore, with ghosts and monsters from ancient myths and legends brought to life through stunning special effects, alongside an epic, big-budget reboot of the series from a modern-day master of the macabre, now available together on Blu-ray for the first time.

    In the first film in the trilogy, 100 Monsters, a greedy slumlord’s attempts to forcefully evict his tenants invite the wrath of the titular spirits when a cleansing ritual is botched, with terrifying results. The second film, Spook Warfare, tells the tale of an evil Babylonian vampire inadvertently awoken by treasure hunters, and a brave samurai that teams with the yokai to defeat the bloodthirsty demon. In the final film, Along with Ghosts (released only 12 months after 100 Monsters), the yokai are roused to defend a young girl on the run from deadly yakuza.

    Decades later, none other than Takashi Miike (Audition) helmed The Great Yokai War, a loose remake of Spook Warfare that used cutting-edge digital effects to renew the franchise for a new generation. In it, a young boy is given a grave responsibility: to band together with a group of yokai to defend humanity against a vengeful and powerful demon that has sworn retribution against modern-day Japan.


    High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations of all four films
    Optional English subtitles on all four films
    Illustrated 60-page collectors’ book featuring new writing on the series by Stuart Galbraith IV, Raffael Coronelli and Jolyon Yates
    Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jolyon Yates
    Postcards featuring newly commissioned artwork for each film by Jolyon Yates
    Foldout ‘yokai guide’ poster illustrated by Jolyon Yates


    Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio
    Hiding in Plain Sight, a brand new documentary giving a primer on yokai for Western audiences, featuring interviews with experts Matt Alt, Zack Davisson, Kim Newman, Lynda E. Rucker and Hiroko Yoda
    Theatrical trailer
    US re-release trailer
    Image gallery


    Brand new 4K restoration of Spook Warfare by Kadokawa Pictures
    Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio for both films
    Theatrical trailers for both films - US re-release trailers for both films
    Image galleries for both films


    DTS-HD MA 5.1 original Japanese and dubbed English audio
    Brand new audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes
    Archive interviews with the cast and crew, including Takashi Miike
    Short Drama of Yokai, two shorts detailing the further adventures of the yokai
    Another Story of Kawataro, two shorts featuring the continuing story of the kappa character in the film
    World Yokai Conference, a publicity event where Miike speaks about the film
    Promotional Events, video of the press conference to announce the start and completion of filming, as well as the premiere in Tokyo
    Documentary on the film’s young star, Ryunosuki Kamiki, and his experience making the film
    Theatrical trailer
    Image gallery

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    Arrow's box sets are getting way too expensive for the number of films contained. The last good value one was Years of Lead.

    I will wait for a standard edition.
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    MCMLXXX Matt H.'s Avatar
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    I was just thinking about GREAT YOKAI WAR the other night while suffering through Miike's pretty terrible TERRA FORMARS. I haven't watched YOKAI WAR in years but I remember liking it a lot.
    Why would anybody watch a scum show like Videodrome? Why did you watch it, Max?

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    Waterfall Puncher Derrick King's Avatar
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    I think Miike has a sequel to Great Yokai War coming out either this year or next. I don't know why Arrow didn't wait for that before releasing this (Although, they probably opted to release now because the rest of the slate is old releases boxed up or UHD upgrade.)

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    Waterfall Puncher Derrick King's Avatar
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    So there are 4K masters for all three of the original movies, but Kadokawa is only allowing Arrow to use the one for Spook Wafare. How very Toho of them.

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    This is £45 at Zavvi. That's more like it. Pre ordered.
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