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Old 27th August 2020, 07:40 PM
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'Mothra' (1961) - Blu-ray pre-order available at Eureka direct - £26.99

Release date: November 16

"One of the most iconic Japanese kaiju, Mothra has appeared in over a dozen feature films. Presented here is her debut, a gloriously vibrant piece of filmmaking that forever changed how kaiju eiga would be produced in Japan.

Following reports of human life on Infant Island, the supposedly deserted site of atomic bomb tests, an international expedition to the heavily-radiated island discovers a native tribe and tiny twin female fairies called “Shobijin” who guard a sacred egg. The overzealous expedition leader kidnaps the Shobijin to exhibit in a Tokyo stage show but soon they summon their protector, hatching the egg and releasing a giant caterpillar. When Mothra arrives in Japan and transforms into her final form, the nation and its people face their destruction.

Psychedelically colourful, with an intelligent, benevolent protector as its lead kaiju, Mothra was radically different to every other monster movie that had come before it, and it remains a classic of the genre to this day. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Ishirō Honda’s Mothra on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. "


Special features:
  • Limited Edition Hardbound Slipcase [3000 copies]
  • Reversible poster featuring the film’s original US and Japanese poster artwork
  • Includes both Japanese and English versions of each film (101 mins & 90 mins respectively)
  • Original mono audio presentations (LPCM)
  • English subtitles (Japanese version) and English SDH (English version)
  • Brand new audio commentary with film historian and writer David Kalat
  • Audio commentary with authors and Japanese sci-fi historians Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski
  • Kim Newman on ‘Mothra’ – an interview with film critic and author Kim Newman on the history and legacy of Mothra
  • Stills Galleries featuring rare archival stills and ephemera
  • PLUS: A LIMITED EDITION 60-PAGE collector’s booklet featuring essays by Christopher Stewardson and Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp (Midnight Eye); a new interview with Scott Chambliss (production designer on 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters); an extract from Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski’s Ishirō Honda biography; and archival reviews and stills.[3000 copies]

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Old 27th August 2020, 07:43 PM
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'Waxworks (Das Wachsfigurenkabinett)' (1924) - Blu-ray pre-order available at Eureka direct - £17.99

Release date: November 9

"Waxworks [Das Wachsfigurenkabinett] w​as the final film Paul Leni directed in Germany before striking out for Hollywood and making such classic works of genre filmmaking as ​The Cat and the Canary,​ ​The Man Who Laughs​, and ​The Last Warning​. Its sophisticated melding of genres was in fact what inspired Universal’s Carl Laemmle to invite Leni to come to Hollywood in the first place, as Laemmle was hoping to capitalise on the emerging comedy-horror craze of the 1920s. Yet ​Waxworks ​is, at heart, a pure example of German expressionism. Its stylised sets (designed by Leni), fantastical costumes, chiaroscuro lighting, and startlingly bold performances are paragons of the cinematic movement, and contribute heavily to the film’s lasting appeal.

The three separate episodes of ​Waxworks ​are united by the character of a young poet (William Dieterle), who is hired by the owner of a wax museum to create backstories for a trio of the museum’s figures: Caliph Harun al-Rashid (Emil Jannings), Ivan the Terrible (Conrad Veidt), and Jack the Ripper (Werner Krauss). The stories are depicted in succession (one per episode), the poet casting himself—as well as the daughter of the wax museum’s owner—at the centre of each tale. Though the poet and the daughter play different characters in the corresponding plots, they are always lovers whose relationship is threatened by the personages of the wax figures.

As there is no surviving original negative of ​Waxworks​, this newly restored edition—a joint effort by the Deutsche Kinemathek and Cineteca di Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata (with funding from the German Commission for Culture and the Media)—is composed of contemporary prints and additional film materials from archives around the world. The elements, including English intertitles, were scanned in 4K resolution and then restored in 2K. Presented by The Masters of Cinema Series and Flicker Alley in a special Blu-ray edition, there is an option of two new scores to accompany the film: one by the Ensemble Musikfabrik (commissioned by ZDF/ARTE), and the second by composer Richard Siedhoff."


Special features:
  • LIMITED EDITION O-CARD SLIPCASE [2000 copies]
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a new 2K restoration
  • Option of two newly created scores, by Ensemble Musikfabrik; and composer Richard Siedhoff
  • Audio commentary with Australian film and arts critic Adrian Martin
  • Paul Leni’s Rebus-Film Nr. 1-8 – Courtesy of Kino Lorber, these Leni-helmed cinematic crossword puzzles were originally screened in 1920s German cinemas as featurettes accompanying the main film. Each of these animated shorts was split into two parts—a clue and an answer—and presented before and after the visual presentation
  • In search of the original version of Paul Leni’s ​‘Das Wachsfigurenkabinett’​ – An interview with Julia Wallmüller (Deutsche Kinemathek) based on her presentation after the premiere of the restored film at Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna 2020
  • Kim Newman on Waxworks – An in-depth, on-camera interview with journalist, film critic, and fiction writer Kim Newman about the legacy of Waxworks
  • A collector’s booklet featuring new essays by Philip Kemp and Richard Combs on the film’s history and significance; notes on the restoration process by the Deutsche Kinemathek; and rarely seen production photographs and promotional material

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Old 27th August 2020, 07:52 PM
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I can finally retire my Toho Sci-Fi Collection and Kino Waxworks DVDs
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Still waiting for my Mothra steelbook to arrive from america!!!

The Eureka edition will destroy that version!!!
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But what's with the avalanche of Japanese suit movies? All the labels are churning them out. Has the copyright expired or something? I'd love to see another Night of The Creeps style offering from Eureka!
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But what's with the avalanche of Japanese suit movies? All the labels are churning them out. Has the copyright expired or something? I'd love to see another Night of The Creeps style offering from Eureka!
They released 976-EVIL and Sleepwalkers the month before. Or does it have to be in the exact style of Night of the Creeps
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MARTIAL ARTS SALE
Selected martial arts titles are now on sale starting from £9.99 each!



Sale ends 10am (BST), Monday 5th October.



The Fate Of Lee Khan
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The final film in King Hu’s “Inn Trilogy”, and the follow-up to his highly-acclaimed A Touch of Zen, The Fate of Lee Khan once again shows the master filmmaker’s impeccable talent in creating drama out of a single setting.

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Three Films With Sammo Hung
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A trio of spectacular martial-arts films from one of Hong Kong cinema’s most iconic and prolific figures. Featuring The Iron-Fisted Monk and

Eastern Condors FULLY UNCUT for the first time ever in the UK.

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Two Films By John Woo
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Two early films from one of action cinema’s all-time greats, featuring his signature slick, stylish and often violent choreography, with dramatic plots that revolved around brotherhood, honour and redemption.

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Wheels On Meals
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Perhaps the greatest martial-arts comedy of all time, Sammo Hung’s Wheels on Meals, stars Hung, Jackie Chan, and Yuen Biao as the most exciting triple act in action movie history!
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'Inner Sanctum Mysteries: The Complete Film Series' - Blu-ray pre-order available at Eureka direct - £29.99

Release date: December 7

"Death, dementia, dark arts… it’s just another day in the forbidding and fascinating world of the Inner Sanctum! Get ready for unlimited thrills and chills as all six classic Inner Sanctum Mysteries come to Blu-ray in the UK for the first time ever! Based on the popular radio shows of the 1940’s, horror icon Lon Chaney, Jr. (The Wolf Man), gives timeless performances in six spooky feature-length films.

Calling Dr. Death (dir. Reginald Le Borg, 1943) – A doctor is not sure if he murdered his wife and has his nurse try to find the truth by hypnotising him.

Weird Woman (dir. Reginald Le Borg, 1944) – While on a trip, a professor falls in love with an exotic native woman who turns out to be a supernatural being.

Dead Man’s Eyes (dir. Reginald Le Borg, 1944) – When an artist is blinded, an operation to restore his sight depends on another person willing to donate their eyes.

The Frozen Ghost (dir. Harold Young, 1945) – A stage mentalist and a discredited plastic surgeon are involved in mysterious goings-on in an eerie wax museum.

Strange Confession (dir. John Hoffman, 1945) – Flashbacks reveal the events leading up to a man’s revenge on the racketeer who took advantage of his wife.

Pillow of Death (dir. Reginald Le Borg, 1945) – A lawyer in love with his secretary is suspected of suffocating his wife, among others."


Special features:
  • O-Card Slipcase
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all six films
  • Uncompressed LPCM monaural audio tracks
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Calling Dr. Death – Audio commentary from screenwriter/film historian C. Courtney Joyner and Regina Le Borg (daughter of director Reginald Le Borg)
  • Weird Woman – Audio commentary from author Justin Humphreys (The Dr. Phibes Companion) and Del Howison (Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre)
  • Strange Confession – Audio commentary from screenwriter Peter Atkins (Hellraiser II, III, & IV) and screenwriter/film historian C. Courtney Joyner
  • Kim Newman on The Inner Sanctum Mysteries – New interview with journalist, film critic, and fiction writer Kim Newman
  • This is the Inner Sanctum: Making a Universal Mystery Series [55 mins]
  • The Creaking Door: Entering The Inner Sanctum [15 mins] – History of the Radio Series with author/radio historian Martin Grams Jr.
  • Mind Over Matter [20 mins] – Archival interview with actor Martin Kosleck (The Frozen Ghost)
  • Inner Sanctum Mysteries: Radio Episodes – A selection of episodes from the original radio series
  • A collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the series by Craig Ian Mann

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'House Of Bamboo' (1955) - Blu-ray pre-order available at Eureka direct - £12.99

Release date: December 7

"“What about Japan?” asked Zanuck. “Would you like to shoot a picture there?” “Holy mackerel, Darryl, now you’re talking!” When offered the opportunity to film an entire movie in Japan, (Fox would be the first major American studio to do so) Samuel Fuller jumped at the opportunity and the result is House of Bamboo, a lushly photographed, cold-as-ice film noir like no other.

Japan, 1954. A military train is robbed of its cargo by a ruthless gang of professionals led by the sadistic, but brilliant, Sandy Dawson (the incomparable Robert Ryan). Weeks later, one of the thieves lies dying in a Tokyo hospital, shot by his own accomplices. Recently released convict Eddie Spanier (Robert Stack) arrives in Tokyo, and joins up with the gang, impressing Sandy so much he quickly becomes his “ichiban” (number one man), greatly displeasing the former favourite, Griff (Cameron Mitchell). But is Eddie all he seems?

Also starring the beautiful Shirley Yamaguchi, House of Bamboo is a stunning, brutal masterpiece, featuring incredible widescreen photography by Joe MacDonald, and hard-boiled dialogue and action that is the Fuller trademark"


Special features:
  • Limited - 1000 copies
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from Fox’s 2K restoration
  • Original, uncompressed, monaural soundtrack
  • Optional English SDH
  • Audio commentary with Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
  • Audio commentary with Film historians Alain Silver and James Ursini
  • Fuller at Fox” – a video essay by David Cairns looking at Samuel Fuller’s films produced for Twentieth Century Fox
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A collector’s booklet featuring an essay by film critic Richard Combs and the words of Samuel Fuller

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'Once Upon A Time In China Trilogy' - Blu-ray pre-order available at Eureka direct - £25.99

Release date: December 7

"Starring Jet Li as the real life Cantonese folk hero, Wong Fei-hung, a physical embodiment of traditional Chinese values and moral incorruptibility, the Once Upon a Time in China series is a martial arts epic that charts China’s transition into the modern-world as it gradually abandons its old traditions and begins to accept the inevitable encroach of Western cultures.

Once Upon a Time in China – In 19th century Canton, Wong Fei-hung battles ruthless imperialist forces determined to subjugate his country and enslave his people, leading to a climactic fight sequence still regarded as one of the best ever filmed.

Once Upon a Time in China II – Wong Fei-hung faces off against the White Lotus Cult, a dangerous xenophobic group seeking to drive all European influence out of China, as well as a corrupt military officer, played by Donnie Yen in his breakthrough role.

Once Upon a Time in China III – Wong Fei-hung travels to Peking and is forced to enter a martial-arts contest in order to prevent an assassination attempt against a prominent Chinese diplomat who wants to showcase traditional Chinese martial-arts, and restore national pride.

With action sequences choreographed by the legendary Yuen Woo-ping, the Once Upon a Time in China series is a glorious high-point in martial-arts filmmaking, and Eureka Classics is proud to present Tsui Hark’s original trilogy, as well as Once Upon a Time in China and America (which saw Jet Li return to the Wong Fei-hung role after a four year gap)."


Special features:
  • 4 Blu-ray discs housed in a single case, with slim cardboard packaging featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling
  • 1080p presentations of all three films on Blu-ray, sourced from 4K restorations
  • Original Cantonese audio tracks
  • Optional English and Mandarin audio tracks
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Once Upon a Time in China and America [dir. Sammo Hung & Lau Kar-wing, 100 mins, 1080p HD from a 2K restoration] – the final chapter in the Once Upon a Time in China series, with Jet Li making a triumphant return to his most iconic role
  • Once Upon a Time in China and America – Original Cantonese, dubbed English, and original Mandarin synch-sound audio options
  • Once Upon a Time in China and America – Optional English subtitles
  • Once Upon a Time in China and America – “Making of…” documentary [30 mins]
  • Audio commentaries on Once Upon a Time in China I-III by martial-arts cinema expert Mike Leeder and filmmaker Arne Venema
  • The Legend of Wong Fei-Hung [48 mins] – a three-part featurette on the legendary folk hero
  • Memories of Once Upon a Time in China II – Interview with actor Mike Miller [49 mins]
  • Memories of Once Upon a Time in China III – Interview with actor John Wakefield [29 mins]
  • Archival interview with actor and Shaw Brothers veteran, Yen Shi-kwan [10 mins]
  • Archival interview with Jet Li [10 mins]
  • Archival interview with Donnie Yen
  • Archival Q&A with Jet Li [10 mins]
  • Archival interview with director Tsui Hark [23 mins]
  • Archival interview with actor John Wakefield [11 mins]
  • Trailers for all films

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