Daiei's Invisible Man Appears/Invisible Man vs. Human Fly on Blu-Ray from Arrow

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Daiei's Invisible Man Appears/Invisible Man vs. Human Fly on Blu-Ray from Arrow

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As expected, Arrow Video has announced Daiei's The Invisible Man Appears and the unrelated Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly on Blu-Ray out in March.
The Invisible Man Appears

Description: Finally released outside Japan for the very first time, these unique riffs on H.G. Wells' classic character (though undoubtedly also indebted to Universal's iconic film series) are two of the earliest examples of tokusatsu (special effects) cinema from Daiei Studios, later the home of Gamera.

In The Invisible Man Appears, written and directed by Nobuo Adachi in 1949, a scientist successfully creates an invisibility serum, only to be kidnapped by a gang of thugs who wish to use the formula to rob a priceless jewel. In addition to being the earliest surviving Japanese science fiction film ever made, the film's entertaining special effects were an early credit for the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, five years before he first brought Godzilla to life.

The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly

Eight years later, Mitsuo Murayama's exciting The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly tells the story of a series of mysterious murders where the only clue is strange buzzing noise at the scene of the crime… could this be linked to secret wartime experiments in shrinking humans to the size of insects? And can a scientist who's just invented an invisibility ray be the one to stop it?

Special Features and Technical Specs:
High Definition (1080p) transfers of both films on one Blu-ray disc
Original lossless Japanese mono audio on both films
Optional English subtitles for both films
Transparent Terrors, a newly filmed interview with critic and genre scholar Kim Newman on the history of the "Invisible Man" in cinema
Theatrical trailer for The Invisible Man Appears
Image galleries for both films
Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork by Graham Humphreys
First pressing only: Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Keith Allison, Hayley Scanlon and Tom Vincent
U.S. AND CANADA STREET DATE: MARCH 16.
UK STREET DATE: MARCH 15.
Those covers are awesome. I know there have been hints at Daimajin and Yokai sets from them, but hopefully Demon of Mt. Oe and Whale God aren't too far behind either.

EDIT: Oopsies, no link:
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Cool cool cool. I'm totally invested in Arrow Video's tokusatsu releases. Will buy this and whatever else (maybe they'll distribute the new Yokai Monsters movie?).

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Wow, The Invisible Man Appears is a surprisingly historically significant film. I didn't even know it (or the other one) existed. Definitely going to have to pick this set up.
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I'm really glad we're getting these more obscure movies released for the Western audience.
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Looks great! If the two Daiei invisible man movies can come to the West then mayyybe we can also get Toho's Invisible Man movie one day?
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I can't wait! Once I get this and Warning from Space, that'll be three out of five Daiei films whose Sinister Cinema copies I can replace!

All I need to do now after that is replace Rainbow Man and The Whale God, then get The Invisible Demon, The Invisible Swordsman and the Yokai Monsters trilogy and I'll have every major Daiei tokusatsu film on U.S. Blu-ray made in the 20th century (specifically, 1949-1999).

UPDATE: I've got Warning from Space! Can't wait until March 16!
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mikelcho wrote: Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:44 pmAll I need now is Rainbow Man, The Whale God and the Yokai Monsters trilogy and I'll have every major Daiei tokusatsu film on U.S. Blu-ray made in the 20th century (specifically, 1949-1999).
I'd consider Demon of Mt. Oe a "major" production, certainly more so than Rainbow Man, given it's all-star ensemble cast and the fact it's based off a beloved legend.
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MaxRebo320 wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:56 pm
mikelcho wrote: Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:44 pmAll I need now is Rainbow Man, The Whale God and the Yokai Monsters trilogy and I'll have every major Daiei tokusatsu film on U.S. Blu-ray made in the 20th century (specifically, 1949-1999).
I'd consider Demon of Mt. Oe a "major" production, certainly more so than Rainbow Man, given it's all-star ensemble cast and the fact it's based off a beloved legend.
Hmm, maybe I'll get that one as well, if it's a tokusatsu film. However, the Wikipedia article "List of Daiei Films" called it The Ogre of Mount Oe instead of The Demon of Mount Oe. Which one is the right English title?

And what about The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch? Would that one be considered a major tokusatsu film, too? If so, maybe I'll pick that one up also.
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We are in the golden age of the boutique home video label. The most obscure in the west thing being licensed wouldn't surprise me.

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mikelcho wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:18 pm
MaxRebo320 wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:56 pm
mikelcho wrote: Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:44 pmAll I need now is Rainbow Man, The Whale God and the Yokai Monsters trilogy and I'll have every major Daiei tokusatsu film on U.S. Blu-ray made in the 20th century (specifically, 1949-1999).
I'd consider Demon of Mt. Oe a "major" production, certainly more so than Rainbow Man, given it's all-star ensemble cast and the fact it's based off a beloved legend.
Hmm, maybe I'll get that one as well, if it's a tokusatsu film. However, the Wikipedia article "List of Daiei Films" called it The Ogre of Mount Oe instead of The Demon of Mount Oe. Which one is the right English title?

And what about The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch? Would that one be considered a major tokusatsu film, too? If so, maybe I'll pick that one up also.
I don't know if you can consider it a "major" tokusatsu film but I don't recommend spending money on bootlegs anyway. I'm pretty sure these are just the same fansubs that you can find for free in other parts of the web and which also have the same kind of legal greyness (IF you were talking about getting more Sinister Cinema stuff)
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Purzel2205 wrote: Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:47 am
mikelcho wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:18 pm
MaxRebo320 wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:56 pm
I'd consider Demon of Mt. Oe a "major" production, certainly more so than Rainbow Man, given it's all-star ensemble cast and the fact it's based off a beloved legend.
Hmm, maybe I'll get that one as well, if it's a tokusatsu film. However, the Wikipedia article "List of Daiei Films" called it The Ogre of Mount Oe instead of The Demon of Mount Oe. Which one is the right English title?

And what about The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch? Would that one be considered a major tokusatsu film, too? If so, maybe I'll pick that one up also.
I don't know if you can consider it a "major" tokusatsu film but I don't recommend spending money on bootlegs anyway. I'm pretty sure these are just the same fansubs that you can find for free in other parts of the web and which also have the same kind of legal greyness (IF you were talking about getting more Sinister Cinema stuff)
Oh no, no, no, no, that's not what I'm talking about at all. I was hoping Arrow Films might release them one day so that I can have the official U.S. releases of these films. That's what I meant when I said that I might get them.
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mikelcho wrote: Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:54 am
Purzel2205 wrote: Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:47 am
mikelcho wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:18 pm Hmm, maybe I'll get that one as well, if it's a tokusatsu film. However, the Wikipedia article "List of Daiei Films" called it The Ogre of Mount Oe instead of The Demon of Mount Oe. Which one is the right English title?

And what about The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch? Would that one be considered a major tokusatsu film, too? If so, maybe I'll pick that one up also.
I don't know if you can consider it a "major" tokusatsu film but I don't recommend spending money on bootlegs anyway. I'm pretty sure these are just the same fansubs that you can find for free in other parts of the web and which also have the same kind of legal greyness (IF you were talking about getting more Sinister Cinema stuff)
Oh no, no no, I was hoping Arrow Films might release them one day so that I can have the official U.S. releases of these films. That's what I meant when I said that I might get them.
Arrow, Mill Creek, SRS, I'm not picky. As long as one of these "boutique home video labels" brings these films over.
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Vakanai wrote: Fri Jan 22, 2021 2:53 pm
mikelcho wrote: Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:54 am
Purzel2205 wrote: Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:47 am

I don't know if you can consider it a "major" tokusatsu film but I don't recommend spending money on bootlegs anyway. I'm pretty sure these are just the same fansubs that you can find for free in other parts of the web and which also have the same kind of legal greyness (IF you were talking about getting more Sinister Cinema stuff)
Oh no, no no, I was hoping Arrow Films might release them one day so that I can have the official U.S. releases of these films. That's what I meant when I said that I might get them.
Arrow, Mill Creek, SRS, I'm not picky. As long as one of these "boutique home video labels" brings these films over.
I couldn't agree with you more.
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