Thursday, June 15, 2006

Criterion goes to HELL!

More classic Asian Horror is on the way as Criterion has just announced the deluxe DVD release of Nobuo Nakagawa's 1960 film JIGOKU a.k.a. HELL.
From the Image (Criterion's distributor) website:

Shocking, outrageous, and poetic, Jigoku (Hell) is the most innovative creation from Nobuo Nakagawa, the father of the Japanese horror film. After a young theology student flees a hit-and-run accident, he is plagued by both his own guilt-ridden conscience and a mysterious, diabolical doppelganger. But all possible escape routes lead to Hell - literally. In the gloriously gory final third of the film, Nakagawa offers up his vision of the underworld in a tour-de-force of torture and degradation. A striking departure from traditional Japanese ghost stories thanks to its truly eye-popping (and gouging) imagery, Jigoku created aftershocks that are still reverberating in cinema around the world today.

Extras include:

- Galleries of posters from selected Nakagawa and Shintoho Studio films
- Theatrical trailer
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer
- "Building the Inferno," a new documentary on Nakagawa and the making of the film
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- New essay by noted Asian cinema critic Chuck Stephens

Out on September 12!
Thanks to the tireless eyes at Twitch for the info.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that cover looks awesome.

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