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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: BLU-RAY DISC
  • SKU: AV361
  • UPC: 760137591580
  • Street Date: 08/03/21
  • PreBook Date: 06/22/21
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy
  • Run Time: 250 mins
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1966
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 0
  • Territory: US
  • Language: Japanese

 

Cast & Crew

  • Actor: Chikara "Riki" Hashimoto
  • Actor: Tôru Abe
  • Actor: Miwa Takada
  • Actor: Tatsuo Endô
  • Actor: Shiho Fujimura
  • Actor: Jutarô Kitashiro
  • Actor: Yoshihiko Aoyama
  • Actor: Saburô Date
  • Actor: Shôsaku Sugiyama
  • Actor: Kôjirô Hongô
  • Actor: Yûzô Hayakawa
  • Actor: Ryûtarô Gomi
  • Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda
  • Director: Kenji Misumi
  • Director: Issei Mori
  • Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda, Kenji Misumi, Issei Mori

 

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The Daimajin Trilogy [Limited Edition]

Behind a Mask of Stone, the Fires of Vengeance Burn!

The Daimajin Trilogy [Limited Edition]
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The Daimajin Trilogy saw Daiei's Kyoto studios bringing its own iconic movie monster to life in a unique but short-lived series that transplants the Golem legend to Japan's Warring States period of the late-16th century. In Daimajin, directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda (Yokai Monsters, Zatoichi on the Road), the young son and daughter of the benevolent feudal lord Hanabusa flee to the mountains when their parents are slain by the treacherous usurper Odate. Ten years later, when the elderly priestess who has harbored them is also murdered, the rage of the slumbering ancient god that lies beneath the crumbling giant stone idol hidden deep in the forests in the mountains is invoked. In Return of Daimajin, Kenji Misumi (Tale of Zatoichi, Lone Wolf and Cub) brings his usual stylistic flourish, as the wrathful deity is roused from his new home on an island in the middle of a lake by the violent incursions of a vicious warlord. In the final film, Wrath of Daimajin, by veteran jidaigeki director Kazuo Mori, four young boys make a perilous trip to elicit the help of the ancient mountain god in freeing their family members who have been enslaved by a tyrannical lord. Remarkably overlooked in the West, these three thrilling tales of feudal oppression and divine retribution meted out by the iconic stone warrior of the title combine lavish period detail with jaw-dropping special effects.

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Bonus Materials

  • LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the three Daimajin films
  • Lossless original Japanese and dubbed English mono audio for all films
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Illustrated collector’s 100 page book featuring new essays by Jonathan Clements, Keith Aiken, Ed Godziszewski, Raffael Coronelli, Erik Homenick, Robin Gatto and Kevin Derendorf
  • Postcards featuring the original Japanese artwork for all three films
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Frank
  • DISC ONE – DAIMAJIN
  • Brand new audio commentary by Japanese film expert Stuart Galbraith IV
  • Newly filmed introduction by critic Kim Newman
  • Bringing the Avenging God to Life, a brand new exclusive video essay about the special effects of the Daimajin films by Japanese film historian Ed Godziszewski
  • Alternate opening credits for the US release as Majin - The Monster of Terror
  • Trailers for the original Japanese and US releases
  • Image gallery
  • DISC TWO – RETURN OF DAIMAJIN
  • Brand new audio commentary by Japanese film experts Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp
  • My Summer Holidays with Daimajin, a newly filmed interview with Professor Yoneo Ota, director of the Toy Film Museum, Kyoto Film Art Culture Research Institute, about the production of the Daimajin films at Daiei Kyoto
  • From Storyboard to Screen: Bringing Return of Daimajin to Life, a comparison of several key scenes in Return of Daimajin with the original storyboards
  • Alternate opening credits for the US release as Return of the Giant Majin
  • Trailers for the original Japanese and US releases
  • Image gallery
  • DISC THREE – WRATH OF DAIMAJIN
  • Brand new audio commentary by Asian historian Jonathan Clements
  • Interview with cinematographer Fujio Morita discussing his career at Daiei and his work on the Daimajin Trilogy
  • Trailers for the original Japanese release
  • Image Gallery

Press Quotes

Majin's stone god hellfire and brimstone rampage is among the most memorable ever seen

     —Cool Ass Cinema

When a stone statue starts walking, you know sh*t is about to go down. He makes one of the best kills in all of Kaiju films.

     —Sarah Jane, Talk Film Society

There's an intensity Daimajin never had on prior releases, and compared to the ancient DVDs, a minor miracle... It's catalog Blu-ray bliss, renewing Daimajin's visual range in full.

     —Doblu

The Daimajin Trilogy really brings the series up to the level of Godzilla and Gamera or even Lone Wolf and Cub. Daimajin merged into the best of both viewing experiences. 4 out of 4 stars across the board.

     —Inside Pulse

The Daimajin Trilogy really brings the series up to the level of Godzilla and Gamera or even Lone Wolf and Cub. Daimajin merged into the best of both viewing experiences. 4 out of 4 stars across the board.

     —Inside Pulse

This is yet another gorgeously packaged release from Arrow... Solid technical merits, a host of very appealing supplements, and overall design make this set RECOMMENDED.

     —Blu-ray.com

The Daimajin trilogy is a fascinating and thoroughly entertaining diversion from the Showa era kaiju boom. Now thanks to Arrow, who’ve yet again absolutely nailed the presentation and extras, you can watch all three movies in their full glory. I’d highly recommend them.

     —Nerdist

Surprising hybrids of chanbara and kaiju films, the titles in The Daimajin Trilogy, now available in a superb Arrow Video box set, are formulaic yet eminently satisfying.

     —Slant Magazine

  

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