- An MVD Exclusive
- SKU: AV340
- Format: Blu-ray
- UPC: 760137479284
- Street Date: 03/16/21
- PreBook Date: 02/09/21
- Label: Arrow Video »
- Genre: Mystery/Thriller
- Run Time: 183 mins
- Number of Discs: 1
- Audio: STEREO
- Year of Production: 1949
- Region Code: 0
- Box Lot: 0
- Territory: US
- Language: Japanese
Cast & Crew
- Chizuru Kitagawa
- Takiko Mizunoe
- Ryuji Shinagawa
- Yoshiro Kitahara
- Director: Nobuo Adachi
- Director: Mitsuo Murayama
The Invisible Man Appears/The Invisible Man Vs. The Human Fly
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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 the legendary Daiei Studios. 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. 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?
- 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
- For fans of Universal Classic Monsters
A monochrome gem
An ambitions blend of genre ideas...and a human fly a full year before Vincent Price encountered and crushed a far more famous one. This movie has it all!
—Rob Hunter, Slash Film
The Invisible Man Appears and The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly are more than just foreign language remakes of the Universal films. Both films should have arrived in America long ago.
—Joe Corey, Inside Pulse
The Invisible Man Appears is kind of goofy fun, and there are actually some surprisingly nuanced elements at play just beneath the surface of The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly, at least for those willing to look for them. Laugh out loud moments include the bizarre musical performance, little touches like superimposing the diamond necklace on the eyes of one of the villains, and "Man Looking Up Guy," just to name a few. The Kim Newman featurette in particular is enjoyable, for those who are considering a purchase.
I have no doubt this is the best the film can ever look. And Arrow deserves credit for getting it into such watchable shape.