LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
- Limited Edition Dual Format Collection [1500 copies]
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Newly translated optional English Subtitles
- Audio commentary by critic and author Jasper Sharp on Smashing the 0-Line
- Tony Rayns on the Crime and Action Movies – the critic and historian discusses the background to the films, their place within Suzuki’s career and the talent involved with them
- Stills Gallery
- Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
- 60-page illustrated collector's book featuring new writing by Jasper Sharp
Arrow Releases Another Seijun Suzuki Compilation
Legendary cult director Seijun Suzuki is the subject of another Arrow Films compilation package with Seijun Suzuki: The Early Years, Vol. 2 - The Crime and Action Movies, a five film package available for home viewing for the very first time outside Japan. Films include Eight Hours of Terror (1957), The Sleeping Best Within (1960), Smashing the O-Line (1960), Tokyo Knights (1961), and The Man With a Shotgun (1961).
The Sleeping Beast Within tells the story of a newspaper reporting searching for his girlfriend's missing father, a search that leads him into the heart of the criminal underworld of Yokohama's Chinatown. Smashing the O-Line is a companion piece to the film that follows two reporters' descent into a scabrous demimonde of drugs and human trafficking. In Eight Hours of Terror, a bus makes its way precariously across a winding mountain road and picks up some unwelcome passengers along the way, while Tokyo Nights finds a college student taking over the family business in the field of organized crime. Finally, The Man with a Shotgun finds Suzuki entering the world of the "borderless" Japanese Western with rather fantastic results.
Released by Arrow Films on a 4-disc, limited edition set, this Seijun Suzuki package continues Arrow's history of assembling a wealth of cinematic extras certain to delight any fan of Suzuki's work. While the film's A/V quality is somewhat more modest than usual from Arrow, it's made up for with a particularly strong collection of films that could very well make you fall in love with Japanese Cinema. Eight Hours of Terror and Smashing the O-Line, in particular, are a blast to watch and Tokyo Nights adds some unexpected levity to the equation.
For more information on this very special limited edition, be sure to visit the Arrow website.
© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic