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 Post subject: Pulse
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:12 am 
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Award-winning filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivered one of the finest entries in the "J-Horror" cycle of films with this moody and spiritually terrifying film that delivers existential dread along with its frights. Setting his story in the burgeoning internet and social media scene in Japan, Kurosawa's dark and apocalyptic film foretells how technology will only serve to isolate us as it grows more important to our lives.

A group of young people in Tokyo begin to experience strange phenomena involving missing co-workers and friends, technological breakdown, and a mysterious website which asks the compelling question, "Do you want to meet a ghost?" After the unexpected suicides of several friends, three strangers set out to explore a city which is growing more empty by the day, and to solve the mystery of what lies within a forbidden room in an abandoned construction site, mysteriously sealed shut with red packing tape.

Featuring haunting cinematography by Junichiro Hayashi (Ring, Dark Water), a dark and unsettling tone which lingers long after the movie is over, and an ahead-of-its-time story which anticipates 21st century disconnection and social media malaise, Pulse is one of the greatest and most terrifying achievements in modern Japanese horror, and a dark mirror for our contemporary digital world.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

High Definition digital transfer
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)
New optional English subtitle translation
New interview with writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
New interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
The Horror of Isolation: a new video appreciation featuring Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (Blair Witch, You re Next)
Archive Making of documentary, plus four archive behind-the-scenes featurettes
Premiere footage from the Cannes Film Festival
Cast and crew introductions from opening day screenings in Tokyo
Trailers and TV Spots
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tommy Pocket
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Chuck Stephens


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 Post subject: Re: Pulse
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:28 am 
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No Kristen Bell version, no sale


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 Post subject: Re: Pulse
PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 2:17 pm 
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More J-horror, and yet another one I now need to buy (already planning to get Dark Water soon). Oh yeah, and I have two Kiyoshi Kurosawa films in my sights from MoC as well. He must be having a good year!

Still waiting patiently for my favourite J-horror though (Ju-on: The Grudge).

PS: now wondering if Eureka or Arrow managed to get Daguerrotype...


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 Post subject: Re: Pulse
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 5:29 am 
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domino harvey wrote:
No Kristen Bell version, no sale

I'd argue that the 2006 Pulse remake is one of the most interesting of the recent Japanese horror remakes. Even if it misses (or inverts) the point of the original entirely, it does so in a way that feels telling of different cultural approaches towards existential horror! (I also think that the way that the remake follows the recent budgetary trend of filming in Central Europe with only Americans in the main cast and trying to pass everything off as being located in America adds its own weird sense of dislocation. It might be unintentional but it kind of works anyway! Plus the remake is strangely even more depressing than the original!)

While the original is still the better film overall, the remake did help me to appreciate the original's strengths a lot more! Particularly the way that Kurosawa is filming almost all the scenes with other characters or key objects just slightly out of frame, then doing an insistent slight pan over to catch their presence. That framing approach adds a lot to the creepiness factor - it happens in a lot of the pure dialogue scenes too, and then when you get the big horror moments of the water tower suicide or the airplane, that camera move feels like a continuance of a filming approach that has been taken throughout the course of the film. In comparison the remake blocks and films its characters a lot more classically, which makes the moments when it literally copies the camera tilt of the water tower scene (because part of the shock is the camera tilting from top to the ground all in one move) stand out all the more.

(Now if Arrow ever release the 1988 Pulse, I'd be ecstatic! I wrote about that one a bit during the horror project and its the kind of film that anyone who might be disappointed that there is no actual, literal killer electricity in the Kurosawa film should watch!)


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 Post subject: Re: Pulse
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 5:38 am 
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rapta wrote:
Still waiting patiently for my favourite J-horror though (Ju-on: The Grudge).

On that note I see that there is going to be a long haired supernatural girl face-off soon in Sadako vs Kayako (or The Ring vs The Grudge!), so if whoever has the home video rights have the possibility of doing so it would make sense to re-release the Ju-on and Ring films around that the time that film comes out. I'm definitely looking forward to the film but it does sound like the equivalent of Alien vs Predator (or perhaps more appropriately a female horror icon duel to match Freddy vs Jason. Or even more appropriately the Godzilla vs.... brawls!), in which neither side can really have their iconic antihero lose!


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 Post subject: Re: Pulse
PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:30 am 
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Delayed until February 27 of next year, according to Arrow's site and Amazon UK (I assume this goes for the US release as well).


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 Post subject: Re: Pulse
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:13 am 
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Pushed back again :( But I trust it'll be worth the waiting!
orders@arrowfilms.co.uk wrote:
We’re writing to inform everyone that due to unforeseen circumstances, we’re unable to meet the projected release date of Feb 27th 2017. Our revised release date will now be July 10th 2017.


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 Post subject: Re: Pulse
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:23 pm 
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Wonder if criticisms of Dark Water led to them going out of their way to make sure this master doesn't look like that?


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 Post subject: Re: Pulse
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:28 pm 
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domino harvey wrote:
Wonder if criticisms of Dark Water led to them going out of their way to make sure this master doesn't look like that?

One can only hope this also leads to a better master of Dark Water, too.


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 Post subject: Re: Pulse
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:34 pm 
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I'm willing to bet that the 'unforeseen circumstances' involved all the people watching the film melting away into despairing piles of ash that then get blown away in a cloud by mysterious, invisible winds.


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 Post subject: Re: Pulse
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:54 pm 
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domino harvey wrote:
Wonder if criticisms of Dark Water led to them going out of their way to make sure this master doesn't look like that?

In the case of Arrow, I think that most (if not all) of their serious delays were to get access to better materials. With the Dark Water backlash AND the Female Scorpion one before that, it seems indeed to point towards this scenario.


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 Post subject: Re: Pulse
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:41 pm 
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Maybe Kurosawa had to re-schedule his interview?


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 Post subject: Re: Pulse
PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:25 pm 
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Current Release date updated to 10th July 2017


No notice or change for any content on the disc, so I can assume that the delay had nothing to do with the reaction to Dark Water. I think Arrow Video fans are going to realize soon that their Japanese releases outside the Arrow Academy line and occasional title like Audition or Katakuris are not going to be remastered like Zombi or The 'Burbs.


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 Post subject: Re: Pulse
PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:43 pm 
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I was pleasantly surprised to see this on amazon recently and pre-ordered, it being my absolute favorite J-horror and all.

Arrow kicks some serious ass.

Maybe surprised is the wrong term as Arrow is now one of my favorite labels. Sort of reminds me of the good ole days of Anchor Bay.


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