The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch

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The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch

#1 Post by DarkImbecile » Fri Jun 25, 2021 2:50 pm

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What do you get when Noriaki Yuasa, director of Daiei Studios’ much-beloved Gamera series, makes a monochrome film adaptation of the works of horror manga pioneer Kazuo Umezu (The Drifting Classroom)? The answer is 1968’s The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch, a fantastically phantasmagorical slice of twisted tokusatsu terror ostensibly made for children that will irreparably traumatise any child that sees it!

A young girl named Sayuri is reunited with her estranged family after years in an orphanage – but trouble lurks within the walls of the large family home. Her mother is an amnesiac after a car accident six months earlier, her sullen sister is confined to the attic and a young housemaid dies inexplicably of a heart attack just before Sayuri arrives… is it all connected to her father’s work studying venomous snakes? And is the fanged, serpentine figure that haunts Sayuri’s dreams the same one spying on her through holes in the wall?

Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut and its home video premiere outside Japan, this rarely-screened, nightmarishly disorienting creepshow not only displays a seldom-seen side of kaiju auteur Yuasa, but its skilful blending of Umezu’s comics (published in English-language markets as Reptilia) arguably anticipates many of the trends seen in J-horror decades later.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Brand new commentary by film historian David Kalat
  • This Charming Woman, a newly filmed interview with manga and folklore scholar Zack Davisson
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork by Mike Lee-Graham
    FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Raffael Coronelli

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Re: Arrow Announcements, Speculation & Wild, Irresponsible Conjecture

#2 Post by Orlac » Fri Jun 25, 2021 3:19 pm

What A Disgrace wrote:
Fri Jun 25, 2021 2:50 pm
Snake Girl... is a title I wanted to see since the numerous supplements in the Gamera set mentioned it, so I'll happily snatch it up. Sounds wild.
Snake Girl has been on my wish-list since 1995, when I saw a still from it in Denis Gifford's Pictorial History of Horror Movies.

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Re: The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch

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Re: The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch

#5 Post by Telstar » Thu Oct 21, 2021 2:53 pm

Delayed until Dec 14

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Re: The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch

#6 Post by What A Disgrace » Tue Nov 02, 2021 12:31 pm

My copy has nonetheless finally shipped from DiabolikDVD.

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