Brad and I have some strange similarities when it comes to horror movies in that we share a passion for titles that don’t get a lot of recognition. For example, we’re both huge fans of Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions (when I told him there was a director’s cut, he sent me a message about 30 seconds later saying he ordered a copy), we both think John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness ranks as one of the director’s best works, and, when it comes to J-horror, we both adore Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Kairo (aka Pulse).
The film is an allegory for how technology and social media, while bringing us together online, ultimately cause us to drift apart in the real world, creating a sense of isolation. It’s absolutely fantastic and is one of the few J-horror films that manages to still terrify me with each viewing. There’s something about the atmosphere of the film that is incredibly dour and unsettling, which I relish.
Now, Arrow Video has announced that they will be releasing a Blu-ray home video edition for both US and UK audiences that will include some phenomenal extras, such as new interviews with Kurosawa and cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi as well as a new “appreciation” video featuring Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Blair Witch, V/H/S), and a reversible sleeve, plus more. The full list of specials can be found below.
“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.”
The UK version is coming out in early December (pre-order here) while the US version doesn’t have a confirmed release date yet.
•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