Summary: A masterpiece of sexual tension and violent frustration, Japanese master Kaneto Shindo's 1963 masterpiece 'Onibaba' is essential on Blu-ray.
Set in a remote part of Japan ravaged by war, but miles away from the frontlines of the rivaling shogunates, Kaneto Shindo's 'Onibaba' may be small in scale but it is just as brutal as any conflict imaginable. It takes your breath away right from the start and never lets up.
A violent mother and daughter-in-law duo use their familiarity of their local seven-foot high susuki grass fields to ambush helpless samurai soldiers and strip them of their armour and weapons to sell on for food after they dispose of the bodies down a devastatingly deep pit.
When a returning warrior comes home and informs them that their son/husband is dead, a destructive tale of loss unfolds as the mother simmers with anger and the daughter-in-law/widow aches with sexual longing for this messenger.
Scenes of the man and young woman running feverishly through the dizzying grass in carnal desire are unforgettable. Indeed, the whole film grabs you with its explicit sex and violence that feels well ahead of its half century age.
If you didn't discover this masterpiece on Eureka's previous DVD, this pin sharp Blu-ray is the way forward. Extraswise, The Masters of Cinema have done it again with another fine selection of worthy bonus materials:
Full-length audio commentary by director Kaneto Shindô and the stars of the film, Kei Satô and Jitsuko Yoshimura
Video introduction by Alex Cox
46 minutes of 8mm footage shot on location by lead actor Kei Satô
Optional English subtitles
Original theatrical trailer
36 page Booklet containing an essay by Doug Cummings, a 2004 statement from writer/director Kaneto Shindô about why he made Onibaba, an English translation of the original short Buddhist fable that inspired the film, a 1972 interview with Shindô conducted by Joan Mellen and rare imagery.
The Griswolds are back in hilarious comedy Vacation - out in cinemas this Friday. The film follows on from the National Lampoon classics and in true Griswold-style, disaster strikes the next generation of the calamitous family as they embark on a cross-country road-trip.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (or MGM to you and me) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are releasing special edition Blu-rays and Blu-ray & DVD collectible box-sets on September 14th, ahead of the November 6th global release of SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure. And the first promo images have jaws dropping.
After Kenneth Branagh's live action take on Cinderella grossed over half a billion dollars at the worldwide box office last year and Maleficent made even more, Disney have invested further into the idea of standalone live action films based on iconic usually animated characters.
First came the news that recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne was cast in Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and now it looks like We Need to Talk About Kevin star Ezra Miller was coming onboard as well.
Everybody knew that Jurassic World was going to be a big hit, but the sheer impact of its opening weekend surprised even the most positive of pre-release box office analysts and even the film studio itself.
Chappell, who was 29, worked on some episodes of the hit TV show Game of Thrones and had credits for Hollywood blockbusters such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla, Divergent, Noah, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Her last completed project was the Ron Howard 1800s seafaring drama In the Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth.
Henry Cavill has sensationally walked away from his latest film just days before shooting was slated to begin. The Man of Steel star pulled out of British Special Forces action film Stratton mere days before its scheduled shoot commencement of June 2nd.