Monday, July 18, 2016

New on Blu-ray: BELLADONNA OF SADNESS (1973)


Product Description: One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., BELLADONNA OF SADNESS is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto ("ASTRO BOY" and "KIMBA THE WHITE LION"), BELLADONNA unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa's RAN) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.

Find out more about this product after the jump (order links, extras, trailer etc.)

Belladonna of Sadness Movie Image 1

Film Details

  • Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Aiko Nagayama

  • Director: Eiichi Yamamoto

  • Genre: Animation, Fantasy

  • Running Time: 93 min

  • Studio: Cinelicious Pics

  • Rating: Unrated

DVD / Blu-Ray Details

Belladonna of Sadness Blu-ray Cover

  • Available Editions (click links to order):
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.32:1

  • Release Date: July 12, 2016

  • Language: Japanese

  • Belladonna of Sadness Movie Image 2

  • Audio Formats:
    • Blu-Ray: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
  • Subtitles: English

  • Special Features:
    • New 4K Feature Restoration from the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements -- including over 8 minutes of surreal an explicit footage cut from the negative.
    • Video interview with Director Eiichi Yamamoto
    • Video interview with Art Director Kuni Fukai
    • Video interview with Composer Masahiko Satoh
    • Trailers
    • 16-page booklet

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