What with it being Valentine's around about now, horror DVDs are pretty scarce this week. Ok, so the US remake of The Grudge (Universal) is getting released, but apart from that pickings are slim, with only Japanese horror Inugami offering anything interesting.
Perhaps you're better off saving your money and waiting until tuesday when cult horror Saw (Lion's Gate) is released in the States.
The Grudge Region 2 - Universal - £19.99
Directed by Takashi Shimizu from a screenplay by Stephen Susco based on the original Japanese JU-ON (meaning The Grudge). Takashi Shimizu first made JU-ON as a college short film, which was immediately met with critical acclaim by Japanese filmgoers. The Grudge stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Bill Pullman, Clea Duvall, Grace Zabriskie and Kadee Strickland
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
* English DD5.1 Surround
* English SDH
* Cast and Crew Commentary
* ďUnder the SkinĒ Featurette - A Medical Explanation of Fear Response In Film
* The Birth of the Grudge
This is the second title from Ventura International's series of Adness / Kadokawa Japanese horror movies, the production company behind the original version of The Ring.
Based on Masako Bando's best-selling popular novel, "Inugami" tells the story of Akira (Yumi Amami), a young schoolteacher who, upon moving to a remote mountain village, falls in love with a local paper maker Miki Bonomiya (Atsuro Watabe). However, unknown to Akira, the women in the Bonomiya family are guardians of evil spirits known as Inugami. These evil dog spirits need to be protected at all costs, as should they be used for revenge, then the Inugami will run wild through the village looking for blood.
The film is presented in Widescreen, Japanese with English subtitles giving you a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 & DTS 5.1 Surround.
Buy this DVD at Amazon.co.uk for £11.99 (correct at time of publishing)
Saw Region 1 - Lion's Gate - $28.98
Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer is abducting morally wayward people and forcing them to play horrific games for their own survival. Faced with impossible choices, each victim must struggle to win back his/her life, or else die trying...
One of last years most hotly debated titles will arrive in separate Widescreen and Full Screen editions, each offering the following features:
* English DD5.1 & DTS 5.1 Surround
* Audio Commentary With Director James Wan and Writer/Actor Leigh Whannell
* "Making of Saw" Teaser
* 2 Music Videos including Fear Factory's "Bite the Hand That Bleeds"
* Making of "Bite the Hand That Bleeds"
* Trailers & TV Spots
* Saw Artwork Gallery
Buy this DVD at Amazon.com for $20.29 (correct at time of publishing).
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