Horror-Arrow-Limited Ed The Human Condition Trilogy (Arrow Academy) (Blu-ray Box Set) [UK]

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Release Date: 1st August 2016
Purchase Links:
Arrow Films - Amazon UK - Zavvi
Price: £49.99 (Arrow Films) - £39.99 (Amazon UK) - £44.99 (Zavvi)

Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

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“Kobayashi’s monumental film can clarify and enrich your understanding of what it is to be alive.”

(A.O. Scott, New York Times)

One of the towering masterpieces of Japanese and world cinema, this three-part war epic has rarely been seen in the UK, at least partly because of its dauntingly gargantuan nine-hour length.

Director Masaki Kobayashi (Harakiri) was attracted to Junpei Gomikawa’s source novel because he recognised himself in the character of the protagonist Kaji, a pacifist and socialist who came of age during the aggressively militaristic 1930s and 40s. Following Kaji’s career from factory worker to Japanese army private, Kobayashi unflinchingly examines the psychological toll of appallingly complex decisions made along the way, where being morally ‘right’ risks an outcome ranging from ostracism to savage beating to death.

As Kaji, Tatsuya Nakadai (Sanjuro) is in virtually every scene, providing a rock-solid emotional anchor – and a necessary one in Japan, where the film was hugely controversial for being openly critical of the nation’s conduct during WWII. But it’s this willingness to confront national taboos head-on that makes it such a lastingly powerful experience.



SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Japanese soundtrack (uncompressed mono on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Introduction to the film by critic Philip Kemp
  • Selected-scene commentary by Philip Kemp
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Booklet with new writing on the film by David Desser
 
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Release Date Update

THE HUMAN CONDITION UPDATE!

Unfortunately, owing to hold-ups with regards to clearances, The Human Condition will now be joining our August Academy line-up and be released on August 1st. In the meantime, here’s a look at the new artwork by maarko phntm.

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Too bad it's not digipack, but the artwork looks simply gorgeous.
Does anyone know the stock availability?
The last update on stock levels was on April 16th it was only was 20% sold then
I would say there is still plenty of stock it's not a limited edition that will sell out fast

If I hear any more latest stock levels I will let you know
 
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dan8885

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This was just released by Arrow and HOW could I miss this till now!!! It passed by me. This is a must-buy! Those three movies was released in Japan as 6 movies. It's a masterpiece of cinema!
I'll get this once I got free funds available :notworthy::notworthy::notworthy:

Here's a little info if anyone don't know about them and is interested:

 
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