“THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS/ THE INVISIBLE MAN VS. THE HUMAN FLY”— Early Japanese Special Effects

“THE INVISIBLE MAN APPEARS/ THE INVISIBLE MAN VS. THE HUMAN FLY”

Early Japanese Special Effects

Amos Lassen

Finally released outside Japan for the very first time, these takes on H.G. Wells classic character are two of the earliest examples of tokusatsu (special effects) cinema.

In “The Invisible Man Appears”, written and directed by Nobuo Adachi in 1949, a scientist creates an invisibility serum but is kidnapped by a gang of thugs who wish to use the formula to steal a priceless jewel. In addition to being the earliest surviving Japanese science fiction films ever made, they have entertaining special effects that are credited to Eiji Tsuburaya, five years before he first made “Godzilla”.

Eight years later, Mitsuo Murayama’s “The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly” is the story of a series of mysterious murders where the only clue is strange buzzing noise at the scene of the crime that could be linked to secret wartime experiments in shrinking humans to the size of insects.

These are the earliest science fiction movies to be made in Japan. They are pieces of film history that you can own now.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  High Definition (1080p) transfers of both films on one Blu-ray disc

  Original lossless Japanese mono audio on both films

  Optional English subtitles for both films

  Transparent Terrors, a newly filmed interview with critic and genre scholar Kim Newman on the history of ”Invisible Man” in cinema

  Theatrical trailer for The Invisible Man Appears

  Image galleries for both films

  Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork by Graham Humphreys

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Keith Allison, Hayley Scanlon and Tom Vincent

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