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Wolf Guy (1975/MVD Visual/Arrow Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B/B- Sound: B/B- Extras: B Film: C+

Move over Lon Chaney Jr., there's a new 'wolf guy' in town! Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba stars in Kazuhiko Yamaguchi's Wolf Guy (1975), a long sought after B-Movie gem that is now landing on Blu-ray and DVD disc thanks to our good friends at Arrow Video. Complete with a startling new 2K HD transfer and plenty of cool new extras, this film is fun for all fans of the werewolf and martial arts genre. Directed by Yamaguchi, who is no stranger to B-Movies (Sister Street Fighter), the film is elegantly shot and interestingly executed despite it's short running time.

When a man is murdered by a tiger after a bizarre hallucination in the open city streets, it's up to Akira Inugami (Chiba), a sleek detective with supernatural abilities that solves some of the city's supernatural and mysterious crimes. The deeper he gets into the case, the more is revealed about Inugami himself as well as a string of vicious murders. Soon, it's discovered that Inugami has powers that are linked to the lycans and that many are after his unique blood type in an effort to steal his abilities!

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a nice sounding original uncompressed PCM Mono audio track (compressed on the DVD as lossy Dolby Digital), the film looks and sounds pretty crisp and clear throughout for the Blu-ray format. A standard definition DVD is also included which features the film in lesser, but still passable, quality. There's a bit of grain and some minor wear on the film print, but the presentation here is restored and has the film looking far better than previous releases.

Special Features...

New video interview with actor Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba

New video interview with director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

New video interview with producer Toru Yoshida

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patrick Macias and a history of Japanese monster movie mashups by Jasper Sharp.

This film is a lot of fun and this particular edition of the film is a great buy for cult movie fanatics.

- James Lockhart



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