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Tetsuo: The Iron Man / Tetsuo II: Body Hammer

Released on 08 October 2012

Featuring: Tomorowo Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara & Nobu Kanaoka

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For the first time on remastered DVD, Shinya Tsukamoto's cult classics have been digitally restored from their original negatives to be presented in high definition in this double-disc set featuring brand new exclusive extras as well as Shinya Tsukamoto's 'Tetsuo' prototype short-film 'The Adventures of Electric Rod Boy'

Tetsuo 1: A strange man known only as the "metal fetishist", who seems to have an insane compulsion to stick scrap metal into his body, is hit and possibly killed by a Japanese "salaryman", out for a drive with his girlfriend. The salaryman then notices that he is being slowly overtaken by some kind of disease that is turning his body into scrap metal, and that his nemesis is not in fact dead but is somehow masterminding and guiding his rage and frustration-fueled transformation.

Tetsuo 2: Body Hammer Sequel to "Tetsou" this time has the Iron Man transforming into cyberkinetic gun when a gang of vicious skinheads kidnap his son. When the skinheads capture him, they begin to experiment on him...speeding up the mutative process!
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.

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Tetsuo and Tetsuo II - classics of their domain (the first one more so) have been transferred from high-resolution source material, supervised by Shinya Tsukamoto (creator, director and actor) himself .

Unfortunately for humble DVD viewers (like myself), the high-definition transfer has to be downscaled back to our simple 576p (or thereabouts), and one side-effect of this is that the image is softened; a gentle blur, if you will. The grain of the original is still there, but somewhat softened. For quality purposes, this is a much better outcome - an easier image, no sharp edges, etc.

I can't help but feel this detracts from Tetsuo though - to me it's about being on a videotape, or camcorder-filmed; rough, dirty and raw.

The discs are split oddly - extras being the second disc, and both films being on the first - although this is merely a superficial complaint, the quality is fine.

Blu-ray viewers may find more of the raw visual elements which have been filtered out of the DVD version, but for the movies alone - I'll stick with my original releases.

Extras include trailers and the 45-minute "electric rod boy" movie which led Tsukamoto into the Tetsuo realm. A collector's treat, but if you can get it on Blu-Ray, the real treats will come in the films themselves.

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ActorsTomorowo Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Naomasa Musaka, Renji Ishibashi, Sujin Kim, Hideaki Tezuka, Tomoo Asada, Iwata, Keinosuke Tomioka & Torauemon Utazawa
DirectorShin'ya Tsukamoto
Certificate18 years and over
Year1989 ; 1992
LanguagesJapanese - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.