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    Coming in October from Radiance.

    A man wakes in an asylum with no memory. Dr Wakabayashi helps him to recall his past in which he killed his bride on their wedding day. Part of his memory becomes linked to another doctor, Dr Masaki, and a manuscript, Dogra Magra. As the two doctors treat him, reality and fantasy become blurred and the patient becomes unsure of his identity or his doctors’ experiments. The final feature film by Toshio Matsumoto (Funeral Parade of Roses) is an adaptation of the celebrated novel by Kyusaku Yumeno, a period set gothic tale with a sense of dreamy dread that recalls Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Cure and the locked room mystery of Shutter Island. A stunningly shot phantasmagoria by Tatsuo Suzuki (Pastoral: To Die in the Country), Dogra Magra is presented on Blu-ray for the first time outside of Japan.


    High-Definition digital transfer supervised by director of photography Tatsuo Suzuki and producer Shuji Shibata
    Audio commentary by director Toshio Matsumoto (2003)
    Interview with Toshio Matsumoto (2003, 21 mins)
    A visual essay by programmer and curator Julian Ross (2024)
    Instructions on Ahodara Sutra (a popular Japanese chant delivered by Dr. Masaki in the film) by legendary street performer Hiroshi Sakano (16 mins)
    New and improved English subtitles
    Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow
    Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by Hirofumi Sakamoto, president of the Postwar Japan Moving Image Archive and author Jasper Sharp on screenwriter Atsushi Yamatoya plus an interview with producer Shuji Shibata and Matsumoto’s director’s statement
    Limited edition of 3000 copies, presented in full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings

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    I'm sure the transfer will be the same as on the 2020 Japanese BD, which had English subtitles for the feature, but I'm very excited they are including and subtitling the Toshio Matsumoto commentary!


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