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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Bijo to ekitai ningen")

 

Directed by Ishirô Honda
Japan 1958

 

Travel back to the days before CGI, when special effects were real and the results were spectacular! Director Ishirô Honda and special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya bring these wildly colorful kaiju eiga (monster movies) to life in this high-definition double feature presentation.

THE H-MAN (1958) Brought on by hydrogen bomb fallout, H-Man is a slimy green monster that dissolves human tissue and anything else in its path on contact. Scientist must figure out how to stop this creation. Contains both the American and Japanese edits for The H-Man.

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In Tokyo, the police are investigating a growing number of disappearances. They're primary interest is in a drug dealer but their interests quickly shift to the strange occurrence where they find people's clothing as if people just vanished while wearing them. The story starts to make sense when a fisherman tells them he and others from his village found an abandoned merchant ship. On board they too found clothing but no people. They also found a gelatinous green-glowing substance that attacked them and consumed some of them. The police soon realize that they are dealing with a creature created as a result of H-bomb testing. They also realize that the creatures is living in the Tokyo sewer system.

Excerpt from IMDb located HERE

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Theatrical Release: January 24th, 1958

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Sony - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Millcreek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Bonus Captures:

In November 2020, Eureka is producing a Blu-ray Ishiro Honda Double Feature package with The H-Man & Battle in Outer Space

Distribution Sony Pictures (3-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC Millcreek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:18:51 (English), 1:25:54 (Japanese),     

English version: 1:18:57.607 

Japanese Version: 1:26:04.117 

Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.79 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,138,992,604 bytes

English version:: 22,989,459,456 bytes

Japanese Version: 25,057,087,488 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.92 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bitrate English Blu-ray:

Bitrate Japanese Blu-ray:

Audio DUB: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0) 

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1967 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1967 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Japanese Version:

DTS-HD Master Audio Japanese 1968 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1968 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None English (SDH) for English track and English DUB-titles for the Japanese, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary on Battle in Outer Space by authors and Japanese sci-fi historians Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski
• Commentary on DUBBED (English) Mothra by authors and Japanese sci-fi historians Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski

DVD Release Date: August 18th, 2009

Keep Case
Chapters: 28 X 3

Release Information:
Studio:
Millcreek

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,138,992,604 bytes

English version:: 22,989,459,456 bytes

Japanese Version: 25,057,087,488 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.92 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

• Separate Blu-ray with Battle in Outer Space


Blu-ray Release Date: June 9th, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10 / 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Millcreek Blu-ray (October 2020): Millcreek have transferred Ishirô Honda's The H-Man to Blu-ray. as part of a 'Sci-Fi Double Feature' boxset with Battle in Outer Space. This has both English and Japanese versions (NOT seamlessly-branched) sharing the same dual-layered Blu-ray. There are surface scratches but the 1080P looks fairly consistent with some nice grain textures. I'll be interested to compare to the upcoming Eureka, but I don't have extravagant complaints about the video which is similar for the two versions that both sport a max'ed out bitrate approaching 8X that of the 2009 DVD.

"The original Japanese version of the film focuses a similar amount of time on the drug-running criminals as the activities of the H-Men. This was cut in the American film.
The H-Man was distributed theatrically in Japan by Toho on June 24, 1958.[1] The film was released theatrically in the United States by Columbia Pictures with an English-language dub and 79 minute running time. The film was a double feature with The Woman Eater (1959) and released on May 28, 1959
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- Wikipedia

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On their Blu-ray, Millcreek use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original Japanese (for the Japanese version) or an English DUB for the, shorter, English version. It is another advancement in the film's meager effects and score by Masaru Satô (The Yellow Handkerchief, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, Throne of Blood, The Lower Depths, Hidden Fortress, I Live in Fear etc.) sounding a bit deeper. Millcreek offer optional English subtitles (or DUBtitles - see samples below) on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Millcreek package has the two versions of the film and the second Blu-ray disc with Battle in Outer Space. No commentary.

Ishirô Honda's The H-Man is actually in the upper tier of these slapdash quasi-exploitation sci-fi efforts out of Japan. It has a partial Film Noir crossover, fear of the Atomic-age message and I liked the shadow/light-play camerawork and Go-Go Lounge affectation. It's not masterpiece but I was very entertained. This is something I will continue to revisit for Sunday afternoon home theatre matinees. We look forward to the Eureka (UK) Blu-ray of their Ishiro Honda Double Feature package with The H-Man & Battle in Outer Space which we will compare here. Stay tuned!

Gary Tooze

 


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In November 2020, Eureka is producing a Blu-ray Ishiro Honda Double Feature package with The H-Man & Battle in Outer Space

Distribution Sony Pictures (3-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC Millcreek - Region 'A' - Blu-ray


 


 

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