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Angel Guts (1978)

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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Arts Magic
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 536 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007NMHOW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,550 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • High School Co-ed, Red Classroom, Nami, Red Porno, Red Vertigo
  • Seven exclusive director's interviews
  • Five feature-length commentaries
  • Original sleeve art
  • Original trailers
  • Bios/filmographies

Editorial Reviews

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"Freely crosses the line between art and exploitation and the results are gruesomely fascinating" -- www.thegline.com

"Hot and steamy... Delivers a lot more than you expected" -- www.roguecinema.com

"Perfectly encapsulates what the romanporno genre was all about" -- www.kfccinema.com

"Powerful piece of work that puts to shame any American shock cinema" -- www.horrorview.com

"Pure erotica raised to a new level" -- www.hanshi.com

Product Description

In the past, the Angel Guts series has had little exposure outside Japan. Where it has been seen, it has been misunderstood and misrepresented. This is the first time that the while Nikkatsu series has been released on DVD anywhere in the world.

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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By dooby
This series of erotic movies from the Japanese Nikkatsu Studios is collectively entitled "Angel Guts". The movies center around the theme of rape. Although they were meant to be exploitative, they do elicit more thoughtful insights on the subject than the genre would suppose. They portray rape as violent and brutish but they do not sensationalise or glorify it. All 5 movies end tragically, either in death or ruined lives. It's almost like soft-porn with a conscience. As soft-porn stories go, they are pretty interesting. My quibble here is with the censorship.

Although we do get scenes of sexual violence, there is absolutely no depiction of genitalia or penetration to conform with Japanese law. Where these inadvertently appear onscreen, they are digitally fogged away. In fact, look at Chapter 9 (Pillow Talk) in "Red Vertigo" and you see a huge foggy cloud over the 2 actors' lower halves. To me this kind of censorship is ludicrous, laughable and totally unacceptable, especially in a DVD release that touts itself as a Collector's Edition. Even if it was censored in Japan, this DVD is an international version and we are not subject to Japanese laws. Why couldn't the producers have sourced for the original negatives? Why are we being foisted with censored prints? What we have left are some scenes of toplessness. Although it's unrated, it would probably merit an R-rating, mainly for the violence. Because it's meant to be erotica, there are some scenes included simply for titillation purposes. Some fairly kinky scenes include a girl using a condom-wrapped egg as a toy, and another involving a wooden table leg. If you like weirdness, there's one where a girl gets peed on. And likes it.

A major problem with the set is that the transfers are all over the place.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars response to first reviewer October 27, 2006
i have not seen these, though they are on my list, so my star rating can be completely discounted. this is simply a response to the first reviewer. it is not possible to remove the visual fogging from japanese movies from this time period because these alterations are generally to the master, so they literally become part of the film.
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