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Tetsuo - The Iron Man (Special Edition) (1994)

Kei Fujiwara , Tomorowo Taguchi , Shin'ya Tsukamoto  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kei Fujiwara, Tomorowo Taguchi, Nobu Kanaoka, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Naomasa Musaka
  • Directors: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
  • Writers: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
  • Producers: Shin'ya Tsukamoto
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2005
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009GV9FK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tetsuo - The Iron Man (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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  • First look at Tsukamoto's film Vital

Editorial Reviews

Somewhere between nightmare and a techno-fetishist's ultimate fantasy, this extraordinary film from Shinya Tsukamoto caused a sensation when it was first released, and spawned a companion piece, Tetsuo II: The Body Hammer. Concerning itself with a young man's gradual mutation into a metal-being, the film takes a surreal journey into a dark and disturbing world where D.I.Y. body transformations and post-human women with deadly robot arms form the fabric of a strange new reality. Likened to the work of Lynch and Cronenberg, Tetsuo molds explosive violence, bizarre sexual imagery and jet-black humor into a cinematic experience like you've never seen before.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars New Tartan DVD sounds great, looks terrible! August 12, 2005
The rating is for the lousy transfer of the new Tartan DVD release. TETSUO is one of my top-ten favorite movies of all time. Purchasing this new release represented a quadruple-dip on this title. First was a bootleg vhs tape back in the early 90's followed by the official Fox-Lorber tape, then the first DVD. The main reason, other than my love for the movie, for buying again was for the new 5.1 sound mix because TETSUO has a great soundtrack. Tartan did a great job with the remix. I love it! It's really impressive in my home theater. But the image doesn't live up to the audio, especially projected on my big screen. It looks like they just did a cheap transfer of the PAL master (Tartan is a UK company, I believe) to NTSC because it's riddled with artifacts like ghosting during fast movements (there's a lot of that in this film) and the image is very soft and contrasty. The old Fox-Lorber DVD from '98 has more image detail, especially in shadows, and none of that ugly ghosting. I assumed that since it's 2005 now and most DVD companies have kept up with the state of the art, knowing that audiences are more discriminating about audio/video quality, Tartan would live up to our expectations. But, no.

I see that there are several sellers dumping their old discs here at Amazon. I recommend that you just pick up one of those rather than Tartan's shameless release...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars this is a special edition?? November 15, 2005
my somewhat lower rating is for the entire package - my perception of the total value of this release.I must admit i have kinda an issue with this being refered to as a "special edition".I was quite disappointed in the (lack) of supplements.You get the movie itself(just barely over an hour long),a few excerpts(?) from other Tsukamoto's films and some trailers for other Tartan "asia extreme" titles.You also get some basic text on the director and a few actors.The outer slipcase is cool,but is it worth an additional 10 bucks?

Bottom line,I feel that this is an important film,worthy of a special edition "treatment" but got short changed here.Even a brief interview with Shinya woulda been appreciated!
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46 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A horror film about being gay in Japan... January 14, 2002
First of all, let me state something that nobody seems to want to say explicitly; this is one unnerving movie with some of the most unpleasant scenes I've ever seen, and that includes Cronenberg. Also, there's an undeniable homoerotic subtext to the whole thing (and I'm not inferring; it's pretty clear, despite the lousy subtitle job Image subcontracted out.)
As far as comparisons go, this is a lot like the work of Jan Svankmajer, in terms of effects and narrative feel (and I suspect Tsukamoto knows the work of Svankmajer well.) But the material is about as far from Svankmajer's social concerns as you can get.
I don't claim to know Japanese society that well, but I DO know it wasn't (and still isn't) nearly as tolerant as the US, and "Tetsuo" is a strong reflection of that. The main character is a man who is torn apart by guilt over a crime he has committed, and also for his failure to conform to societal standards. He is terrified of women, and he also resents them (epitomized in two extremely gory and unnerving scenes.) And because, one feels, that he's told that he's unnatural and inhuman, he BECOMES unnatural and inhuman, literally an iron man.
This is not a upbeat story; this is a story about a man who has destroyed himself and achieves the power to take the society that caused it down with him. Even finding love isn't enough for him. This is a movie about a man who is twisted and warped by society, and who will destroy everyone thanks to that society.
Personally, I found it fascinating, but unless you've explored Jan Svankmajer, David Cronenberg, David Lynch, and others extensively, I would be careful about approaching this. Put it this way; if you weren't bugged by "Crash" but found it interesting, "Tetsuo" won't be too much for you.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars c'mon (saa koi) July 3, 1999
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Testsuo: the iron man may be a difficult film for a lot of people. you will probably either love it or think in is trash. this film struck a deeply personaly chord within me, so it is difficult to write about it objectivly. as a teenager i dreamnt of a film shot in gritty black and white that would deal with terrifing and ghostly subjects. this film is it. tsukamoto is a genius for this film. the effects are low buget to the max, but when is the last time your nightmare had a big effects buget? the film actually follows a plot line somewhat resembling a Noh play, except very convoluted; the man runs the fetishist over with his car, and then has sex with his girlfriend in frount of the fetishist's broken body. because of this sexual arousal in the presense of machine induced death, the man is cursed with his sexual/physical merging with the machiene realm. the fetishist wants revenge. the visual effect of the film is beyond incredible, and the music is perfect. very few films incorporate music into the visuals as fundamentally as this one (bergman's Persona and otomo's AKIRA are also great examples). this film implanted itself into my brain like a shard of metal. keep an open mind when you watch this film, and don't jump to conclusions and judgements. if you can withstand the films attack, you will find it to be truly beautiful and rewarding.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tetsuo: The Iron Failure (Special Extra-Crappy Edition)
"Tetsuo: The Iron Man" is, by far, the worst motion-picture ever made. It is directed by no one in particular, starring no one in particular, and was very clearly edited... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Greg Arden
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very odd movie.. keeps your interest if you can make it past the opening scene.
Published 2 months ago by Mike Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch This Film!
This is a masterpiece of late 20th century cinema. I've never seen Lynch's aesthetic so perfectly captured, and yet this does not feel derivative at all. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anyong
3.0 out of 5 stars It's on my list
I got this as supposedly Aronofsky got inspiration got inspiration for REQUIEM FOR A DREAM from it. I want to get to this but haven't so far.
Published 4 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is a mind trip.
While this movie was one of the biggest mind trip but it was more coherent than Eraserhead. This movie is one of the greatest visual experience and has a lot of metaphors. Read more
Published 6 months ago by smilesickly86
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild!
One of the most bizarre films I have seen...watched it several times now, and it is still somewhat disturbing....and funny...and insane. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Klash69
1.0 out of 5 stars Not 4 me
Not sure what prompted me to but this but, I hated it. Don't have the time to describe how odd / awful this movie was.
Published 11 months ago by Foul Pet
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Ready !!!
It is hands down one of the 'weirdest' movies I've ever seen. You just have to see it. That's about all I can say. Hi-grade ganja is recommended.
Published 18 months ago by Jon DeLaney
4.0 out of 5 stars Tetsuo: The Iron Man
It is often difficult to describe the technological powerhouse that is TETSUO: THE IRON MAN. Japanese filmmaker Shinya Tsukamoto gives the viewer very little direction when it... Read more
Published on October 14, 2010 by Carl Manes
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal On Metal...
The first time I watched TETSUO: THE IRON MAN, I sat wide-eyed, unable to speak! I did make sounds, mostly laughter and choking noises! Atmosphere? Read more
Published on July 17, 2010 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
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whats with all the homophobic extrapolation of the story- get a grip...
Heh, well other than your statement that one who sees homosexuality in the imagery says alot about him or self (a quick assumption is all) i do agree with you. A lot of americans find japanese films hard to follow, and usually take symbolism for what it literally is seen as in the movie. This is... Read More
Dec 30, 2007 by Benjamin Nawrocki |  See all 2 posts
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