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Belladonna of Sadness

DTS-HD MA Stereo

4.2 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., BELLADONNA OF SADNESS is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests and La Belle Dame Sans Merci with J.R.R. Tolkien influences. The last film in the Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime & manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his longtime collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (ASTRO BOY and KIMBA THE WHITE LION), BELLADONNA unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. A young woman, Jeanne (voiced by Aiko Nagayama) is assaulted by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai, from Akira Kurosawa's RAN) who appears as a sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire.

Extremely transgressive, BELLADONNA is fueled by a mind-blowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. The film has been newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35 mm camera negative and sound elements and including over 8 minutes of surreal footage cut from the negative. On par with Rene Laloux's FANTASTIC PLANET and Ralph Bakshi's WIZARDS as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, BELLADONNA marks a major rediscovery for animation fans. If Led Zeppelin had a favorite film, this would be it. In other words, Stairway to Hell.

Special Features:

  • New Video Interviews with Director Eiichi Yamamoto, Art Director Kuni Fukai, and Composer Masahiko Satoh
  • Red Band Trailer, Green Band Trailer, Original Trailer
  • 16 page booklet

Review

A Bewitching Masterpiece. ---Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

See Belladonna now or be damned to perdition! ---Robert Brenner, The Huffington Post

Belladonna Of Sadness is a major re-discovery. ---Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, A.V. Club


Product details

  • Actors: Aiko Nagayama, Tatsuya Nakadai, Chinatsu Nakayama
  • Directors: Eiichi Yamamoto
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Cinelicious Pics
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2016
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B01FIOVRPY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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