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June 07, 2005

PULSE FINALLY SEEING LIGHT OF DAY

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's PULSE is the best J-horror movie out there, but it has been unavailable since it was released way back in 2001. There's a lousy Region 3 DVD (full frame) and a crummy VCD, but otherwise it's been sitting on shelves (after being briefly screened at Lincoln Center way back when) gathering dust. Whose shelves? Well, is it any surprise it's been sitting on Miramax's shelves for all this time?

Magnolia Pictures just announced that they've picked it up and will be releasing it theatrically this August. I'm glad to see ONG BAK didn't break the bank over there, especially if movies as creepy and great as PULSE are what they want to unleash on an unsuspecting public.

June 7, 2005 at 01:35 PM in News | Permalink

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TIME OUT NY mentioned this release as a probability towards the end of last year in an article on undistributed films. I'm glad that it's finally happening. The Weinstein Company remake - no longer associated with Wes Craven - is slated for next year. Be very afraid.

Posted by: Steve | Jun 7, 2005 6:26:40 PM

Twitch mentioned that Magnolia Films is owned by Mark Cuban, internet billionaire maverick who also owns the Dallas Mavericks basketall team. Mark Cuban hands out $10k-$50k fines to David Stern like candy. Not likely that ANYTHING will break the Mark Cuban bank.

Let's just hope this is the beginning of something wonderful! (Magnolia films buying all the good Asian stuff away from Miramax!)

Posted by: Goro | Jun 7, 2005 9:07:48 PM

Magnolia is owned by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner... both are very rich... and they have set up a future media empire... with several holdings across all channels of film/entertainment. Both Cuban and Wagner recently were in the news prior to this on their Soderbergh deal. As for Cuban and Wagner's 2929 Entertainment/Magnolia/HDNET/Landmark/Lions Gate, etc., they seem very interested in releasing preserved theatrical releases of movies... Ong-Bak being an exception to that rule due to Mr. LB. As for the Weinstein's... I don't at all care for the Pulse remake... but I am glad they are releasing The Promise on Dec. 16, a day after its release in mainland China... I definitely welcome movies from other countries, especially Asian countries getting released in the US theaters well before they get released on region 2 or 3 dvd.

More reading:
http://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/1234000127044892/
http://www.2929entertainment.com/Index.cfm?FuseAction=Page&PageID;=1000039&ArticleID;=42

Posted by: Blake | Jun 7, 2005 10:07:25 PM

Go Magnolia! Wonder if they can get their hands on Tears of the Black Tiger for a US DVD/film release? That's another one on Miramax's shelves.

Posted by: wisekwai | Jun 9, 2005 10:44:39 AM

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