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Tomie: Unlimited [UK Release] Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo (48kHz/16-bit)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: B (Region-Locked)
  • Certification: 18
  • Discs: 2 (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD)
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • Run Time: 85 Mins.
  • Blu-ray Release Date: January 23, 2012
  • RRP: £20.42

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:3.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:1/5]

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The Film

[Rating:3.5/5]

Noboru Iguchi (RoboGeisha) is back with another horror film packed to the brim with outrageously ghoulish gore and oceans of fake blood. Tomie: Unlimted, from the original manga by Junji Ito, follows the young high school student Tsukiko (Moe Arai). A member of her school’s photography club, the shy Tsukiko has always been in her beautiful older sister Tomie’s (Miu Nakamura) shadow, feeling inferior to her in every way. But when a freak accident causes Tomie to die, impaled right before Tsukiko’s eyes by a cross-shaped iron rod falling from atop a roof, it leaves Tsukiko suffering terrible nightmares for a whole year. After Tomie’s eighteenth birthday observation with her parents, Tsukiko’s nightmares begin to bleed into reality, with Tomie apparently coming back from the dead and taking control of everyone around her. It’s an odd, surreal, and disconnected world where Tomie becomes unstoppable, eternally multiplying, and everyone is turned into an instant psychopath — everyone but Tsukiko who is relentlessly harassed by her undead sister.

Tomie: Unlimited is sheer, bloody mayhem that never tries to take itself too seriously and is more effective than the last Iguchi film I saw, RoboGeisha.

Video Quality

[Rating:3/5]

With its 1.78:1 1080p AVC transfer on Blu-ray, Tomie: Unlimited never gets to the level where it looks like something really great in high definition. I’m certain that much of this has to do with the relatively low budget production, because the BD-50 disc and reasonably high frame rate offer ample space and bandwidth for this film to look good, but it doesn’t. It’s rather soft, suffers from video noise and posterization, and colors don’t always look proper. However, I’m reasonably sure that this looks about as good as it ever will.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

A Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo mix is provided as the sole audio option. It has a wide stereo field that effectively puts forth the numerous sound effects effectively, but dynamic range is somewhat flat and high frequencies sound a bit rough. Dialogue is clean without ever dropping below the effects.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:1/5]

A lengthy interview with director Noboru Iguchi in 1080i high definition is the only extra outside of the original trailer and the standard DVD offered up with this release.

  • A Discussion with Noboru Iguchi (1.78:1; 1080i/60; 00:55:06)
  • Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • DVD – Standard DVD of the release is also included.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3/5]

Tomie: Unlimited is a must for fans of this quirky, wild genre of Japanese horror/slasher films. Insane, violent, completely unrealistic, campy, but all in good fun, if that’s your cup of tea.

 

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