Cult film fans around the world can finally rejoice, for the greatest hidden treasure of cult cinema is coming in a fully uncut, completely remastered edition. Director Teruo Ishii s astonishing Horrors of Malformed Men, long suppressed in its home country, is making its worldwide home video debut in a supplement-laden DVD from Synapse Films.
After escaping from an asylum, young medical student Hirosuke assumes the identity of a dead man in order to solve the mystery of a weird doppleganger whose picture he sees in the newspaper. Traveling to faraway Panorama Island, he discovers a mad scientist surgically remaking normal human beings into misshapen monsters but that is only the beginning. Hirosuke soon learns the horrible truth about the island and his own family s shameful past, and finds himself plunged into the depths of incest, murder, and madness.
• New, fully restored, anamorphic widescreen transfer mastered in high-definition from Toei’s original vault elements
• Japanese language with newly-translated, removable English subtitles
• Audio commentary by film critic Mark Schilling
• MALFORMED MEMORIES, an all-new, half-hour documentary featuring interviews with cult film directors and Ishii fans Shinya Tsukamoto (TETSUO THE IRON MAN) and Minoru Kawasaki (THE CALAMARI WRESTLER), plus comments from Teruo Ishii himself
• ISHII IN ITALIA, the director’s 2003 visit to the Far East Film Festival
• Original Japanese theatrical trailer
• Teruo Ishii poster gallery
• Director and writer biographies
• Liner notes by Japanese film writers Patrick Macias, Tomo Machiyama and Jasper Sharp
• Reversible cover with original Japanese poster artwork