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TETSUO: THE IRON MAN

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 67 minutes, previews, filmographies, production notes

STUDIO: Tartan Video

RELEASE DATE: 7-19-2005

TETSUO is a crazy film that I couldn't take my eyes off of. It is a burst of energy blending the same fever dreams that populate the works of David Lynch and David Cronneberg. TETSUO is almost as extreme as the Nine Inch Nails video for Happiness In Slavery. Due to the gore and strangness that habitat the film, TETSUO isn't for everyone. It will cause some to turn away and wonder why the hell they are watching this in the first place. Others will stay glued as they wonder where the fever dream will take them next. Director Shinya Tsukamoto is a unique director. No one is like him as he blends gore and metal mixed with flesh. TETSUO follows the life of a man turning into a cyborg after he and his wife (or girlfriend) hit a guy with their car. This guy likes to insert metal under his flesh. They take him out to the woods and leave him for dead. They make love in front of the dying man. Nothing is clear as the man (left for dead) comes looking for the one who hit him. TETSUO is a an assualt on the senses with a hyperkinetic flow. Definitely I want to see TETSUO 2: BODY HAMMER.

VIDEO: 1.33:1 (Full Frame)

TETSUO was shot using 16mm film and the OAR is preserved. The picture is clear and image detail is good. The black and white movie shows off the various flaws and strengths of using 16mm. Not a bad transfer from watching TETSUO.

AUDIO: Japanese 5.1 Dolby Surround, Japanese 5.1 DTS, Japanese 2.0 Dual Mono sound

Subtitles: English

The thing that will stand out the most on the 5.1 tracks will be the techno industrial music. Whether you want Dolby Digital or DTS, you have choices and even the original mono sound to chose from. TETSUO doesn't have much dialogue. The images will keep you busy still.

SPECIAL FEATURES: The DVD has clips from other films by the director of TETSUO: TETSUO II, TOKYO FIST, A SNAKE IN JUNE, and VITAL.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Not for everyone. TETSUO will satisfy some while making others stay far away.

this review is (c)3-2-2006 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission (except for excerpts and a link to the review). Look for additional content at http://enterlinemedia.livejournal.com and send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com