Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 9th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2009
Director: Hijiri John
Cast: Nonami Takizawa, Airi Nakajima, Mika Inagaki
DVD released: October 12th, 2010
Approximate running time: 69 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
DVD Release: Cinema Epoch
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: Beautiful girls on vacation disappear from a remote beach side resort.
What’s not to like about a film that features an attractive cast of girls, who spend most of time frolicking around in their bikinis on a beach. Sure the story is not that elaborate and the ‘psycho shark’ for which this film is named has very little screen time. The only hint of the ‘psycho shark’ for the first 2/3′s of the film are POV under water shots wear the camera stalks the girls. And when the ‘psycho shark’ finally appears on screen. It is a moment that you are not likely to forget. The story behind why there are only girls at this remote beach side resort and the truth behind their mysterious disappearance are what really anchor this film.
The bulk of what occurs in this film is told via footage that was shot by the girls via their camcorders. And it is told in a fractured way, which gives just enough info without ever giving away to much information about the film’s main twist. From a gore angle the film is not that bloody and the carnage that does unfold on screen is generally mild. From a performance stand point all the cast are more than adequate in their respective roles. And any shortcomings of the performances are quickly forgotten since the very attractive cast of women and their voluptuous figures are used for maximum effect. Also the film features hard driven heavy metal themed score that perfectly complements that stalking aspect of the story at hand.
Cinema Epoch presents Psycho Shark in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This is a clean looking transfer that boasts accurate looking colors and flesh tones. Details look crisp and the image remains stable throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Japanese. Dialog sounds clear and there are no problems with distortion or background noise. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free have been included.
Extras for this release include a image gallery with music from the film playing in the background and a ‘Behind the Scenes’ featurette (18 minutes 55 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Japanese). Also included with this release are trailers for Demeking (1 minute 33 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), Death Tube (1 minute 28 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), Slaughter Island (1 minute 33 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), The Roommate (1 minute 45 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles), Killer Car (1 minute 26 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles) and Scream Girls (1 minute 29 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Japanese with English subtitles). Also included with this release is a promo image gallery of titles that are available on DVD from Cinema Epoch. Overall Psycho Shark gets a strong DVD release from Cinema Epoch.