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Exclusive DVD/Blu-ray art/details: “TORMENTED” and “DEADBALL”

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A pair of Japanese genre features—one creepy, one crazy—are coming to scare U.S. viewers on DVD and Blu-ray—one with an extra dimension. We’ve got exclusive details and peeks at the cover art.

Well Go USA will release TORMENTED (pictured above), from JU-ON and THE GRUDGE creator Takashi Shimizu, on disc and digital April 2, and DEADBALL, Yudai Yamaguchi’s variation on his cult fave BATTLEFIELD BASEBALL, in those formats April 9. TORMENTED, a.k.a. RABBIT HORROR, focuses on a troubled young boy (Takeru Shibuya) who sleepwalks into a strange realm where he’s pursued by a human-sized rabbit—echoing his killing of a sick bunny on a playground—and his mute half-sister (Hikari Mitsushima) who must rescue him. Shot by ace cinematographer Christopher Doyle, TORMENTED will be presented in 3D on the Blu-ray, with no special features announced. DEADBALL stars VERSUS and YAKUZA WEAPON’s Tak Sakaguchi as a juvenile delinquent with a literal killer fastball who becomes part of reform school baseball team, facing off against a sexy, murderous rival team from St. Black Dahlia High School. This one will sport over 50 minutes of bonus features, including:

• FINAL DEADBALL spinoff short

• “The Making of DEADBALL” featurette

• Cast interviews

Retail prices for each are $24.98 for the DVD, $29.98 for the Blu-ray. Read our exclusive interview with Yamaguchi and Sakaguchi on DEADBALL here, and see the trailers for both movies (TORMENTED’s is unsubtitled) below the art.

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Originally posted 2013-02-21

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Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor, the position he holds to this day while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews.
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