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Criterion’s release of HAUSU arrives today

Ryan Mahoney

by: Ryan Mahoney
October 26th, 2010

The Criterion Collection is at its best when it releases classics that have not gotten an adequate DVD/Blu-ray release, or have yet to be released on home video at all. The Collection has given hard-to-find films such as BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ, TWO-LANE BLACKTOP, and THE HUMAN CONDITION the royal DVD treatment, giving the films amazing transfers and bountiful special features.

Just in time for Halloween, Criterion has released HAUSU, an indescribable Japanese oddity released in 1977. This marks the North American home video debut for HAUSU, so break out the champagne. To get the most out of HAUSU, it is best to go into the film knowing as little as possible about it (I had only seen a short clip and heard mentions of a piano and a cat).

The film has recently become a cult film phenomenon thanks to a 2009 screening at Fantastic Fest and a plethora of HAUSU merchandise available (posters, shirts, decals). Do yourself a favor and go pick this film up, and support a company that continuously brings (mostly) unique films to a country that celebrates sameness and safeness in filmmaking. I do not guarantee that you will like it, but I do guarantee that you have not seen anything like it.

Order HAUSU on Amazon!

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