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“Pulse” is one of those films were time makes it hard to look back upon it fairly. We all get that technology creates an emotional disconnect in humanity. People should be closer and willing to put down the smartphones. How does that translate to horror? Well, Kurosawa (not the dead one) finds a way to nail the motion of horror. The ghosts of Pulse exists as apparitions existing on the edge of the living world.

Many others writers have discussed the library sequence and it’s an amazing set piece. But, the film never fully connects on the concept of the dead trying to escape into the world of the living. “Pulse” is ultimately undone by going overlong in a haunting tale. Honestly, it’s the reason why most storytellers evade ghosts anymore. Trapping characters in fixed locales and making them wait for an attack is boring in a visual medium. Still, pick it up.


  • New interview with writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • New interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
  • The Horror of Isolation: a new video appreciation featuring Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (Blair Witch, You’re Next)
  • Archive ‘Making of’ documentary, plus four archive behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Premiere footage from the Cannes Film Festival
  • Cast and crew introductions from opening day screenings in Tokyo
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tommy Pocket
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY:Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Chuck Stephens


  • 1.78:1 1080p transfer
  • LPCM 2.0


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    Video - 94%
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    Audio - 94%
  • 96%
    Supplemental Material - 96%
  • 90%
    Film Score - 90%

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Award-winning filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivered one of the finest entries in the “J-Horror” cycle of films with this moody and spiritually terrifying film that delivers existential dread along with its frights. Setting his story in the burgeoning internet and social media scene in Japan, Kurosawa’s dark and apocalyptic film foretells how technology will only serve to isolate us as it grows more important to our lives. A group of young people in Tokyo begin to experience strange phenomena involving missing co-workers and friends, technological breakdown, and a mysterious website which asks the compelling question, “Do you want to meet a ghost?” After the unexpected suicides of several friends, three strangers set out to explore a city which is growing more empty by the day, and to solve the mystery of what lies within a forbidden room in an abandoned construction site, mysteriously sealed shut with red packing tape. Featuring haunting cinematography by Junichiro Hayashi (Ring, Dark Water), a dark and unsettling tone which lingers long after the movie is over, and an ahead-of-its-time story which anticipates 21st century disconnection and social media malaise, Pulse is one of the greatest and most terrifying achievements in modern Japanese horror, and a dark mirror for our contemporary digital world.

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