Eureka! has announced its June 2024 line-up for the UK and North America. Featured amongst this line-up are a 1982 kung fu fantasy classic directed by Yuen Woo-ping; two thrilling martial arts movies starring Sonny Chiba (North America only); and a high stakes melodrama starring the iconic Sumiko Fuji (UK only).

The Miracle Fighters is a comedic tale of taoist magic directed by the martial arts maestro behind Drunken MasterThe Magnificent Butcher and Iron Monkey – the legendary Yuen Woo-ping! Made in the same mould as its contemporaries Encounter of the Spooky Kind and The Dead and the Deadly, this riotous kung fu fantasy was followed by two equally entertaining thematic sequels in Shaolin Drunkard and Taoism Drunkard. Eureka Classics is proud to present The Miracle Fighters on Blu-ray from a brand new 2K restoration. Available from 24 June 2024 in the UK, and from 25 June 2024 in North America. The first print run of 2000 copies only in both territories will feature an O-card slipcase and collector’s booklet.

The mighty Sonny Chiba (Bodyguard Kiba) stars in two spectacular martial arts movies based upon the real life of Masutatsu “Mas” Ōyama – the fabled bull-slaying karate master who trained none other than Chiba himself.  Directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Sister Street Fighter), Karate Bullfighter and Karate Bearfighter were adapted from the popular manga series Karate Baka Ichidai by Ikki Kajiwara, which ran from 1971 to 1977 and chronicled the life and legend of Mas Ōyama. Eureka Classics is proud to present both films for the first time ever on Blu-ray from brand new restorations of the original film elements by Toei. Available from 25 June 2024 in North America only. The first print run of 2000 copies of Beast Fighter will feature an O-card slipcase and collector’s booklet.

Originally released between 1968 and 1972, the Red Peony Gambler series is a cornerstone of the ninkyo eiga genre and a clear influence on such cult favourites such as Lady Snowblood and Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. The Masters of Cinema series is proud to present the first three Red Peony Gambler films, starring Sumiko Fuji  (13 Assassins) and directed by three titans of Japanese genre cinema in Kōsaku Yamashita, Norifumi Suzuki and Tai Katō. Fuji would go on to play the Red Peony five more times, cementing the character as the archetype for many of the vengeful women to follow in Japanese cinema and beyond. These early entries in the Red Peony Gambler series are presented here for the first time ever on Blu-ray from brand new restorations of the original film elements by Toei. Available from 17 June 2024 in the UK only, the first print run of 2000 copies only will feature an O-card slipcase.

For a LIMITED period, buy BOTH of the June UK 🇬🇧 Blu-ray titles (The Miracle Fighters and The Valiant Read Peony) together in the same order and get 10% off from the Eureka UK Store. Offer closes 12pm (BST) 2nd April 2024.

Eureka! has announced its May 2024 line-up for the UK and North America. Featured amongst this line-up are King Hu’s last great masterpiece from the golden age of wuxia cinema; an explosive action-thriller starring George Lazenby, Angela Mao, and the legendary Jimmy Wang Yu; and Teruo Ishii’s action-packed prison breakout films starring Ken Takakura.  All three titles will be available in both the UK and North America!

The Valiant Ones is perhaps the last true wuxia film directed by celebrated Taiwanese filmmaker King Hu, an undisputed master of the genre. Shot back-to-back with The Fate of Lee Khan (but not released until two years later), it stands as a worthy follow-up to his earlier works Come Drink with MeDragon Inn and A Touch of Zen. Inspired by historical events and featuring several storied figures drawn from Chinese history, The Valiant Ones is a standout wuxia film produced during the dying days of the genre, as audience tastes were shifting towards more grounded kung fu cinema. The Masters of Cinema series is proud to present the film on Bluray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from a 4K restoration. Available from 27 May 2024 in the UK (Blu-ray / UHD) (home video debut), and from 28 May 2024 in North America, the first print run of 2000 copies of each format in each territory will feature a Limited edition O-card slipcase.

Perhaps even God can’t save the Queen in Golden Harvest’s A Queen’s Ransom (also known as International Assassin), an explosive action-thriller starring George Lazenby (The Man from Hong Kong), Angela Mao (Lady Whirlwind) and the legendary Jimmy Wang Yu (The One-Armed Swordsman). Written and directed by Ting Shan-hsi (Rebel Boxer), A Queen’s Ransom was Golden Harvest’s attempt to capitalise on the popular success of the political thriller in the wake of The Day of the Jackal. Eureka Classics is proud to present the film for the first time ever on Blu-ray from a brand new 2K restoration. Available from 27 May 2024 in the UK, and from 28 May 2024 in North America. The first print run of 2000 copies in each territory will feature a Limited edition O-card slipcase and collector’s booklet.

Constructed in the late nineteenth century to house political prisoners, Japan’s infamous Abashiri Prison served as the inspiration for a popular and prolific run of yakuza movies released between 1965 and 1972. The Masters of Cinema series is proud to present the first three entries in this landmark series, directed by the “King of Cult” Teruo Ishii (Shogun’s Joy of Torture) and starring a titan of Japanese genre cinema, Ken Takakura (The Bullet Train). Ken Takakura would reprise the role of Tachibana in another seven films under the Abashiri Prison banner – all of them helmed by Teruo Ishii – before the series was rebooted as New Abashiri Prison in 1968, leading to a further eight instalments with Takakura in the lead. It all began with these early entries, presented here for the first time ever on Blu-ray from brand new restorations of the original film elements by Toei. Available from 27 May 2024 in the UK, and from 28 May 2024 in North America, the first print run of 2000 copies in each territory will feature an O-card slipcase.

In April 2024, we shall be launching our Masters of Cinema and Eureka Classics brands in the US and Canada. The North American editions will be identical to their UK counterparts (except for subtle regional packaging differences).

The first Eureka releases distributed in North America will be one of the most important and influential films in the early history of American genre cinema, Paul Leni’s The Cat and the Canary, and the action-packed superhero spectacle starring Jet Li, Black Mask.

We will have a dedicated site for our North American titles in due course, but in the meantime these titles will be available from all good home entertainment retailers including the following online outlets:

 

Beast Fighter (Blu-ray)

25 June 2024

Sonny Chiba stars in two spectacular martial arts movies based on the life of a fabled bull-slaying karate master

Diabolik | MVDOldies | Orbit DVD | GrindhouseAmazon US

 

The Miracle Fighters (Blu-ray)

25 June 2024

Sonny Chiba stars in two spectacular martial arts movies based on the life of a fabled bull-slaying karate master

Diabolik | MVDOldies | Orbit DVD | GrindhouseAmazon US

 

The Valiant Ones (Blu-ray)

27 May 2024

King Hu’s last great masterpiece from the golden age of wuxia cinema

Diabolik | MVDOldies | Orbit DVD | GrindhouseAmazon US

 

The Valiant Ones (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)

27 May 2024

King Hu’s last great masterpiece from the golden age of wuxia cinema

Diabolik | MVDOldies | Orbit DVD | GrindhouseAmazon US

 

Prison Walls: Abashiri Prison I-III (Blu-ray)

27 May 2024

Teruo Ishii’s action-packed prison breakout films starring Ken Takakura

Diabolik | MVDOldies | Orbit DVD | GrindhouseAmazon US

 

A Queen’s Ransom (Blu-ray)

27 May 2024

A plot to kill the Queen of England as cover for the world’s most dramatic gold heist!

Diabolik | MVDOldies | Orbit DVD | GrindhouseAmazon US

 

The Cat and the Canary (Blu-ray)

23 April 2024

4K restoration of Paul Leni’s definitive ‘haunted house’ thriller

Diabolik | MVDOldies | Orbit DVD | GrindhouseAmazon US | Amazon CA |  Unobstructed View

 

Black Mask (Limited Edition Blu-ray)

23 April 2024

Jet Li stars in an action-packed superhero spectacle produced by the legendary Tsui Hark!

Diabolik  | MVD |  Oldies | Orbit DVD | GrindhouseAmazon US | Amazon CA |  Unobstructed View

 

Eureka! has announced its April 2024 line-up. Featured amongst this line-up are Paul Leni’s definitive ‘haunted house’ thriller, an action-packed superhero spectacle starring Jet Li; and two of the most gloriously entertaining films of Cynthia Rothrock’s career.  And for the very first time two of these titles will be available in both the UK and North America!

Paul Leni (The Man Who Laughs) directs one of the most important and influential films in the early history of American genre cinema, which perfected the ‘old dark house’ formula and set the stage for the Universal horror cycle of the 1930s. Based upon the 1922 stage production by John Willard, The Cat and the Canary is a perfect blend of horror and black comedy and stands at the apex of a cycle of films adapted from mystery plays throughout the 1920s. It later inspired James Whale’s The Old Dark House and has been remade several times – but never bettered. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this cornerstone of horror cinema for the first time ever on Blu-ray from a glorious 4K restoration. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited Edition O-card slipcase. Available from 22 April 2024 in the UK, and from 23 April 2024 in North America.

Jet Li stars in an action-packed superhero spectacle produced by the legendary Tsui Hark! Adapted from the manhua by Pang Chi-ming and Li Chi-tak and heavily influenced by Bruce Lee’s turn as Kato in The Green HornetBlack Mask is one of the most entertaining movies in Jet Li’s filmography and boasts action orchestrated by Yuen Woo-ping, who would later win an Academy Award for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Eureka Classics is proud to present the film in its rarely seen uncut version on Blu-ray from a 2K restoration! Available from 22 April 2024 in the UK (Blu-ray debut), and from 23 April 2024 in North America (uncut for the first time on Blu-ray). Released as part of the Eureka Classics range in a Limited Edition set (2000 copies only per territory). The set will feature an O-card slipcase, collector’s booklet plus a bonus disc featuring an alternate Taiwanese cut and an extended version of the film.

The inimitable martial arts superstar Cynthia Rothrock stars in two of the most gloriously entertaining films of her career!  Helmed by Richard Clouse, the celebrated director of Enter the Dragon and Game of Death, the China O’Brien films firmly established Cynthia Rothrock as an International action star following a successful string of hits in Hong Kong. Eureka Classics is proud to present both films for the first time on Blu-ray / 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from brand new 4K restorations. Available from 30 April 2024, the first print run of 2000 copies of each format will feature a Limited-edition O-card slipcase and collector’s booklet.

Eureka Entertainment is pleased to announce the launching of its award-winning Blu-ray label into North America later this year.

Eureka Entertainment have signed a distribution deal with the US production and distribution company MVD Entertainment.

The deal has been handled in the UK by Kevin Lambert, formerly Head of Content at Arrow, who returned to Eureka! in July 2023 as its Head of Content.

Kevin started his career in the industry at Eureka! in 2002 and worked his way up to Production Manager before leaving the company in 2016 to take up the role of Head of Catalogue Production and Acquisitions at Arrow.

“It’s extremely exciting to be partnering with MVD for our North American physical and digital distribution. We can’t wait to get our first releases out to US retailers, and we look forward to bringing the best of auteur and classic cinema, including our celebrated Masters of Cinema series, to a wider audience. It is a big new step forward for the company, and I’m sure Blu-ray collectors will be thrilled to have another of the world’s best labels available in North America” he said.

MVD Entertainment Group’s Director of Home Video Sales and Acquisitions Eric D. Wilkinson commented, “MVD Entertainment Group is thrilled to be partnering with Eureka Entertainment and help bring this premium collector’s label to North America. I very much look forward to working with the Eureka! team and am even more excited to be adding Eureka! titles to my personal collection!”

Eureka Entertainment is one of the leading independent distributors of Blu-rays in the UK. Its UK cataloguecontains an extensive collection of classic and cult films, initially released in limited-edition sets. Its collection spans many genres including, amongst others, silent movies, world cinema, action, martial arts, horror, indie dramas, and Hollywood classics.

Managing Director of Eureka Entertainment, Ruth Schofield added, “With Kevin’s return to the company it seemed like a logical move to capitalise on his knowledge of multi-territory distribution and finally fulfil thedesires of our fans. We’re asked daily when we will be able to distribute in North America, and I’m very happy that the day has come to be able to make those fans’ wishes come true.”

The first Eureka releases distributed by MVD Entertainment in North America will be one of the most important and influential films in the early history of American genre cinema, Paul Leni’s The Cat and the Canary, and the action-packed superhero spectacle starring Jet Li, Black Mask. Both titles will be released in both territories and will be available for purchase later in the year.

Eureka! has announced its March 2024 line-up. Featured amongst this line-up are a tale of honour and revenge by a celebrated master of wuxia cinema, and a double bill of Japanese martial arts mayhem starring action superstar Sonny Chiba.

A tale of honour and revenge by a celebrated master of wuxia cinema, Joseph Kuo! Followed by The Bravest Revenge and The Ghost Hill, The Swordsman of all Swordsmen is the first entry in Joseph Kuo’s Tsai Ying-jie trilogy and a landmark work in the wuxia genre. Eureka Classics is proud to present the film for the first time ever in the UK, on Blu-ray from a new 2K restoration, along with Kuo’s influential kung fu masterpiece The Mystery Of Chess Boxing, available ONLY in this Limited-Edition set from 18 March 2024. The Limited-Edition set of 2000 copies also features an O-card Slipcase, Facsimile Lobby Cards, Double-sided Poster, and Collector’s Booklet.

A double bill of Japanese martial arts mayhem starring action superstar Sonny Chiba, based upon the manga by celebrated writer Ikki Kajiwara. Two riotously entertaining tales of betrayal and bloodshed from director Ryuichi Takamori, Bodyguard Kiba and Bodyguard Kiba: Deadly Triangle Jump were released just a year before Sonny Chiba would find international success with his breakout hit The Street Fighter. Eureka Classics is proud to present both films for the first time ever in the UK on Blu-ray from new restorations. Available from 18 March 2024, the first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet.

 

Eureka! has announced its February 2024 line-up. Featured amongst this line-up are a duo of action-packed yakuza thrillers featuring Sonny Chiba; Stanley Kubrick’s tale of macabre futility and horror in the trenches; a dynamic and fast-moving fight fest, starring Chuck Norris; plus re-issues of three films from the uncompromising visionary and a true maverick of European cinema, Andrzej Żuławski.

A duo of ultra-violent yakuza thrillers starring the late great Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba, available for the first time ever in the UK. In the Spaghetti Western inspired I Perform Murder, a mysterious black-clad killer (Chiba) with a personal vendetta against the yakuza manipulates two rival clans in order to draw out his targets, leading to a climactic bloody shootout that must be seen to be believed. Then, in Extend my Condolences, Chiba plays a criminal who is betrayed and sent to prison. After serving his time, he wages war on the yakuza, eventually raiding the mansion of the crime boss who turned on him in a spectacular, action-packed climax that would later be directly homaged by John Woo in A Better Tomorrow II. Yakuza Wolf 1 & 2 will be released on 19 February 2024, the first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet.

A shattering masterpiece by one of the medium’s greatest artists, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory announced the definitive arrival of a towering figure in cinema.A stylistically astonishing, emotionally overwhelming anti-war drama, Paths of Glory is one of the screen’s most brilliant condemnations of the power structures guiding warfare. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present a new Ultra-HD Blu-ray edition for the first time in the UK.

A gloriously trashy slice of gritty kung fu action, Slaughter in San Francisco was producer Raymond Chow’s attempt to capitalise on Hong Kong cinema’s sudden explosion of popularity in the West. Starring Chuck Norris, Eureka Classics is proud to present Slaughter in San Francisco for the first time ever on Blu-ray from a new 2K restoration! Available from 19 February 2024, the first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet.

And last but not least, February sees the re-issues of three films from the visionary director Andrzej Żuławski. The Third Part of the Night & The Devil will be re-issued together on Blu-ray in a Two-Disc set, and On the Silver Globe will be re-issued separately on Blu-ray.  Both releases will be available from 26 February 2024.

Eureka! has announced its January 2024 line-up. Featured amongst this line-up are two anarchic, spaghetti western-inspired samurai adventures from legendary genre auteur Hideo Gosha; an Angela Mao kung-fu classic from the heyday of the genre; and an unadulterated, over-the-top martial arts action starring Jet Li.

A duo of chanbara masterpieces from one of the genre’s greatest directors, Hideo Gosha! Out of a desire to make what he felt was a truly no-holds-barred sword-fighting film, Gosha took inspiration from the samurai films of Akira Kurosawa as well as the spaghetti Western sub-genre they had inspired. Working with a low budget to free himself from the restrictive oversight of his producers, the result was Samurai Wolf and Samurai Wolf II, which tell the story of a charismatic ronin named Kiba (played by Isao Natsuyagi). With stunning black and white cinematography and ultra-stylish action sequences, the Samurai Wolf films are a lean, mean triumph of samurai cinema. The Masters of Cinema series is proud to present both films for the first time ever in the UK on Blu-ray. Available from 22 January 2024, the first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase.

Queen of Kung Fu Angela Mao and King of Taekwondo Jhoon Rhee join forces in this action-packed Hong Kong classic, also starring Carter Wong, Hwang In-shik, Kenji Kazama and Sammo HungEureka Classics is proud to present When Taekwondo Strikes on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK from a brand new 2K restoration. Available from 22 January 2024, the first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet.

One of director Wong Jing’s most under-appreciated films is this wuxia extravaganza, starring Jet Li, based on Jin Yong’s The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber. Presented from a new restoration of the original film elements, Eureka Classics presents Kung Fu Cult Master for the first time ever on Blu-ray. Available from 29 January 2024, the first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet.

Eureka! has announced its December 2023 line-up. Featured amongst this line-up is a retelling of the classic story of the 47 ronin from the director of Battle Royale, one of the most unique thrillers from the Golden Age of Hong Kong cinema; plus a re-issue of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of The Police Story Trilogy.

An early entry in the Hong Kong gambling film cycle of the ’80s and ’90s, Casino Raiders, starring Andy Lau, injects the genre with a dose of bloody mayhem courtesy of directors Jimmy Heung and Wong Jing. Filled with surprises right until its final moments, Eureka Classics is proud to present Casino Raiders, a shockingly violent tale of brotherhood and sacrifice and one of the most unique thrillers from the Golden Age of Hong Kong cinema. Available from 4 December 2023, the first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet.

Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) brings together an ensemble cast, including two icons of Japanese cinema – Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samurai) and Sonny Chiba (The Street Fighter) – for this samurai epic. The Fall of Ako Castle offers a moving tale of loyalty, betrayal, and sacrifice where classical history explodes into brutal samurai carnage. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Fukasaku’s retelling of one of the classic story of the 47 ronin. Available from 4 December 2023, the first print run of 2000 copies will feature an O-card Slipcase.

Featuring some of the most dangerous stunts ever performed on camera, The Police Story Trilogy films represent the pinnacle of Jackie Chan’s unique style of Hong Kong action filmmaking. A dazzling blend of gritty action cop drama, impeccably choreographed martial-arts sequences, and bone-crunching stuntwork – this series of films revitalised the Hong Kong action genre and established Jackie Chan as a worldwide superstar. All three films consistently appear on lists of the best action films ever made, and Eureka Classics is proud to present them on Ultra HD Blu-ray from stunning 4K restorations! Available from 4 December 2023.

For a limited period, Eureka is giving its customers the opportunity to buy both the two brand new December titles, Casino Raiders and The Fall of Ako Castle, at a discounted rate of £33 (from the Eureka Store). Offer closes 12pm (BST) 16th October 2023.

Eureka! has announced its November 2023 line-up. Featured amongst this line-up is a pair of hilarious and exhilarating action-comedies from director Wong Jing and the “King of Comedy” Stephen Chow; three of Jet Li’s most beloved action films on Blu-ray for the first time ever in the UK; plus re-issues of the eight Kung-fu classics from director Joseph Kuo across two sets, and a re-issue of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari.

After the massive success of the Once Upon a Time in China series, Jet Li moved away from period settings and started to focus on action films set in the modern era, a decision that would make him an international icon and of the biggest stars in the history of martial arts cinema. Eureka Classics is proud to present three of Jet Li’s most beloved action films (The Enforcer, Dr Wai in “The Scripture with No Words”, Hitman) on Blu-ray for the first time ever in the UK. Available from 20 November 2023, the first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet.

An epic two-part wuxia-comedy based on the writings of acclaimed Chinese novelist Jin Yong, the Royal Tramp films star Stephen Chow as a cowardly bard who finds himself taking part in a real adventure when he is inducted into a sect of revolutionaries. Featuring incredible choreography by Ching Siu-tung (A Chinese Ghost Story, Duel to the Death), Royal Tramp and Royal Tramp II are a pair of hilarious and exhilarating action-comedies from director Wong Jing and the “King of Comedy” Stephen Chow. Eureka Classics is proud to present both films, newly restored in 4K, for the first time ever in the UK as The Royal Tramp Collection. Available from 13 November 2023, the first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector’s Booklet.

One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema history, Robert Wiene’s Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari shook filmgoers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form. Now presented in a definitive UHD edition, the film’s chilling, radically expressionist vision is set to grip viewers again. Incalculably influential, the film’s nightmarishly jagged sets, sinister atmospheric and psychological emphasis left an immediate impact in its wake (horror, film noir, and gothic cinema would all be shaped directly by it). But this diabolical tale nevertheless stands alone – now more mesmerising than ever on Ultra HD Blu-ray. Re-issued as part of the Masters of Cinema range in a Standard Edition from 13 November 2023.

Although his name may not be as instantly recognisable as some of his contemporaries, Joseph Kuo was an incredibly successful filmmaker who consistently produced crowd-pleasing spectacles always in line with what audiences at the time wanted to see. Often handling writing, directing, and producing duties, the success of this multi-hyphenate filmmaker is even more remarkable considering that most of his films were produced independently, at a time when the kung-fu genre was dominated by the big Hong Kong studios. Across two sets, Fearless Shaolin! and Deadly Masters! collects eight of these independent productions, all fully restored on Blu-ray. Presented as part of the Eureka Classics range from 20 November 2023.