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Oh, and hey, just in case Arrow Video hasn’t already made your day by posting the cover art for Unchained Melody: The Films Of Meiko Kaji, today they also announced via Twitter that they’ll be releasing a box set of the three New Battles Without Honor And Humanity films.

Meiko Kaji (梶芽衣子) appears in the second of these, Head Of The Boss (新仁義なき戦い 組長の首). All three filmes were directed by Kinji Fukasaku (深作 欣二) and star Bunta Sugawara (菅原 文太).

Here are the details:

In the early 1970s, Kinji Fukasaku’s five-film Battles Without Honor and Humanity series was a massive hit in Japan, and kicked off a boom in realistic, modern yakuza films based on true stories. Although Fukasaku had intended to end the series, Toei Studio convinced him to return to the director’s chair for this unconnected, follow-up trilogy of films, each starring Battles leading man Bunta Sugawara and telling separate, but fictional stories about the yakuza in different locations in Japan.

In the first film, Bunta Sugawara is Miyoshi, a low-level assassin of the Yamamori gang who is sent to jail after a bungled hit. While in stir, family member Aoki (Lone Wolf and Cub’s Tomisaburo Wakayama) attempts to seize power from the boss, and Miyoshi finds himself stuck between the two factions with no honorable way out.

In the second entry, The Boss’s Head, Sugawara is Kuroda, an itinerant gambler who steps in when a hit by drug-addicted assassin Kusunoki (Tampopo’s Tsutomu Yamazaki) goes wrong, and takes the fall on behalf of the Owada family, but when the gang fails to make good on financial promises to him, Kuroda targets the family bosses with a ruthless vengeance.

And in Last Days of the Boss, Sugawara plays Nozaki, a laborer who swears allegiance to a sympathetic crime boss, only to find himself elected his successor after the boss is murdered. Restrained by a gang alliance that forbids retributions against high-level members, Nozaki forms a plot to exact revenge on his rivals, but a suspicious relationship with his own sister (Chieko Matsubara from Outlaw: Gangster VIP) taints his relationship with his fellow gang members.

Making their English-language home video debut in this limited edition set, the New Battles Without Honor and Humanity films are important links between the first half of Fukasaku’s career and his later exploration of other genres. Each one is also a top-notch crime action thriller: hard-boiled, entertaining, and distinguished by Fukasaku’s directorial genius, funky musical scores by composer Toshiaki Tsushima, and the onscreen power of Toei’s greatest yakuza movie stars.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:

• High Definition digital transfers of all three films
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Original uncompressed mono audio
• New optional English subtitle translation for all three films
• Beyond the Films: New Battles Without Honor and Humanity, a new video appreciation by Fukasaku biographer Sadao Yamane
• New Stories, New Battles and Closing Stories, two new interviews with screenwriter Koji Takada, about his work on the second and third films in the trilogy
• Original theatrical trailers for all three films
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
• Illustrated collector’s book featuring new writing on the films, the yakuza genre and Fukasaku’s career, by Stephen Sarrazin, Tom Mes, Hayley Scanlon, Chris D. and Marc Walkow

Currently set for release on July 17.

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(E) Painted Angels-    Artist!Dean, Writer!Castiel

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(T) How Dean and Castiel Got Fake Married-  Cas is a human

  •  [Implied rape, Domestic violence]

(E) Fools Rush In-       Human au

  •  [Suicide attempt, Torture, Past sexual abuse]

(E) Sweaters and Cigarettes- High school au

  •  [Violence, bullying, alcohol]

(T) No Day But Today- High school au 

  • [mentions of suicide, violence, self harm, hospitals, abuse]

(M) The Last Moonlight Serenade- Cas and Dean are in WWII

  •  [Past abuse, wartime, PTSD, racism, Drug use, Implied suicide, alcohol abuse]

(E) Bless the Broken Road-  Past Soldier au

  •  [PTSD, Referenced child abuse, homophobia]

(E) Blind Date-  A/B/O au

  •  [Rape, Threats of rape, Attempted murder, Implied/referenced torture, Mpreg]

(E) Hideaway ‘Verse- A/B/O au 

  • [human trafficking, rape, lots of bad things happen to Dean,Mpreg, Heavy Angst, lots of warnings]