It's out on a Hong Kong (region-free NTSC) DVD called Manie-Manie
: I found the disc on eBay
, bought it, and it showed up in the post today.
The black level (contrast) is a little weak — the images above are touched up a bit in PhotoShop — but it's a perfectly respectable 16:9-enhanced widescreen transfer with Japanese or English audio and removable English subtitles.
I had forgotten (if I ever knew) just how short The Running Man
is: I always figured that MTV just showed an excerpt on Liquid Television
, but now I suspect that they broadcast the whole piece. It's only 14m18s long... and it's still very, very cool.
I suppose I should watch the other two short films that make up Manie-Manie
— one of them directed by Otomo, even — but for today, just seeing The Running Man
again for the first time in years
is enough. Besides, I have more Cracker
to work through. "Bollocks to prevention!"