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Product Details

  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Feb. 27 2007
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • ASIN: B000K7VL4W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,073 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

CGI/SFX master Masahiro Okano presents this disturbing and graphically shocking horror anthology whose nine creepy chronicles of bad karma and nightmare logic are bound to a string of PRAYER BEADS... one bead for each 30-minute nerve-jangling skin-crawling tale of terror.An audience favorite at the 2004 Fantasia Film Festival PRAYER BEADS is presented on DVD for the first time in North America.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: HORROR UPC: 030306813592 Manufacturer No: DVD8135

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xb3a7a2d0) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3cdc9c0) out of 5 stars Excellent Japanese horror anthology March 23 2007
By S. Boone - Published on
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Prayer Beads is 9 tales of the dark and creepy, srrt of a "Tales from the Darkside" look and feel but more a "Masters Of Horror" mentality. Some of the tales seem overly ambitious, as in, there's almost too much crammed into a 30 minute segment and focus is lost, but that's a minor complaint. There's a couple that discover a vending machine in the middle of nowhere that dispenses questionable beverages, there's cute little seals that draw big crowds to a river and turn out to be nowhere near as cute as originally thought, and there's even a creepy "Hello Kitty" knock-off cartoon that appears on a young boy's computer and makes his wishes come true. All of these tales come off pretty well considering their origin, which is apparently Japanese TV (cable, I'd say, the language isn't always PC and the gore flies at times). A worthwhile anthology to fans of Japanese horror. 5 out of 5 stars.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3a70558) out of 5 stars Ok Horror But Not That Scary Aug. 6 2007
By Rich(アニメとゲームが優先!!) - Published on
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The series on this collection are about eight episodes 30 min each you only get japanese audio and english subtitles.The stories themselves are not all bad but don't expect to much horror scenes the one that seemed the most scary was the episode 'Cat's Paw' where a bullied boy with a bad home life goes onto his computer and gets an email to a website that says it well grant two wishes for free but the third one comes with a price and when you watch how his two wishes come out and what happens with the third one you well definitely feel for the kid Again except for a few episodes the series was not that great but if you're like me and have become a big fan of j-horror I say go ahead and try this one out
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3cdc8a0) out of 5 stars Has it's moments July 7 2007
By John816 - Published on
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Prayer Beads is one of the better Japanese horror anthology tv series to come out in a while. Though it starts off slow and has many episodes not worth watching, there are some truly scary and original tales here. Definitely worth a look from the J-Horror fan.
HASH(0xb3ad472c) out of 5 stars Like any anthology, it has its highs and lows June 30 2013
By Eric J. Kerkove - Published on
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To begin, I would like to say that this collection is a must have for any fan of Japanese horror given the amount of content for the listed price. It's just too much of a bargain to pass up.

As for the series itself, there are some really great episodes, a few that are so-so, and a few more which sort of leave you frowning as you turn off the DVD player. The production value is generally not very high, so the best episodes are those which are heavy on story and a little lighter on special effects. That said, there are a couple of tales which try to be a little deeper and more philosophical than they ultimately wind up being.

Which stories you enjoy the most is mostly a matter of taste and whether or not you favor a satisfying shudder of revulsion or a series of laughs at campy SFX and bizarre plot twists. Either way, you likely find a little of both in Prayer Beads.
HASH(0xb3cdcd8c) out of 5 stars A must have if you like Japanese horror Oct. 20 2014
By Darth Ghranna - Published on
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This is the Japanese equivalent of the Outer Limits. This is a short series but you need to watch it over and over again. Every time you watch this you will notice something more. The first time you watch the stories do not seem related but as you watch you will see more and more how they are. Every time I watch these great episodes I find another little Easter egg. Any fan of Japanese horror won't be disappointed in this series.