Signal of Life 08 aka: Devastating disaster film with similarities to 'Day After Tomorrow'. When the cyclone hits all hell breaks loose and millions die. Most of the film is spent dealing with the aftermath of the disaster. Considering what happened last year in Japan it is quite shocking how many of these types of films they make. N 7 Rebel Gladiators 65 aka: N 7 Slaves Against the World 64 aka: Gaius provokes the slaves into a bloody revolt, then accuses Marcus of inciting it! The escaped slave Balisten Gordon Mitchell , grateful to Marcus from an earlier mercy, joins up with the slaves to exonerate Marcus and expose Gaius and his treachery.
In Italian language and with English subtitles. N A Come Andromeda 72 aka: Since the BBC version is available pretty much only in photos, this is a pretty cool version, and is complete. With a homage to original, this is shot in black and white. With Nina Carraro, Paola Pitagora and more. In Italian with English subtitles.
A A For Andromeda 06 A remake! In the Yorkshire Dales, a group of scientists receive radio signals from the Andromeda Galaxy. Once decoded, these give them a computer program that can design a human clone. One physicist decides it is a Trojan horse and decides to destroy the computer If you like some old school sci-fi than this is for you!
This is a recreation from surviving photos with subtitles of all 6 episodes and the sparse remaining footage. It's like reading a picture book! A27 Abar, the First Black Superman 77 Upon moving into a bigoted neighborhood, the scientist father of a persecuted black family gives a superpower elixir to a tough bodyguard Tobar Mayo who then becomes a super powered avenger, who uses a gang to help punish white bigots and all whites are depicted as evil in this.
By film's end he becomes 'psycho-telekinetic'! N Achilles 62 aka: Incredible epic adventure and much better than the film 'Troy' made much later. Gordon Mitchell is Achilles. Now in a fantastic widescreen print and in English language. A Adventures in Kigan Castle 66 aka: Both films have a 'rescue the castle' mission, and both portray a wizard loving woman and an evil witch.
With wizardly magic and colorful action the film builds to an exciting climax. N Alone Against Rome 62 aka: He then stages gladiator fights for his amusement. They enslave the town and things go really crazy in the arena. And if you are a Christian, a dire fate awaits. This film may remind you of Ridley Scott's 'Gladiator' in many ways. A Angel and the Woman, The 77 aka: L'ange et la femme A young woman from the city finds herself in trouble with the local bad guys.
She is taken to the frozen countryside and murdered. She is discovered and restored to life by an angel. She eventually ends up back in the city and sets out to murder the men who did her in. What happens next is thought provoking and downbeat, the ending is amazing. Haunting landscapes shot in the Canadian countryside in black and white.
N Anna and the Wolves 73 aka: One crazy bit of madness here. A lone warrior of the desert, who travels on a flying white beast, explores a post-apocalyptic world, encountering bizarre beings along the way. This is animated and comes with English subtitles. A Assault on Dome 4 96 Die-Hard inspired fun as a mad terrorist Windham Bruce Campbell in another wacky OTT role takes over a small scientific community on another planet and forces Dome 4's inhabitants to build him some bombs. This is great if you are a Bruce fan and who isn't?
D31 Atom Ant 25 cartoons with our hero Atom Ant! He operates out of an anthill in the countryside where he possesses exercise equipment and a mainframe computer among other things a super ant would need to fight crime and solve problems.
He can fly, super speed, invincible strength and more. When the cops need help, they call on Atom to fight the various villains like Ferocious Flea, a mad scientist and more! His catchphrase is "Up and at 'em, Atom Ant!
P Atomic Train 99 Over 2 hour import version. A train filled with atomic devices threatens to destroy the city of Denver. Will they stop it or will everybody die? Incredibly bad with some laugh out loud scenes. A Bangladesh King Kong What the hell? A rip-off of the version of King Kong! Some of the scenes are exactly the same, but man oh man The girl sings to Kong and he dances to her voice! This may be one of the most unbelievable blatant steals ever, and you know if Merian C.
Cooper rolled in his grave to the version, he may have risen from the grave seeking revenge if he got a load of this! It is probably no mystery why we haven't seen it until now!
Boy, they went for the big bucks creating their Kong Huh? Makes one of those old gorilla suits from the 40's flicks look like top-notch stuff! Still, if you are a King Kong fan, don't deny yourself this chance to see the funniest damn remake from Bangladesh we've been witness to. They even steal some quick snips from the 76 version to try to beef up their version! Complete with weird commercials and there are a few glitches. A Big Game, The 73 Two soldiers of fortune are hired by an inventor to protect him and his invention, a radar-like machine that is capable of controlling armies and forcing them to fight.
A Bionic Boy, The 77 aka: He uses his new abilities to get revenge! LBX and dubbed into English language! A17 Black Cartoons Vol. They are a reflection of the era they were created and still hold entertainment value. Remember, African American stereotypes were damn funny. Does anyone remember, white's were depicted as morons too, like 3 stooges, Elmer Fudd and many more.
A18 Black Cartoons Vol. Bosko is a little black boy who gets himself into all kinds of adventures! A19 Black Cartoons Vol. N Cave of Diamonds 64 aka: Undercover agent Joe Warren Brad Harris is an undercover agent from America looking for the 'Yellow Tiger', a villain also interested in the diamonds.
There is also a noted diamond smuggler on the loose Horst Frank. This film features spoken German and English language. D Colossus and the Headhunters 63 aka: There are the headhunters, and the other guys. Guess which team they choose? Excellent quality print and dubbed into English language.
He has no idea how he got there or where he is. People can come and go, but he is unable to leave. Really cool and bizarre oddity that runs just under an hour written and directed by Jim Henson. P Cyborg Girl 08 aka: One day he meets a beautiful and interesting woman. Unfortunately she is a Cyborg that lacks manners and emotions D65 Darbujan and Pandrhola 60 aka: N Daughter of the Jungle 82 aka: Two men crash in the jungle and are captured by cannibals. They think they are saved when they see a plane, but it is just full of mercenaries looking for rubies.
Escaping from the cannibals and fleeing into the jungles they come upon a semi-naked beautiful jungle girl Sabrina Siani. Umberto Lenzi directs this jungle comedy, just one year after his gore classic 'Cannibal Ferox'. Wait until you hear Sabrina do her 'Tarzan' yell!
This gal is a 10 out of LBX and dubbed into English. N Desert Raiders 64 aka: But the woman refuses him and takes a fancy to the young and manly Nadir Kirk Morris who tries to challenge his rival. Also with Helene Chanel. N Devilman Story 69 aka: Investigating the disappearance of Professor Becker, who holds the key to life itself! Mike accompanies Professor Beckers daughter deep into the forest and they find him in the company of a mad scientist who does brain operations on his subjects and wears a silver mask.
Weird sci-fi flick like Astro Zombies meets James Bond. LBX and in English language. N Diamond Pyramid 85 aka: Centered around the voyage to a strange planet where the crew encounter an alien race. In Hungarian and with English subtitles. N Dick Smart 2. Margaret Lee is Lady Lister. She has gathered 5 of the most renowned nuclear scientists in the world and hidden them away in her secret underground Brazilian hide-out.
Her scheme turns coal into diamonds using small controlled nuclear explosions. Womanizer Dick Smart Richard Wyler is on the case. He buys a junky old dirt bike that he fixes up in a cheesy montage scene and before you know it the damn thing takes on a mind of it's own! He uses his new flying super-bike to help stop a greedy banker from demolishing the local hot dog hangout.
This one has developed a sort of cult following, so here it is for you here! Winter Angel 99 aka: This was supposed to be a reboot of a popular British sci-fi series of the 70's. N Emperor and the Golem, The 52 aka: Things get out of control when the real Emperor and the flaming eyed Golem show up.
A lot of time and thought went into this superb and colorful Russian costume flick, loaded with elaborate sets including a cool torture chamber.
This is also pretty long at 2 hours and 20 minutes. A End of the River, The 47 aka: Shot on location in Brazil with an all British cast.
N Espy 74 aka: An assassin with psychic power, what could be more terrifying? Espy has a mission to use psychic power for peace.
But with all forms of power and weaponry, we know it is a double-edged sword. A Fear No Evil 45 aka: Roman empire falls and St. Benedict goes about his business As much a fantasy film as a sword and sandal! A First on the Moon, The 05 aka: Preposterous as this all seems, the film is made very well, integrating actual Stalin era stuff with acted scenes seamlessly. The film begins in the Spring of in the mountains of northern Chile where a flying object fell in flames Excellent Russian science fiction - With English subtitles!
N Fury of Hercules, The 62 aka: Great sets and locations and the ladies are smokin' hot in this. Beautiful LBX print and in English language too! A Goddess of Love 57 aka: The Goddess of Love! On the field of battle men risked death for the promise of her favors. Belinda Lee, in her first peplum appearance, plays pure and innocent Iride, slave to a sculptor and a model for his statue of the goddess Aphrodite. One day she finds an injured Macedonian soldier washed up on the beach and takes him home.
Skimpy clothes were controversial for their time. Belinda died at age 25 in a car accident in LBX and in Italian language with no subtitles. The Fantastic Superman 67 aka: Goldface makes his first appearance at a wrestling match wearing a blue suit with what appears to be a flaming vagina on his chest. He kicks ass and goes ringside to be attended to by his muscle-bound black guy servant Kotar a stereotypical racist cartoon of a man who goes 'ooga booga'.
Next he is summoned by the world council to take on the evil villain 'The Cobra' and his masked commandos. N Goliath and the Rebel Slave 63 aka: Goliath e la schiava ribelle - Beautiful widescreen print! The kingdom of Lydia is in danger as the armies of Alexander the Great approach.
On the other hand, the Persian king Darius promises almost anything if only Lydia would become an ally. Do they choose a side? Goliath Gordon Scott advises the governor to sign a treaty with Alexander. But the prime minister of Lydia has secretly sided with Darius, and poisons the governor, framing Goliath's woman, Princess Cory Ombretta Colli.
A Henry of Navarre 09 aka: Bawdy sexual interludes and bloody battles in 16th century France as the Catholics and the Protestants wage war. Seriously decent production values with well staged battle sequences and epic scope photography. N Hercules Revenge 60 aka: See, this is the original version, not the butchered reworded AIP version.
Sure, it is in Italian language but this is the original version and has English subtitles so you can still understand the complex mind challenging plot.
N Hercules the Invincible 65 aka: Muscleman Dan Vadis stars later in his career he was a regular player in Clint Eastwood movies. After rescuing the king's daughter he is enlisted to slay a dragon a fairly sharp looking beast for this type that has been menacing the kingdom. In one scene he tosses some men in a muck pit in a cave and they all sink to their doom. Slaying the dragon is the least of his worries he is soon to find out.
Also with Carla Calo and Ken Clark. Dan Vadis died in at age 49 after a drug overdose in his car in the California desert. Cool sword and sandal flick. P His Majesty Minor 07 aka: However, if Minor's lack of social skills weren't enough to keep Clytia away, she's already been pledged to wed handsome and charming Karkos Peris-Mencheta.
When Minor runs afoul of the tribal leadership, he's removed from his home with the pigs and forced to live in an enchanted forest, where he attracts the not entirely welcome attentions of Pan Vincent Cassel , a randy half-man and half-goat willing to couple with anything that breathes.
When Minor emerges from the forest able to speak with newfound eloquence, the tribal leaders name him their new potentate, and Clytia suddenly finds him a great deal more appealing, which doesn't sit well with Karkos Sergio Peris-Mencheta In French language and with no subtitles. P Humanoid, The 79 aka: Kraspin Arthur Kennedy , who invented a chemical capable of turning an ordinary person into a perfect soldier. They test this chemical on the pilot Golob Richard Kiel , turning him into an indestructible automaton possessing superhuman strength.
The people of Metropolis must somehow outwit Graal, before he can create an army of these soldiers, or their planet will be destroyed. Better than 'Star Wars'! The Movie 07 Swords and superhero battles with creatures and robotic men, stunt cycles, bizarre weaponry and non-stop action, missile wielding wenches and much more in this Japanese madness that totally topples the lame 'Power Rangers' styled American counterpart to this theme.
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You won't be able to shut it off!!! By now you are hooked! Literally, you are glued to your seat. Or count as 3 choices in any of our coupon specials. You won't be disappointed! A In the Dust of the Stars 76 aka: Wild costumes and sets in this Communist sci-fi that delivers some unintentionally hilarious dialog and very colorful photography. Will they all fry?
Lots of different character situations and buckets of sweat mixed with maybe overly sentimental situations at times but still entertaining.
N Invasion of the Neptune Men 61 aka: An essential sci-fi from Japan, only because it is so bad that it must be seen to be believed! A Iron Glove, The 54 aka: Also on display is the luscious-looking Ursula Thiess!
With Alan Hale Jr. N Jules Verne and the Underground City 64 aka: A new vein of coal revitalizes a mining community and leads to the creation of a great underground mining town around an underground lake called Loch Malcom. However, mysterious occurrences threaten to destroy the new found prosperity of the underground mining town. Amazing photography and with English subtitles.
D48 Karzan 72 aka: An expedition, financed by Lord Carter and led by Captain Fox, have as a goal to find and capture a jungle-man who is living in Africa. Mind-boggling 'family' type film with loads and loads of natives getting shot to death. Many scenes get close to almost going into exploitation territory but they keep it clean for the most part. Stock footage, sexy Simonetti Vitelli the daughter of director Demofilo Fidani who directed this!
LBX and English dubbed. N Lana, Queen of the Amazons 64 aka: Explorers encounter Lana, but others are after the gold of the Amazons. Quite remarkable really, with nudity and great location sets and photography. Haven't seen this many bare breasts in a jungle action movie from P Liquid Sky 82 Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model.
The aliens learn that the human pheromones created in the brain during orgasm is preferable to heroin, and the model's casual sex partners begin to disappear. Darkly funny and weird. With Anne Carlisle in a dual role. N Living Idol, The 56 aka: An excellent adventure filmed in Mexico amidst over-the-top characters and bizarre customs.
The plot also concerns the quest to understand and communicate with Jaguars, and their place in Mayan society. Somebody's daughter is possessed by one, so instead of getting her a shrink they let a Jaguar out of the zoo.
And even if this film fails miserably with the supernatural elements it is still entertaining as hell! Simply amazing Aztec pyramid locales, beautiful widescreen and in English language. D20 Long Live Ghosts! Remember those really cool kids films from the 60's that used lots of outdoor locations and super swell photography? This one has some of the coolest trick effects from you'll ever see. Harryhausen would have been proud!
Bright and colorful with child actors of all ages. N Maciste all'Inferno 62 aka: He encounters ferocious beasts in the fires of hell. Loads of atmosphere and now LBX and uncut in a beautiful print! Mouth watering Helene Chanel is Fania. All is well until she falls in love with a human. Glynis Johns returns as the fishy nympho. Margaret Rutherford returns as the nurse who knows Miranda's secret.
D67 Magic of Stell 86 aka: Great FX as he performs heroic deeds. But an evil fire-belching white haired elder is summoned with a 'many buckets of blood' offering and with his wicked fanged minions, they seek to destroy the young man, and vanquish his powers.
At one point he knocks off a ragged zombie's head that keeps chomping solo. Here Come the Devils! Prepare for a campy beastly feast! A Magic Warriors 89 aka: Colorful fantasy loaded with weird creatures, flying battles, wild scenes of sorcery and imaginative special effects. Francis Lederer stars as Aigo. This was Hollywood trying to cash in on the success of 'Nanook of the North'. N Marco the Magnificent 65 aka: Maybe not as spectacular as a Hollywood epic, but still a hell of a lot of fun.
D37 Mark of the Renegade 51 aka: I could go on about the strange undertones on display here, but I'll leave it to the viewer. Ricardo Montalban stars bearing his bear Khan chest at times and J. N Masked Avenger, The 64 aka: He avoids rekindling this romance, even though Elena seems willing, as he has fallen for cute blonde Katarina Ingrid Schoeller.
Later the Dodge tortures and kills a friend of his drawing him smack into the revolt against the Dodge and his rule. The plot moves along nicely with a falcon hunt, several swordfights, an archery contest, a collapsing bridge, and a dungeon interrogation scene with a bare-chested man whipped, burned with a hot iron and finally garroted. P Masked Rider-Kuuga 00 aka: Demons are loosed upon Japan, heroes must battle demons and restore natural order of things. Wild costumes, fight scenes with great fighting music ala thrashing guitars and drumbeats , excellent motorcycle stunts, weapon-based combat and more engulf the senses in this non-stop barrage of energy.
LBX - English subtitles. P Metal Messiah 78 An enigmatic metallic-skinned stranger trying to stop society's self-destructive obsession with rock and roll One rare and weird Canadian sci-fi rock film with music by the band 'Kickback'. They disbanded by and the guitarist played for 'Saga'. N Mimsy Were the Borogoves 70 aka: It was based mainly on a short story by Henry Kuttner called 'Mimsy Were the Borogoves' and of course mangled and updated.
This is the first adaptation. Philippe and Sylvie live in a mountain hotel run by their parents. Philippe discovers a mysterious metal box in the snow which has fallen from the sky. He shares the wonderful and mysterious objects he finds inside with his sister Sylvie Comedy and romantic entanglements ensue soon after. P Mutant on the Bounty 89 An interplanetary research team is in for unidentified flying laughs when a musician who is lost in space crash-lands aboard their ship A Mysterious House of Dr.
C, The 68 aka: Coppelius - In a very colorful and elaborate bizarre village, a strange inventor Walter Slezak creates life-size robots in his workshop. Weird ballet, music, mime and madness. P Mysterious Two 82 Two aliens visit the Earth in An effort to enlist converts to travel the universe with them. As they indoctrinate people, these new recruits start to disappear.
But are they aliens or just some evil people like Jim Jones type cultists. A Naked Comes the Huntress 78 aka: She is uninhibited and has caught so many mink she lives comfortably in a house on the snow slopes. They all fall for her Goddess of Electra 64 aka: Rome Against Rome aka: War of the Zombies - Stunning print of this classic peplum! Excellent fusing of gothic horror and sword and sorcery.
Arguably the zombie army are not zombies by today's standards, but they are still effective more like ghosts. The deep colors used in the photography invoke Bava. Decent FX and striking badass sets add to the fun. A No Survivors, Please 64 aka: With some fairly ruthless death scenes and an all inclusive worldwide threat this is one cool sci-fi.
P Noah's Ark Principle, The 84 aka: World peace thrives and weapons of mass destruction are a thing of the past boy did our wonder-visionist film-makers get this one wrong! However an orbiting satellite can control the weather at any location on the earth underneath.
N Odissea 68 aka: The Odyssey - Never before has Homer's vision been put to film as well as this. Now, all 8 parts of this mini-series on 4 discs and with English subtitles! Huge sprawling epic with great performances from all. The Island of the Cyclops episode is especially thrilling.
Barbara Bach, Irene Papas and many more star. N Operation Atlantis 65 aka: This is really cool spy-fi science fiction mixed with espionage. The lost city of Atlantis is protected by a radioactive shield, which can be countered by wearing special space suits! Beautiful widescreen and English language dubbed. N Operation Vega 62 aka: The Free Confederate earth is locked in conflict with the Moruvians.
We send a ship from Vega too Venus to sign a treaty. Venus is a vast penal colony where we have been dumping Earth's prisoners.
A56 Passing, The 85 Two seemingly unrelated narratives are presented A scientific experiment merges these characters in a bizarre, and yet credible climax. Science -fiction on an entirely cerebral level. D34 Pirates of the Coast, The 60 aka: A Prisoners of the Casbah 53 aka: Firouz and his henchmen cause Princess Nadja, disguised as a boy what a waste! Low-budget studio production from Sam Katzman productions. D24 Queen for Caesar, A 62 aka: Beautiful women in this one! N Queen of the Nile 61 aka: Lavish production with colorful sets and now this title comes in a beautiful widescreen print.
N Queen of the Tartars 60 aka: She is raised by the enemy tribes leader and learns to be a warrior. Sweeping landscapes, loads of extras, and Alonso looks quite fetching in her green bikini. Cool barbarian outfits add to the realism, and now in this LBX print you get the big picture! Japan launches the Yamato, the largest battleship in the world, to lead the Japanese fleet.
The mission gets complicated when the Yamato mistakes a huge undersea monster for an enemy destroyer and accidentally kills its offspring. The monster, Reigo, wants revenge and starts attacking the fleet. But if anything can stop it, the Yamato can N Revenge of Ivanhoe 65 aka: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. After all is said and done, the decision to have a baby is a personal one. Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end.
Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own. Conditions added to a contract after the fact are invalid unless both parties agree to them. He took his morning shower, after which he dressed and began to prepare breakfast. I ran into your old friends Vicki and Peter yesterday, and they asked after you.
I was named after my mother's best friend. The park was named for the town's mayor. The police chased after the burglar and caught him in my neighbour's garden. John es bastante feo, pero siempre anda tras lo imposible y lo intenta con las chicas guapas. Los fines de semana, los chicos salen de levante por la zona de boliches. Tony's debts are huge now; buying a few items second-hand seems like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.
After years in an office job, Erika found herself craving after an opportunity to work outdoors. He really decided to go after him when he saw him flirting with his wife. Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes.
Cinderella married her Prince Charming and they both lived happily ever after. The lost cat was found in the attic and the family lived happily ever after. The feeling of good times lingered on in the house long after the party was over. Costs continued to balloon as preparations were underway.
Platov International Airport in Rostov-on-Don was upgraded with automated air traffic control systems, modern surveillance, navigation, communication, control, and meteorological support systems. Saransk Airport received a new navigation system; the city also got two new hotels, Mercure Saransk Centre Accor Hotels and Four Points by Sheraton Saransk Starwood Hotels as well as few other smaller accommodation facilities.
The last facility commissioned was a waste treatment station in Volgograd. In Yekaterinburg, where four matches are hosted, hosting costs increased to over 7.
Preference, especially in the key areas, was given to those with knowledge of foreign languages and volunteering experience, but not necessarily to Russian nationals. Free public transport services were offered for ticketholders during the World Cup, including additional trains linking between host cities, as well as services such as bus service within them.
The full schedule was announced by FIFA on 24 July without kick-off times, which were confirmed later. Russia was placed in position A1 in the group stage and played in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June against Saudi Arabia , the two lowest-ranked teams of the tournament at the time of the final draw.
The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg hosted the first semi-final on 10 July and the third place play-off on 14 July. The opening ceremony took place on Thursday, 14 June , at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, preceding the opening match of the tournament between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia. Former Brazilian World Cup-winning striker Ronaldo walked out with a child wearing a Russia shirt.
English pop singer Robbie Williams then performed two songs before he and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina performed a duet while other performers emerged, dressed in the flags of all 32 teams and carrying a sign bearing the name of each nation. Dancers were also present. Competing countries were divided into eight groups of four teams groups A to H. Teams in each group played one another in a round-robin basis, with the top two teams of each group advancing to the knockout stage.
Ten European teams and four South American teams progressed to the knockout stage, together with Japan and Mexico. For the first time since , Germany reigning champions did not advance past the first round. For the first time since , no African team progressed to the second round.
For the first time, the fair play criteria came into use, when Japan qualified over Senegal due to having received fewer yellow cards. Only one match, France v Denmark, was goalless. Until then there were a record 36 straight games in which at least one goal was scored. All times listed below are local time. The ranking of teams in the group stage was determined as follows: In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played two periods of 15 minutes each and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winners.
If a match went into extra time, each team was allowed to make a fourth substitution, the first time this had been allowed in a FIFA World Cup tournament. Twelve own goals were scored during the tournament, doubling the record of six set in In total, only four players were sent off in the entire tournament, the fewest since A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences: The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.
The award was sponsored by Hyundai. FIFA also published an alternate team of the tournament based on player performances evaluated through statistical data.
Prize money amounts were announced in October The tournament logo was unveiled on 28 October by cosmonauts at the International Space Station and then projected onto Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre during an evening television programme. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the logo was inspired by "Russia's rich artistic tradition and its history of bold achievement and innovation", and FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated that it reflected the "heart and soul" of the country.
The official mascot for the tournament was unveiled 21 October , and selected through a design competition among university students. A public vote was used to select from three finalists—a cat, a tiger, and a wolf. The first phase of ticket sales started on 14 September , The general visa policy of Russia did not apply to participants and spectators, who were able to visit Russia without a visa right before and during the competition regardless of their citizenship.
A Fan-ID was required to enter the country visa-free, while a ticket, Fan-ID and a valid passport were required to enter stadiums for matches.
Fan-IDs also granted World Cup attendees free access to public transport services, including buses, and train service between host cities. Fan-ID was administered by the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media , who could revoke these accreditations at any time to "ensure the defence capability or security of the state or public order".
The official match ball of the World Cup group stage was " Telstar 18 ", based on the name and design of the first Adidas World Cup ball from It was introduced on 9 November After the group stage, "Telstar Mechta" was used for the knockout stage. The word mechta Russian: The difference between Telstar 18 and Mechta is the red details on the design.
Its music video was released on 8 June Thirty-three footballers who are alleged to be part of the steroid program are listed in the McLaren Report. The choice of Russia as host has been challenged. Controversial issues have included the level of racism in Russian football,    and discrimination against LGBT people in wider Russian society.
Allegations of corruption in the bidding processes for the and World Cups caused threats from England's FA to boycott the tournament. Garcia , a US attorney, to investigate and produce a report on the corruption allegations. Eckert's summary cleared Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing, but was denounced by critics as a whitewash. On 3 June , the FBI confirmed that the federal authorities were investigating the bidding and awarding processes for the and World Cups.
In response to the March poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal , British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that no British ministers or members of the royal family would attend the World Cup, and issued a warning to any travelling England fans. The British Foreign Office and MPs had repeatedly warned English football fans and "people of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent" travelling to Russia of "racist or homophobic intimidation, hooligan violence and anti-British hostility".
At the close of the World Cup Russia was widely praised for its success in hosting the tournament, with Steve Rosenberg of the BBC deeming it "a resounding public relations success" for Putin, adding, "The stunning new stadiums, free train travel to venues and the absence of crowd violence has impressed visiting supporters.
Russia has come across as friendly and hospitable: All the foreign fans I have spoken to are pleasantly surprised.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino stated, "Everyone discovered a beautiful country, a welcoming country, that is keen to show the world that everything that has been said before might not be true. A lot of preconceived ideas have been changed because people have seen the true nature of Russia. The elimination of the US national team in qualifying led to concerns that US interest and viewership of this World Cup would be reduced especially among "casual" viewers interested in the US team , especially noting how much Fox paid for the rights, and that US games at the World Cup peaked at During a launch event prior to the elimination, Fox stated that it had planned to place a secondary focus on the Mexican team in its coverage to take advantage of their popularity among US viewers factoring Hispanic and Latino Americans.
Fox stated that it was still committed to broadcasting a significant amount of coverage for the tournament. In February , Ukrainian rightsholder UA: