Remastered TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary will hit BLURAY + DVD

Just in time for the film’s 30th anniversary, Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios announced that they are working together to release an all new edition of the classic animated film on September 13, 2016.

maxresdefaultThe re-release will contain a newly remastered digital high definition transfer from the original 35mm source material. The film will be available in a collectible packaging and as expected will include bonus features but what’s not known is if these bonus features will be carried over from the 20th anniversary release of the film or if it’s all new bonus material. Perhaps a combination of the two? Why not!

The film has been released on blu-ray format in other countries outside of the United States before but with out the additional bonus content.

“The Transformers franchise has been part of American popular culture for more than 30 years, developing into one of the most recognizable brands around the globe,” said Stephen Davis, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President of Hasbro. “Transformers – The Movie played a huge role in the brand’s early success, laying the foundation for major motion pictures, several successful TV series, clothing and apparel, toys and much more. We are thrilled to work with Shout! Factory to deliver the original movie to fans in a completely remastered HD experience.”

20th Anniversary DVD Cover
20th Anniversary DVD Cover

“Transformers – The Movie is a highly sought-after animated feature, boasting a large fan following and consumer interest. On its 30th anniversary, we look forward to celebrating this film by bringing it to North America on Blu-ray for the first time. Having worked closely with Hasbro Studios on top brands like animated series Transformers: Robots in Disguise,G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Transformers Prime, My Little Pony, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls movies and more, this is incredibly exciting and important news for us,” said Melissa Boag, Senior Vice President of Kids & Family Entertainment at Shout! Factory. “We look forward to bringing Transformers – The Movie, featuring all-new HD transfer with stunning packaging and great extras to fans and on family home entertainment shelves.” via COMICBOOK.com

I’m really excited to finally own a much deserved high definition version of this classic movie. Looking forward to reliving the moment a robot made me cry as a child lol. I’m also hoping the blu-ray comes with a UV Digital download so I can add it to my digital video library to enjoy on the go.

“A Band Called Death” NETFLIX-IT MOVIE REVIEW

A year or two ago I was listening to a SMODCAST episode where Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier were discussing the premise of a documentary film that Scott was producing and it caught my attention and sorta stuck in the back of my mind. So tonight I was strolling through the documentary section of Netflix on my Wii U and I saw that they had it available for streaming and I finally got around to watching it.

A Band Called Death is the story about 3 blood brothers growing up in Detroit, Michigan and with the support of their mother they formed a band by the name of “Death” in the 1970’s.

The film takes us from the brothers early years showing us the strong family bond they share, the bands inception, the early struggles they faced trying to land a record deal with what was considered at the time a commercially unviable name, even facing the social stereo-type within their own community for producing “white boy music” and ultimately having the tiniest problem of creating an unusually loud, “a head of it’s time” protopunk-sound. The 3 members that make up the band are David Hackney (guitar), Bobby Hackney (bass, vocals), and Dannis Hackney (drums).

I was fascinated with all 3 brothers and found myself relating to them emotionally on an artistic, family and faith level. Throughout the film we see the dynamic of their upbringing taking an ever larger and important role in their lives, holding them together through some pretty hard times. Ultimately this film shows us how David Hackney had the foresight to see what they were doing was revolutionary, fresh and mind blowing; and not to mention the faith he had in his musical vision regardless of any pressure or temptation they faced to change the bands image and sound for a record deal. Something that most of us would-be artists wouldn’t have the strength to do in our respected fields.

A Band Called Death is unforgettable, spiritual, real and as close as you can get to following artists on their life long pursuit of fulfilling their dreams. The filmmakers behind this film do a phenomenal job at telling the bands story but also managed to poetically interweave the cryptic message of why David Hackney decided to name the band Death in the first place.

“Death isn’t the end, it’s a spiritual begining.”

I could not recommend this documentary enough, if you’re into good docs, good flicks then don’t cheat yourself out of this gem. So what are you waiting for #NetFlixit!!!

MADHOUSE Animates “Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher

Marvel’s Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher is being produced by anime studio MAD HOUSE and is set to be released on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital Distribution on March 25th. Here’s a sneak peak!

Marvel describes the story:

After interfering with a top secret mission, The Punisher is taken into custody by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and Avenger Black Widow. At the orders of Director Nick Fury, Punisher and Black Widow are sent on a mission to stop Leviathan, a global terrorist organization that plans to sell stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. technology to the highest bidder. Now, the vigilante and spy must work together to prevent this technology from falling into the wrong hands. The fate of the world, and of the Avengers, hangs in the balance.

Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) will voice Black Widow and Brian Bloom (Blackout, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes) will voice The Punisher.

sources: Anime News Network; Marvel

DVD Review: Battle Royale

This week’s selection of  ╬D  Recommendation is the epic Japanese Thriller “Battle Royale”, and this is worth a watch…this completely puts “The Hunger Games” to shame.

LOWDOWN:

“Battle Royale” is a 2000 Japanese thriller film, adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takami. It is the final film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, was written to screenplay by his son Kenta Fukasaku, and stars Takeshi Kitano.

The film tells the story of Shuya Nanahara, a high-school student struggling with the death of his father who is forced by the government to compete in a deadly game, where the students must kill each other in order to win. The film aroused both domestic and international controversy, and was either banned outright or deliberately excluded from distribution in several countries

REVIEW:
The cast in this film is chock full of Japanese Stars. Kitano Takeshi (Kitano) plays the teacher that basically plays the ringleader. If you have watched spike TV, you have seen him before. This is the actor that plays as “Vic Ramono” on MXC. The rest of the cast is comprised of Japanese teen pop idols. Most notably, the gorgeous Chiaki Kuriyama (Chigusa). You probably know her too. She was Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill Vol 1. Ando Masanobu (Kiriyama) plays the most menacing villain I have ever seen.

Asside from the classic Japanese blood sprays and the amount of ammo some of the guns put out, there is great attention to detail in this film. From what I have read, since the author (Kinji Fukasaku) of the original book directed the film, everything is kept true to the book as close as possible. Every time a student dies, their names appear on the screen in the order they died. Inside the main building, there is huge system of screens that show who is dead and what not. Anyway, that screen is exact on the names as well as the ‘danger zone’ map. I had to look twice to realize that. That is damn good editing right there.

Battle Royale is a film that has affected many, many people. There are rabid fans of Battle Royale and there are even more people that hate it. Let me tell you why. Battle Royale is a film that exercises its right to explore an idea. Many films have great ideas but most are poorly realized. Battle Royale is simply an awesome movie about one of the most hypothetically traumatic things that could ever happen to teenagers. For those that don’t know, the film focuses on what happens when a group of high school students are sent to an abandoned island to kill each other. What brings such a bizarre idea to fruition includes civil unrest, teenage anxiety, and a nation literally terrorized by their youth. It’s set in Japan and though it is just a movie it still hit pretty close to reality due to current problems with Japanese youth. In fact, the film was poorly received by the government who feared that the release of the film would incite riots and other such acts of mayhem by the same youth which it focused on. The problem is the same the world around. Young people are much more volatile than they ever were say 20-30 years ago and Battle Royale captures the essence of the horror that today’s youth would face going into such a circumstance. Friends kill other friends and bullies all to survive. At the same time they get to live out those videogames that they loved to play at home.

The problem is that there can be only one survivor of this island massacre, this only adds extra pressure to the already unprepared children who have to fight for their lives. What is truly shocking is that the actors and actresses who have been selected to portray these teens are around the same ages of their characters. They aren’t the aging 20-30 somethings that just happen to look young; they are literally teenagers. This flick has some serious bite! It’s such a great comment on how we are living in the 21st century in a time when frequently the fear for a country comes from within rather than outside forces.

There are no easy or mindless deaths in Battle Royale. The violent scenes make the point that violence and death are not cool or funny. This is not Kill Bill; every character in Battle Royale has value as a living, breathing human being. It may sound corny to say that the movie is an emotional roller-coaster ride, but it truly is – having dared to give us three dimensional people who bleed when they are cut, the Director sometimes further dares to cruelly follow scenes of tragedy with jarring moments of biting, dark and sarcastic wit.

If this was an American movie, the class would be played by people in their twenties and thirties. Two or three of the students would be given a lot of screen time and the rest would be faceless cannon fodder. Five seconds after the opening titles, you would know who was going to survive. Despite its odd premise, Battle Royale seems closer to reality because its teenagers really are teenagers and it allows no comforting certainties about who lives or dies.

The true genius of Battle Royale lies in the talented playing of the entire cast. Although young, not one of them strikes a dud note and the script gives almost all of the students a chance to shine at some point. The fight scenes are not staged in the style of ‘Enter The Dragon’ – the kids are not weapons experts or Karate champions. We see them kill each other but we are not invited to hate them – they are, after all, children and they are scared and desperate. Even a student who takes to killing with apparent relish deserves our sympathy.

OVERALL:
“Battle Royale” is one of the most controversial and challenging movies ever made.The film is very gory and violent,but it’s also witty,satirical and thought provoking.The concept of “Battle Royale” is pretty simple.The act of Battle Royale decrees that once a year a class of 9th graders is chosen at random,stranded on a small island,and armed with random weapons.The kids are also outfitted with strange necklaces that monitor their locations and life functions,and explode if more than one student is alive at the end of 72 hours.The kids are forced to become savage killers,and the movie provides them with interesting personalities and human reactions to the horrible situation in which they find themselves.The acting is brilliant and the violence is horrific and merciless.The film is very exciting and well-photographed.A masterpiece that needs to be seen by every true movie fan everywhere.

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5 templar crosses out of 5
MUST WATCH…like right now…WATCH IT

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TEMPLAR NOTE:

Criticized by Japanese politicians when it was first released in 2000, the movie became a huge hit at home and in much of Asia, spawning a popular manga series, inspiring a sequel and generating memorabilia from costumes to card games and action figures.

The film was a mainstream domestic blockbuster, becoming one of the ten highest grossing films in Japan and was released in 22 countries worldwide. It received global audience and critical acclaim and is often regarded as one of Japan’s most famous films, as well as one of Fukasaku’s best films.

Spaceballs: The 25th Anniversary Edition Details and Trailer

If You like movies from a Galaxy Far Far Away, movies that explore the final frontiers and with aliens encounters, then you’ll love the Mel Brooks’s classic that celebrates them all. We have the special trailer for the classic film below.

The Spaceballs: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray is set to hit shelves on August 7th, and we’ve got a trailer to get you in the mood.

The 25th Anniversary Edition features over five hours of bonus features, including a new “Spaceballs and the Skroobing of Sci-Fi” featurette, a Mel Brooks commentary, costume and art galleries, and the inevitable bloopers. The disc retails for $19.99, but it’s still available for pre-order over at Amazon for a mere $14.99…..now thats a deal worth checking out!!

-Brian Lansangan
Follow me on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84

STARSHIP TROOPERS: INVASION Trailers & Interview

STARSHIP TROOPERS the 1959 political sci-fi novel turned cult/blockbuster film is about to get a fourth film installment.

STARSHIP TROOPERS: INVASION is a “direct” sequel to Paul Verhoeven‘s 1997 film, completely ignoring SST2: Hero of the Federation and SST3: Marauder. INVASION is a fully computer animated film from Sola Digital Arts and is set to be released in North America August 28 2012.

SYNOPSIS
A distant Federation outpost Fort Casey comes under attack by bugs. The team on the fast attack ship Alesia is assigned to help the Starship John A. Warden stationed in Fort Casey evacuate along with the survivors and bring military intelligence safely back to Earth. Carl Jenkins, now ministry of Paranormal Warfare, takes the starship on a clandestine mission before its rendezvous with the Alesia and goes missing in the nebula. Now, the battle-hardened troopers are charged with a rescue mission that may lead to a much more sinister consequence than they ever could have imagined….

I’m a huge Starship Troopers fan and I’m pretty damn excited to see this thing. 

So without further ado…
TEASER

FULL TRAILER

COMIC-CON INTERVIEW


-Eric Chacón
Follow me on Twitter @CaptxCrunch

Comic-Con 2012: Marvel’s "Item 47" to screen at end of SDCC scavenger hunt

Marvel will be unveiling at Comic-Con the One-Shot short film titled “Item 47” that will be released officially with “The Avengers” when it hits stores on September 25th of this year on Blu-Ray and DVD.

It all began with the Thor and Captain America Blu-ray/DVDs, Marvel Studios had started releasing short films or One-Shots. The Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) shorts were cute, and interesting but nothing particularly groundbreaking. However, Marvel might be adding some more weight with their latest One-Shot, “Item 47”.

The short film will be available on the Blu-ray/DVD for The Avengers (which will stores on September 25th), but Marvel will show Item 47 at a special screening at Comic-Con. The title refers to an alien gun that falls into the hands of a hard-luck couple played by Lizzy Caplan (party down and Cloverfield) and Jesse Bradford (Swimfan and Flags of a Fathers) after the epic battle in The Avengers. Two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (Maximiliano Hernández and Titus Welliver) are tasked with getting the gun and capturing the couple, who are going on a crime-spree with their new toy.
While the first two Marvel one-shots, “Something Funny Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer” and “The Consultant” both ran 4 minutes, “Item 47” will run 12 minutes.  

In addition to the poster and announcement, Marvel also let fans in on another surprise this morning. Those attending Comic-Con will be offered the chance to download a special app “Avengers Second Screen” that will work as a scavenger hunt guide to clues, ultimately leading to a special showing of  “Item 47” the evening of Thursday, July 12th. 

-Brian Lansangan
Follow me on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84

Character Spotlight: The Joker

The Joker is a supervillian and the archenemy of Batman and is a master criminal with a clown-like appearance. Initially portrayed as a violent sociopath who murders people for his own amusement and having been directly responsible for numerous tragedies in Batman’s life, including the paralysis of Barbara Gordon and the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin.

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Kill Bill and the Curious Case of "The Whole Bloody Affair"

 The Whole Bloody Affair  is the official name for the integral cut of Kill Bill, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 and has yet to see a release on DVD/Bluray or Theatrically (unless you visited the New Beverly Cinema for the week of March 27 – April 2 back in 2011).

Quentin Tarantino originally wrote Kill Bill, his ode to Spaghetti Westerns and Shaw Bros Kung-fu films, to be one big movie but it was cut in two volumes when it turned out to be too long.

Those of you lucky enough to get your hands on a copy of the “Japanese” release of Kill Bill Vol. 1, bore witness to a fully colored “House of Blue Leaves” fight scene, bloodier anime sequence along with additional material that was cut from the North American release.

Back when Q.T. was working hard on Inglourious Basterds he said in an interview with Sci-FiWire, that he’ll be adding one more scene to the already, four-plus-hour cut of the film,

“I need to do one thing with it, though… I’m not going to monkey around with the movie itself, but we’ve actually done a whole new section for the anime as the last thing [we added]. I actually wrote a much longer script for the anime section during O-Ren’s revenge chapter. Remember the guy with the long hair that kills her father? It’s like, what happened to that dude? Well, I wrote it and it was the biggest, most elaborate thing I wrote-her taking him down.”

He went on to say that he was going to go right into “The Whole Bloody Affair” after Basterds…
Well, since then, Inglourious Basterds went on to blow the minds of countless audiences around the world and is now available on home-video, we now have the complete version of “GRINDHOUSE” on Blu-ray and just a few days ago photos of “Django Unchained“, Tarantino’s new film, were released to the public. So something tells me we wont be seeing The Whole Bloody Affair on store shelves anytime soon.

However, there has been a list of changes that were compiled from the few people that have been privileged to see official screenings of The Whole Bloody Affair, along with what Q.T. has said on the longer cut of the film.

Here it is…

  • No “klingon proverb” quote. Instead will be a dedication 
  • Chapters will remain in order
  • House of Blue Leaves fight scene will be in color & cut differently 
  • Gorier anime scenes 
  • Completely new 7 minute anime scene added
  • Various other scenes slightly altered 
  • Sofie Fatale loses more limbs 
  • No “baby” cliffhanger ending from Vol.1 
  • Music-accompanied intermission between the two parts 
  • Volume 2 is not different

If you search Amazon you’ll find evidence of a possible bootleg that was sold which is crazy in my opinion. Another little known fact is that, just like the fan edits of Star Wars The Phantom Menace that hit the web back in 1999, there are people that took it upon themselves to splice together Vol.1 (Japanese version) and Vol.2 to created their own homemade “The Whole Bloody Affair”. I think that there’s enough proof that people really-REALLY want to own this, almost mythical cut of the film. I for one am one of those people.

[source] SciFiWire, ScreenRant

-Brian Lansangan
-Eric Chacon