Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The New Cult Classics: 5 Films You Need to See

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The New Cult Classics: 5 Films You Need to See

It was recently announced that Versus, director Ryuhei Kitamura's action-packed gorefest that has found a large underground following since its release in 2000, will be getting a sequel. Some fans were thrilled; others believed a sequel unnecessary. Whichever side of the argument you fall on, here are five newer members of the Japanese cult canon that you absolutely must see!
Paprika – An animated feature with more twists and turns than you can shake a stick at, the film was reportedly one of the influences of the box office smash Inception. The film was directed (and co-written) by the late Satoshi Kon of Perfect Blue fame. A must-see for anime fans everywhere, this film blurs the lines between dream and reality in visually mindboggling ways. If nothing else, it will make you think. (And be confused. It’s okay to be totally confused.)
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Stop Motion Legend Ray Harryhausen Dies at 92
by:+Ramin Zahed

Visual effects icon Ray Harryhausen, whose stop-motion creations brought many monsters alive in movies such as Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans, died on Tuesday morning (May 7) at age 92. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he lived in the U.K. for several decades with his wife Diana.
“Harryhausen’s genius was in being able to bring his models alive,” said an official statement from his foundation. “Whether they were prehistoric dinosaurs or mythological creatures, in Ray’s hands they were no longer puppets but became instead characters in their own right.”
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'Ender's Game' Trailer Full Length

The first full length trailer for Ender’s Game, the big budget film based on the Orson Scott Card novel, has been released. The film stars Harrison Ford (see “Harrison Ford in ‘Ender’s Game’”), Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Hailee Steinfeld. The film opens November 1st.
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‘Unbound,’ ‘Rabbi’s Cat’ Pounce on DVD Shelves
by:+Mercedes Milligan

Two very different but equally worthy animated efforts are topping the Animag home entertainment shopping list this week. First, for comic-book fans, the 16th film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line Superman: Unbound brings the 2008 Brainiac story arc to life thanks to Warner Bros. Animation and director James Tucker.
Based on the comics written by Geoff Johns and adapted by Bob Goodman, the 75-minute 2D flick sends the Man of Steel (voiced by Matt Bomer) and his unpredictable cousin Supergirl (Molly Quinn) facing off with ruthless villain Brainiac (John Noble), who has taken and miniaturized Krypton’s capital city of Kandor.
The DVD version ($19.98) comes with a preview of the next DCU film, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. The Blu-ray ($24.98) tacks on the Brainiac: Technology and Terror featurette, four DC toons from the vault, and a digital comic excerpt from the graphic novel. Both are available May 7 from Warner Home.
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Entire 10-episode OVA series available as a Litebox-style DVD set on September 3, 2013
GRIMES, IA, May 8, 2013 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to announce The Irresponsible Captain Tylor OVA Series DVD Set will be released on September 3, 2013.

This new set repackages the entire 10-episode OVA series – featuring remastered video from the Japanese home video release and previous Nozomi release - with English audio, Japanese audio, English subtitles and on-screen translations, and on disc-extras.

One of the “50 Best Anime Ever” – Anime Insider
“ the best science-fiction comedy ever animated” – Animerica
“Entertaining and fun… Very recommended.” –
“Highly Recommended” – DVD Talk
“One of the best anime series you’ll ever see.” –
“a solidly plotted serious space series that incidentally happens to be hysterically humorous” – SciFi Weekly

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is based upon a series of novels by Hitoshi Yoshioka and features direction by Koichi Mashimo (Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Noir, Sorcerer Hunters), with production by Big West (Macross, Macross Frontier), d-rights (El Cazador de la Bruja, Gun X Sword) and Tatsunoko Production (Gatchaman, Casshern Sins). The English dub stars Crispin Freeman as “Captain Justy Ueki Tylor,” Lisa Ortiz as “Azalyn,” Rachael Lillis as “Yuriko Star,” Carol Jacobanis as “Harumi Nakagawa,” David Brimmer as “Lt. Makato Yamamoto” and Veronica Taylor as “Shia Has.” for more information, to view the trailer and to pre-order THE IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR OVA series on DVD.

Six long months have passed. The Raalgon Empire has developed a horrible new type of weapon, and Tylor has been charged with the duty of intercepting them as it is being transported. But when all that could go wrong does go wrong, the crew members of the Soyokaze find themselves at the mercy of their enemies. As the hours tick down toward their execution, the crew wonders: Has their irresponsible captain misled them? Or is this all a part of some greater strategy? Contains the complete 10-episode OVA series!

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