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    Source: FUNimation Entertainment press releases Special Thanks to Jackie Smith FUNimation Entertainment has provided details on several new and upcoming Region 1 anime DVDs... RIN: DAUGHTER OF MNEMOSYNE Complete Series Box Set Available Now SRP $59.98 Official Site: funimation.com/rin Rin Asogi is an immortal private detective with a thirst for vodka and a talent for attracting things that go bump in the night. In a series of nightmarish vignettes spanning sixty-five years, Rin`s lush body is sadistically pierced, blown up, and mulched to a bloody pulp. The fiend behind her tortured existence is Apos, an eternal being obsessed with sacrificing Rin to Yggdrasil, the tree of all life. While Rin struggles to unravel the secrets of her endless agony, Apos lurks in the shadows, eager to tear into her ripe body and devour the memories of her countless lives. Rin`s no stranger to the realm of

    Natural Disasters and Mutant Animals Terrify and Entertain Source: Madman Entertainment Two of the biggest box office hits in Korea last year were the mega-tsunami thriller HAEUNDAE and the killer wild boar horror/comedy CHAW. The Australian distributor Madman Entertainment has picked up both films and is releasing them on Region 4 PAL DVD. HAEUNDAE went on sale last month, and CHAW is scheduled for April. Neither movie has been released on home video in North America. HAEUNDAE There is no escape. Korea`s first disaster movie has arrived, with special effects by acclaimed Hollywood CGI specialists Polygon, the team behind the STAR WARS prequels, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW and THE PERFECT STORM. During the busy summer months, the beach resort of Haeundae is packed with up to 1 million vacationing Koreans. On one such day, marine geologist Kim-hwi detects some seismic activity which

    New Anime and Live Action Region 1 DVDs Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Genre distributor Section23 Films has announced two new DVDs hitting shelves today. From Section23 client Sentai Filmworks comes the first collection of YOU`RE UNDER ARREST: FULL THROTTLE, the outrageous follow-up to YOU`RE UNDER ARREST: FAST & FURIOUS. Next up is BUYUSENKI BATTLE CHRONICLE, a motorcycle gang action thriller from Switchblade Pictures. YOU`RE UNDER ARREST: FULL THROTTLE The ladies of Bokuto Police Station are back, but there have been some BIG changes! Miyuki`s been in the U.S., studying American police techniques while Natsumi`s actually been serving in the military! So have these world-changing experiences had any effect on how everyone`s favorite girls in blue carry out their duties protecting the Japanese public? Have they gained a more "mature" perspective? Well, let`s just say that, if anything, they may be

    Hong Kong Legends Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung Face Off in Martial Arts Hit Source: The Associates press release Special Thanks to Farhana Shaikh Winner of the Best Action Choreography Award at the 2006 Hong Kong Film Awards and hailed by Variety as “a must see” for martial arts and action movie fans, the action-thriller KILL ZONE (aka SPL: Sha Po Lang, 2005) comes to Blu-ray and DVD (as a two-disc Ultimate Edition) in March packed with special features that include behind the scenes featurettes, plus exclusive interviews with the stars and filmmakers. Directed by Wilson Yip and featuring the work of many of the creative talents who helped him in bringing IP MAN, FLASHPOINT and DRAGON TIGER GATE to the screen, KILL ZONE stars Donnie Yen (IP MAN; AN EMPRESS AND THE WARRIORS), Simon Yam (IP MAN; TRIANGLE), Sammo Hung (THREE KINGDOMS;

    HALO LEGENDS on DVD and Blu-ray; DEATH NOTE RELIGHT and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Source: Madman Entertainment The Australian distributor Madman Entertainment is releasing the following anime titles this month on Blu-ray and Region 4 DVD... HALO LEGENDS Go deeper into the Halo universe than ever before with HALO LEGENDS, an all-new, CG and traditional anime experience that presents enthralling new stories from one of the world`s most popular video game franchises. HALO LEGENDS is a seven-story anthology - told across eight spectacular episodes - that explores the origin and historical events of the Halo universe and its intriguing characters. Studios involved in the Halo Legends project include Bones Inc., Casio Entertainment Inc., Production I.G, STUDIO4°C and Toei Animation. Bones: Founded in 1998, Bones has become one of the top animation studios in Japan in less than a decade. The studio is best known

    Source: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Inc. Official Movie Site: disneypictures/ponyo Special Thanks to Jackie Cavanagh Today, March 2, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment releases several titles from legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Miyazaki`s latest, PONYO, will be available in both Blu-ray and DVD, while the classics CASTLE IN THE SKY, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO are returning as Special Edition DVDs with brand new extra features. WDSHE has provided the trailer and a number of video clips from PONYO. For additional information, DVD and Blu-ray specs, and images please see the previous report here on SciFi Japan. Behind the Scenes Video About Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Inc. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home entertainment industry,

    Source: VIZ Pictures Official Movie Site: 20thboysfilms.com (US), 20th Boys (Japanese) Special Thanks to Rieko Fuji A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Thank you to everyone who entered VIZ Pictures and SciFi Japan`s contest for a free 20TH CENTURY BOYS 2 DVD Gift Pack. The following randomly drawn entrants correctly answered all contest questions: Evan Brehany Joseph W. Whalen Wilton E. Newman Congratulations to the winners! Each of you has won a Gift Pack containing the 20TH CENTURY BOYS 2: THE LAST HOPE DVD, button, and theatrical poster. VIZ Pictures will be shipping the Gift Packs shortly so keep an eye on your mailbox. Contest Answers: 1. Who was blamed for the attacks on the Bloody New Year`s Eve of 2000? A: Kenji Endo (or Kenji and his friends) 2. The 20th Century Boys manga was created by Naoki Urasawa. Name the anime series based

    Toho Box Office Hit Coming from MVM Entertainment on March 8th Source: The Associates press release Special Thanks to Louise Rivers The 2006 disaster film SINKING OF JAPAN (Nihon Chinbotsu) will be released on DVD in the UK next week by MVM Entertainment. The movie is based on the best selling novel Japan Sinks by Sakyo Komatsu, and the previous film adaption, Toho`s blockbuster SUBMERSION OF JAPAN (1973). SINKING OF JAPAN was a co-production among several companies; most notably Toho and Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS). It was co-written and directed by Shinji Higuchi, the acclaimed FX director on the Heisei Gamera series who has gone on to helm hit films such as LORELEI: THE WITCH OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN (Lorelei, 2005). The special effects were directed by Makoto Kamiya of GODZILLA, MOTHRA AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK (Gojira, Mosura, Kingughidora: Daikaiju

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Evelyn Dubocq and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC has announced their list of DVD titles scheduled for release in April 2010. This includes the final box set release of NANA, the next episodic releases of the popular BLEACH and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series, and the latest box set release of NARUTO SHIPPPUDEN. Also releasing is the live action feature film, K-20: THE FIEND WITH TWENTY FACES, from VIZ Pictures. VIZ Media DVD titles are distributed (in English) in the U.S and Mexico by Warner Home Video and in Canada by Allegro. New NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Releases Include: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Box Set 2 Special Edition MSRP: $69.97 US / $99.99 CAN Available April 20 Team Kakashi is joined by Team Guy in their pursuit of Gaara`s kidnappers, Deidara and Sasori, but their way to the Akatsuki hideout is

    Biker Vengeance on Region 1 DVD Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Next month, genre film distributor Section23 Films and Switchblade Pictures will release the unrated limited edition DVD of BUYUSENKI BATTLE CHRONICLE. BUYUSENKI BATTLE CHRONICLE Mix motorcycles, drugs and yakuza under pressure and the result is bosozoku, the brutal motorized street gangs that terrorize Japan armed with swords and baseball bats. Kyosuke Jinnai was the leader of the "Buyusenki," the largest group of its kind in the Kanto region, but sick of the violence, he had planned to give it all up to make a family with his pregnant girlfriend. Instead, all of that was stolen from him in a moment of savage betrayal, and the man who dreamed of a life of peace has instead been transformed into an angel of death! The streets of Japan will be paved with

    Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its May slate of DVD releases, including the second season of the hit anime series HELL GIRL from Section23 client Sentai Filmworks. Sentai will also release three other anime series sets in May, including YOU`RE UNDER ARREST: FULL THROTTLE COLLECTION 2, SAMURAI HAREM - ASU NO YOICHI COMPLETE COLLECTION and EYESHIELD 21 COLLECTION 1. Also releasing in May from Sentai Filmworks, APPLESEED BLU-RAY EDITION which includes an all new English dub featuring the cast of APPLESEED EX MACHINA! May 2010 product details follow, in order of release... YOU`RE UNDER ARREST: FULL THROTTLE COLLECTION 2 Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 300 min. Street Date: 5/4/2010 Format: DVD SRP: $39.98 They’re tough, tenacious and would take no prisoners… Except it’s their job! Miyuki, Natsumi and the

    Source: 4Digital Media, Arias UK Ltd. press releases Official Movie Site: VAMPIRE GIRL VS FRANKENSTEIN GIRL (Japan) Special Thanks to Chris Meyer From Yoshihiro Nishimura, the man behind the outrageousness of TOKYO GORE POLICE and THE MACHINE GIRL comes this crazed response to both TWILIGHT and LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, a film that consistently overwhelms the viewer in its sheer dementia... Based on a manga by Shungiku Uchida, VAMPIRE GIRL VS FRANKENSTEIN GIRL (Kyuketsu Shojo tai Shojo Furanken, 2008) will be released on DVD (£15.99) in the UK by 4Digital Media on 15th March, 2010. Synopsis Handsome high school student Mizushima (Takumi Saito) receives Valentines Day chocolates from a new student, Monami Arukado (Yukie Kawamura). Little did he know that the chocolates contained traces of Monami`s vampire blood. He gets infected from eating them and Monami confesses that she wants

    New Anime and Live Action Region 1 DVDs Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Section23 Films, America’s fastest-growing genre film distributor, is pleased to announce two new DVDs that will blow your mind. From Section23 client Sentai Filmworks comes the fun new anime MARIA-HOLIC COMPLETE COLLECTION, collecting the entire series in one cool set. Next up is RYUJI THE YAKUZA, a hard-boiled thriller from Switchblade Pictures. Both DVDs were released on February 23rd. MARIA-HOLIC COMPLETE COLLECTION MARIA-HOLIC COMPLETE COLLECTION is a romantic comedy set in an all-girls school, where androphobic transfer student Kanako searches for her yuri partner but instead runs into a cross-dressing boy with a sadistic personality. Featuring unusually lush, playful art direction from studio Shaft, MARIA-HOLIC veers wildly from serious send-up to outrageous parody of popular anime tropes. This is one over-the-top series! It’s not easy to find the

    Author: Ed Godziszewski Official Site: KK DeAgostini Japan One of the recent trends in Japan is take movie and TV series that have long been marketed on video, LD, and dvd and repackage them a new way to sell them yet again to the public. The preferred approach is to produce a bare bones DVD, bundle them with an A4-size booklet, and introduce a new volume every 3-4 weeks, thus bypassing video sales arrangements and allowing the product to be sold as a book in bookstores. Always one to look for ways to sell the same movies to collectors many times over, Toho jumped on this bandwagon recently and intends to sell 55 titles from their special effects film catalog. Sold by a company named DeAgostini starting in September of 2009, the Toho SFX DVD Collection has been a huge seller in its

    Source: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Inc. Press release Official Movie Site: disneypictures/ponyo Special Thanks to Jackie Cavanagh On March 2, 2010, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release several titles from legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Miyazaki`s latest, PONYO, will be available in both Blu-ray and DVD, while the classics CASTLE IN THE SKY, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO are returning as Special Edition DVDs with brand new extra features. PONYO Disney Presents a Studio Ghibli Film From Oscar-Winning* Director Hayao Miyazaki. A Fantastic Re-imagination of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” Comes to Blu-Ray Hi-Def and DVD on March 2, 2010 A heartwarming and lushly animated retelling of a beloved fairytale, PONYO comes to Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD on March 2, 2010 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Presented by legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and

    Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Section23 Films, America’s fastest-growing anime distributor, is pleased to announce the TO LOVE RU COLLECTION 2 DVD set from Sentai Filmworks, which goes on sale today at finer retailers everywhere. TO LOVE RU is the story of the alien princess Lala who runs away from home and ends up on Earth, where she ends up with a high school boy named Yuuki Rito. Lala falls for the hapless Rito, even while he tries to hook up with his long time crush. It’s a cosmic love triangle with lots of laughs and plenty of fan service. As if being accidentally engaged to a demon-like alien princess while attending high school and still making points with the girl he REALLY likes wasn’t enough to keep Rito on the edge of insanity, he’s now stuck with an more dangerous

    Shout`s Cliff Macmillan Discusses the First Official Region 1 Release of the Early Gamera Movies Author: Keith Aiken Official Site: Shout! Factory Special Thanks to Bob Johnson A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The original series of Gamera movies is finally getting a licensed and authorized Region 1 DVD release, courtesy of the Los Angeles-based entertainment company Shout! Factory. The fire-breathing flying turtle first appeared in the Daiei Motion Picture Company`s 1965 film GAMERA (Daikaiju Gamera). Directed by Noriaki Yuasa, GAMERA was a box office smash in Japan, and Daiei would go on to produce a new Gamera sequel each year through 1971... 2. GAMERA VS BARUGON (Daikaiju Ketto: Gamera tai Barugon, 1966) 3. GAMERA VS GYAOS (Daikaiju Kuchusen: Gamera tai Gyaosu, 1967) 4. GAMERA VS VIRAS (Gamera tai Uchu Kaiju Bairasu, 1968) 5. GAMERA VS GUIRON (Gamera tai Daiakuju Giron, 1969) 6. GAMERA

    Get the 20TH CENTURY BOYS 2: THE LAST HOPE DVD and More for Free, Courtesy of VIZ Pictures and SciFi Japan Source: VIZ Pictures Official Movie Site: 20thboysfilms.com (US), 20th Boys (Japanese) Special Thanks to Rieko Fuji A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The popular 20TH CENTURY BOYS (20-Seki Shonen) live-action movie trilogy is now being released on Region 1 DVD by VIZ Pictures and VIZ Media. The films are based on the critically acclaimed 20th Century Boys manga series created by Naoki Urasawa, which is a national phenomenon in Japan, selling over 20 million copies to date. The 20TH CENTURY BOYS movies were released in Japan by Toho and quickly shot to the top of the domestic box office. The three films made their US premieres at the VIZ Cinema in San Francisco in August of 2009. VIZ Pictures and SciFi Japan now follow up December`s

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Evelyn Dubocq and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC has announced their list of DVD titles scheduled for release in March 2010. This includes the final box set release of HONEY AND CLOVER, the next installments of the POKÉMON ELEMENTS series, as well as the latest episodic releases of the popular BLEACH and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series. Also releasing is the live action feature film – HISASHI TENMYOUYA: SAMURAI NOUVEAU from VIZ Pictures. VIZ Media DVD titles are distributed (in English) in the U.S and Mexico by Warner Home Video and in Canada by Allegro. New Shojo Releases Include: HONEY AND CLOVER Box Set 3 MSRP: $59.90 US / $85.99 CAN Available March 16 Yuta returns from his journey of self-discovery only to find everyone around him deep in their own struggles to shape their futures. Ayumi finds herself

    Special Theatrical Screening Planned for February 9th; DVD Arrives on February 16th Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Movie Site: 20thboysfilms.com (US), 20th Boys (Japanese) Special Thanks to Evelyn Dubocq and Erik Jansen VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, will release the science fiction feature 20TH CENTURY BOYS 2: THE LAST HOPE (20-Seiki Shonen: Dai 2 Sho- Saigo no Kibo, 2009) on DVD on February 16th in North America through its distributor, VIZ Media. 20TH CENTURY BOYS will carry a MSRP of $24.92 US / $35.99 CAN. The 20TH CENTURY BOYS saga is based on Naoki Urasawa’s manga series, 20th Century Boys (published in the US by VIZ Media), which has become a national phenomenon in Japan, selling over 20 million copies of the 24 volumes. Urasawa is the creator of many famous works such as

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