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    Source: 4Digital Media, The Associates Official Movie Site: 20th Boys Special Thanks to Steve Beecham and Farhana Shaikh SciFi Japan is pleased to present another giveaway contest; for the first time aimed at Japanese science fiction fans in the United Kingdom. In celebration of the upcoming UK DVD release of 20TH CENTURY BOYS, 4Digital Media and The Associates are giving British SciFi Japan readers a chance to win one of three "20TH CENTURY BOYS DVD Prizepacks". Each Prizepack includes the 20TH CENTURY BOYS theatrical poster, a Friend cult T-shirt, and the 2-Disc UK DVD set. Based on the hugely successful, award winning manga series created by Naoki Urasawa (Yawara; Monster), 20TH CENTURY BOYS is the first installment of the mind-blowing, three-part live-action adaptation of the epic sci-fi fantasy adventure. Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (SUSHI KING GOES TO NEW YORK; HAPPILY EVER AFTER; KEIZOKU:

    Japanese Sci-Fi Blockbuster Comes to DVD on 4th May, 2009 Source: 4Digital Media, The Associates press release Official Movie Site: 20th Boys Special Thanks to Steve Beecham and Farhana Shaikh It`s been creating a buzz of anticipation since its production was first announced in late-2006 and now 20TH CENTURY BOYS, the first instalment of the epic live-action trilogy adaptation of Naoki Urasawa`s hit manga series, is finally coming to DVD in Britain. Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi (SUSHI KING GOES TO NEW YORK; HAPPILY EVER AFTER; KEIZOKU: THE MOVIE) and starring Toshiaki Karasawa (CASSHERN), 20TH CENTURY BOYS` epic storyline spans 50 years and several continents, factors that necessitated a budget of 6 billion yen for the trilogy – an unprecedented figure for the Japan film industry. Japan, 1973. Elementary school kid Kenji Endo (Toshiaki Karasawa) and his small gang of young friends pass the

    The Korean Monster Hit Invades Japanese Home Video Market Author: Kim Song-ho Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Japan Official Movie Sites: D-WAR (Korea), D-WARS (Japan) Special Thanks to Mr. Yang Hee-seung Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Japan announced that it will release a two-disc DVD and single-disc Blu-ray of DRAGON WARS (D-War, 2007) on June 3. Formerly, the film was released theatrically in Japan on November 29, 2008. The Japanese title is D-WARS (????????), which was somewhat reminiscent of the US title DRAGON WARS. Both the Region 2 DVD and Blu-ray Disc feature more than 2 hours of bonus features (listed below). The DVD will include 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen feature, along with Dolby Digital 5.1 original English/Korean sound. As with many Japanese titles, the Japanese dub (also DD 5.1) will be added. Blu-ray will feature the 2.35:1 widescreen film and Dolby TrueHD (original English/Korean and Japanese dub)

    A New Spin on the Japanese Horror Film Source: Tidepoint Pictures, LLC Official Movie Site: Late Bloomer Special Thanks to Shade Rupe and Tetsuki Ijichi He was disabled with Cerebral Palsy, but all he wanted was to hang out with his friends, just like anybody else. Beer, rock and roll, and women. But when his best friend steals his secret love, he launches into a cold-blooded rampage of revenge. Directed by the powerful new Japanese talent Go Shibata, LATE BLOOMER features stark and highly stylized camera work and a soundtrack by World`s End Girlfriend. Fresh from week-long runs in New York, Seattle, and Chicago, director Go Shibata`s critcially acclaimed cult hit LATE BLOOMER (Osoi Hito, 2004) comes to DVD from Bone House Asia and Facets. “Weird, wicked and wonderfully perverse”—THE NEW YORK TIMES “ ***1/2 ” —ROGER EBERT “Gets under your skin, then immediately starts eating

    Source: MVM Entertainment Official Website: MVM Entertainment ELEMENTAL GELADE Box Set Release Date: 9th February 2009 / Certificate: 12 / Price: £49.99 / Total Running Time: 650 mins / Audio Options: English (2.0), Japanese (2.0) / Subtitles: English / Aspect Ratio: 4:3 / Disc Specs: 6 discs, Region 2, PAL Colour, Single Sided & Dual Layered From director Shigeru Ueda (Tactics; Serial Experiments Lain) and manga author and illustrator Mayumi Azuma comes ELEMENTAL GELADE, a sci-fi comedy-adventure about a young apprentice sky pirate, Cou, who discovers and befriends a mysterious young girl, Ren, who turns out to be a mythical creature with the ability to transform herself into a "living" weapon of formidable power. ELEMENTAL GELADE BOX SET will be released on 2nd February 2009 and features every single episode from all 6 volumes. On a seemingly routine mission, Cou, a bumbling rookie

    Zany Comedy About a High School Boy and Two Sexy Classmates Inspired By a Popular Manga Series Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Evelyn Dubocq and Erik Jansen IT’S BOY MEETS GIRL – AND ANOTHER GIRL – IN VIZ MEDIA DEBUT OF I”s DVD BOX SET VIZ Media, LLC will expand its library of animated properties with the eagerly awaited debut of I”s as a special two-disc DVD box set with an estimated street date of March 24th. I”s is based on a popular manga series by Masakazu Katsura, published domestically by VIZ Media under its Shonen Jump Advanced imprint. The original I”s animated series, as well as a six-episode follow-up called I”s PURE, will be included this new DVD box set (rated “M” for Mature audiences) and carries an SRP of $29.98 US/$39.99 CAN. Iori Hazuki is a beautiful high school girl

    Source: VIZ Media and MediaLab press releases, Warner Home Video Special Thanks to Evelyn Dubocq and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC has announced their DVD lineup for April 2009, which include animated favorites such as HUNTER X HUNTER, DEATH NOTE, NARUTO, INUYASHA and POKÉMON. VIZ Media’s April releases include many hefty box set editions as well as some featuring special premium collectibles. April also marks the first month that VIZ Media DVD titles will be distributed (in English) in the U.S and Mexico by Warner Home Video. VIZ titles are distributed in Canada by Allegro. HUNTER X HUNTER DVD Box Set Volume 2 Rated “T+” for Older Teens · MSRP: $49.95 US / $64.99 CAN · Available April 7 Gon and his friends have passed the first two stages of the Hunter Exam, but they still have three more grueling phases to complete. The applicants must escape

    The Legendary Monkey King is Back in a Feature Length Movie Source: The Associates press release, Cine-Asia, Pony Canyon Inc. Official Movie Site (Japanese): The 2007 Japanese box office hit MONKEY MAGIC (Saiyuki) comes to British DVD and Blu-ray this month with an English subtitled release from Cine-Asia, a division of Showbox Media Group. Produced by Fuji Television and Toho, and adapted from Wu Chengen`s classic 16th Century Chinese novel, Journey To The West (Xi You Ji), the movie is a big budget fantasy adventure featuring the further comic exploits of the irrepressible Monkey King— known as Sun Wu Kung/Kong in China or Son Goku in Japan— a popular character in film, television, and animation. Journey To The West is a fictionalized account of Chinese monk Xuan Zang`s (known in Japan as Sanzo Hoshi, and in English as Tripitaka) real life pilgrimage

    Highly Anticipated Sequel To Supernatural Action Mystery Based On Popular Manga And Animated Series Source: VIZ Media press release Official Movie Site: Death Note Films Special Thanks to Evelyn Dubocq VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has announced the highly anticipated DVD release of DEATH NOTE II: THE LAST NAME, based on the hit supernatural action mystery manga and animated series. The DVD will feature both the original Japanese dialogue with English subtitles and the English dubbed version by the outstanding voice cast of the animated series. The Red Hot Chili Peppers again contribute the theme song. Bonus features include a special segment, “Making of DEATH NOTE II” and the original Japanese theatrical trailer. The DVD will carry a suggested retail price of $24.92 and will be distributed in North America by VIZ Media. The estimated street

    Japanese Horror Hit Comes to Britain Source: 4Digital Media press release Official Movie Site: xx-movie Special Thanks to Steve Beecham The J-Horror/Comedy film X-CROSS (XX Ekusu-Kurosu: Makyo Densetsu) has been released on DVD in the United Kingdom by 4Digital Asia, and imprint of British distributor 4Digital Media. The movie was made by "X-Cross Film Partners" (Avex Entertainment, Studio Swan, Toei Company Ltd.) and released theatrically in Japan by Toei on December 1, 2007. In 2008, X-CROSS played the North American festival circuit with screenings at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the New York Asian Film Festival, and the FanTasia Film Festival in Montreal. The following text and images are courtesy of 4Digital Media... From the Director of YO-YO GIRL COP and the Writer of the DEATH NOTE Movies Anyone believing that the Japanese horror film industry had run out of creative

    Author: Keith Aiken Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., Media Blasters, Inc. Official Movie Site: MONSTER X STRIKES BACK Special thanks to Shion Komatsu, Richard York, and Aki Harimoto Japanese studio Shochiku Co., Ltd. and New York-based distributor Media Blasters, Inc. have confirmed that Media Blasters has acquired North American rights to MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT! (Girara no Gyakushu / Samitto Kiki Ippatsu!, 2008). The movie brought the space monster Guilala— introduced in Shochiku`s THE X FROM OUTER SPACE (Uchu Daikaiju Girara, 1967)— back to Japanese movie screens for the first time in 41 years. Guilala was also recently featured in a popular American television commercial for the job service The Ladders. Written and directed by cult filmmaker Minoru Kawasaki (THE CALAMARI WRESTLER, THE WORLD SINKS EXCEPT JAPAN), MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT! is a comedy about Guilala`s appearance in Hokkaido during

    Source: Neu Bauhaus LLC press release Official Website: Abunai Sisters Special Thanks to Ai Aota ABUNAI SISTERS Story #1 video courtesy of Neu Bauhaus LLC. © Abunai Sisters Production Committee "The Kano Sisters are arguably Japan`s top female celebrities... They exude a self-confidence that is rare." -New York Times "On Japan`s celebrity circuit, there are no bigger cats than the Kano Sisters." -Time Magazine Japanese super celebrities the Kano Sisters launch a global brand with a new anime project from Pony Canyon. The sensational new anime mini-series ABUNAI (Dangerous) SISTERS - KOKO & MIKA will be released on DVD using a new direct-to-consumer retail program called “The Gathering System” which dictates the retail price based on the amount of overall orders. This advance-order-only marketing tool was implemented to accept pre-orders until the end of January in both Japan and the

    New Release Date for Tokyo Shock DVD Source: Media Blasters, Inc. Special Thanks to Richard York We received the following message from Richard York of Media Blasters concerning the company`s upcoming Tokyo Shock Region 1 DVD of the Shaw Brothers` martial arts classic THE BRAVE ARCHER (She diao ying xiong chuan, 1977)... As you may have noticed, THE BRAVE ARCHER did not come out in December 2008 as originally announced. We encountered some technical snafus that delayed the release. We`ve since remedied those problems and we`re rescheduling the release for April. Right now, the date is set for 4/7/2009 and so far there are no apparent reasons for it to be delayed any further. We apologize for the delay but we`re confident that you`ll be pleased with the results. With that said, here`s what you can expect: Running Time: Approximately 121 minutes 2.35:1 Anamorphic (and progressive)

    New Info, Cover Art, and Release Dates for Asian DVDs and Blu-ray on the `Tokyo Shock` Label Source: Media Blasters, Inc. Special Thanks to Richard York Media Blasters has provided new information, cover art, specifications, and release dates for their upcoming Tokyo Shock Blu-ray and Region 1 DVDs. Look for the following titles in the first quarter of 2009. Available Now: GAMERA THE BRAVE (Chiisaki Yusha-tachi Gamera, 2006) Thirty years ago, as the giant fire-breathing turtle Gamera disappears during a battle against the flying monsters called Gyaos. In 2006, a young boy named Toru Aizawa discovers a turtle egg on a beach. The egg hatches in his hand, and Toru decides to keep the tiny newborn as a pet. The little turtle grows quickly and soon displays some very unusual behavior such as flying and breathing fire. Toru realizes that he has found a baby Gamera!

    A Look Back at Asian Sci-Fi Throughout the Year Author: Aaron Cooper Special Thanks: The entire staff of SciFi Japan 2008 was intriguing in the landscape of Japanese science fiction and fantasy films. To some, it may have appeared very dry; to others it seemed a great boon of varied material. Big names like Godzilla and Gamera were mostly no-shows, but the slack appears to be taken up in a variety of outlets by a wide range of talent depending on your tastes. The staff of SciFi Japan took another moment to ponder over the events of the past year, and attempted to come up with the most defining moments of 2008. You may agree or disagree but regardless, the year held moments for everyone whether you knew it or not! In dead last and deserving it - 10. 2008 was the 10th Anniversary of Godzilla’s big

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui, Kara Brovsky, and Erik Jansen Publishing, animation and licensing company VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media) has announced an array of new manga and animated titles scheduled for release throughout the Fourth Quarter. The new anime releases include the long-awaited launch of a new series – HUNTER X HUNTER – as well as a variety of DVD Box Sets Featuring Special Collectible Figurines, Special Editions and single disc editions of popular series including BLEACH, NARUTO, DEATH NOTE, BUSO RENKIN, BLUE DRAGON and much-loved classics like INUYASHA. On the manga front, seven new series are set to debut: Blank Slate, Nora: the Last Chronicle of Devildom, Solanin, Captive Hearts, Gaba Kawa, We Were There and St. ? Dragon Girl. The first titles will premiere this month and are designed to appeal to Teen and Older Teen readers with

    Source: JN Productions, Inc. Official Website: Generation Kikaida Riding on the success and popularity of the Toei tokusatsu (live-action) series of the 70`s KIKAIDA, JN Productions and Generation Kikaida will release another action-packed Japanese superhero DVD box set INAZUMAN on November 21, 2008. Inazuman, the Fighter for Freedom, battles mutant monsters of the evil Bamba Empire who are threatening the world. Watari Goro, a college student, saves two youngsters from the Neo-Human Empire`s Fantom Army. The youngsters bring him to the base of the Youth League, a group of pure-hearted young mutants with psionic powers. Their leader, Capt. Sarra, awakens Goro to his own super powers that allow him to turn first into Sanagiman, then into Inazuman. After he defeats a Neo-Human monster, Goro is accepted into the Youth League, and presented with the amazing vehicle, Raijingo. All 25 episodes of INAZUMAN are packaged in a

    Source: Warner Bros. Home Video Official Movie Website: FRIDAY THE 13TH On February 13, 2009 New Line Pictures and Paramount Pictures will release the new FRIDAY THE 13TH, a reboot of the popular horror series focusing on hockey-masked killer Jason Vorhees. Ten days before the film opens in theaters nationwide, Warner Bros. Home Video will release the NEW LINE JASON SLASHER COLLECTION, a slimcase DVD set of Jason`s last three movies. JASON GOES TO HELL: (1993) Think he’s dead? That’s dead wrong. Jason is reborn with the ability to take on the identity of whomever he touches. He could be anywhere. Or anyone. (Don’t stand so close to the person next to you.) JASON X: (2002) Out-of-this-world horror: 25th-century space voyagers thaw the mysterious cryo-specimen they brought aboard – Jason. Buckle up. It’s going to be a bloody flight! FREDDY VS. JASON: (2003) This town’s

    Two DVD editions and Blu-ray release for the latest Ultraman movie Author: James Ballard Source: Bandai Visual Press Release On January 23rd 2009, the latest Ultraman feature GREAT DECISIVE BATTLE! THE SUPER 8 ULTRA BROTHERS (Daikessen! Chou Urutora Hachi Kyoudai, 2008) will be released on DVD and Blu-ray disc in Japan. The single disc DVD and Blu-ray editions will carry the same content and features. As the first Ultraman movie to be shot entirely in HD, it will take full advantage of the Blu-ray format. It will be the first Blu-ray release for both the Ultraman series and the Japanese kaiju genre. There will also be a 2-disc "Memorial Box" DVD set similar the previous movie, which aside from the extra disc of bonus features will once again include replica screenplay and storyboards, as well as 3D glasses for a short 3D Ultra featurette. The box set

    Animated Feature Film to be Released in Both Single and 2-Disc Editions Source: Warner Bros. Home Video STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Studio: Warner Bros. Genre(s): Fantasy Adventure, Action/Adventure MPAA: PG Running Time: 98 minutes Director: Dave Filoni Actors: James Arnold Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, Nika Futterman THE CLONE WARS takes place between STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES and STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH. Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi continue their journey across the galaxy amongst the Clone Wars, meeting up with familiar villains, such as Count Dooku, General Grievous and Asajj Ventress. The Grand Army of the Republic, led by Yoda, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and other Jedi Knights, must fight the New Droid Army of the Separatists. STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS 2 Disc Special Edition DVD

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