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    Author: Keith Aiken Source: Paramount Pictures, various Official Website: Cloverfield Movie View the DVD trailer, courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment On the eve of his departure for Japan, Rob Hawkins (Michael Stahl-David) sees his going-away party as an opportunity to confess unresolved feelings and tie up loose ends. His agenda takes an unexpected turn when a jolt shakes the revelers. The crowd quiets down to watch news reports of an earthquake, then rushes to the roof to assess the damage. A fireball explodes on the distant horizon. A power failure follows. Confusion gives way to panic as the partygoers stumble through the blackout and into the streets. Amid the human screams and one inhuman roar, Rob and his friends must traverse a landscape that has changed, overtaken by something otherworldly, terrifying, monstrous… On July 3, 2007 Paramount Pictures` blockbuster hit TRANSFORMERS opened in more than 4,000 theaters

    Re-living the adventure in 60 minutes! Author: James M. Ballard Official Website: Bandai Visual With the latest feature film GREAT DECISIVE BATTLE! THE SUPER 8 ULTRA BROTHERS (Dai Kessen! Chou Urutora Hachi Kyoudai) due to hit cinemas across Japan in September, it is time to re-visit the latest generation of Ultra heroes. Therefore, from December 2007, Tsuburaya Productions and Bandai Visual began releasing re-edited, direct-to-DVD episodes of the Heisei Ultraman TV series under the banner of "Climax Stories" (see the original article.) Last month saw the release of CLIMAX STORIES: ULTRAMAN NEXUS (Kuraimakkusu Sutooriizu Urutoraman Nekusasu) from the show`s original screenwriter Keiichi Hasegawa and director Yuichi Abe. The basic setup of the Climax Stories is to provide a one hour collection of clips from each series, with the original stars from the show returning to provide voice-over narration. While easily disregarded as clip shows, this actually works

    SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, It Ain’t! Author: Michael Kure Source: ADV Films ADV Films presents JING, KING OF BANDITS: SEVENTH HEAVEN (O Dorobou Jing:Seventh Heaven, 2004), a feature length animated movie animated by Aniplex (RUROUNI KENSHIN) and directed by Hiroshi Watanabe (MYTHICAL DETECTIVE LOKI RAGNAROK, SLAYERS) Synopsis: They call it Seventh Heaven: an asylum of a prison roasting on the lowest ring of Hell. Run by a psychotic warden and his army of hockey-masked guards, it’s a festering pit filled with thousands of hardened criminals… plus one very unfortunate Bandit King and his loyal, feathered sidekick! And as if THAT didn’t suck enough for our heroes, toss in a magician who uses stolen dreams to trap his victims in bizarre worlds of illusion who then sets his beady eyes on Jing and Kir! So how does the star of a hit anime series escape from the biggest bird

    The Classic Media Godzilla Collection is Complete Author: John “Dutch” DeSentis Source: Classic Media, Inc. Official site: Godzilla on DVD So here we are, just over one year since the release of Classic Media’s GOJIRA/GODZILLA Special Edition. Since then we have seen the release of no less than four Showa Godzilla movies— all given deluxe treatment with dual versions of each film plus special features. Now with the Christmas holiday approaching, the release of Classic Media’s Godzilla Collection box-set has heralded the final two DVDs in the catalog. ALL MONSTERS ATTACK (Oru Kaijiu Daishingeki aka: Godzilla’s Revenge, 1969) and TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (Mechagojira no Gyakushu, 1975) come with the same great attention to detail as the previous discs. Although the fact that they are only available for now in the Godzilla Collection box-set may be a turn off to people that bought all the other discs already,

    Author: Sean Kotz Source: Classic Media, Inc. Official site: Godzilla on DVD Godzilla fans have had a lot to be happy about over the last year. Short of a new film in the series, the next best thing is a quality DVD release and since September of 2006, beginning with an award-winning two disc set of GOJIRA, Classic Media has been delivering quality DVD releases. As a follow-up, in April of 2007, Classic Media unleashed GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (Gojira no gyakushû, 1955) and MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (Mosura tai Gojira, 1964) for an appreciative fan base in attractively packaged and well-designed editions. On June 5th, two more highly anticipated DVDs will arrive— GHIDORAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (1964) and INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER (1965)—and they continue Classic Media’s recent trend of giving fans what they want. GHIDORAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (San daikaijû: Chikyu saidai no kessen, 1964) and INVASION OF

    Classic Media Continues to Score with the Release of a Previously Lost Godzilla Film and One of the Greatest Godzilla Sequels Author: John “Dutch” DeSentis Source: Classic Media, Inc. Official site: Godzilla on DVD Special Thanks to Bob Johnson and Keith Aiken Before last September, Classic Media was a company whose efforts at releasing Godzilla films on DVD had fallen far short of expectations. All that changed, however, when the company took to heart what the fans wanted and released the superior GOJIRA/GODZILLA TWO DISC SPECIAL EDITION DVD. Now, in 2007, the company continues its incredible line of Godzilla DVDs which put everything behind them to shame. GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN The first of the new wave of DVDs is GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (Gojira no Gyakushu, 1955). Produced and released no less than six months after the original movie, this movie picks up with a new

    The Criterion Collection Presents a Post-War Masterpiece by Director Kon Ichikawa Author: John “Dutch” DeSentis Source: The Criterion Collection SPOILER WARNING: The following review contains plot details for THE BURMESE HARP so if you would like to avoid them, just skip right down to the section on the DVD itself. THE MOVIE “The soil of Burma is red, and so are its rocks...” These are the words that open the film THE BURMESE HARP right after the title crawl across the barren landscape. The movie, based on a novel written by Takeyama Michio and released in Japan as BIRUMA NO TATEGOTO in 1956, tells the story of a man stationed in Burma named Yasuhiko Mizushima (Shoji Yasui) who happens to have a natural ability to play the harp. His commander, Captain Inouye (Rentaro Mikuni), was a music school graduate who taught his

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