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We Want to Believe’s Ongoing Search for Bigfoot Mounts in Part Two!

24 Feb

nullBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

We Want to Believe’s Bigfoot Hunt has expanded to four episodes in JoBlo.com’s YouTube channel, The Paranormal Network! Well, in what I was led to believe was that it would be a three-parter, but during the editing process the production team saw they had more to help add to the mystery of what lurks in the forests of British Columbia.

They are not purposely stretching out the content because current health and travel regulations say please stay at home. Regional variants of the COVID-19 virus, like this critter, are creeping in and that’s the last thing anyone wants to be besotted with!

Part Two shows Jason Hewlett talking to other leading Sasquatch hunters, namely paranormal podcaster Shannon LeGro and cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard, about why they are invested and what this creature represents in the various cultures around the Earth. Ken wisely reiterates the ideas from the first episode regarding how locals, namely the indigenous people, regard him.

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Aren’t you Vlad to See Delgado’s Stake with Dracula?

22 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

CLOVER PRESS
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No matter which publication and or interpretation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula readers love, to have the vision of Ricardo Delgado adding to the lore will no doubt add to the appeal! This storyboard artist and character designer is well known for his work in films like Apollo 13, The Incredibles, and Men in Black. His Age of Reptiles graphic novels are acclaimed for their stunning depiction of dinosaurs and prehistory. But Delgado’s latest creative endeavour may well be his most ambitious to date: a fresh and unsettling take that reimagines Bram Stoker’s classic ghost story.

Dracula of Transylvania supports and builds upon Stoker’s classic, haunting original story, but this is not your parents’ Dracula or your grandparents’ Dracula,” says Delgado. “This personification of the Nosferatu king is dark and powerful, a malevolent antagonist who suffers no fools, accepts no failure and crushes anyone in his path. This Dracula is not a romantic. He’s a complete horror. Just the way I always wanted him to be.”

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Cracking Open The Croods in the Home Video Release of the New Age

22 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

4K, DVD & Bluray Release
Feb 23, 2021

Movie review can be read here.

Fans of The Croods will definitely have a better appreciation with the new film after checking out the bonus material in the home video release. Even a greater respect is earned after seeing how much time was spent on story development. Joel Crawford and the writing team certainly struggled to figure a balance between the picturesque wonder that makes up this newly expanded universe, and a sequel worthy tale

The finale is established when Eep leaves the nest for good to create a family of her own with Guy. Part two is about the obstacles they face, including testing whether this teenage romance is just that, or can it be more?

Besides the usual package of added material–two new shorts, the gag reel and director’s commentary–there’s deleted scenes (seven pieces in all, and one is a variant of another), a “family album” introducing the characters and the performers providing their voices, the “Evolution of” segment showing how the film was put together, and with four how to activities for kids to do with parents. They include how to draw the Croods and how to make a few tasty delights featured in the film.

This release is far better than the first one. I bought the Walmart variant which came with a Belt stuffed doll. No Sash is spotted yet, but hopefully a future package will offer the two sloths together. This second film has an exclusive which isn’t as exciting–a puzzle and water bottle. At least Target is offering a variant which includes an art book since no official one is being offered when compared to the first film’s colourful tome which is now out of print.

Not to be forgotten in this release is an original animated piece, To: Gerard, which not everyone will take note of. DreamWorks shows they are able to create that PIXAR level magic. This short about an elderly man using the power of magic to brighten the day of a young girl is particularly enchanting (pardoning the pun).

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The Legend of Hei is Coming to America on April 30th!

20 Feb

Over five years in the making, The Legend of Hei is a heart-warming fantasy movie adventure, bolstered by beautiful animation and enchanting narrative. Filmmaker Ping Zhang (a.k.a MTJJ) derived this story from a popular flash animation series he created in 2011.

The series gained immense popularity when it debuted online in China, and Zhang then decided to develop it into a feature-length movie. Following successful openings in China and Japan, The Legend of Hei screened at Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Japan Media Arts Festival to great audience enthusiasm.

Shout! Studios is proud to present The Legend of Hei on Digital in Digital platforms beginning April 30, 2021 and offer the DVD and Blu-ray™+ DVD combo pack May 11, 2021.

Pre-orders are available through ShoutFactory.com or Amazon USA

Official Trailer:

Synopsis:

Cat spirit Luo-Xiao Hei’s goes on a journey of self-discovery after his home gets deforested by humans. On his search for a new home, he runs into a group of other spirit creatures who take him under their wing with dreams of reconquering the land they say is rightfully theirs. However, the group runs into a human known as Wuxian, who separates Hei from the other spirits. The two go on a journey that teaches Hei to control his abilities as well as forming his own thoughts on whether or not he should ally with the spirits or humans.

THE LEGEND OF HEI also features an exceptional English voice cast, featuring Chinese American talent, including Emi Lo (Bofuri, Valentine), Aleks Le (Funan, Ne Zha), Howard Wang (Dragon Ball Z, Marvel Avengers Academy), Kaiji Tang (Justice League, Grantz-O), Caleb Yen (Black Clover, Scott & Crowley), and Suzie Yeung (Kemono Friends).