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Straight up We’ll Climb in this GKIDS Rerelease of The Wind Rises

22 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

GKIDS & Shout! Factory

Release Date:
Sept 22, 2020

The question of which North American Studio Ghibli home video release is worthwhile to own depends on how consistent the package design is between each distributor’s release. I tried to obtain all the region two releases but as home video player technologies changed, I adapted because I favoured high definition over a low fidelity DVD format.

The changeover of rights is not confusing. Disney got the license for certain films, and if the title was deemed “too adult,” it was a Touchstone Pictures release. Universal Pictures handled the non-Miyazaki products, and over time the Mouse conceded. GKIDs and Shout! Factory took over distribution. I’m at the point of filing away my cases and making a custom binder to store my many versions and not worrying about how my collection looks on the media shelf. With The Wind Rises now on Bluray, I can say my collection is more or less complete.

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Dragon Ball Super Chibi Masters to Smash!

16 Sep

Bandai’s Chibi Masters are coming, and they’re certainly be smashing displays with this second wave lineup which includes Super Saiyan Goku, Super Saiyan Vegeta, Super Saiyan Broly, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Gogeta, and Freiza Final Form. Each figure comes packaged in a windowed box and includes a stand and base. These figures are an excellent addition to both veteran and new fans’ collections and how can anyone not want Frieza on their shelf?

Although this company is better known for their Gundam product-line, they are certainly hitting it out of the park with other franchise product releases. They are a leading Japanese manufacturer of toys and collectibles for many decades. These Dragon Ball Super! figures are 80mm tall and each character captures the action-packed energy from the anime in miniature form and are affordably priced! Chibi Masters are exclusively distributed in the United States by Los Angeles based distributor Ultra Tokyo Connection LLC.

 

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Diving into Weathering With You’s Home Video Release!

14 Sep

Weathering With You Blu-Ray Case & How to Order

Regular and Steelbook limited edition available to preorder on Amazon USA

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date:
September 15, 2020

Shout! Factory

The anime Weathering with You (天気の子) is more than just a movie about climate change. It’s also about relationships and how people handle crises. Here, Hodaka Morishima (Kotaro Daigo) is not happy with his life and runs away from home. He believes he can do better by himself in Tokyo. However, with no valid credentials, nobody will hire him.

A chance encounter with Hina Amano (Nana Mori) turns out to be the best thing to happen for the lad. The two develop feelings and pretty soon a lot of obstacles get in their way to happiness. One of them includes the fact both are orphans and it doesn’t take very long for social services to catch up to them!

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[TIFF2020] Walk, Don’t Run for Wolfwalkers Debut!

12 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Toronto International
Film Festival 2020

North American Debut

GKIDS

MILD SPOILER ALERT

Cartoon Saloon’s Wolfwalkers is a sweetly engaging animated tale about the winds of change not only within the Goodfellowe family but also with Ireland as a whole. No, we’re not necessarily talking about revolution, but instead in how to let the past be what it must, and see little sparrows grow.

Robyn’s (Honor Kneafsey) coming of age tale is key to this heroine’s journey into adulthood. Bill (Sean Bean) can’t bear to see her grow up. He promised (the wife is presumably deceased) to keep this wee darling daughter safe, but she’s ready to kill wolves like her father. He’s been hired by the puritanical Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell to hunt down the wolves of Kilkenny. This film is historically correct when they are considered a threat to business (mostly the loss of sheep) but there are other ways to handle a dire situation..

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