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The Croods Come Alive with Virtual Paleontology

14 Feb

In partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, the Canadian Museum of Nature will host “Family Day with The Croods,” based on the DreamWorks Animation family film The Croods: A New Age. The fun virtual event will be broadcast live on Family Day this Monday, February 15th on the museum’s Facebook page at 2:30pm ET in English and 4:30pm ET in French. To join in the interactive programs,  like the Canadian Museum of Nature Facebook pageThe Croods: A New Age is available to own on Digital now and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray™ and DVD February 23, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

“Family Day with The Croods” will be a live event where families can meet scientist and Paleobiologist Dr. Danielle Fraser, who will teach participants about the saber-toothed cat and other prehistoric animals. Participants will also meet DreamWorks animator Ludovic Bouancheau, who will demonstrate how to draw a Croodimal from The Croods: A New Age in an exclusive tutorial. Bring your paper, pencils and eraser to draw along with the tutorial and bring the fan favourite Croods characters to life.

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Jiang Ziya’s Release to Digital & Home Video for the 2021 Chinese New Year!

8 Feb

JIANG ZIYA (2020) - Official Movie Site - Get TicketsBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available on Digital & Home Video (Amazon USA link) Feb 9, 2021

Arriving in time for the upcoming Chinese New Year 2021 is Jiang Ziya (姜子牙)!

This film is reverent for any year because of its themes about renewal. Though delayed from release last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been excited for this film for a long time. It finally screened in the fall of 2020. While it’s hard to say if the post-credits scene was made to update the work so it’d fit for the Autumn season, it certainly worked to keep the story current. My review and examination of the Mandarin language presentation can be found here.

Christopher Sabat‘s vocal performance is on par with Zheng Xi ’s own in the titular role, and the actresses are just as equally notable. The English voice actress (unlisted in the information I’ve obtained) for Daji is sweet, reminiscent of Zach Tyler Eisen‘s Ang from Avatar: The Last Airbender. In contrast, Morgan Garrett gives viewers a very sentai-style performance as Juiwei (Nine Tail). The purpose is no better or worse than in what viewers expect from watching an episode of Power Rangers, for example.

It’s hard to say how the original dialogue and translated version holds as I couldn’t flip between tracks currently available and having a third, namely Cantonese (which I know). Thankfully this home release has both tracks available. The screener I saw only had the English track. I found most of the variation comes from what Ziya said when he was creating magik, and a little with his internal monologue and book-ending the tale.

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Breaking Open The Croods: New Age! Home Release Details Unveiled

4 Feb

Coming to Digital Feb 9, 2021 on iTunes
4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™ AND DVD on Feb 23, 2021

UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Available to pre-order on Amazon USA

DreamWorks’ The Croods: A New Age is ready to take over the free world after its short theatrical run! This Stone Age family is more than likely to go nuclear as it makes for better viewing from the privacy of a pandemic world, and after its over, “A New Age” can be guaranteed–provided the survivors can get along with those new neighbours!

That’s who they discover in this outing–and the running joke is how good are the Croods when compared to the Bettermans?

The interest will no doubt be high in what will go behind this release. Included are two exclusive animated shorts, a gag reel, deleted scenes and activities the whole family can enjoy together. I’d pick up this release just to have to Sash, Dawn’s pet sloth to go with Belt. The store specific promos with the stuffed toy aren’t all listed yet, but I’m hoping!

Coming soon will be an evaluation of the home video release.

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TheNFB at VFF2021 Part 3: The Myth & Mystery in Altötting, Germany

25 Jan

Altötting (2020) - IMDbBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

National Film Board of Canada
Victoria Film Festival: Animate Me Shorts Program beginning Feb 5th, 2021

Andreas Hykade‘s Altötting is a very personal story about his first time meeting the blessed Virgin Mary and his experiences. He speaks highly of her, as though she was a lover, but the context is far more allegorical–pertaining to her role in 20th Century history–as a lady in waiting for those seeking salvation.

This minimalist animated short is very alluring in its approach of describing the power of her being. The erotic implications are minimal, and whether that was intentional by this filmmaker, it’s hard to say.

As for the experience of seeing the power of her being for the first time, the feelings may well be simliar to how Lucia Abobora, and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, described the angel who came to visit them in Fatima, Portugal and afterwards, the Virgin Mary. But this filmmaker set his piece in a small German town with an equally historical landmark built to honour this person (and be a tourist attraction). The similarity is in how the two are often visited by those in search for a miracle.

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