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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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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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Unboxing Shout! Factory’s Rerelease: Promare The Collector’s Edition

3 Aug

Promare [Collector's Edition] - - Blu-ray/CD | Shout! FactoryBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date
August 4th, 2020

Shout! Factory

Just when fans of Studio Trigger’s Promare didn’t think they can get enough, Shout! Factory has three different versions to choose from when buying this title for the home video collection. The Limited Steelbook edition doesn’t offer a lot over the regular, but the Collector’s Edition comes with plenty of swag to enjoy.

I got my copy early enough and made this unboxing video to show you what to expect and go into the contents of the booklet which comes with:

 

The Complete List of Bonus Features included with the Collector’s Edition:

  • CD Soundtrack
  • 52-Page Booklet
  • English Souvenir Script
  • Mini-Poster
  • Decal Sticker
  • Interview with Director Hiroyuki Imaishi
  • Studio TRIGGER Roundtable
  • Side: Galo and Side: Lio Short Films with Original Versions and English Dub
  • English Dub Cast Featurette
  • Trailers

For a review of this movie, please click here.

Aliens are Behind The Blackout in North America!

2 Jun

Available on VOD and Home Video
June 2, 2020

Shout! Factory

Since the dawn of civilization in the Russian-made film, The Blackout, an alien agency manipulated the future of Earth for their own agenda. For the international release, titled Blackout: Invasion Earth, the plan is not about conquering but rather preparing how this planet will fall. An opportunity is missed to make this film distinctly Russian. When this country is vast, a few mysteries like where the Volgogard Discs came from or why those people camping on Dyatlov Pass were found dead could have been explained before the action begins.

Main protagonists Alyona (Lukerya Ilyashenko), Olya (Svetlana Ivanova) and Oleg (Aleksey Chadov) learn about the ancient alien agenda when they subdue Eid (Artyom Tkachenko). He claims to “come in peace.” Thankfully, he sides with the humans.

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