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There’s an Invasion Earth set for June 2, 2020 with The Blackout

17 May

Coming to VOD on
June 2, 2020

Shout! Factory

This summer, brace yourself for non-stop action, suspense, and edge-of-your-seat thrills as something unknown strikes all life on earth. Shout! Studios is bringing the action-thriller The Blackout: Invasion Earth, directed by Egor Baranov (Gogol Viy), on VOD, digital, and home entertainment. His move from fantasy to science fiction should be worth examining.

His film was originally released on Nov 21, 2019 in Russia with mixed reaction. As for how international fans of Baranov’s work will react, only time will tell. Those anxious to see just what kind of aliens the Iron Curtain is hiding will be in for a surprise. In this movie’s case, it is about what remains of one of Earth’s forces. Also, who is Ra? Could this individual be of Egyptian pre-history? A lot of questions are asked, and fans of Russian made cinema won’t have long to wait.

From the official press release:

When the end comes for civilization, it will not be terrorism or nuclear war that causes it, but The Blackout.

An unexplained phenomenon has struck the Earth. Contact between most towns on Earth has been severed. A small area in Eastern Europe is the only location that still has electricity. When military forces venture outside, they discover a shocking truth — corpses everywhere. In stores, in cars, on roads, in hospitals and railway stations. Who or what is destroying all life on Earth? And how long can the last outpost of mankind endure?

Nausicaä and Kiki’s Delivery Service Flies on in with Steelbook Editions!

15 May

Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will release Kiki’s Delivery Service and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, from the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, on August 25, 2020 in limited edition SteelBook packaging with striking new art. Each SteelBook will house a Blu-ray & DVD combo pack, presenting the film alongside hours of bonus features and a booklet with stunning art and statements from the filmmakers.

With this release, two films from one of the world’s most coveted animation collections can come home to collectors in limited edition SteelBook packaging for the first time in North America. Theses two films join Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo in a series of limited edition SteelBook releases.

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On Aliens, UFOs & Proximity with Eric Demusey

9 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Arrives on VOD
May 15, 2020

DVD Release
July 7, 2020

Eric Demusey is a Los Angeles based filmmaker making his directorial debut with a young adult sci-fi drama Proximity. He’s no stranger to the industry. He was part of the creative team who made the fantastic intro title sequences you see on Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and Tron Legacy. However, it’s his background in animation and visual effects that makes him in demand. Plus, his passion is not limited to creating but also with storytelling/directing–a goal for most filmmakers. He wants the impossible to be possible, and what you see on screen as believable as it can get.


Instead of focusing on getting people to believe in UFOs, this movie explores the lasting effects of those who have been abducted and experimented upon for unknown reasons–hence the title. For once, we get an explanation. In this modern tale, this creator does not rewrite Fire in the Sky. I was reminded of this story because of the introduction–where loggers in Alaska are whisked away by a UFO and the trauma they had was much worse. Fast forward a few years and change the setting from the boonies to a metropolis, Issac (Ryan Masson) has to learn how to deal with a very close call. This welcome change deals less with horror and more with character drama.

When considering this movie was made on a budget, Demusey has to be mindful in how to make those special effects shots count and not overshadow where this film needs to be. For fans of FX films and UFOs, this movie has a lot of detail to love, and I spoke to Demusey, courtesy of Shout! Factory.

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Peter Pan’s Wendy is Growing Up

19 Apr

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available online on VOD & iTunes

Anyone attempting to reimagine the whimsical nature that defines Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie for cinema is in for a challenge. Writer-Director Benh Zeitlin tries, and with Eliza Zeitlin sharing the credit in their screenplay, the story can’t decide if it should entirely focus on this title character or simply be about motherhood.

The odd part is that Wendy (Devin France) is the youngest of the Darling family and along with her older siblings are wisked off to a fantasy island where they can be care free.

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