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The Featurette’s Spotlight on Lupin the 3rd The First Again!

11 Dec

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

GKIDS & Shout! Factory

Digital Release Date: Dec 15th
Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack (Preorder on Amazon here) SteelBook™ edition with lithograph (order link): January 12, 2021

Anyone unable to visit movie theatres because Lupin the 3rd The First was a limited screening will now see this CGI film on demand through various online video streaming services. The added content which is part of this package (and the home release) had me fall in love with this gentleman thief all over again.

To be fair, the many voice over artists involved in the localizations of the television series, Lupin the Third Part Two, made him popular. He would not be where he is today in the global-scale; he’s beloved as James Bond (artist/creator Monkey Punch acknowledged his inspiration is from this spy franchise). In America, Tony Oliver (Lupin the III), Michelle Ruff (Fujiko), Richard Epcar (Daisuke Jigen), Lex Lang (Goemon) and Dan Lorge (Zenigata) loved working together, and the stories they have to tell in their reunion special—included in this digital package—is very much worth the watch. It’s an audio recording, and I suspect the reason it was done this way is to keep the talents safe. Not even Lupin wants to mess with the pandemic.

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Weathering With You Gets Two Collector’s Edition!

17 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

GKIDS & Shout Factory!
Available Now

Original review can be found here.

It’s practically raining cats and dogs here in the Pacific Northwest, and the best way to cure the winter blues is to see Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering with You. This anime is about climate change and how how two unlikely teens find romance. Their togetherness shows that life does not have to be tough. Whether that’s with escaping their past or trying to forge an appropriate future for themselves in a quickly changing world of Tokyo, this movie certainly made waves when it premiered back in 2019.

Shout! Factory also recognizes the niche this anime has carved. If you missed out in picking up the earlier editions or were holding out for a better, comprehensive collector’s edition–it’s now here! There are two versions, a limited blu-ray steel book edition and limited 4K collector’s edition–which a rain bucket full of extras like a CD and mini art book. The following featurettes online are a tease of what’s available in this new set, along with the details of what else to expect.

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There’s No Need to Be Afraid of The Big Bad Fox

15 Jul

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date: July 16, 2019
GKIDS and Shout! Factory

The Big Bad Fox (Le Grand Méchant Renard et autres contes…) is a delightful, hilarious children’s book by Benjamin Renner and it’s animated counterpart is just as whimsical. The breezy watercolours featured in this hand-drawn work was very meditative. The poke at simple life was just as illustrious to the work I also recall in the printed Winnie the Pooh books.

The film released two years after the publication (2015) and what it offers are three shorts within a variety show format featuring Pig (Justin Edwards), Rabbit (Adrian Edmonson), Duck (Bill Bailey) and the titular Fox (Giles New, Pirates of the Carribean movies). More barnyard creatures pepper the background and this parable has a lot to offer to keep the kid in me entertained for years to come. This work is all ages friendly!

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