Tag Archives: Fantasy

I’m Walking on Sunshine with Weathering With You’s 4K Release!

23 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

GKIDS & Shout! Factory

Available in blu-ray steel book and 4K collector’s edition

Everything you want to know about this 4K release but were afraid to ask is more or less here in this unboxing video!

Yes, there’s several editions of this home video release, and deciding on which one to buy really depends on what your home entertainment system is. But for those who have that fully decked out 4K home theatre setup will want to know if this edition is worth getting or not.  I not only break down the contents that’s found in this collector’s edition for 4K video enthusiasts but also go into detail in what the booklet offers.

The video is as follows:

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The Folklore Behind Invincible Dragon (九龙不败)

21 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Well GO USA
Now Available on Netflix and DVD

Jin (Max) Zhang is the next Fist of the North Star. Or should that be Crying Freeman? Anime references notwithstanding, he has the good looks to pull off playing either character should they get realized into live action. But in Invincible Dragon, he plays Kowloon, an undercover cop whose lapse in judgement on duty has robbed him of more than just a fiancée. He gets reassigned and stumbles into another crime wave much to the chagrin of his captain.

A psychopath is out on the loose and killing female police officers. Losing his girlfriend is motivation to get him on the case. It’s a cop and MMA showcase of what Zhang can do as a fighter. The punches feel real, especially when his rival, Alexander Sinclair, is played Brazilian mixed martial artist Anderson Silva. They are the highlight. Plus, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bungee cord used in a fight before!

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So Bad It’s Good? On Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage Ultimate Director’s Cut

15 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Anyone attempting to watch Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage Ultimate Director’s Cut should know three things. First, it was originally released in 2014. Whatever new footage was added back in, a search for the original release is required to make comparisons. So far, I had no luck in finding…

Second, this homage to the classic films of yore recalls when Ray Harryhausen set the bar with the special effects and third, suspension of disbelief is required because of the obvious green screen. Plus, don’t take this movie seriously. It’s modelled after those B movies of the golden age, and honestly, the sorcerer villain steals the show with a delightfully sinister and hammy performance which puts Skeletor from the man to shame. My interest was piqued because I watched Harryhausen’s work and had to see this tribute to the stop motion king. Some of it even dates back to Willis O’Brien’s styling.

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Setting Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology #2 up for Ragnarok

7 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Comics

Available Now

The god Loki is front and center in issue #2 of the adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s Norse Mythology. Following the events of the last issue, a contest of the champions is in order. Two dwarven master metalsmiths are to fashion three gifts to the Gods. Loki’s head is the prize between two rival clans. Norse justice is harsh. The trickster god needs to be punished because Sif lost her hair in the previous issue.

Loki knows his fate is sealed unless he thwarts the construction of these magical items. I remember Snorri Sturluson’s Skáldskaparmál from the Prose Edda, and this comic book treatment is a different and faster read. Though we don’t see the details in how the dwarves created these treasures of the gods, I can certainly say they burned no black holes out in creating Mjölnir or the other devices. Well, maybe the sun was captured for Sif’s hair. These tales are nothing like the Marvel Cinematic Treatment.

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