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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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[Seattle, WA] A Guide to Kinokuniya Book Store & Uwajimaya Village

23 Jan

IMG_20171209_184328779Address:
525 S Weller St,
Seattle, WA 98104
USA

Hours10am–8pm
Phone: +1 206-587-2477

To make any trek out to any Kinokuniya Bookstore outlet is like visiting a holy shrine. As a first-timer, I was not too sure about what to expect, and I was more than thrilled to have excellent customer service help me locate a pair of books which examines and retells Japanese Ghost Stories. Ever since I learned they partnered with Studio Ghibli to sell licensed material, I knew my visit to Seattle must include going to their store. Over the holidays, I had that chance and thoroughly enjoyed wandering about.

When the items typically offered at their booth at Emerald City Comic Con (March 1-4th) does not show off what this operation can offer, a visit to their store is definitely required! The stores offer a greater variety, and yes … I wanted those boxer shorts with Gojira (Godzilla)!

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Adding a Li’l Spookiness to Christmas Eve

24 Dec

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
and James Shaw (The Windup Geek)

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Winter chills can mean deathly thrills for the horror entertainment enthusiast. Just what does Christmas mean for them? There’s plenty of products to choose from, and this list is going to look at what’s truly ghostly to really send shivers done one’s spine. Some history and family friendly watches are also offered.

Ghost Stories for Christmas

Originally broadcasted on BBC One between 1971-78, and revived in 2005, this program hosts a wide collection of shorts by notable authors like, to name a few, M.R. James with “Whistle and I’ll Come to You” and Charles Dickens with “The Signalman.” Although Dickens was the writer who brought the tradition of telling ghost stories back to the fore on Christmas Eve, this fascination by the public with the supernatural during this season existed long before his contribution. The tradition for enjoying a spooky tale at this festive time may trace its roots to as far back as the 16th century, with Christopher Marlowe making references to spirits in his play The Jew of Malta (1589), in Act II, Scene 1 where the character Barabas states:

Now I remember those old women’s words,
Who in my wealth would tell me winter’s tales,
And speak of spirits and ghosts that glide by night
About the place where treasure hath been hid:
And now methinks that I am one of those;
For, whilst I live, here lives my soul’s sole hope,
And, when I die, here shall my spirit walk.

Thankfully, the British Film Institute has packaged the seminal episodes of this series into a video release. Fans interested in the film version can purchase this item through Amazon or look at the original works in this M.R. James collection, “Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories (The Complete Ghost Stories of M. R. James, Vol. 1)

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Discovering the Lost Ark with the Covenant of Primus

7 Jan

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Covenant of Primus Book

The Covenant of Primus is one of those holy grails that fans of the Transformers series are waiting for. It delves into the biblical origins of how the Cybertronian race came into being and what the wars first fought were like.

As for where this book release fits in the many universes, namely from the original Generation 1 series to Michael Bay’s interpretation, this book is problematical. The movie talks about only seven primes. Who “The Fallen” is gets addressed only briefly, and as for how this modified history fits into to the Hasbro defined universe could benefit from a couple more pages of exposition.

At least this book belongs to the mythos established that began in the video game Transformers: War for Cybertron and ended in the televised CGI spectacular. Even the origins of the Predacons get revealed.

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