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The Seven Guardians of the Tomb Aren’t Evil, They are just Misunderstood

11 May

7-guardians-poster.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

  • Spoiler Alert

Anyone who has arachnophobia is best advised to avoid Seven Guardians of the Tomb, an Indiana Jones styled adventure wannabe horror film starring Li BingBing and Kelsey Grammer. It wants to be like Tom Cruise’s hackneyed take of The Mummy. The sad part is that I was buying the idea when I first heard about this work. I thought the story might follow along the lines of Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. The hunt was on ever since I happened upon mention of this film in a newsletter. It’s finally available on video and on-demand outlets—with my TV service and elsewhere Amazon Prime.

Star power helps draw attention to the film. BingBing is a wonderful talent not only on stage but also on screen. Her role is underutilized with this product. Grammer, no matter what role he takes on, always lends perfect gravitas. He’s amusing as Mason, a character with strong ties to Jia’s (BingBing) family. She has more than enough reasons to not be happy about this fact. When he contacts her to say Luke (Korean superstar Wu Chun), her brother, went missing during an archaeological dig, they form an uneasy alliance.

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In This Corner of the World Arrives This Week to Home Video

14 Nov

corner-of-world-posterSunao Katabuchi’s In This Corner of the World  (この世界の片隅に) is arriving this week, on November 14th, onto home video. Anime enthusiasts will most likely have picked up this title by now, and for those who have not, this title is worth putting into the collection for the poetic journey Suzu (the protagonist) has to face. She has no knowledge of the grander picture. She knows the wartime situation in Japan is dire, and she adjusts by staying completely naive to the whole drama. In what she does have to face, her strength and perseverance shine.

Pre and post, while audiences know that the inevitable bombing of Hiroshima is near, no one else does in this story. Audiences will get glued to every moment as the film shows the date and we wonder how Suzu’s family and the one she married into will fare.

This release includes a few extras to help viewers understand more about this animated product. Included are: “A Look at Post-Screening Q&As with director Sunao Katabuchi and producer Taro Maki” and a 16-page preview of the graphic novel by Fumiyo Kouno that inspired the film. The original theatrical trailer rounds out this collection. More about this content will be looked at in-depth when our order arrives in the mailbox.

For a full review of the film, please look at Ed Sum’s review here. While not everyone had the chance to see this movie theatrically, the opportunity to watch it at home should not be missed. This release comes courtesy of Shout! Factory.

The Next Digimon Adventure – Tri-confession to hit Shelves Dec 5th!

3 Nov

On December 5, 2017, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Toei Animation Inc., is proud to present new anime feature Digimon Adventure – Tri-confession on home entertainment shelves in the U.S. and Canada.  Available for the first time on North American home entertainment shelves, each highly collectable edition boasts exciting movie presentation (featuring both versions – English voice cast and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles) and contains insightful bonus content.  The Blu-ray Combo Pack allows viewers to enjoy this film on the platform of their choice and includes spectacular movie presentation on Blu-ray, DVD and a digital copy of the movie.

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The Empire Pictures Collection Pre-Sale is LIVE and I’m in Love

29 Apr

EmpireSetBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

If you are a Full Moon Pictures addict like me, I am seriously considering pre-ordering Charles Band’s The Empire Pictures Blu-ray Collection. Pre-sales have begun (it started yesterday) and although I’m hard pressed for money, I’m seriously considering hitting a casino to break the bank so I can buy it! I have been waiting for certain films like Ghost Town to get a release for a long time and while others like From Beyond and Robot Jox are available as singles, to see it all put together in a comprehensive package, which includes a 24-page book with notes from the producer and Empire of the B’s author Dave Jay is very enticing.

This company is working with Shout! Factory to release this box set and only 600 editions will be made. A bit of stock will be held back for sales at conventions Full Moon will be at, but if you do not have any of the titles in your video collection yet, then this set is worth obtaining! Especially if you do the math:
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