‘Penguin Highway’ Will Get A Lot Of Mileage In Anime, Sci-Fi Fans’ Blu-ray, DVD Players

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Shout! Factory has been busy this year, releasing a handful of anime titles for fans of the noted genre.  The latest of those titles, Penguin Highway was released early last month on DVD and Blu-ray.  Based on a book crafted by author Tomihiko Morimi, this debut outing for director Hiroyasu Ishida is a work that will appeal to anime fans and even some science fiction fans.  That is due to the movie’s story, which will be addressed shortly.  The bonus content featured with the movie’s recent domestic release adds to its appeal for the noted audiences, and will be addressed a little later.  The primary and secondary content considered, they collectively make the movie’s average price point money well spent for the movie’s noted viewers.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of the presentation.  All things considered, they make Penguin Highway an offering that anime and science fiction fans alike will appreciate.

Shout! Factory’s recent domestic release of Eleven Arts’ presentation Penguin Highway is a presentation that will appeal widely to anime fans and to some science fiction fans.  That is due in part to the movie’s central story.  The story follows a 9 year-old boy named Aoyama who is a lot smarter than any children his age. An easy comparison would be to a young Sheldon Cooper, just without the social ineptness.  Aoyama is a very smart young man, but also has a lot of learning to do in general about life.  He learns a lot about life in this coming-of-age story, too.  He learns about friendship, life and love as he meets a peculiar woman who works at one of his town’s dentist offices.  As Aoyama’s friendship with the woman grows, so does the mystery of a giant orb that his friends discover in a forest near the town and the woman’s connection to the orb.  As it turns out, the two are connected, as are the penguins that keep appearing around town.  This leads to the movie’s secondary story which will appeal to the noted sci-fan fans.  The concepts that Aoyama brings up about time and space being twisted by the orb and the woman’s connection to the penguins (and monsters) delves into not just the sci-fi realm, but the fantasy realm to a certain extent, too.  Through it all, audiences familiar with the movie’s source material will be glad to know the story follows its literary source material quite closely.  This will be addressed shortly in the discussion on the movie’s bonus content.  Getting back on the subject at hand, The story at the center of Penguin Highway is a unique presentation.  It takes some very familiar plot elements and crosses them in a way that is rarely ever used, if ever at all.  That in itself makes the story worth taking in at least once if not occasionally.  It is just one of the elements that makes the movie a worthwhile watch for its target audiences.  The bonus content featured with the movie’s home release adds more interest to its presentation.

The bonus content featured with the home release of Penguin Highway includes interviews with Morimi and Ishida as well as a promo video for the movie.  The promo video is nothing memorable, but the interview segments add a certain degree of engagement and entertainment to the movie’s presentation.  Ishida, during his interview, discusses items, such as the deeper meaning of the movie, his favorite scenes, casting the movie and the movie’s creation.  Ishida reveals in his interview that Penguin Highway was his debut as the director of a full-length feature, adding how nervous he was about helming the project.  That is because, as he reveals, all of his previous work was on independent shorts.  In discussing some of the movie’s scenes, he reveals that the sequences in question were a reflection of his own intentions to make the story progress in a certain fashion.  That is an interesting discussion that audiences will be left to take in for themselves.  Ishida also takes a moment to discuss the freedom of creating independent releases versus the controls of making a full-length feature.

Morimi’s interview finds him discussing items, such as his real target audience with his book, the connection between his book and its cinematic adaptation and how he developed the title for his book.  His discussions are just as natural as those of Ishida, as he takes on each item.  In talking about the creation of the book’s title, Morimi admits he does not fully recall how or when he developed the book’s title, saying only that it happened when he was in college.  He also admits that when he wrote Penguin Highway, he did not write it with children in mind as his target audience.  That would make sense, considering some of the content featured early on in the movie.  He also admits that knowing Ishida was an untested director made him uneasy about his book being adapted cinematically by Ishida, but adds he was pleased with the outcome.  This is just a sampling of the items that Morishi addresses as well as Ishida.  Between the noted discussions and lots more not noted here, the bonus interviews featured with Penguin Highway add their own share of engagement and entertainment for the movie’s target audience.  When this is considered along with the engagement and entertainment generated through the movie’s primary content, the two elements together make the movie’s average price such that those audiences will not mind paying.

The average price point for Penguin Highway’s Blu-ray/DVD combo pack is $19.98.  that price is obtained by averaging prices from Shout! Factory, Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million.  The movie’s price point for its standalone DVD packaging is $18.56.  Almost all of the same retailers’ prices were used for that price.  The only outlet that did not list the price for the movie’s  DVD packaging was Best Buy.  Amazon and Walmart have the least expensive price listing for the BD/DVD combo pack at $17.96 while Target and Best Buy listed the BD/DVD pack’s price just above that at $17.99.  Books-A-Million’s price listing of $26.99 is its most expensive listing.  To that end, the price of $17.96 is money well spent on for those noted viewers who are fans of anime and/or science fiction.  That is especially considering the movie’s script and bonus content.  The same applies to the movie’s listing of $12.39, again at Amazon and Walmart.  Regardless of which retailer consumers choose for either platform, Amazon and Walmart offer the most competitive pricing.  What’s more, that pricing is such that the noted fans will find it worth spending considering everything noted here already.  Keeping that in mind, all three elements discussed here come together to make Penguin Highway a presentation that anime fans across the board will find appealing.

Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts’ recent domestic release of the anime flick Penguin Highway is a work that is certain to get plenty of mileage among the most devoted anime and science fiction fans.  That is proven in part through the movie’s dual story lines that interweave together so well.  The bonus interviews with the movie’s director and the author of the book that spawned the movie collectively add more engagement and entertainment to the presentation.  They collectively make the movie’s relatively low average price of less than $20 a welcome pricing, again, for those noted target viewers.  Each item noted here is key in its own way to the whole of Penguin Highway.  All things considered, they make the movie a presentation that will certainly get plenty of mileage in the noted viewers’ DVD and Blu-ray players.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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Shout! Factory’s New Anime Import Will Generate Plenty Of Noise

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Shout! Factory is bringing the Japanese coming-age-age story A Silent Voice to American audiences.  Set for release on Tuesday on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, the almost two-and-a-half-hour movie is a stirring tale of redemption that will engage and entertain anime fans just as much as it will those who might not typically be interested in the very niche genre.  That is due in part to that story, which will be discussed shortly.  While the story’s appeal is far-reaching, it does suffer from at least one problem in its pacing, which will be discussed a little later.  The movie’s average price point plays its own important part to its presentation, and will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here plays its own important part to the whole of A Silent Voice.  All things considered, A Silent Voice is certain to generate plenty of discussion among audiences.

Shout! Factory’s new anime import A Silent Voice is a cinematic offering that is certain to generate plenty of discussion among audiences.  That includes the most devoted anime fans and even those who are generally not as interested in the very niche genre.  That is due in part to the movie’s story, which follows a young high school student named Shoya Ishida as he tries to make amends for bullying a former classmate years earlier in their middle school.  Shoya bullied the girl, Shoko Nishimiya, along with a group of his friends just because she is deaf.  The end result is that Shoko’s mother ends up transferring her to another school, and Shoko ends up being ostracized by his own friends.  The result of what happens to Shoya leads him to have a revelation that at first turns him suicidal.  However, after his failed attempt to take his own life, he realizes that it is his mission to right the wrongs caused by him and his friends.  The story does have a happy ending.  As a matter of fact, one could almost make a biblical comparison of sorts to the story’s end and a certain story from the Bible interestingly enough.  However, along the way, the story’s progression is so emotionally heavy that audiences will definitely have to be in a certain frame of mind in order to watch through the whole thing.  That is not to say the story is unwatchable, but rather that it is simply that deep and heavy.  Staying on that track, coming-of-age stories and tales of redemption are nothing new to the movie industry in the Western and Eastern hemispheres.  However, the way in which the story’s writing team crafted those two interweaving story elements in this case is an intriguing new approach.  That in itself makes the movie worth the watch.  While the movie’s central story does plenty to keep viewers engaged and entertained, it does suffer from one problem – its pacing.

The run time of A Silent Voice is two hours and 10 minutes.  A lot of things happen over the course of that run time.  There is also a lot of jumping around in terms of time frame from one scene to the next.  There are points at which the story could have easily wrapped up, but instead, it keeps going. While these issues do not leave audiences checking their watches, it does create enough of a problem that viewers will recognize the noted issues and wonder when the nearly two-and-a-half-hour story will finally end.  Luckily, as much of an issue as the pacing is for the overall presentation of A Silent Voice, it is not so overly prominent that it makes the movie unwatchable either.  It is just another example of what often can and does happen when multiple people have their hands in the proverbial writing pot for any movie, whether Asian, American or from somewhere else.  Keeping all of this in mind, A Silent Voice is still worth an occasional watch when audiences are in the right mindset, especially considering the movie’s average price point.

The average price point for the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack release of A Silent Voice is $20.69.  The average price for its DVD standalone release is $12.48.  Those prices were obtained using listings at Shout! Factory’s story and those of Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  The movie was not listed at Books-A-Million, but the book series on which the movie is based was listed there.  Neither price is a bank buster, so to speak.  What’s more, the story at the center of the movie actually stands out from so many anime movies.  What’s more, while it is emotionally deep and heavy, it is still relatively accessible for its target audiences.  That accessibility, coupled with the depth of the story, makes it a movie that is worth at least an occasional watch.  That being the case, whether one buys the movie on DVD or on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, the price paid is money well-spent.  Keeping all of this in mind, A Silent Voice proves itself to be itself a worthwhile investment among drama fans and anime fans alike.

Shout! Factory’s forthcoming home release of the anime import A Silent Voice is a work that is certain to generate plenty of discussion among its target audiences.  That is proven in part through a story that stands out among so many of its anime counterparts.  The dual coming-of-age/redemption story at the movie’s center is emotionally deep and heavy.  It is not a movie that one can simply sit down and watch.  It is one of those works that requires a proper mindset in order for audiences to fully appreciate.  While the story is certain to keep audiences engaged and entertained, its pacing is a little bit problematic, but not so much that it makes the movie unwatchable.  To that end, the movie’s relatively affordable price point on DVD and BD/DVD combo pack makes it a worthwhile investment among drama and anime fans.  It will be available Tuesday.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Eleven Arts Announces ‘Penguin Highway’ Theatrical Debut Date

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Eleven Arts Anime Studio is taking audiences on the Penguin Highway.

Penguin Highway is scheduled for theatrical release on Apr. 12.  Based on the manga novel, the story follows genius fourth grade student Aoyama as he strives to figure out why penguins start randomly appearing in his town, hundreds of miles from their natural habitat.  When he finds the source of the mystery, the discovery leads to a memorable summer adventure that he will never forget.

Penguin Highway will run with English subtitles for American audiences. The movie is rated PG. The movie’s run time is listed at 118 minutes (1 hour, 58 minutes).

The movie’s trailer is streaming online now here.

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