Shout! Factory Announces ‘Space: 1999’ Bonus Features

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Shout! Factory announced the bonus features for its upcoming home release of Space1999 — The Complete Series this week.

According to a news release sent by the company Monday, the 13-disc set will feature a variety of extras for audiences, such as new interviews with director Kevin Connor, actors Barbara Bain and Nick Tate, and new audio commentaries.

Along with the noted extras, the collection, which will be available on DVD and Blu-ray, will also feature other new extras, such as “Moonbase Merch: A Tour of Space1999 Ephemera with author John Muir.  As if these new featurettes are not enough for audiences, the new collection will also feature a variety of classic bonuses, such as an interview with Sylvia Anderson (wife of fellow Space1999 head Gerry Anderson) and an in-depth vintage retrospective on the most iconic moments from the series.  The series’ full list of bonus features is noted below.

Bonus Features:
  • NEW Mission To Moonbase Alpha: An Interview With Actress Barbara Bain
  • NEW Into The Uncertain Future: An Interview With Actor Nick Tate
  • NEW Brain Behind The Destruction: An Interview With Director Kevin Connor
  • NEW Moonbase Merch: A Tour Of Space:1999 Ephemera With Author John Muir
  • NEW Audio Commentary By Author Anthony Taylor On “Dragon’s Domain” And “The Metamorph”
  • NEW Audio Commentary By Space:1999 Series Expert Scott Michael Bosco On “Ring Around The Moon”
  • Audio Commentary By Series Co-Creator Gerry Anderson On “Breakaway” And “Dragon’s Domain”
  • “These Episodes” – Nearly 100 Minutes Of Reflections On Some Of Space:1999’s Iconic Episodes From The People Who Made Them
  • “Memories Of Space” Featurette
  • Interview With Sylvia Anderson
  • Guardian Of Piri Remembered With Actress Catherine Schell
  • Vintage Year Two Interviews
  • Vintage Brian Johnson Interview
  • Behind The Scenes Footage With Brian Johnson Commentary
  • Concept And Creation Featurette
  • Special Effects And Design Featurette
  • Martin Landau And Barbara Bain TV Promos
  • Promos For Year One And Year Two
  • Trailers For Destination Moonbase Alpha And Alien Attack
  • Blackpool “Space City” Exhibition Advert
  • Lyons Maid Ice Lolly Advert
  • Mono And 5.1 Audio On All Episodes
  • Photo Galleries
  • 16 Page Episode Guide

Space1999 is scheduled for release July 16 through Shout! Factory. The release marks the first time that the short-lived series, which came from the minds of Thunderbirds creators Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, will receive a full domestic release.  It was most recently released in a full set overseas via Network in 2017.

The 48-episode series, which spans 13 discs in this new set, opens in September 1999.  A nuclear waste dump on the moon unexpectedly explodes, sending the moon and the inhabitants of the moon base Alpha spinning through space.Led by John Koenig (Martin Landau — Ed WoodNorth by NorthwestTuckerThe Man and His Dream), the crew faces a variety of challenges and obstacles as they strive to return to Earth.

Barbara Bain (Mission: ImpossiblePacific EdgeAmerican Gun), Barry Morse (The ChangelingThe Twilight ZoneThe Adventurer) and Catherine Schell (On Her Majesty’s Secret ServiceThe Return  of the Pink PantherDoctor Who) also join the cast as Dr. Helena Russell, Victor Bergman and Maya respectively.

The first 500 orders for Space1999 from Shout! Factory will receive a limited edition Space1999 snow globe as an added gift.  The snow globe features and Eagle Transporter landing on the moon. The globe has a 4-inch circumference and 2-inch base.

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Picture Palace’s New Sinatra Doc Deserves A Spot In Every Sinatra Fan’s “Home”

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Frank Sinatra fans are going to get another new look into the life of their favorite singer very soon.  Shout! Factory is scheduled to release the new Sinatra documentary Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home on June 11.  The 92-minute documentary, which made its limited theatrical debut in Feb. 2018, is an interesting look not only at Sinatra, but as the title notes, the place that he called home.  The documentary’s main feature plays directly into that interest.  It will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content plays into the program’s presentation, too.  It will be addressed a little later.  The Blu-ray’s average price point is relatively affordable and is worth paying.  It will be addressed a little later, too.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Sinatra in Palm Spring: The Place He Called Home.  All things considered, this documentary proves that it deserves a place in any Sinatra fan’s home.

Picture Palace’s new Frank Sinatra documentary Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home is a presentation that deserves a place in any Sinatra fan’s home.  That is due in part to the program’s primary content, its main feature.  The main feature tells stories of Sinatra himself and of the Palm Springs compound that he called home up until he started to fall ill in his later years.  The stories are told by some of those who were closest to him, including his last wife Barbara, famed singer Trini Lopez, friend Michael Fletcher and Mel Haber just to name a handful of people who make appearances.  Throughout the course of the interviews, audiences are presented with lots of history on Sinatra and his equally famed desert oasis.  Early on, viewers learn through the interviews that famed composer Jimmy Van Heusen was the person who first introduced Sinatra to the Palm Springs area, and that it was that introduction that led Sinatra to make the westward move.  As the program progresses, viewers learn that Sinatra’s home was featured in a variety of movies, including, but not limited to The Damned Don’t Cry (1950).  Viewers also learn the compound featured its own unique recording studio, which was used to record many of Sinatra’s hits, as well as hits for other artists.  Just as interesting to learn in watching the program, is the role that none other than The Marx Brothers (yes, those Marx Brothers) played in the creation of Sinatra’s Palm Springs home.  It had to do with yet another interesting note that is addressed later, Sinatra’s humble personality.  That story will be left for viewers to discover on their own.  As a hint, it is a story of two golf courses.  Speaking of Sinatra’s humble personality, that is addressed, too during the course of the documentary.  It is noted more than once that Sinatra did a lot of charity work, but did not talk publicly about that work.  That nature shows great humility.  It will make fans appreciate Sinatra even more not just as a musician, but as a person.  As if that is not enough, audiences also learn, of his personal life, that Sinatra was also a train enthusiast, going so far as to even establish a fully working train station near his Palm Springs home.  That’s another story that will be left for viewers to take in for themselves.  Between this story, the others noted here and the so many more not discussed here, the main feature of Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home is certain to keep viewers engaged and entertained throughout the course of the program.  While the program’s main feature does more than its share to keep viewers engaged and entertained, it is just one part of what makes the program appealing.  Its secondary (bonus) content does just as much to make it appealing as its primary content.

The bonus content featured in the forthcoming home release of Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home is essentially extra interview content that did not make the cut for the final main feature.  Audiences get more interview segments from the figures featured in the main feature, and the discussions are on additional topics.  Among the most notable of the bonus discussions are anecdotes about Sinatra’s driving style (which will certainly bring plenty of laughs and smiles), additional commentary about Sinatra’s love of trains, and a very moving story from one of Sinatra’s friends who served as one of his pallbearers.  The story he shares involves a discussion on mourners’ reactions to one specific moment during his funeral.  Any viewer not moved by that story is either not human or just has no heart.  As if all of this is not enough, there is even some brief discussion by yet another figure, on Sinatra’s acting career.  That discussion in itself adds even more interest to the overall presentation.  When it is considered alongside the other bonus discussions noted here and the others not noted here, the whole of the bonus interview segments makes the Blu-ray’s bonus content just as entertaining and engaging as the interview segments that make up the program’s main feature.  When the bonus and primary content are considered together, they make the documentary in whole, a presentation that is more than certain to appeal to any Frank Sinatra fan.  Keeping all of this in mind, the average price point for the doc’s Blu-ray presentation proves to be money well-spent.

The average price point for the Blu-ray presentation of Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home is $18.47. Its DVD presentation averages to $13.78.  Simply put, both prices are below the $20 mark.  The prices were reached by averaging prices at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Shout! Factory’s own store.  The retailers’ prices are all below the $20 in themselves, too.  In other words, audiences will be paying a relatively affordable price for a presentation that they will agree is well-spent.  That is because the depth and breadth of the content presented in this documentary will have those audiences watching this program more than once.  To that end, the pricing for this doc is just as much a positive as the program’s content.  All things considered, they make the documentary in whole a positive new offering from Picture Palace and Shout! Factory that any Frank Sinatra fans will appreciate.

Picture Palace’s new Frank Sinatra documentary Sinatra in Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home is a presentation that will easily find a place in any Sinatra fan’s home library.  That is due in part to the program’s primary content, which tells a very in-depth story of Frank Sinatra and the place that…well…he called home.  Audiences learn plenty about Sinatra himself and the history and inner workings of his Palm Springs compound, which served as a home for himself and a getaway for many of his well-known friends.  The bonus content that comes with the documentary takes viewers a little bit deeper into the story of Frank Sinatra, sometimes moving viewers to laughs and smiles and to tears at another.  Considering the depth and breadth of the documentary’s primary and secondary content, the documentary’s average price point proves relatively affordable both on DVD and Blu-ray.  Each item noted in this review is critical in its own way to the whole of the documentary.  All things considered, they make this doc a presentation that will appeal to every one of Frank Sinatra’s fans.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory, Eleven Arts Studios Partnering To Release Another Anime Flick

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Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts Studios are teaming up to bring anime fans another new release this summer.

Penguin Highway is scheduled for release on Aug. 6.  It will be released on DVD/BD combo pack and digital download. Winner of a 42nd Japan Award for Excellent Animation of the Year, the movie made its theatrical debut in April.

The movie is presented with the option to watch it in Japanese with English subtitles and separately with English dub.  The movie’s home release will also feature an interview with its director, Hiroyasu Ishida and Penguin Highway author Tomihiko Morimi as bonus content.

The movie’s story follows 4th grader Aoyama as he tries to figure out why masses of penguins have suddenly started appearing in his town.  The penguins are hundreds of miles from their natural habitat, adding to the mystery.  As he investigates the penguins’ arrival, he eventually figures out why they are there, but that revelation only leads to more questions for Aoyama and a summer-long adventure.

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‘MMPR: The Movie’ Re-Issue Will Appeal To Franchise’s Most Devoted Fans

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Almost 24 years ago, 20th Century Fox brought one of the most beloved kids’ series in television history to the big screen in the form of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie.  When it was originally released, the big-screen adaptation of the high-action sci-fi series was met with largely negative reviews, and with good reason.  Even as bad as the movie was (and still is today), it is still a presentation that the most devoted Power Rangers fans will appreciate.  As the 24th anniversary of the movie’s debut nears, Shout! Factory and Saban are celebrating the anniversary with a new Blu-ray re-issue of the movie complete with a new in-depth bonus featurette.  While the movie is largely a failure, there are still certain elements of the movie that do work.  This will be addressed shortly.  The new bonus commentary, which runs approximately 44-minutes in length, is the re-issue’s most notable positive.  It will be addressed a little bit later.  The Blu-ray’s average price point is not a budget breaker for those MMPR devotees who want to add the movie to their collections.

Shout! Factory and Saban Brands have been doing quite a bit in recent years to make Power Rangers fans with lots of Power Rangers and Super Sentai box sets.  On June 4, the companies will do something a little bit different for fans of both series when they re-issue the 1995 big screen adaptation of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers on Blu-ray.  Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie was resoundingly panned by viewers and critics alike in its initial release.  Now almost 24 years later, it has not improved in its footing.  That is due in part to the fact that its story completely breaks canon from the original series.  Its look is also a far cry from that of the original series, right down to the over-the-top CG zords.  For all of the negatives exhibited in the movie’s story, the story is not a total loss.  It does present some positives, such as the camp elements that made the TV series so enjoyable (and that still do today).  That includes the comic support from Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy – Bulk and Skull – and the ever-the-top cheesiness of Ivan Ooze (Paul Freema – Hot Fuzz, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Centurion) in terms of his personality. The work of the supporting cast that played the parents of Angel Grove also echoed the feel of the movie’s source material.  Keeping in mind that overall feel of the movie, it makes up for the issue of the movie’s story, at least a little bit.  That in itself makes the movie worth an occasional watch among Power Rangers’ most devoted fans now that it is being re-issued on Blu-ray.  The movie’s throwback to the camp feeling of the MMPR TV series is just one of the most notable elements presented in the upcoming Blu-ray re-issue of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie.  The bonus content is just as notable as that feel.

The bonus content is notable because audiences get not only the relatively short original featurette included with the movie’s initial DVD release, but a new 44-minute featurette that takes audiences even deeper into the movie’s background and history.  Audiences learn through the movie’s new bonus featurette – “A Look Back At Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie – lots of items not featured in the movie’s original bonus featerutte.  Viewers learn, through discussions with the movie’s director Bryan Spicer, that there was lots of discussion on the script between himself and the heads at 20th Century Fox during the movie’s pre-production.  Viewers also get an interesting anecdote from Spicer about how the newspapers in Australia allegedly mid-identified one of the movie’s Assistant Directors as the Director, thus incorrectly giving that AD the credit for helming the movie instead of Spicer.  On a related note, Spicer also talks about filming in Australia during his interview segments and why the filming took place there instead of in the United States.  That’s not all that audiences get.  Viewers also receive a very interesting tidbit about a well-known actress who was initially wanted by Fox’s executives to fill the role of Dulcea and how she was replaced by the woman who ended up in the role.  The movie’s cast members get plenty of their own time throughout the featurette, too.  They talk about topics, such as the pace of shooting each scene for the movie versus shooting for the TV series, the stunts and the visual effects among other topics.  Between everything noted here and the rest of the discussions featured in the movie’s new bonus featurette, said featurette proves to be the true foundation for the movie’s new Blu-ray re-issue.  When it is considered along with the fact that the movie’s creative heads did at least try to give the story the same camp feel of the MMPR series, those two elements together give viewers even more reason to check out this latest presentation of MMPR: The Movie.  Considering those elements, the average price point of the movie’s re-issue proves to be not too expensive.

The average price point of MMPR: The Movie – based on prices listed at Shout! Factory’s store, Walmart, Target and Amazon – is $15.52.  At the time of this review’s posting, it was not listed at Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million.  However, the movie’s original DVD release was listed at those sites.  By comparison, the DVD’s average price point was $7.33.  That includes prices listed not just at Books-A-Million, Best Buy and Barnes & Noble Booksellers, but also at Walmart and Amazon.  While the original DVD release’s average price point is obviously less expensive than that of the movie’s new BD re-issue, the DVD does not boast the new bonus featurette that is featured in the new re-issue.  To that end, the price for the movie’s re-issue is not too bad.  Keeping all of this in mind, this new re-issue of MMPR: The Movie proves a piece that the most devoted MMPR fans will want to add to their libraries.

Shout! Factory’s upcoming Blu-ray re-issue of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie is a piece that the most devoted fans of the timeless sci-fi action series will appreciate.  That is due in part to the fact that while the movie’s story clearly breaks from the series’ canon, it does at least maintain the campy feel of its source material.  That alone makes the movie worth at least an occasional watch.  The new 44-minute bonus featurette featured in this re-issue makes the presentation even more appealing for the noted fans.  The re-issue’s average price point of less than $20 is relatively affordable, and not wasted, considering the movie’s primary and secondary content.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie.  All things considered, the movie’s upcoming Blu-ray re-issue is one that the most devoted MMPR fans will enjoy especially if they do not already own the movie on DVD.  It will be available June 4.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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“A” Is For “Awesome”: Shout! Factory, Sesame Workshop’s New ‘Sesame Street’ DVD Lives Up To Its Title

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Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop will release the latest entry in their Sesame Street DVD series Tuesday in the form of Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection.  This latest addition to the series is a fittingly titled offering, too.  That is proven in part through the DVD’s primary content.  It will be addressed shortly.  The DVD’s bonus content adds even more appeal to its overall presentation, and will be addressed a little later.  The DVD’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection.  All things considered, they make this latest offering from Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop a truly awesome DVD.

Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop’s latest Sesame Street DVD Awesome Alphabet Challenge is truly an awesome new offering from the companies.  That is proven in part through the DVD’s primary content.  The DVD’s primary content takes audiences through the alphabet from A to Z, giving ample time to each letter along the way.  There are at least three different segments as each letter is introduced.  On the surface, that might not seem like much, but on a deeper level, the repetition is standard teaching fare.  Early Childhood educators will appreciate that approach here, as it drives home the different sounds that each letter makes.  This is especially smart.

While the presentation of each letter in its various sounds forms a solid foundation for the primary content, the fact that this is done by taking viewers through the now 50-year history of Sesame Street adds even more appeal to the presentation.  From the series’ most recent years all the way back to the series’ golden era, which featured the likes of Guy Smiley, to the 90s, when Big Bird, Snuffy and company were still key parts of the show and when Grover was a lovable hapless restaurant waiter, to points in-between, the time span of the content will certainly appeal to plenty of grown-ups just as much as children, if not more so.  Simply put, this is nostalgia done right.  In an age when a company, such as Disney tries to reboot everything and play on the viewers’ sense of nostalgia to sell said reboots in place of any real content, Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop have done the exact opposite.  They have reintroduced the original content while also teaching key lessons, in turn bringing audiences of all ages successfully together.  Keeping all of this in mind, the primary content featured in Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection creates a solid, stable foundation for the DVD.  Resting on that well-grounded foundation is the disc’s bonus content.

The bonus content featured in Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection is so notable because it does just as much to appeal to children and grown-ups alike as the DVD’s primary content.  One of the DVD’s bonus features is a spoof of CBS’ former hit series The Great Race in the 13-minute-plus episode “Elmo’s Amazing Alphabet Race.”  Even the font used for the title is meant to mirror the font used for the font in the noted award-winning CBS competition series.  The story finds Elmo having to make his way around Sesame Street in search of every one of the 26 letters that make up the alphabet.  It continues that process of repetition that is used in the DVD’s primary content, serving even more, to drive home the letters and their different sounds.  He finds letters on the awning for Hooper’s Store, on a book that Abby Cadabby is reading, a bus stop sign and a sign on a door among many other locations.  Along the way, the “host” of the “show” keeps track of things.  In the end, Elmo and Telly get to the alphabet’s end before the chicken strikes the gong, and get a special surprise, which won’t be given away here.  From start to finish, the “episode” does everything right in continuing what was started in the DVD’s primary content.

The repetition continues even more in the bonus printables that are also featured as extras in this DVD.  Seven pages of printables are available for download.  Six of the printables feature more repetition of the letters, including one page that features the original Sesame Street gang, complete with Snuffy, The Count and even Bert and Ernie, holding all 26 letters of the alphabet.  As an added plus, the very first printable is a connect-the-dots activity that lets young audiences connect the dots to make Elmo’s face and color it.  That, along with the repetition in the other printables and that in the bonus episode “Elmo’s Amazing Alphabet Race” makes the bonus content featured in this disc live up to its title of being bonus material.  When it is considered along with the repetition in the primary content and the content itself, the whole of the primary and secondary content makes the DVD overall more than worth the addition to any classroom and living room setting.  To that end, the DVD’s average price point is money well spent.

The average price point of Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection, using prices listed at Shout! Factory’s store, Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble Booksellers  and Amazon, is $11.47.  At the time of this posting, it was not listed at Best Buy and Books-A-Million’s websites.  The least expensive listing is at Amazon and Walmart — $9.96.  That is also the most commonly occurring price for the DVD.  The most expensive listing is at Shout! Factory’s store, at $13.98.  Target’s pricing of $9.99 is the middle ground for this title, comparing prices.  Regardless of which retailer consumers use, buyers will know that the money paid is well-spent because of the education that it will certainly provide young viewers and entertainment that it will provide children and grown-ups alike.  Keeping this in mind, the education, entertainment and cost collectively go a long way toward making Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection enjoyable for audiences of all ages, and a truly awesome presentation.

Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection is a presentation that certainly lives up to its title.  It is an awesome collection that audiences of all ages will enjoy.  This is proven in part through the DVD’s collective primary and secondary content, which drives home each letter of the alphabet to young viewers and repeats each letter’s various sounds in each section.  The throwback to Sesame Street’s various eras that is used throughout the primary content adds even more interest to the DVD for grown-ups.  The bonus episode “Elmo’s Amazing Alphabet Race” continues the repetition of the primary content while also certainly bringing laughs to grown-up audiences with its spoof of the former CBS hit competition series.  The bonus printables continue that repetition even more.  Considering all of that content and nonstop education and entertainment, the DVD’s average price point of less than $20 proves quite affordable to say the very least.  Keeping all of this in mind, the whole of this DVD becomes a presentation that is…well…awesome.  Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection is scheduled for release Tuesday.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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GKIDS, Shout! Factory’s New Miyazaki Doc Is An Engaging New Look At A Legendary Animator

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Creating hand-drawn features is a dying art if not a dead one.  Computers have taken over the world of animation.  One look at the offerings on the big and small screen alike serve to support those statements.  For all of the studios and animators who rely far too much on computer generated animation, there are still some holdouts, rare as they are, who work to continue the tradition of using their own hands to create instead of computers.  One of those holdouts is the famed animator Hayao Miyazaki.  Miyazaki has created a number of hand-drawn features that have gone on to become some of the most well-known and beloved works in the world of anime.  Those features include, but are not limited to Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle.  In 2015, the famed animator officially announced his retirement.  However, that retirement was short-lived, as the new documentary Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki points out.  Set for release April 30, this new look into the mind of a man who is among the last of a dying breed, follows Miyazaki as he works to create a new CGI animated short, which leads to a surprise finale that (not to give away too much) will make the most devoted anime fans squeal with joy.  That story of Miyazaki’s struggle with himself and with his team of animators is certain to keep audiences engaged.  It will be discussed at more length shortly.  The bonus material featured with the documentary is both a boon and burden to the whole of the doc.  The feature’s average price point rounds out the most important of its elements, and will also be discussed later.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of the documentary.  All things considered, they make Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki a surprisingly engaging presentation not just for anime fans but for fans of the animation realm in general.

Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki is a surprisingly interesting documentary that is certain to engage not only longtime fans of the famed animator and his work, but also fans of animation in general.  This is proven in large part through the story at the center of the 70-minute documentary.  The story follows Miyazaki from his retirement announcement to his revelation that he feels his career is not yet complete and through his efforts to create his animated short about a caterpillar, and the struggles that come with its creation.  The struggles happen because Miyazaki, who has created all of his famed features by hand, reluctantly agrees to give CGI a chance in the short’s creation.  The doubts that he expresses about using CGI and about his own place in the animation world are very real.  Given his ruminations do seem a bit overly existential at times, but considering his accomplishments and what he has done for the animation world, one can understand why he would doubt himself so much.  Keeping this in mind and Miyazaki’s continued dedication to creating something that will stand out, those sometimes overly dramatic thoughts can be forgiven

While some of Miyazaki’s thoughts are at times overly dramatic, his dedication to creating animation by hand is welcoming.  That is especially the case as a group of individuals proposes to him, the use of artificial intelligence, to create his animated short.  What the group presents upsets him greatly, and he does not mince words about his thoughts on what he sees, either.  On a similar note, his comments about pushing the group of animators who are working on his short because of his desire for them to make the short perfect shows once more, that dedication to his craft.  It really serves to humanize Miyazaki even more, while also reminding audiences that while hand drawn animation may be a dying art, it is not yet dead.  It gives hope that one day animators will return to that style.  The collective of Miyazaki’s story and the virtual love letter to hand drawn animation that is featured here gives viewers plenty to appreciate in this presentation.  Of course it is just one of the elements featured in the presentation.  The bonus abridged, English-dubbed version of the story is both a pro and a con that cannot be ignored.

The English-dubbed version of Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki has to be addressed in part because on one hand, it is an English-dubbed take on the doc.  That means no reason to be focused on the subtitles the whole time instead of actually watching the feature.  To a point, that can be considered a good thing.  That is because having that added focus serves to ensure even more, viewers’ engagement.  On the other hand, one cannot help but wonder why the English-dubbed version of the documentary is shorter than the original 70-minute Japanese version of the program.  One could argue that cutting the run time by more than 20 minutes for English-speaking audiences is a punishment of sorts to said viewers.  Why not just make a full-length English-dub?  Keeping that in mind, one cannot help but wonder if the English-language dubbed take on the movie is really such a bonus.  Sure, it’s English-dubbed, but it is also shorter than the Japanese original.  What’s more it is not the difficult to focus on the subtitles and the footage in the Japanese take of the program.  Keeping all of this in mind, this documentary could have done gone just as well without the shortened English-language as with it.  A better bonus would have been the footage not used in the final cut of the documentary.  At least that would have created a fuller picture for audiences.  That is because the noted footage serves in its own way to show why it was deleted.  In turn it lets viewers create their own discussion whether they think it should have been cut from the final product.  Again, it makes the shortened English-dubbed take of the program less of a bonus than perhaps it was intended to be.  Luckily, even though the program’s bonus content is a bit of a misstep, it is not so much of a misstep that it makes the program unwatchable.  Rather, it is a minor disservice to the program’s presentation.  The presentation’s primary content more than makes up for that issue, and is worth the relatively affordable average price point.

The average price point of this documentary, using price listings at Shout! Factory’s store, Walmart, Amazon, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million, is $23.16.  The least expensive of those listings is, fittingly, Shout! Factory’s listing, at $18.97.  All of the other listings easily top the $20 mark.  Considering that the doc is presented here on DVD and Blu-ray, paying $18.97 plus shipping and handling may push the price above the $20 mark, but still results in a price that is still quite affordable.  What’s more it is money well-spent for a documentary that anime and animation fans are certain to watch more than once.  That relatively affordable price, coupled with the strength of the documentary’s main feature makes Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki a positive offering from GKids and Shout! Factory that is certain to engage a wide range of viewers.

Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, the new documentary following the famed animator as he faces life after retirement, is a work that is certain to engage and entertain fans of anime and animation in general.  That is due primarily through the documentary’s main feature.  The average price point of $23.16 is not overly expensive, considering the fact that the doc is presented on DVD and Blu-ray in one setting.  That puts the presentation’s price range at a little more than $10 per disc.  Keeping all of this in mind, Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki proves to be an endearing documentary that will appeal to a wide range of viewers.  That is even with the issue of the doc’s bonus content and lack thereof.  The program will be available April 30.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Shout! Factory Announces Release Date, Specs For ‘The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales’

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Shout! Factory has a new French import on the way.

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales is set for release on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on July 16.  The animated feature, from GKids, first premiered in France in 2017. It follows a a fox who cares for a family of baby chickens, a rabbit who plays stork and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus.

Co-directed by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert, the 81-minute feature is an animated adaptation of Renner’s own famed graphic novel that throws back to the golden age of animation, presenting stylistic similarities to classic Looney Tunes shorts.  The slapstick presentations overlay deeper messages about family and the challenges of everyday life that will appeal to parents and older children.

A trailer for the feature is streaming online now here.

As an added bonus, Shout! Factory’s upcoming home release of The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales will also feature additional content, such as and interview with Rnner and Imbert, a “making of” featurette and Q&A session at the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

The feature’s upcoming domestic release will also feature English and French tracks.  The English-dubbed tracks feature the voices of British celebrities, such as Bill Bailey, Justin Edwards and Matthew Goode.

Pre-orders for The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales are open now. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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