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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Shout! Factory To Release New Sinatra Doc

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Frank Sinatra fans are going to get a new documentary on the famed singer this summer.

Shout! Factory will release Sinatra in Palm Springs on Blu-ray and DVD on June 11.  The 92-minute feature, directed by Leo Zahn, tells the story of Sinatra during his years living at the Rancho Mirage. The property, located just off of Frank Sinatra Drive, was what Sinatra called “My Heaven.”

Zahn’s new doc tells the story of Sinatra at his California sanctuary through interviews with figures, such as Tom Dreesen, Barbara Sinatra and Michael Fletcher.  Pre-orders for the program are open now.

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Shout! Factory/Scream Factory’s Latest Creature Feature Re-Issue Is Another Great Classic Flick

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Universal Pictures’ classic 1950s creature features are among some of the greatest cinematic works in Hollywood’s rich history.  During their original theatrical runs, they were considered scary.  By today’s standards, they are anything but.  That’s okay though.  That is because they are examples of moviemakers doing so much more with so much less.  They are examples of movie making done right, and later this month, Shout! Factory and its horror arm Scream Factory will resurrect yet another of the studio’s classic creature features in the form of the 1995 classic Tarantula.  The latest of the studio’s movies to be re-issued by Shout! Factory, it is set for re-issue on Blu-ray on April 30.  It is another great addition to any true movie’s buff’s collection.  This is proven in part through the movie’s story, which will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content featured in the movie’s forthcoming re-issue supports that statement even more, and will be addressed a little bit later.  The movie’s average price point proves to be money well-spent considering the re-issue’s combined primary and secondary content.  When it is considered with those noted elements, all three elements make the movie yet another of this year’s top new DVD and BD re-issues.

Shout! Factory/Scream Factory’s upcoming Blu-ray re-issue of Universal Pictures’ 1955 creature feature is a must have for any true movie buff.  It is one more of this year’s top new DVD and BD re-issues.  That is thanks in part to the movie’s story.  The story at the center of Tarantula actually somewhat defies the movie’s title.  As a close watch will reveal, the real core of the movie was Professor Deemer’s misguided efforts to create a solution that will create super-sized animals and other foods to feed the world’s exploding population.  The result of Deemer’s tests are shown right in the story’s opening scene.  Of course, this is not fully realized until later in the story.  It would be wrong to call Deemer a mad scientist, but he is clearly misguided, as he wants to keep the findings and results of his work secret.  It is because of those efforts to hide what he is doing that the story’s titular character escapes from its enclosure in his home laboratory and wreaks havoc on a nearby town.  The majority of the story is spent with lead character Dr. Matt Hastings (John Agar – The Mole People, The Brain From Planet Arous, Night Breed) investigating a series of deaths around the unnamed town that slowly leads him to the killer spider.  During the course of that investigation, the spider is rarely shown.  When it is shown, it is barely presented.  This is both good and bad.  It is good in that it builds the suspense in the story.  The bad side is that the buildup leads to some noticeable pacing problems.  The pacing problems are not so bad that they make the movie unwatchable, but are problematic enough that they lead one to get the urge to fast forward every now and then.  Luckily, the story does eventually find its footing, and when it does so, finally starts moving forward much more easily.  One can’t help but wonder if this approach played a role in how famed author Peter Benchley approached his book Jaws when he wrote that novel.  Its big screen adaptation followed a similar approach, not really fully introducing the movie’s killer title creature until late in the movie.  Getting back on the subject at hand, once the story finally finds its footing, it does well keeping the action moving, and in turn keeping viewers engaged and entertained. The ending seems a bit abrupt, but still works, regardless.  Keeping this in mind along with the entertainment offered throughout the rest of the story, there is no question that the script, despite some minor bumps, is still an enjoyable work that will gives audiences plenty to appreciate.  The enjoyment created by the movie’s story is enhanced even more by the movie’s bonus feature-length audio commentary.

The commentary, presented once again by film historians Tom Weaver and David Schecter, adds its own share of enjoyment to the movie.  The pair has previously provided commentary for Shout! Factory/Scream Factory’s Blu-ray re-issues of The Deadly Mantis and The Mole People.  Weaver also previously provided commentary for The Man From Planet X with Dr. Robert J. Kiss, who joins Weaver and Schecter for this outing.  The trio’s commentary offers lots of insight about the movie’s casting, its connection to other sci-fi and horror flicks of the time and trivia directly connected to the movie.  One of the most interesting revelations presented in the audio commentary comes from Schecter as he reveals that famed composer, conductor and musician Henry Mancini played a role in the movie’s soundtrack.  It’s not the first time that Mancini’s role in the movie industry has been noted.  Schecter reveals in the audio commentary for The Deadly Mantis, that Mancini played a key role in that movie’s soundtrack, too.  Weaver, meanwhile reveals late in the commentary, that allegedly Agar was not entirely happy being cast just in the studio’s creature features, while his more well-known counterparts, such as Tony Curtis and others were receiving more high-profile roles.  Weaver reveals in this anecdote, that Agar was so unhappy that he freelanced for other companies, but sadly was typecast because of his work with Universal. Kiss meanwhile, reveals that when Tarantula originally debuted in theaters, it actually ran as part of a double feature in many U.S. theaters alongside the cop action/drama Running Wild.  The movie starred Mamie Van Doren (Teacher’s Pet, Voyage To The Planet of the Prehistoric Women, The Navy Vs. The Night Monsters) in one of its lead roles.  The revelation that the movie did not run by itself in many theaters is important because it shows some theater owners might have thought at the time that it was not strong enough to run solo.  As if everything noted here as to the movie’s commentary is not enough, there are also notes of possible link between Them! and Tarantula, between This Island Earth and Tarantula (the prior of which Shout! Factory/Scream Factory is set to re-issue on June 25 along with Monster on the Campus) and even info on at least one goof and some background on how the tarantulas used in the movie were chosen.  Between all of this and so much more shared throughout the course of the movie’s audio commentary, the breadth and width of material shared throughout the movie is more than enough for audiences to take in.  Given, it once again sounds and feels entirely scripted by all involved, which does detract from the presentation once more.  However, the commentary’s clear scripting is not so bad that it makes the commentary a loss.  It just would be nice to have commentary shared naturally rather than scripted.  Either way, when the commentary couples with the movie’s story, the two elements go a long way toward making the movie enjoyable for all audiences.  Keeping that in mind, the movie’s average price point proves to be money well-spent.

The movie’s average price point, using price listings from Shout! Factory’s own store, Books-A-Million and Target, is $26.22.  The movie’s previous DVD release is listed at Walmart, Best Buy and Barnes & Noble Booksellers, but not its upcoming Blu-ray re-issue.  Shout! Factory’s listing of $22.99 is the least expensive listing at the time of this review’s posting while the most expensive listing — $27.99 – is at Books-A-Million’s store.  Regardless of which outlet movie buffs use, the prices will not break anyone’s bank, and as already noted, the movie’s upcoming re-issue offers plenty for audiences to enjoy.  When all of this is considered together, it becomes easy to see why this flick’s re-issue is a welcome addition to any purist movie buff’s library and why it is one more of the year’s top new DVD and BD re-issues.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online 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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Shout! Factory TV To Air Super Sentai Madness Tournament

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March Madness is back again, but it’s not the month’s only tournament.

Officials with Shout! Factory announced Thursday, that it will launch the Super Sentai Madness tournament March 23.  The “tournament” will feature a livestream of Super Sentai episodes and will feature appearances by Power Rangers stars Karan Ashley (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers) and Andrew Meadows (Power Rangers Hyperforce).  Brian Ward will host the event.

The event will livestream via Shout! Factory’s live service, its official Twitch channel and its official Pluto TV channel.  The tournament culminates April 7.  Audiences will be able to vote for their favorite villains throughout the course of the tournament.

The trailer for the upcoming tournament is streaming online here.

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Shout! Factory, Sesame Workshop Set To Release Another New ‘Sesame Street’ DVD

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Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop will release another new Sesame Street compilation DVD this spring.

Sesame StreetAwesome Alphabet Collection is set for release on May 7.  The new DVD will help teachers and parents alike teach their pre-schoolers their ABCs with performances by The Beetles (yes, The Beetles), Norah Jones, Tori Kelly and Pharrell Williams.

Famed author and activist Maya Angelou also makes an appearance in the new DVD.  She offers her thoughts on the importance of giving hugs, while Sheryl Crow helps the letter “I” soak up some sun and actor Ricky Gervais sings a lullaby for Elmo.

The trailer for the new DVD is streaming here.  The movie’s run time is two-hours.  Pre-orders are open now.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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Every Family Will Celebrate Sesame Workshop’s New ‘Sesame Street’ DVD

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In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.  For those who might be unfamiliar with this famed adage, it was originally spoken by none other than Benjamin Franklin, one of this nation’s founding fathers and greatest inventors and philosophers.  While Franklin was right in his statement, he was also somewhat wrong.  There is actually a third constant in life – family.  Through thick and thin, in the good times and bad, family will always be there for one another.  There are many kinds of families today, and in its latest DVD, Celebrate Family, Sesame Workshop examines the different kinds of families that exist, and what makes each kind of family special.  It is a DVD that every family will enjoy.  This is proven in part through the DVD’s primary content, which addresses different kinds of families and what sets them apart.  The secondary content that is included within the primary content makes the DVD even more appealing to every family.  The bonus content featured with the DVD rounds out the DVD’s most important elements.  It is just as certain as the DVD’s primary and secondary content to keep audiences engaged and entertained.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of Sesame Street: Celebrate Family.  Altogether, they make Sesame Street: Celebrate Family a presentation that the whole family will celebrate.

Sesame Workshop’s new Sesame Street DVD Celebrate Family is another new offering from the organization, that the whole family will celebrate.  That is due in part to the DVD’s primary content.  The primary content featured five segments that focus on different types of families and the things that families do differently from one another.  The opening segment Elmo and his dad together with Abby Cadabby, her stepbrother Rudy and stepfather as the two families have dinner together at Elmo’s house.  This segment in itself teaches young viewers that families do not always have to fit the traditional nuclear family mold.  Families can be a single parent and child and they can be extended, featuring two families brought together.  The segment is followed later with a segment in which Abby’s stepbrother and stepfather are introduced for the first time.  Abby, Elmo and Rosita are on a “secret mission” of sorts to find them because they are coming to Sesame Street for the first time ever in said segment.  Segments celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day focus specifically on the noted family members while the disc’s closing segment focuses on grandparents and their importance as part of families, too.  That segment is special in its own right as Elmo is so excited that his grandparents will are supposed to attend the event, only to find out that they won’t be able to attend.  Being a family friendly presentation, the story has a happy ending that finds Elmo still getting to spend time with his grandparents.

The easily accessible lessons about the different types of families and their members is just one part of what makes this primary presentation so engaging for the whole family.  The opening segment reminds viewers that not every family does things the same way.  Elmo’s dad gives Elmo and his friends the choice of what to have for dinner while Abby and Ruby’s family does things a little bit differently.  At the same time, Elmo, Abby and Rudy have their own favorite taste while their dads have their favorite tastes.  It’s another reminder that not every family is the same, and that those differences should in fact be celebrated.

The primary content featured in Sesame Street: Celebrate Family’s segments goes a long way toward making this DVD appealing for the whole family.  It truly does celebrate families and their members in a variety of ways.  The secondary content that couples with that presentation adds even more to the DVD’s appeal.  It is subtle, but is there.  As Abby and her friends work to find Rudy and his dad, one of their human friends – a woman – comes by to talk to them.  As she leaves, she makes mention of her engineering homework.  This is a short, subtle comment, but in the bigger picture, is a much bigger statement.  It is clearly part of the push to encourage women to get into science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.)-related studies and careers.

On a completely separate note, the segment featuring Elmo and Abby’s families having dinner together presents a classroom type of lesson instead of a cultural one.  As Elmo’s dad prepares dinner – pizza — the kids learn about the differences between meats and vegetables and about the differences in shapes.

The DVD’s final segment, which focuses on grandparents, is certain to entertain grown-ups as the writers joke about the technology gap between generations.  Baby Bear’s grandfather has all kinds of technology but admits that it was Baby Bear’s grandmother who bought it all, not him.  He open admits that he doesn’t know how to use everything that she got.  Meanwhile, Baby Bear has no trouble helping his grandfather learn how to use his various tech gadgets.  On a bigger picture, the statement made by baby Bear’s grandfather about Baby bear’s grandmother trying to keep up with the times is telling in itself.  He states that technology was so much easier to handle in days gone by.  He is right on both statements.  It seems that there is far too much reliance today on technology.  To that end, there is an important statement there, albeit likely unintentional, but it is still there.  It is just one more way in which the secondary content featured in the DVD’s primary content makes the DVD in whole appealing for the whole family.  The DVD’s featured bonus content adds even more appeal to its presentation.

The bonus content featured in Sesame Street: Celebrate Family follows the same theme as that of the DVD’s primary content.  The full-length Sesame Street episode included as one of the bonuses focuses on siblings.  It finds Chris and his sister talking about siblings with Baby Bear and his sister.  Chris and his sister remind Baby Bear that no siblings ever get along completely, but that they still love each other and find similarities.  They just have to look for those things that can unite them.

The “Elmo’s World” segment that is featured in this episode also focuses on siblings.  This time Elmo spends a little time with Mr. Noodle and his brother, as well as two trios of pig siblings.  One trio is the three little pigs, while the other trio is a group of singing swine.  It does not add a lot to the central lesson in the overall episode, but is still a nice accent to the episode’s overall presentation.  When it is coupled with the episode’s central message of siblings and family love that conquers all, it makes the overall episode a welcome addition to the DVD.  When the bonus episode is joined with the DVD’s primary content and its companion secondary content, the end result is a presentation, that will appeal to the whole family.

Sesame Workshop’s new Sesame Street DVD, Celebrate Family is a presentation that will appeal to the whole family.  That is thanks in part to the DVD’s primary content, which presents the different kinds of families that exist and their members.  The segments’ companion content, which teaches its own invaluable lessons, adds even more appeal to the presentation.  The bonus content that comes with the DVD continues the DVD’s family theme while also reminding young viewers that while siblings might argue sometimes, they are still family and can always find common ground.  Each item is important in its own way to the whole of Sesame Street: Celebrate Family.  All things considered, they make the DVD another offering from Sesame Workshop that the whole family will celebrate.  More information on this and other titles from Sesame Workshop is available online now at:

 

 

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