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Scarlet Moon Christmas Album 2016: The Gamer’s Christmas Album

It’s closing in on that season again where whatever shop you walk into they will be playing a Christmas musical relic from years past. You’re guaranteed to be treated to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” at least six times in the first thirty minutes of your shopping trip! So what better way to scrub you mind clear of all those Christmas ditties than with the Scarlet Moon Christmas Album 2016.

This nine track album is a special collection of Christmas tunes and game music favourites re-imagined in a holiday fashion. Featuring a number of renowned videogame and film composers, it should get any videogame fan into the holiday spirit.

The artists participating include Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana), Vince Dicola (Rocky IV and Transformers: The Movie (1986)), Robyn Miller (Myst and Riven), Justin Lassen (Underworld series), Mustin (of The OneUps), Goomin “Nauts” Nam (Djmax and Bar Oasis
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Horror Highlights: Tweeterhead’s Batman Variant Maquette, The Transformers: The Movie, Buffy The Vampire Slayer #30

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Morning, Daily Deaders! In today’s Horror Highlights, fans of “The Caped Crusader” may be interested in the photos and release details for Tweeterhead’s Batman ’66 “Noir” variant maquette. Also: a bonus features Blu-ray clip and trailer from Shout! Factory’s The Transformers: The Movie Blu-ray and a look at preview pages and cover art for issue #30 of Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 comic book series.

Tweeterhead’s Batman (1966) Noir Variant Maquette Photos & Release Details: From Tweeterhead: “Announcing our first 66 Batman Variant!!

We will begin Pre-Selling our Batman ’66 “Noir” Variant next Wednesday, August 17th. We were given the chance to make these Super limited edition maquettes featuring our original Batman maquette with Black Cape, Cowl, Boots, Briefs, and Gloves.

This piece is limited to just 100 hand-numbered pieces and will retail for $199.99. This Batman Maquette does Not include the computer half of the base like the original did.
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Watch the trailer for The Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition

Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the animated classic The Transformers: The Movie, an occasion we marked here at Flickering Myth with an in-depth look at the making of the film and interviews with director Nelson Shin, composer Vince Dicola and “The Touch” singer Stan Bush [read the article here].

In December, Manga Entertainment is set to unleash a special limited edition steelbook of the movie, remastered from a brand-new 4K transfer of the original film elements, and to celebrate a trailer has arrived online today, which you can watch right here…

See Also: Order The Transformers: The Movie via Amazon UK or Amazon Us

The Autobots, led by the heroic Optimus Prime, prepare to make a daring attempt to retake their planet from the evil forces of Megatron and the Decepticons. Unknown to both sides, a menacing force is heading their way – Unicron. The only hope of stopping Unicron lies within the Matrix
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Exclusive – Stan Bush talks about Michael Bay not using “The Touch” in his Transformers movies

To mark the film’s 30th anniversary, we got in touch with rock singer Stan Bush to talk about The Transformers: The Movie‘s iconic theme song “The Touch”, and why it wasn’t used in the Michael Bay live-action movies.

Bush had re-recorded “The Touch”, and it looks like it very nearly made it into the final movie.

“I never found out what happened,” he told us. “It was pulled at the last minute. Like, a couple of weeks before the movie came out. There was going to be a little clip of it played by Bumblebee. It would have been a cool thing for the fans, but I don’t know. I got conflicting stories that Michael Bay was trying to distance himself from the original film. It was all speculation, but I never found out what happened.”

For Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Bush re-recorded “The Touch
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Exclusive – The Transformers: The Movie director talks killing Optimus Prime

On the movie’s 30th anniversary, we got in touch with The Transformers: The Movie director Nelson Shin to talk about one of the more iconic moments of the franchise: the death of Optimus Prime.

As revealed by the writers of the movie in other interviews, the decision to kill of the Autobot leader was made by Hasbro to discontinue his toy and launch a new one, but Korean-born Shin argues that a lot more discussions took place around it.

“We had a serious issue of whether to kill Optimus Prime and the Matrix transitioning onto Ironhide, which we could not decide for several weeks,” he told us. “Optimus Prime was the leader of good guys. In the story board of mine, he should be killed, but when I asked if there would not be Optimus Prime toys any more after he was killed, no one answered it. I put
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Till All Are One: A Production History of The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

To celebrate the 30th anniversary, Luke Owen sits down with The Transformers: The Movie director Nelson Shin, composer Vince Dicola and “The Touch” singer Stan Bush to find out how the movie got made…

In 1980, Takara Toys launched a series of action figures named Daiakuron (Diaclone), transforming vehicles and robots which were piloted by another of their toylines Mikuroman (Microman). The Microman series was ported over to the United States by toy manufacturer Hasbro, who were looking to reactive their G.I. Joe trademark and wanted to repurpose the Japanese toy for American children. Following the success of Kenner’s Star Wars action figures and Mego’s Micronaughts, Hasbro wanted to ditch the 1970s 12-inch dolls and replace them with 3 ¾ inch figures, retitled G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Following a successful re-launch, Hasbro imported Diaclone and rebranded them The Transformers along with the help of Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Jim Shooter,
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Manga releasing limited edition The Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition steelbook

During the San Diego Comic-Con International, details were revealed on the upcoming 30th Anniversary Edition of the animated classic The Transformers: The Movie, and now Manga has announced the release of a limited edition collectible steelbook, which is set to arrive on December 12th.

See Also: Order The Transformers: The Movie via Amazon UK or Amazon Us

Remastered from a new 4K transfer of the original film elements, the steelbook comes with the following bonus content:

‘Til All Are One – A brand-new, comprehensive documentary looking back at Transformers: The Movie with members of the cast and crew, including story consultant Flint Dille, cast members Gregg Berger, Neil Ross, Dan Gilvezan, singer/songwriter Stan Bush, composer Vince Dicola and others! Audio Commentary with Director Nelson Shin, story consultant Flint Dille and star Susan Blu Featurettes Animated Storyboards Trailers and TV Spots

The Autobots, led by the heroic Optimus Prime, prepare to
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'Transformers – The Movie' Is Coming to Blu-ray for Its 30th Anniversary

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Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Hasbro Studios announced a strategic distribution collaboration to bring the iconic animated feature, Transformers – The Movie to the home entertainment marketplace in the U.S. and Canada. This full-length animated adventure boasts the voice talent of Orson Welles in his final role and an all-star voice cast that includes Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack and Frank Welker. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Hasbro’s Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis.

The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with exclusive home entertainment packaged media (Blu-ray and DVD) and select digital rights to Hasbro’s Transformers – The Movie for home entertainment releases in North America. In honor of the 30thanniversary of Transformers – The Movie, this beloved animated feature will be newly remastered and
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Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Is Coming This Fall

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Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Blu-ray Is Coming This Fall
Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Hasbro Studios announced a strategic distribution collaboration to bring the iconic animated feature, Transformers - The Movie to the home entertainment marketplace in the U.S. and Canada. This full-length animated adventure boasts the voice talent of Orson Welles in his final role and an all-star voice cast that includes Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack and Frank Welker. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory's founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Hasbro's Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis.

The multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with exclusive home entertainment packaged media (Blu-ray and DVD) and select digital rights to Hasbro's Transformers - The Movie for home entertainment releases in North America. In honor of the 30th anniversary of Transformers - The Movie, this beloved animated feature will be
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'The Goonies' 30th Anniversary Soundtrack Coming to Vinyl

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'The Goonies' 30th Anniversary Soundtrack Coming to Vinyl
Amblin Entertainment is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of two of its biggest hits of all time. These are movies that went onto have a long shelf life, and are both adored by fans. But it seems that the Back to The Future 30th Anniversary celebration has dwarfed The Goonies. That movie is getting released back into theaters, will have a special edition Blu-ray, and a ton of other collectibles that are hitting store shelves this October. But The Goonies isn't being completely left out in the cold. Amazon has something very cool planned, and its something collectors are definitely going to want to get their hands on.

Amazon has started pressing and producing its own line of vinyl records under the Amazon label. And on October 9th, they are releasing 5 vinyl soundtracks to some of the 80s most beloved movies. Including The Goonies, which is getting a special 30th Anniversary release.
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Watch this brilliant Transformers stop-motion animation

Not happy with Michael Bay’s latest interpretation of The Transformers? Then you may find a bit more joy in this 4-minute stop-motion animation from Harris Loureiro which sees Optimus Prime take on the Constructicons and Devastator. It’s pretty awesome.

According to Loureiro, he shot the short in September last year and then started the edit in May 2014, which took him around a month. Some impressive work for just a month of editing!

The short is very reminiscent for those who loved the 1986 The Transformers: The Movie as it features classic Vince Dicola scoring and Stan Bush’s iconic The Touch.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is currently out in North America and is released in the UK on July 5th, with a cast that includes Mark Whalberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution
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My Favourite Christmas Movie - Rocky IV

The Flickering Myth writing team count down to Christmas by discussing their favourite festive movies; next up is Tom Jolliffe with Rocky IV....

When considering my favourite Christmas film, my thoughts weren’t first cast to movies about Santa, or Christmas spirit, or a kid left alone by unfit parents to protect the house against Joe Pesci, my first thoughts drifted to action classics which just happened to be set over the yuletide holidays. Crimbo was incidental, but my mind went firstly to Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. Let’s face it, they’re the bee’s knees when it comes to action cinema, and they just happened to feature the odd Christmas tree in the mise-en-scene. I’ve never been a huge fan of Xmas movie schmaltz. I do like a dose of It’s A Wonderful Life as much as the next guy, but equally I love to
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Favourite Movie Soundtracks - Conan the Barbarian

Flickering Myth's writing team discuss their favourite movie soundtracks; next up is Tom Jolliffe with Conan the Barbarian...

Picking my favourite movie soundtrack was not an easy choice. First there’s the choice between song-based soundtrack, or score. Then there’s the tough decision of picking an absolute favourite. Much as I love very obvious choices like John Williams or Hans Zimmer, they were never in contention to me. As an aside, I’ve always loved the old synth scores of the 80s. Guys like Tangerine Dream, Mark Isham, Vince Dicola and more. However my absolute favourite orchestral score has to be Conan the Barbarian by Basil Poledouris. It’s a master piece.

What I love about Basil’s work in the film, is that it essentially elevates the entire piece. Conan the Barbarian is a film not without some problems certainly, and even in the grand scheme of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s CV,
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Special Features - Top 5 Fictional Deaths in Movies I Never Quite Got Over

Luke Owen counts down his personal Top 5 Fictional Deaths that he never quite got over....

Perhaps it’s the power of the writing, perhaps it’s the strength of the performance, but sometimes a fictional character's death in movies can affect us deep down inside to provoke an emotional response. Despite these people not being real, we still feel the need to shed some tears as the animators decide to stop drawing them or the actor walks off set to go and work on another movie.

What started today as a trending topic on Twitter got me thinking about my own Top 5 Fictional Deaths That I Never Quite Got Over. Looking through the feed you saw a lot of likely entries like the dog from Marley and Me, Mufasa from Lion King and Littlefoot’s Mum from Land Before Time etc etc. However none of these affected me in the way that the below did.
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Take a trip back to the 80′s with the Jrpg inspired ‘Saturday Morning RPG’

Independent mobile game developer Mighty Rabbit Studios has announced the launch of their first title for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch: Saturday Morning RPG. An episodically epic role-playing game inspired by the best cartoons and pop culture icons the 80s had to offer, Smrpg is a love-letter to all your best childhood weekend memories.

Get your time travel gear ready, we’re taking you on a trip back to the 80′s! Here’s a sneak peek at our upcoming game Saturday Morning RPG that has been born from a year’s worth of labor and love. Our hero, Marty, will be taking you on an adventure visiting old friends from the golden Saturday morning cartoon era in an original story brought to you by Mighty Rabbit Studios.

Features Include:

Original soundtrack by legendary composers Vince Dicola, best known for his work on Transformers: The Animated Movie, and Kenny Meriedeth, who
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A Celebration Of The Rousing 80′s Montage

Whilst doing a spot of channel surfing the other day, I found myself lured into the 80’s classic Teen Wolf, and I had forgotten just how much I love the so-cheesy-it’s good basketball montage at the end. It struck me that, even now, there’s something so satisfying about seeing a character that we’re really rooting for overcoming some kind of adversity, or solving a problem, set to the soundtrack of a dodgy power ballad/synth track.

So, without further ado, here are five of my favourite montages of the 80’s. Prepare to be roused!

1- Teen Wolf

To fill you in, if you’re not aware, Michael J. Fox’s character, Scott, has up until now been ‘Wolfing Out’ which ironically means that not only does he become cool and all the popular kids like him, it also makes him an ace basketball player in the process
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The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

With the resurgence of movies based on toys in recent years, it was high time to reach into the past and dust off the hidden gem that started it all. Many people who grew up watching the “Transformers” television show will remember that in 1986 Hasbro released a full length animated feature film called “The Transformers: The Movie.” This film contains a fairly predictable “Transformers” plot, meaning it’s convoluted and features loads of meaningless action and prolonged fighting. Awesome.

The movie begins with a cold open: the “camera” casually flies us through the quiet beauties of outer space. Planets, stars, galaxies and celestial debris float peacefully and gracefully through the great black expanse. We gradually close in on a small Death Star-like planet bustling with all sorts of alien robotic life forms. Suddenly, a giant spherical machine, known as Unicron, targets the planet and without warning begins to suck it in like a vacuum,
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DVD Review: 12 (Twelve)

12 (Twelve)

Stars: Danny John-Jules, Joey Ansah, Mark Strange, Nathan Lewis, Sophie Linfield | Written and Directed by Chee Keong Cheung

12 follows the brutal story of twelve fighters who are brought together to compete in an illegal underground tournament for the prize of £500,000 should they survive. The fighters come from a variety of backgrounds, each hand-picked for a gruelling no-holds barred competition, intended to push each fighter to their limits. Each fighter has their own reasons for competing and each give everything they have to take the prize… but there can be only one winner!

Remember the first time you watched Bloodsport, or Kickboxer? If you’re anything like me you can remember how awe-struck you were at their sheer brilliance… Well it’s been a long time since an action movie caught my imagination as much as they did. That was until I watched 12. What makes it even more surprising to
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