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September 8th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Editor, Shocker, Friday the 13th Double Features

  • DailyDead
September 8th is shaping up to be another great week for horror and sci-fi fans as we’ve got a lot of great home entertainment releases to look forward to. The good folks over at Scream Factory have two great releases coming out on Tuesday, the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Wes Craven’s Shocker and Astron-6’s comedic homage to Giallo films, The Editor. For all you Jason Voorhees die-hards out there, not only do you have a special 2-Disc Collector’s edition of Crystal Lake Memories to look forward to, the original Friday the 13th films are also getting re-released in several double feature packages on Tuesday.

Other notable releases for September 8th include Supernatural: Season 10, Dressed to Kill from Criterion, Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, and for those of you kids at heart out there, Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman is arriving on DVD as well.
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The Crazy ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Cartoon You’ve Never Heard Of

“We’re turtles! Fighting turtles! Not normal slow-poke turtles!” The above quote is not, unfortunately, the refrain of a song in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The newest film in the franchise, demolished by critics, may not actually be much fun at all. Fortunately that doesn’t really matter for us, just as it didn’t matter for Hercules or Planes: Fire and Rescue or Maleficent earlier this year. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a great excuse to talk about cartoons, the bonkers relatives of this floppy blockbuster that share its reptilian heroes if not its sense of style. The (likely badly translated) quote above is from the theme of Mutant Turtles: Superman Legend. To call it a television “series” would be accurate but also something of a fib, given that this obscure entry in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles canon ended after just two episodes. It was produced in 1996 by the Japanese animation studio Ashi Productions, otherwise
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2000

  • Den of Geek
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04

Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...

The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.

From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.

As ever, we've travelled far outside the
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9 Essential Anime Movies

  • NextMovie
Japanese animation has been pushing the boundaries of the field for decades, and Hollywood is only now catching up to the trends that anime films have already set.

In honor of Disney's American release of "The Secret World of Arrietty," which has already grossed $125 million outside the U.S., we're listing the most important masterpieces of the anime genre ... at least the ones that don't feature pervy monsters and Japanese schoolgirls.

'Akira' (1988)

It goes without saying that Katsuhiro Otomo's glimpse at the futuristic dystopia of Neo-Tokyo is a landmark of both animation and science fiction in general. Biker gang leader Kaneda is forced to do battle with lifelong best friend Tetsuo when the latter's latent psychic powers begin manifesting in horrifying ways. It's a subversive cyberpunk fable which functions as both cautionary tale of military run amok and full-throttle action movie. Though an Americanized live-action remake is in limbo, the
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Marvel Anime: X-men (2011): Teaser Trailer, Opening Sequence, Clip

  • Film-Book
The Marvel Anime: X-Men Teaser Trailer, Opening Sequence, and Clip have premiered. The 2011 X-Men Marvel anime series is the animation X-Men has always deserved and it is about time. Directed by Fuminori Kizaki, the animation is beautfiul. If you have ever seen Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (written about here: 5 Essential Anime Films you need to View) or Redline (written about here: Redline (2009) Movie Trailers), you will recognize this animation and Madhouse, the company behind it immediately.

Marvel Anime: X-Men is part of

a four-part anime project with collaborations from both Marvel Entertainment and Madhouse. The project will take famous Marvel characters and reintroduce them for a Japanese audience in a 12-part series. The announcement was confirmed at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. According to former Madhouse President and CEO Jungo Maruta, Marvel is giving the anime studio “free reign” [sic] to re-imagine the Marvel superheroes for Japanese audiences. It is
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Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007) Movie Review

The name Yoshiaki Kawajiri carries some serious weight among anime fans and aficionados. The franchise “Highlander” carries the same weight amongst it’s legions of loyal, sword wielding fans. In 2007 the two came together in a symphony swordplay and beauty. “Highlander: The Search for Vengeance” was a joint effort between Imagi Studios (“Tmnt”) and anime powerhouse Madhouse Studios (“Ninja Scroll,” “X,” “Trigun”) and was one of the recent efforts at a East-Meets-West collaboration on anime with others including Kawajiri’s own “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust” and “Afro Samurai.” This was the first time a Western franchise or concept was adapted to anime, but was followed closely by the “Witchblade” anime. Okay now deep breath. You still with me? Good, because “The Search For Vengeance” is an amazing anime and the best and most interesting thing to happen to the franchise since the TV series. Written by Highlander series and movie writer David Abramowitz,
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‘Supernatural’ – New trailer for the anime series

Back in August we brought you the first trailer for the anime version of the CW’s Supernatural, which comes from anime company Madhouse, the studio behind some of the greatest anime series of all time – including: Death Note, Paprika and Vampire Hunter D. Well now there’s a second trailer for the series (which comes to us via io9) that features a Japanese cover of the classic Kansas song that features heavily in the live-action version of the show!

This new anime series will be a 22-episode season that will cover the storyline of the live-action version’s first two seasons, and will not only remake the best episodes, but also depict original episodes not previously seen! Original episodes will include prologues of the Winchester brothers’ childhood, anime-only enemies, and episodes featuring secondary characters from the live-action version.

Warner Home Video will release Supernatural: The Animation on Blu-ray and
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Behold, Supernatural: The Animation

  • ScifiMafia
See Sam and Dean like you’ve never seen them before. Well, actually exactly like you’ve seen them in their hunting adventures, but this time it’s animated! From series creator Eric Kripke and Madhouse, the anime studio that brought you Death Note, Vampire Hunter D, and Summer Wars, comes Supernatural: The Animation. This project is expected to yield twenty-two episodes for Warner Bros Home Video and will ship on DVD and Blu-Ray in Japan on January 12, 2011. No word yet on when it will be available to the American market.

The anime adapts the first two seasons of live-action CW series Supernatural starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as the demon-hunting Winchester brothers. According to Anime News Network:

“The anime project will not only remake the best episodes from the live-action version, but also depict original episodes not seen in the live-action version. Those original episodes will include prologues of the Winchester brothers’ childhood,
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‘Supernatural’ – Anime Series Trailer

Back at the beginning of June we broke the news that anime company Madhouse, the studio behind some of the greatest anime series of all time – including: Death Note, Paprika and Vampire Hunter D, were working on an anime series based on the CW show Supernatural.

Well now we have the trailer, thanks to a heads up from the guys at SFX…

This new anime series will be a 22-episode season that will cover the storyline of the live-action version’s first two seasons, and will not only remake the best episodes, but also depict original episodes not previously seen! Original episodes will include prologues of the Winchester brothers’ childhood, anime-only enemies, and episodes featuring secondary characters from the live-action version.

Warner Home Video will release Supernatural: The Animation on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan on January 12th 2011.
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Another 'Vampire' Novel Gets The Green Light

Richelle Mead's supernatural romance series "Vampire Academy" got the green light from Preger Entertainment today, getting the rights to make the novels into several films. Yeah, because no production company or studio is trying to get their own version of "Twilight" success, that would be crazy.The tale does not have a human girl as the main character, not this time. Instead it's a dhampir, which is a half-human and half-vampire, like the character D in "Vampire Hunter D" for those of you familiar with Anime. She's training to become a body guard to her friend the princess Vasilia Dragomir and begins to have a love affair with her mentor Dimitri Belikov. The production currently is in search for someone to write the adaptation to the first novel of the series. There's six books in total, which means if the first one takes off like they want it to we'll
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AniMania: X – Complete Series

For some reason, the future always seems to be a few decades away. 1984 was published in 1949. Terminator, which appropriately enough was released in 1984, set 1997 as the date for the apocalyptic “Judgement Day.” It seems strange now, after the turn of the Millennium (which happened rather uneventfully, with little more than an endless repeat of an old Prince song to mark its passing) to look back on things like Mad Max, Y2K, or the still older imaginings of such retro science fiction classics as Fahrenheit 451 or Soylent Green, but for decades, sci-fi imagineers alternated between the chills of gloom and doom and utopian fever.

Anime and manga embraced these themes with series like Akira, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Vampire Hunter D. X 1999 represents Clamp’s foray into the dark future. Perhaps better known for their recent hit sister series, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle and XXXHolic, the all female manga supergroup are
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Anime News: Supernatural Gets 22-Episode Anime Series

Supernatural is going Anime. According to the animeanime.jp website, MadHouse (the production company behind Death Note, Paprika, Vampire Hunter D, Summer Wars) is producing a Supernatural Anime project for Warner Bros. The Anime series won't necessarily be "new." It's expected to cover the first two seasons of the live-action Supernatural series. However, we'll see some "original" content in the way of origin stories of the Winchester brothers' childhood. The series is slated for 22 episodes, with the first volume shipping on January 12 containing episodes 1 and 2. The second volume (Box 1), scheduled for February 2, will be contain episodes 3-12. Episodes 13-22 will ship in volume 3, or Box 2 on April 6. The Anime News Network reports that the "original" episodes will feature "prologues of the Winchester brothers' childhood, anime-only enemies, and episodes featuring secondary characters from the live-action version." Supernatural creator Eric Kripke is credited as the ...
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‘Supernatural’ goes anime!

In news I thought I’d never post, it seems anime studio Madhouse, who are responsible for some of the greatest anime series of all time – including: Death Note, Paprika and Vampire Hunter D, are working on an anime based on the CW show Supernatural. Yes, you read that right… Supernatural.

The original live-action series follows the Winchester brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) as they hunt creatures and other supernatural phenomena across the American landscape. The new anime will be a 22-episode season that will cover the storyline of the live-action version’s first two seasons. According to animeanime.jp, the anime:

…will not only remake the best episodes from the live-action version, but also depict original episodes not seen in the live-action version. Those original episodes will include prologues of the Winchester brothers’ childhood, anime-only enemies, and episodes featuring secondary characters from the live-action version.

Supernatural
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'Vampire Hunter D' comics land on PSP

'Vampire Hunter D' comics land on PSP
Idw Publishing and Digital Manga have teamed up to release Vampire Hunter D digital comics for Sony's PSP. The venture sees the property become the first manga offering to appear on the PSP Digital Comics service. "We're very excited to release the very first digital manga on the PSP and to kick off our partnership with Digital Manga," said Idw's Jeff Webber. "Vampire Hunter D is an excellent story to launch the PSP manga catalogue, offering this popular series for manga fans worldwide through this new platform. We'll be rolling out the first volume of the series as a new chapter each week for the next six weeks." (more)
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Live-Action Adaptation Of 'Bleach' Manga In The Works

Tite Kubo's "Bleach" is reportedly being picked up by Warner Brothers for a live-action adaptation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Get Smart" director Peter Segal and his Callahan Filmworks partner Michael Ewing are in talks to produce "Bleach" in conjunction with Viz Media.

While the report notes that Segal is attempting to broaden his portfolio of films by "taking on darker, more action-oriented material", it also specifically states that Segal will not direct the film.

Originally released in Japan back in 2001, "Bleach" follows a fifteen year old boy named Ichigo Kurosaki who accidentally drains the powers of a female Soul Reaper — a Japanese personification of death similar to the Grim Reaper — named Rukia Kuchiki, leaving Rukia stuck in the human world and Ichigo as a guardian against evil spirits on Earth.

"Bleach" has previously been adapted into a long running anime series that is currently in its 14th season.
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Simmons responds to plagiarism claims

Simmons responds to plagiarism claims
Nick Simmons has responded to the claims that he plagiarised popular manga in his Incarnate miniseries. The son of Kiss frontman Gene Simmons has been accused of copying plot elements, dialogue, panel layouts and character designs from series including Bleach, Hellsing, Vampire Hunter D and One Piece in his three-issue series for Radical. "Like most artists I am inspired by work I admire," said the 21-year-old in a statement. "There are certain similarities between some of my work and the work of others. "This was simply meant as an homage to artists I respect, and I definitely want to apologise to any manga fans (more)
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Vampire Hunter D Eyes a Dual Return

According to the latest issue of Rue Morgue, Vampire Hunter D creator Hideyuki Kikuchi plans to resurrect the popular story as both an anime series and a live-action feature. Kikuchi began the story in 1983, and to date 21 novels have been published.

The story itself follows D, a knight-errant of sorts who traverses the post-apocalyptic Earth, warding off vampires and his own possessed hand with the help of a sword and a faithful horse.

The series has previously been adapted into an anime movie released in 1985, and a second anime motion picture in 2000. The rights for a live-action movie were at one point optioned by Spawn producer Mark Dippe, but the film itself was never produced.

Kikuchi is teaming up with the producers of the Resident Evil video games to produce the live-action film. We assume that the film will be produced in Japan, as the mishmash of genre stylings found in the story — western,
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Vampire Hunter D Returning in Both Anime and Live-Action Form

The latest issue of Rue Morgue brings the potentially intriguing news that Vampire Hunter D creator Hideyuki Kikuchi is planning to bring back the post-nuclear earth horseback-riding, sword-swinging, vampire-hunting dhampir in the form of both a new anime series and a live-action motion picture. In regards to the live-action feature, Kikuchi is working on it with the producer of the Biohazard video game, what gaijins like you and I call Resident Evil.

Vampire Hunter D began life as a manga series in 1983, became an anime movie released in 1985, and returned in a new anime motion picture in 2000. The rights for a live-action movie had previously been optioned by Spawn producer Mark Dippe. Presumably they have reverted back. One must assume this live-action movie in the works would be a Japanese production.

Thank goodness a Hollywood-produced live-action Vampire Hunter D never came about. I have a hard time imagining Hollywood producers
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'Vampire Hunter D' Live-Action Movie In The Works?

Earlier this month, we received updates on the status of two classic Japanese manga series — "Akira" and "Ghost In The Shell" — being adapted into live-action films. And now it appears that Hideyuki Kikuchi's "Vampire Hunter D" may be the next Japanese property to invade the silver screen.

According to a report in the Japanese horror magazine Rue Morgue (by way of Anime Vice), Kikuchi is working on a live action "Vampire Hunter D" film in addition to a new anime feature.

The story also states that a producer from the "Biohazard" (aka "Resident Evil") video game series — whom Anime Vice speculates is Hideyuki Kikuchi — is involved with the live-action film.

Originally published in 1983 as series of novels by Kikuchi and illustrator Yoshitaka Amano, "Vampire Hunter D" focuses on lonely warrior named "D" in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by vampires and other supernatural creatures. As a half-vampire/half-human, "D" is
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Is 'Vampire Hunter D' Going Live-Action?

Why should American comics get all the fun of film adaptations? That’s not likely to be the case much longer, as several series based on manga — Japanese graphic literature — are getting in on the act, too.

On the heels of recent reports that the manga series "Akira", "Ghost in the Shell", and "Paprika" are being adapted into live-action films, comes news of another property getting the same treatment: Hideyuki Kikuchi’s "Vampire Hunter D". According to Anime Vice, which based its revelation on the Japanese horror mag Rue Morgue, Kikuchi is developing a live-action Vampire Hunter D as well as a new feature-length anime. The story also mentions a producer of the "Resident Evil" video game series (rumored to be Hiroyuki Kobayashi) will be involved in the live-action movie.

"Vampire Hunter D" takes place in post-apocalyptic world overrun by vampires and other monsters, but is seemingly influenced by cyberpunk
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