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The final day of Amazon.com's holiday sales, and arguably the biggest after Black Friday, is here. Cyber Monday offers the biggest discounts you'll see all year in Blu-ray films, Blu-ray TV boxsets and console game sales. Below are the best bargains on offer so far in those categories.
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- Garth Franklin
Well folks, the last chance to get major deals during Amazon's 2013 Black Friday deals week has led to this, today is Cyber Monday 2013 and I have the schedule of DVD and Blu-ray deals that will be going live throughout the day below along with the other deals that have been featured throughout the week. The deals today include some James Bond Blu-rays in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, a Blu-ray of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and the deals close out with the Rambo: The Complete Collector's Set Blu-ray collection. Other than that there are some television items, such as "The Tudors" complete series set, "Sherlock Holmes" complete collection, "Twin Peaks", "The Good Wife" and "Rome". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. »
- Brad Brevet
This week, Sketchy covers the Studio Ghibli film “The Secret World of Arrietty.” Based on the novel “The Borrowers,” this anime adaptation explores the relationship between a human and the tiny borrower, Arrietty. Join Matt and Ryan as they discuss this adaptation, the Disney modification of it, and how it relates to the book (even though neither have read it… unless Wikipedia counts). Enjoy!
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by Emilie Simon
The post Sketchy Episode 85 – ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Ryan Clagg
Feature Ryan Lambie 23 Sep 2013 - 06:38
Studio Ghibli may be best known for its woodland spirits and castles in the sky, but there's so much more to the Japanese animation house's output than colourful fantasy. Whether directed by founders Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, or newer animators, such as Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty), Studio Ghibli's movies are equally alive in their more dramatic, quiet moments.
From Up On Poppy Hill, released in Japan in 2011 and out now on home release in the UK, may surprise some viewers with its gentle period romance, but it provides a fresh example of how Studio Ghibli can breathe life into even the most prosaic activities. From Up On Poppy Hill is the second feature from Goro Miyazaki - the son »
Chicago – As “The Wind Rises” plays film festivals this month and plans for a stateside release (we truly hope) by the end of the year, it has been announced that the Studio Ghibli film will be the last directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. One of the most important creative voices in the history of cinema is closing the book on his career, although his influence will be felt for decades to come, especially as his son, who directed the recently-released on Blu-ray and DVD, “From Up on Poppy Hill” carries on his legacy.
The romantic soap opera story of “Poppy,” co-written by Hayao from a comic book, feels a little slight but Goro certainly understands his father’s emphasis on the visual, crafting a strikingly beautiful film that truly looks great in HD. It won’t be anyone’s favorite Ghibli film but it casts an enjoyable spell for »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Being the son of animation’s unequivocal living master who’s body of work ranks among the best cinematic creations ever made, Goro Miyazaki understandably had much trepidation about taking up his father, Hayao’s craft, eventually to be put in comparison to each other, for better or worse. When he finally succumbed to the family business after being approached by Toshio Suzuki, one of Studio Ghibli’s longest running producorial collaborators, neither Ghibli’s seasoned animators or the majesty of the company’s lineage could save Goro’s paltry debut, Tales from Earthsea. Notably missing Hayao’s direct involvement thanks to familiar disagreements, the film, rich with dragons and magic, became one of the least enchanting releases of Ghibli’s generally pristine catalog. Approaching Goro’s sophomore effort with the same apprehension he began his directorial career, with doubts of creative significance lingering in the long, overbearing shadow of his father, »
- Jordan M. Smith
Between co-founding Studio Ghibli and directing 11 films (including classics such as My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Castle In The Sky), Hayao Miyazaki has established himself as a master filmmaker, and someone who has brought joy to audiences around the world. Now he’s bringing a slightly more melancholy feeling, as he’s announced his retirement.In fact, the famously reclusive director didn’t announce it directly, leaving it to Studio Ghibli head Koji Hoshino at the Venice Film Festival where Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises has been screening.Hoshino made a simple statement – “Miyazaki has decided that Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) will be his last film, and he will now retire” – to the world’s press, with word that the 72-year-old director himself will be addressing the matter in Tokyo soon. Though his pace had slowed somewhat in the last decade, Miyazki denied an intention to retire recently, »
Venice – Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki will retire after making eleven features that have secured him a spot among the world’s most beloved and visionary toon meisters.
This sad news was announced by Koji Hoshino, head of Studio Ghibli to stunned reporters during a presser at the Venice Film Festival where Miyazaki’s latest work, “The Wind Rises,” screened to enthusiastic response.
Hoshino did not give any further details, saying only that Miyazaki will be holding a briefing in Tokyo next week.
The famously reclusive Miyazaki, who is 72, was not present at the fest.
- Nick Vivarelli
Disney Pictures is once again teaming with the Japanese animation house for Hayao Miyazaki's latest feature.
Disney has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises," a dramatised animated biopic about Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the iconic WW2 Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane.
The film opened in Japan in late July where it has pulled in over $74 million at the box-office so far. The film has its premiere in North America at the Toronto Film Festival.
Disney's last Studio Ghibli theatrical release States-side was "The Secret World of Arrietty" back in February 2012. GKids, who scored the theatrical rights to Ghibli back catalog for retrospective screenings, handled the release of "From Up on Poppy Hill" in North America earlier this year.
No word on a release date as yet, though an English voice dub will likely be recorded in the next few months ahead »
- Garth Franklin
Disney will release Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki's next movie, "The Wind Rises," in North America, the studio said Tuesday. There is no opening date set for the film, which will be released under the Touchstone Pictures banner. It a fictionalized account of the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. Also read: Disney Vets Turn to Kickstarter for Unique Animated 'Art Story' Disney has previously released several films from the Academy Award-winning filmmaker's Studio Ghibli, including "The Secret World of Arrietty," "Ponyo," "Howl's Moving »
- Todd Cunningham
The makers of the 1990s BBC adaptation of Mary Norton's tales about tiny people recall the weird techniques they had to use to achieve that crucial 'Borrowers' eye perspective'
John Henderson, director
I realised it was going to be hard to live up to expectations, because everyone who has read the book has very definite ideas about how everything should be. I relied heavily on the original drawings because I didn't want to be chased down the street by elderly ladies in cardigans saying I'd got it all wrong.The most crucial thing was getting the scale right. Everything had to be 1:10, so if you were filming someone walk across a room, you had to be 10 times further away than on a normal shoot. We also had to crawl along the ground to film no higher than six inches tall, to get the Borrowers' eye view; we got »
- Anna Tims
Feature Ryan Lambie 2 Aug 2013 - 06:15
We're putting on a special Studio Ghibli screening later this month. And you have the chance to vote for the film you'd most like to see...
In partnership with Studio Canal, Den Of Geek has a very special evening lined up later this month. We'll be screening one of five classic Studio Ghibli movies - and we're giving you the chance to vote for which one you'd most like to see. The event will take place in a London location, and we'll be announcing the date, venue and details of how you can attend later in the month. Oh, and there'll be some fabulous prizes for some lucky readers on the night, too.
To get involved, all you have to do is head for the comments section and provide the name of the Ghibli film you'd prefer to see on the big screen - a tricky choice, »
It earned $9.66 million from 747,451 admissions in the first two days following its July 20 bow on 453 screens. It is distributed in Japan by Toho and overseas by Disney.
The B.O. figure is slightly lower than the opening weekend for Miyazaki’s previous toon, the 2008 “Ponyo,” which finished its first run with $155 million. But “The Wind Rises” is likely to easily cross the $100 million line, making it number one at the Japanese Bo for the year to date.
In the run up to the release, Miyazaki came in for an unusual degree of criticism. In an interview with Studio Ghibli’s own Neppu publicity organ, he made remarks on the subject of ‘comfort women’ (women mostly from China and Korea who were enslaved by the Japanese »
- Mark Schilling
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Studio Ghibli’s first release, StudioCanal are delighted to bring Kiki’s Delivery Service and Grave of the Fireflies to Blu-ray for the first time on July 1st. To mark the special occasion we are not only giving you the chance to win the two films on Blu-ray but also win the complete Studio Ghibli DVD collection which includes Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, Arrietty and many more!
An arresting combination from Studio Ghibli’s biggest visionaries: Hayao Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, a magical story of a young witch’s air courier service, and Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies, the heartbreaking tale of two children’s struggle to survive their firebombed city in World War 2. Kiki’s Delivery Service and Grave of the Fireflies will be released on Blu-ray July 1st. Pre-order your copy now: http://j.mp/BuyStudioGhibli.
For your chance of winning, »
Cast members Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Moises Arias, and Nasim Pedrad greeted fans who waited to catch a glimpse of the stars before heading into the Gibson Amphitheatre to watch the film.
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Up until yesterday, many of the Minions had gone missing, but a few did manage to show up for Saturday’s big show. However, »
- Michelle McCue
Calling all Movie Geek Dads! As we head into the weekend, collect your minions for some great BBQ, a movie, a baseball game and have a Despicable Father’s Day!
Now that the ever-entrepreneurial Gru has left behind a life of super crime to raise Margo (Miranda Cosgrove of television’s iCarly), Edith (Dana Gaier of Bullied) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher of television’s Masha and the Bear), Gru, Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand of Get Him to the Greek, Hop) and the Minions have some free time on their hands. But as he starts to adjust to his role as a suburban family man, an ultra-secret organization dedicated to fighting evil around the globe comes knocking.
- Movie Geeks
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, The Kings of Summer is an indie dramedy about three young men who escape their oppressive parents and live in a makeshift shack in the woods. Working alongside young actors Moises Arias, Gabriel Basso, and Nick Robinson are a group of comedians, which include Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Tony Hale, Kumail Nanjiani, Hannibal Buress, and more.
Arias has previously starred in “Hannah Montana,” and provided voice work to The Secret World of Arrietty. In the near future, he will voice a character in Despicable Me 2, and appear in Ender’s Game. Basso has appeared in Super 8, and the show “The Big C.” Lead Kings actor Robinson has appeared on “Boardwalk Empire,” and also “Melissa & Joey.”
I sat down with Arias, Basso, and Robinson to discuss their film, learning about masculinity from Nick Offerman, whether parents do or don’t understand, and more.
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- Nick Allen
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Studio Ghibli’s acclaimed masterpieces, Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbour Totoro, Studio Canal are delighted to re-release the films together, in cinemas nationwide on Friday, May 24th. To mark this once in lifetime opportunity we are giving you the chance to win the complete Studio Ghibli DVD collection which includes Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, Arrietty and many more!
An arresting combination from Studio Ghibli’s founding fathers: Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbour Totoro, a lyrical fantasy about benevolent forest spirits, and Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies, the heartbreaking tale of two children’s struggle to survive their firebombed city in World War 2. The films were launched together in 1988, showcasing the breadth of the anime powerhouse’s range of vision. Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbour Totoro will be released nationwide May 24th.
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The most questionable thing about “Epic,” Blue Sky Studios’ latest animated adventure, is its title. Not only is it generic-sounding and Google-unfriendly, it’s also one of the last words most viewers would use to describe the film. Which is not to say that director Chris Wedge’s effort is some sort of epic fail, in fact it’s nothing of the sort: “Epic” is a reasonably entertaining, adeptly crafted kidpic whose biggest crime is its near pathological reliance on overfamiliar tropes and trappings. But that shouldn’t bother family crowds, who will likely line up in large numbers and leave satisfied, if hardly awed.
That “Epic’s” title survived market testing is a bit surprising when one considers how much of the rest of the film seems to have originated there. Almost everything that conventional wisdom would suggest a successful multi-quadrant family pic ought to contain is present here in some capacity, »
- Andrew Barker
Today’s deal on Amazon is great for fans of Studio Ghibli. Many of the studio’s animated features are 55% off right now on Blu-ray and DVD, including Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, The Secret World of Arrietty, and many many more. If you’re missing a couple for your collection or have yet to start snatching these up, now’s the perfect time. Click here to check out the deals. »
- Adam Chitwood
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