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Anime news: Hayao Miyazaki Blu-ray collection to be released with special bonus content

 

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We’re sure many of our readers have seen films by Hayao Miyazaki and know first-hand what it is like to be utterly drawn in to the fantastic yet convincing world he creates. Now, it’s unlikely anyone familiar with Miyazaki’s works will dispute that he is a giant in the anime industry, but a new DVD collection which has recently been announced reminds us just how much of a giant he is.

That’s right, a collection of anime films directed by Miyazaki will be released on June 18, and we have to say the list of movies it includes is impressive. What’s more, the films will all be in Blu-ray and come in a fancy package with extra bonus content! What fan wouldn’t want one of these, right?

There will be eleven movies in the collection — most of them released from Studio Ghibli, but not all — from the very first theater-released film directed by Miyazaki to his latest work, The Wind Rises. Here’s what the box will contain:

 


[11 Miyazaki films in Blu-ray]
– The Castle of Cagliostro 1979 (Miyazaki’s first theater released film)
– Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 1984
– Castle in the Sky 1986
– My Neighbor Totoro 1988
– Kiki’s Delivery Service 1989
– Porco Rosso 1992
– Princess Mononoke 1997
– Spirited Away 2001
– Howl’s Moving Castle 2004
– Ponyo 2008
– The Wind Rises 2013

[Bonus Disc 1]
– Pilot film from Yuki’s Sun (5 min) 1972 (Pilot for a TV series, entirely storyboarded by Miyazaki himself)
– Three episodes of the TV series Akado Suzunosuke (30 min each) 1972-73  (storyboarded by Miyazaki)
– Promotional music video for the song On Your Mark by CHAGE and ASKA (7 min) 1995

[Bonus Disc 2]
– Miyazaki’s retirement press conference on September 16, 2013 (90 min, uncut)


 

How’s that for a full serving of Miyazkai anime?

And on top of all this, the collection will come in a uniquely designed box made from a special material with Miyazaki illustrations embossed on it.

 

This is what the box is expected to look like, although the actual product may end up appearing slightly different:

 

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So, fans understandably have reason to be excited about this Blu-ray collection. Unfortunately, though, the collection doesn’t come cheap, at a suggested price of 64,000 yen (US$617) and marked down to 51,192 yen ($494) on Amazon Japan. Some Internet users in Japan have already commented on the steep price, saying that it would be more economical to buy the individual Blu-rays for just the movies that you really like.

Nonetheless, we have a strong feeling that there will be more than enough fans willing to pay that price to be the proud owner of this special Miyazaki Blu-ray collection. Whatever you think of the price, one thing that can definitely be said about the collection is that it’s guaranteed to provide many hours of quality entertainment. After looking at the list of movies included in the collection, we can’t help but be impressed with the volume and quality of the work Miyazaki has produced over the years. The only question we now have is, will Miyazakai remain in retirement, or is there a chance he might make a come back… again? Well, we guess we just have to wait and see on that, and maybe enjoy the movies in the Blu-ray collection in the meantime!

Source: AMAZON.JP via Yaraon (Japanese)

 

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Japanese pop superstar Utada Hikaru releases “First Love – 15th Anniversary Edition”

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To commemorate the album’s 15th anniversary, Bilingual Queen of J-Pop Utada Hikaru will re-release her debut album, First Love — otherwise known as the best-selling album in Japanese music history.

According to the press release, the Anniversary Edition — which will arrive on March 10, 2014 — is one for the hardcore Hikaru fans out there:

The original album’s been remastered by GRAMMY-award winning engineer Ted Jensen, and includes a previously unreleased DVD of Utada’s very first live shows — the LUV LIVE performances held in Tokyo and Osaka in April of ’99. Not only that, but the collection will also include B-sides and a karaoke version of the original CD, as well as a book full of photographs, LUV LIVE tickets and passes, autographed lyrics and advertisements from the era.

The album was first released on March 10th in 1999 and sold 8.600.000 CDs in Japan only! And of course it was sold in other countries as well – 9910.000 copies!

Well, this time there will be a 15th Anniversary Deluxe Edition as well, so you should make sure to check it out!

●「First Love -15th Anniversary Edition-」
Code:TYCT-69016  Preis:4,000円(税抜)

1: Automatic -Album Edit-
2: Movin’ on without you
3: In My Room
4: First Love
5: 甘いワナ ~Paint It,Black~
6: time will tell
7: Never Let Go
8: B&C -Album Version-
9: Another Chance
10: Interlude
11: Give Me A Reason

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1: 甘いワナ ~Paint It,Black~
2: time will tell
3: In My Room
4: Never Let Go
5: Another Chance
6: Give Me A Reason
7: Automatic
8:今夜はブギー・バック feat. スチャダラパー
9: First Love
10: Movin’ on without you

●「First Love -15th Anniversary Deluxe Edition-」
[SHM-CD/SHM-CD/CD/DVD]
Code:TYCT-69015   Preis:15,000円(税抜)

①First Love <2014 Remaster> [プラチナSHM-CD]
②LUV LIVE [DVD]
③Original Back Tracks [SHM-CD]
④Bonus Tracks [CD]

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Anime: “APPLESEED XIII: TARTAROS & OURANOS” on Blu-ray and DVD in February 2014…

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FUNimation Entertainment has announced that the movies APPLESEED XIII: TARTAROS (アップルシードXIII ~遺言~, Appurushiido Saatiin ~Yuigon~, 2011) and APPLESEED XIII: OURANOS (アップルシード XIII ~預言~, Appurushiido Saatiin ~Yogen~, 2011) will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in North America on February 25, 2014. A summarized take on the thirteen episode series APPLESEED XIII (アップルシードXIII Appurushiido Saatiin, 2011), the two films feature a revolutionary art style that combines hand-drawn 2D characters with modern, CGI overlays.

Based on the original graphic novel Appleseed created by Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell, Vexille), the story follows the exploits of the ES.W.A.T. special forces member Deunan Knute and her combat cyborg colleague Briareos at the city of Olympus after World War V. Though keeping Shirow’s story setting and characters, APPLESEED XIII features a completely original story plot, supervised by Shirow and written by Junichi Fujisaku, one of the main scriptwriters in GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX (攻殻機動隊 STAND ALONE COMPLEX, Kookaku Kidootai Sutando Aroon Konpurekkusu, 2004-2005).

In the wake of destruction from a worldwide non-nuclear war, in which the city of Olympus has become the control center of the world. As humanity adopts biological enhancements in attempts to achieve perfection, a terrorist organization uprises to prevent what could be the eventual extinction of the human race. Two former LAPD SWAT members join a special mech-piloting, military force to take down the leader of the terrorist organization.

APPLESEED XIII: TARTAROS & OURANOS

Release Date: February 25, 2014
Running Time: 168 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9 enhanced)
Rating: TV14
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Watch anime hit “Sword Art Online,” win a Sony 3D personal viewer

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Aniplex of America, the distributors of anime hit Sword Art Online is hosting a special Watch and Win Contest on Adult Swim’s Toonami.

Three special grand prize winners will receive a brand new 3D Personal Viewer courtesy of Sony Electronics. That’s not all, other prizes include Sword Art Online Blu-ray sets and DVDs as well as Sword Art Online Weib Schwarz trial card game decks from Bushiroad. The new Sony 3D Personal Viewers will let fans submerge themselves into the world of Sword Art Online as if they were main characters Kirito and Asuna.

Adapted from a popular light-novel series, Sword Art Online is set in a not-so-distant future where people are able to play video games ultra realistically by submersing themselves in the video game world with the use of NerveGear, a virtual reality device contained in a helmet like apparatus which gamers wear to stimulate their senses to control their avatars in the world of the game.

To enter the contest, viewers need to watch Sword Art Online on Toonami Saturday Nights at 2:00am EST/PST on October 20th and 27th and look for the keyword shown immediately after the show. Viewers then need to enter the keyword on the entry form on the Sword Art Online Contest Page. Be sure to watch Sword Art Online on Toonami and don’t miss your chance to watch and win from Aniplex of America!

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Blue Exorcist the Movie (anime): Limited Edition Blu-Ray box set and DVD

Aniplex of America Inc. recently announced that it will release the highly anticipated Blue Exorcist The Movie in North America just in time for Christmas with a release date of December 17th 2013.

This action-packed fantasy tells the tale of those who battle underworld spirits and demons and is created by animation studio A-1 Pictures, the studio that brought you hits Sword Art Online and Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. It features plenty of breathtaking visuals and adrenaline pumping action scenes. This movie is sure to please not only fans of the Blue Exorcist anime series, as those who are new to the saga as well .

The Blue Exorcist series is based on Kazue Kato’s hit manga published in Japanese manga magazine Jump Square. The anime series has been streamed in North America on Hulu, crunchyroll, and on Neon Alley (English dub version). In response to its worldwide popularity, the movie was produced with an original story and released in North American theaters this past August.

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The Bruce Lee Legacy Collection

Bruce Lee Enterprises, run by Bruce Lee‘s daughter Shannon Lee, has released “The Bruce Lee Legacy Collection.”

The box set includes four of the films that would make Bruce Lee one of the most important martial artists ever to grace the screen: The Big Boss, Fist Of Fury, Way Of The Dragon, and Game Of Death, all on both DVD and, for the first time, Blu-ray.

Also included are three DVDs containing two documentaries: “Bruce Lee: The Legend” (and the original version “Bruce Lee: The Man, The Legend“), and “I Am Bruce Lee,” plus over two hours of bonus content exclusive to this set.

Shannon Lee: “It is finally here! We have been working with Shout! Factory and Fortune Star on this collection of my father’s Hong Kong movies and now it’s ready for you! The presentation, the pictures, the stories, and of course the movies are really top quality. I was very pleased with the end result.”

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Lucy Liu discusses Watson and other characters in DVD featurette for ‘Elementary’ Season 1

ElementarySeason 1 is coming to DVD with a bunch of extras. One of those extras is the featurette, “A Holmes of Their Own.” Watch Lucy Liu talk about characters — especially Watson — in this exclusive video preview.

In the video, Liu talks about her first impressions of the “Elementary” characters from when she got the earliest scripts. Needless to say, she was impressed. The actress also discusses the kind of research she does in order to get ready for playing a new character.

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