Jeremy Clarke finds out what's really new in the new release.
A week before When Marnie Was There arrived in UK cinemas this June, Studio Ghibli's earlier Only Yesterday came and went with comparatively little attention. Isao Takahata's 1991 follow-up to Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday came out on DVD in Japan in 2003, then in the UK and other non-American territories including Australia and Germany in 2006 followed by France and Hungary in 1997. All these countries' discs had subtitles in their own languages.
For English viewers, the Japanese release had already presented the film with those all-important English language subtitles. The UK and Australian discs from Optimum Asia and Madman Entertainment went one better by adding subtitles to the hitherto untranslated extras. Thus, the feature-length storyboard with Japanese soundtrack which allowed viewers to switch between storyboard and movie now had on/offable English subtitles too. An informative 1991 Nihon Television documentary entitled The Making of Only Yesterday outlined the film's production at Ghibli and delved into the working relationship of the studio’s two founding directors. Understandably, it focused more on Takahata than Miyazaki, who served as the film's executive producer but it's clear that the film wouldn't have happened without the involvement of both.
With the subsequent advent of Blu-ray, many of the Ghibli films have been rereleased in the UK. When Only Yesterday was announced as a release on separate Blu-ray and DVD formats, you'd be forgiven for thinking that was simply a case of reissuing the DVD to coincide with the first release on the new format. Not so. Continue Reading
By Jasper Sharp.
The clammy deathly-blue pallor, the single drooping eye leering through lank, matted black hair, the white cotton smock, the slow, spasmodic, Butoh-esque movements: there must be few out there unfamiliar with the imagery of the Japanese ghost since the shuffling form of Sadako first seeped into Western consciousness in Hideo Nakata’s Ringu (1998), gathering mass in a torrent of similar J-horror spook fests and the short-lived cycle of diluted Hollywood remakes. Since then, there has been no shortage of Western pundits springing forth to explain the origins and iconography of Japan’s distinctive brand of the supernatural, but none have been as far-reaching as Zack Davisson in his rigorous Yurei: The Japanese Ghost. Continue Reading
It's time for latest edition of our Newswire! Bringing you the latest updates direct from Anime Limited HQ. Read on below for all the details.
~ First of all in case you missed it earlier this week we posted a big update about our Fullmetal Alchemist Ultimate Edition set that included pictures of the prototype of our resin replica of The Gate. You can read all about this HERE.
If you're interested in ordering this set, all the details are in the link above.
~ Let's get onto some upcoming releases. Last week we touched on our provisional release schedule for the fourth quarter of the year, but today we're going to touch on how things are standing on a variety of titles set to come out over the next month.
5th September - Samurai Flamenco Part 2
12th September - Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
26th September - Assassination Classroom Season 1 Part 2
26th September - Free! -Eternal Summer-
You'll notice a few titles that have been listed for release in August have shifted back. Both Assassination Classroom Season 1 Part 2 and Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad were shifted back due to delays in BBFC Certification. The delay to Free! -Eternal Summer- has come about due to a production delay.
You can now pre-order each of the above mentioned titles from our web shop HERE.
Early-Bird Pre-order Special Offer @ AllTheAnime.com
Until Friday 19th August you can pre-order Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray of
Free! -Eternal Summer- from our AllTheAnime.com web shop for only £34.99. (SRP is £59.99)
~ You may also have noticed that The Empire of Corpses is not mentioned above. Unfortunately we've had to move this back with no new date set at this time. This also being down to a production delay. We're hoping it will be released within the next month or two, but until we have a new date firmly locked in we're holding off on announcing a new date.
~ Following on from us revealing details of what to expect from our release last week, another title that has been hit with an unexpected production delay is Psycho-Pass The Movie. This is now set for release a month later than what was mentioned last week and will now arrive on 3rd October.
~ Also not listed above is Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1. This is another title of ours that has been hit with an unexpected delay, and in this instance a longer delay compared to others. This now means it won't be getting released until 31st October.
You'll start to see all of these amendments appear on retailers listings shortly.
Stay tuned next week as we'll likely have some more release dates to tell you about.
~ In some positive Gundam related news, we have details about our release of Gundam Reconguista in G for you! Originally this was set to be released over two parts but today we can confirm that the series will be getting released as one complete set on the 3rd of October. So as not to break the mould that was established with our Mobile Suit Gundam release, Reconguista in G will come packed in a box to store two Blu-ray amaray cases. Across these two cases will be the whole series over three Blu-ray discs.
In addition to this there will also be 9 art cards included that will fit inside the box along with the two amaray cases. You can check out a visual of our release below. Continue Reading
By Hugh David.
Few mediums have been so conducive to a genre as anime has been to steampunk. Where live-action ventures are stalled by budget, requiring both the costs of a period drama (costumes, locations, props) and a sci-fi actioner (special effects blended with action scenes), anime can create convincing worlds based on modified technology from the past. The latest example of these is The Empire of Corpses, adapting the late author Project Itoh’s final work (completed by his friend Toh Enjoe) into a spectacular feature film entertainment. Continue Reading
Hi everyone! Hope you've all had a lovely weekend and are ready for the week ahead. We're kicking off the week ourselves with an update on our highly anticipated release of Fullmetal Alchemist Ultimate Edition.
First of all, if you're not familiar with our most ambitious release to date, CLICK HERE and read our Newswire from early June to be brought up to speed.
You can also find these details compiled in a handy site we've created fullmetal.alltheanime.com which also includes the links to both our web shop and Zavvi to pre-order this. Don't forget, pre-orders for this are taking place exclusively at AllTheAnime.com and Zavvi.com. If there are any of the 1000 units being produced still available once this has been released at the end of October, then you'll be able to order it from other retailers.
Don't forget you can still take advantage of the pre-order offer that's valid at both AllTheAnime.com and Zavvi.com of £149.99 until 1st October, the SRP for this set is £299.99, after that it will be up to respective retailer discounts being applied (as previously mentioned, that's assuming there are any units remaining.)
For those of you still on the fence about pre-ordering this, we can now confirm we've sold nearly 70% of the 1000 units being produced.
If you haven't already be sure to check out our exclusive trailer below.
So the latest update is that "The Gate" resin replica that will house the series is officially 100% approved and we can share with you a first-look at a prototype of this.
A reminder, here's the concept image you've seen floating around for a while.
And now here's the prototype of the actual resin Gate set to be included in our Fullmetal Alchemist Ultimate Edition. (You can click on the images to enlarge them.) Continue Reading