By Jasper Sharp.
The first thought that immediately sprang to my mind when I picked up Kurosawa’s Rashomon: A Vanished City, a Lost Brother, and the Voice Inside His Iconic Films by Paul Anderer was: “Does the world really need another book on Kurosawa?” Since Donald Richie gave the West the first systematic study with The Films of Akira Kurosawa in 1973, we’ve had Stuart Galbraith IV’s The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, charting the rocky relationship between the director and his lead actor of choice; Stephen Prince’s The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa; Kurosawa: Perceptions on Life: An Anthology of Essays, edited by Kevin Chang; James Goodwin’s Perspectives on Akira Kurosawa; Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto’s Kurosawa: Film Studies and Japanese Cinema and Lola Martinez’s Kurosawa: Translations and Permutations in Global Cinema, to name but a few. There have been English translations of Kurosawa’s own Something Like an Autobiography; the memoirs of his production assistant Teruyo Nogami, Waiting on the Weather: Making Movies with Akira Kurosawa; and his scriptwriter Shinobu Hashumoto’s recollections of working together, Compound Cinematics: Akira Kurosawa and I. And this is before we get into the numerous published screenplays and studies of his individual films, and the vast number of anthology chapters and academic journal and popular magazine articles that have appeared over the years.
One would think that within this carnival of vantage points there’s little room for a fresh perspective on the man and his movies, but Paul Anderer’s compelling account of Kurosawa’s formative years proves otherwise. Kurosawa’s Rashomon is less concerned with in-depth analyses of the films themselves than how they were informed by the family members Kurosawa grew up amongst, the books he read, the silent movies he saw, the paintings he painted and the landscapes he witnessed. Following the director’s own memoirs, the period covered is prior to Rashomon’s Golden Lion Award at Venice Film Festival in 1951, which introduced not only the name Kurosawa to the West, but gave rise to a new wave of international appreciation for Japanese cinema. However, the main emphasis is on the 1920s, long before Kurosawa directed his first feature, Sanshiro Sugata in 1943, and at during a period of his life when he was dreaming of other creative endeavours outside of the film industry. Continue Reading
It's a title we announced we'd be bringing to home video quite a while ago now, but after some bumps along the way today we're delighted to be able to tell you about our plans for the upcoming release of the series Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers-, which will be available from 25th June 2018! It'll be coming to standard DVD and Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray. Today we're excited to show you what you'll find within our Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray release.
Not familiar with the series? Don't worry, we'll give you a quick introduction before we tell you about what to expect!
Synopsis: "Legend says when the Demon God awakens from the deepest of darkness, the Goddess of Fate will summon Six Braves and grant them the power to save the world. Adlet, who claims to be the strongest man in the world, is chosen as one of the "Braves of the Six Flowers" and sets out on a battle to prevent the resurrection of the Demon God. However, it turns out that there are Seven Braves who gathered at the promised land…
The Seven Braves realize there must be one enemy among them, and feelings of suspicion spread through the group - with Adlet being suspected first and foremost.
Thus begins an overwhelming fantasy adventure that brings mystery upon mystery in Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers-!"
You can watch a subtitled preview for the series below:
We're going to be releasing the entire series (12 episodes) in one, single complete series collection; something that's not occurred in any English speaking territory before. It will be available as a Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray set as well as a standard edition DVD.
The release will come packed in a rigid case with a digipak to hold the two Blu-ray discs. Also inside the rigid case will be a 48-page art book that features art of the characters, the fiends, props, storyboards from the opening and ending sequences, and a gallery section.
On the discs themselves, you'll get all 12 episodes of the series in Japanese with English subtitles, and also with English audio. That's right, there's an English dub for the series! This English dub localisation never been released before so our Blu-ray release will be the very first opportunity to experience the entire series dubbed! (You can read more about the English dub further below in this post.)
You can expect to see listings for this popping up on retailer sites in the coming weeks. But in the interim you can see the listings at our AllTheAnime.com web shop below.
Yes it's true, there's an English dub for the the series. It's never been released before so our release will be the first opportunity to watch the series dubbed! We know there are a lot of fans out there who much prefer to watch anime dubbed or who simply aren't able to watch subtitled anime, so being able to include this dub is something we're very happy about.
As it's never been talked about in public before, allow us to reveal to you who is in the English cast for the series:
We hope you're excited at the prospect of being able to see the series dubbed! And we're aiming to have some previews of the cast in action for you over the coming weeks so stay tuned for those.
Now you've seen what we have in mind, are you looking forward to adding Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers- to your collection? As we mentioned, we should have some previews of the English cast in action coming your way soon, and stay tuned for pre-orders opening at our web shop and other retailers!
EDIT (25/04/2018): Release date updated to Monday 25th June 2018 - the originally date was mistakenly published due to an internal scheduling error. Apologies for any confusion!
By Andrew Osmond.
The concluding half of the splendid anime time-travel thriller Erased arrives on 30th April as a Collector’s Blu-ray and a DVD. If you’ve not heard of the series before, hop over here for our introduction. If you’re an Erased fan, you’re in luck, as you can binge the story both in animation and live-action. And by live-action, we don’t mean a film, but a six-hour live-action Japanese series, available to Netflix subscribers. Continue Reading
Hi folks! With our very special Standard Edition bundle offer for Sword Art Online II about to close at the time of writing (if you're reading this before Friday 20th April you can still purchase a copy), we know what you're all thinking: "But what about Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale? When can we hear more about that?"
The answer to that question is simple - right here, right now! We know that many of you loved getting to see this breath-taking film on the big screen last year and are just dying to enjoy the film again in the comfort of your living room, and you'll be able to do just that from Monday, 28th May 2018 as we bring Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale to the UK on Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD, as well as via Standard Edition Blu-ray and DVD editions.
Needless to say it's the Collector's Edition where the magic happens, so our main focus here will be giving you a first look at what to expect from this release when you add it to your growing Sword Art Online collection. First however, let's get some housekeeping out of the way and remind you what the film is all about.
Synopsis: "The NerveGear, the world’s first dedicated full-dive device developed by the genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba in 2022…a revolutionary machine that opened up infinite possibilities for the world of VR (Virtual Reality).
4 years later…. A next-generation, wearable multi-device called the Augma has been released to compete with the NerveGear’s successor, the Amusphere. A cutting-edge machine boasting the ability to enhance AR (Augmented Reality) to the maximum, the Augma offers a safe, user-friendly experience, as it can be used while the player is awake, making it an instant hit. Its most popular title is an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma, “Ordinal Scale (a.k.a. OS).”
Kirito is about to join Asuna and the others as an Ordinal Scale player, but they’re about to find out that it isn’t all fun and games…"
You can watch a trailer for the film below, taken from our theatrical release of the movie last year:
As noted above, we'll be releasing Ordinal Scale as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo set, so let's take a look at what our package will contain.
Let's start with the gorgeous rigid box for the film, which uses a foil finish effect applied to certain parts of the artwork and design to give an eye-catching style to the release that'll look beautiful in your hand or on a shelf.
Within that box, you'll find a digipak adorned with striking artwork featuring a number of core characters from the film, which is of course used to store the film itself in both DVD and Blu-ray formats. Both discs contain the main feature with both English and Japanese 5.1 audio together with English subtitles. The Blu-ray disc also contains a number of extras including a subtitled commentary track featuring the film's director, Tomohiko Ito, and the Japanese voice actors for the characters of Asuna and Kirito, Haruka Tomatsu and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka respectively, as well as trailers for the movie and an Ordinal Scale edition of the show's regular Sword Art OFFline feature.
Also inside you'll find a set of five art cards, each of which provides you with one of the film's key visuals to make full use of all of the artwork at our disposal.
Last but certainly not least, we've compiled a wealth of information, content and artwork to produce a 60-page book - within these pages you'll find a breakdown of the Sword Art Online story so far, information about the new technology that sits at the heart of Ordinal Scale's story, a wealth of character and setting information and artwork, in-depth character profiles for some of the major players in the film, and a comprehensive gallery of illustrations used to promote the film in Japan and beyond. It's as comprehensive a record of all things Ordinal Scale as you could possibly hope for.
We'll be taking orders for all of our editions of Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale via our AllTheAnime.com web shop closer to its release date, but for now you can find our product listings to bookmark and return to below.
Of course, you can also order our Collector's Edition from other retailers, using the buttons below:
So there you have it - the wait is almost over, and Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale is on the brink of arriving on UK home video! As mentioned, you'll be able to pick up your copy from Monday, 28th May 2018 - order your copy today, or keep your eyes peeled for AllTheAnime.com web shop pre-orders to open over the coming weeks.
Until next time, take care!
Following our recent announcement that we've acquired the new Lupin the 3rd Part 5 series - which you can watch weekly at Crunchyroll - we mentioned there would be details about our upcoming home video release of Lupin the 3rd Part IV (aka Lupin the 3rd: The Italian Adventure) on 28th May 2018. Well, today is the the day we fill you in on the details of what to expect, plus some other important details you should know about this release too.
Read on below for all the details!
Synopsis: Master thief Lupin the Third returns to the spotlight when he's poised to marry the danger-loving, Italian superstar Rebecca Rossellini. But once his high-profile wedding is interrupted by his eternal rival Inspector Zenigata, the chase is on! In this clever and colorful series, Lupin gallivants across Italy and beyond, chasing treasure and pleasure. No mission is impossible for Lupin: exploring haunted houses,fighting the mafia, running from zombies, swiping the Mona Lisa, escaping a custom-made prison,or even just lending a hand to strangers in need.
He's aided by the loyal gunslinger Jigen and the ace swordsman Goemon, while his beautiful partner-slash-rival Fujiko Mine keeps him on his toes. But this time, the super-powered MI6 agent Nyx is eager to bring Lupin down. And could that bearded street artist really be the great Leonardo da Vinci, back from the dead? The mysteries of the Dream of Italy will be revealed as Lupin the Third takes on the Italian Adventure!
You can watch a preview for show, that was published prior to its airing in Japan, below
In short, yes. But in our honest opinion you can jump into this series whether you have some prior knowledge of the franchise, a lot, or even no knowledge at all. The entire series of "Part 4" is one self-contained story. You'll become very acclimated with the characters quickly too, so you have nothing to fear on that front.
28th May 2018 will mark the first time a full Lupin the 3rd series is released on home video in the UK, so we wanted to make sure we utilise some of the gorgeous art from the series! Here's what our Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray will look like -
It will come packed in a rigid case with a digipak to hold the four Blu-ray discs. Also included is a 60-page art book that looks at characters from the series, props (i.e. gadgets, vehicles and more), backgrounds and concept art. The rigid case will come with an o-card (aka slipcover) around it too.
When it comes to the episodes themselves, in this Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray release each episode is in Japanese with English subtitles only. You get the entire series, which includes the two episodes "Venice of the Dead" and "Non Rendezvous", which were released separately in Japan as bonus OVA episodes.
You can pre-order this from retailers now including the following:
Pre-orders at our AllTheAnime.com web shop will commence on 11th May 2018. (There may even be a special offer to coincide with that too ;) ) In the interim you can view the listing here:
Yes there is, so this is where things get tricky and is also partly the reason why it's taken us far longer to release the series than was originally anticipated. So, we want to put all our cards on the table and let you know where things stand, the circumstances that have had to be taken into consideration for this, and what is going to happen down the line:
However, that doesn't mean we aren't going to be releasing the English dub version of the series...
We want to make it known now that while the English dub release will be exclusive to our AllTheAnime.com web shop, if you are someone who is planning to order the Ltd Collector's Ed. (subtitle-only) Blu-ray version from our AllTheAnime.com web shop or buy it from the AllTheAnime stand at any event we exhibit at, you will be eligible for a discount on purchasing the standard ed. English dub version Blu-ray when it's available.
If you do so, you will be entitled to purchase a single copy the standard edition dubbed version Blu-ray for only £10 when it is available. (Again, no release date announced at this time)
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF THIS OFFER:
Again, to clarify there's no definitive time frame on when the standard edition and this offer will be available for redemption, but this is something we will honour at any time provided you follow the conditions and instructions above. :)
There's a lot of info we've thrown at you in this post. This F.A.Q. section is mostly here to summarise the above.
--- When is the Ltd Collector's Ed. (subtitled-only) Blu-ray being released?
29th May 2018.
--- What language are the episodes on the Ltd Collector's Ed. (subtitled-only) Blu-ray?
Japanese with English subtitles only.
--- What's the SRP of the Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray?
The SRP is £69.99. (Obviously, this is before respective retailers apply their own discounts - £69.99 ultimately shouldn't be the price you pay for it.)
--- Will there be a release of the English dub of the series.
Yes. It will be released as a standard edition Blu-ray exclusive to AllTheAnime.com in the future. (No release date announced at time of writing.)
--- Why aren't both language options available in the Ltd Collector's Ed Blu-ray?
Please read the section above titled "But wait, isn't there an English dub of the series?", as we go into detail there.
--- I watch all of my anime with an English dub, what do I do?
Fear not, we will also be releasing the series in full as a standard edition Blu-ray featuring the show's English dub, at a time yet to be confirmed.
--- But I want to own both language versions!
We will be offering the dubbed version (when available) at a greatly reduced cost to anyone who purchases the Ltd Collector's Ed. (subtitle-only) version from our AllTheAnime.com web shop or from the AllTheAnime stall at an event we exhibit at. Please see the section above for details on our dub "upgrade" scheme!
--- Will the series be getting released on DVD at all?
No. It will only be released on Blu-ray only due to lack of demand for a DVD edition of the series.
--- Do I need to have seen any other incarnation of Lupin the 3rd to be able to enjoy Part IV?
In short, no. Each incarnation of the franchise, while in the same universe, is very much a self-contained story. So you can jump into this if you've never watched any Lupin the 3rd series before, no problem.
--- Are the two episodes that were OVAs in Japan included?
Yes, "Venice of the Dead" and "Non Rendezvous" are included on our release.
That about wraps up this post! We hope you're excited about adding this series to your collection! It'll be the first time that an entire Lupin the 3rd series has been released in the United Kingdom on home video, and we're very excited to give fans the opportunity to own a piece of this franchise.
Obviously once we can update you and share more details on the English dub standard ed. Blu-ray, we'll be sure to do so - as always, watch this space.