By Andrew Osmond.
Invention for Destruction, now available on Blu-ray and DVD from the Second Run label, is a Czech film; yet this wondrous retro-fantasy, lovingly restored, should be of interest to any fan of Laputa, Steamboy, Nadia, Gankutsuou and Howl’s Moving Castle. Invention is a steampunk film, but it’s also deeply, magically surreal; it’s a fusion of live-action and animation that’s practically unique in the world. Continue Reading
By Motoko Tamamuro.
Yasuko Shibaguchi’s book, The Colour Artisan of Animation, is one of the (currently) untranslated gems of anime history, an account of the career of Michiyo Yasuda (1939-2016), described by Hayao Miyazaki as “three times sharper and more particular than me,” and a mainstay of Studio Ghibli. This biography throws light on the overlooked world of animation finishing, a real backstage job, usually undertaken by a group of girls in a factory-like environment, a vital part of the animation process, but often overlooked by observers focussing on the more glamorous work of animation itself. Yasuda was a major influence in the elevation of finish animators in industry understanding, and without her input, the fantastic worlds of Ghibli’s films would have been very difficult. It can hence be read as the biography of a particular Japanese woman, but also as a history of women, and of animation. Continue Reading
It might be the year 2019, but we're going back in time to a classic anime for our first unboxing of the year! Today we're delighted to bring the first look at our AllTheAnime.com exclusive Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set of Escaflowne! A set that includes both the classic series as well as the film that give the viewer a different take on both the story and the overall appearance of the world.
This set was announced and revealed as part of our 12 Days of Christmas sales back in December, and we're happy to confirm that this product is now shipping! With all the orders that were placed since the announcement back in December having shipped and making their way to people now.
Below you'll be able to get all the details on what to expect. So sit back, relax, and have a read.
Synopsis: Hitomi Kanzaki is a typical high school girl, with typical problems, but when a vision of a young man battling a dragon becomes a reality, her life changes forever. Drawn into a strange vortex with the swordsman, Van, Hitomi is thrust into the strange world of Gaea.
Van must learn to master the suit of armor, Escaflowne, before he and Hitomi are crushed by the ambitions of the Empire of Zaibach. Van and Hitomi will encounter both allies and enemies in an effort to unlock the secrets within Escaflowne, and Hitomi’s heart, stirred by love and adventure, will, at times ache with sorrow. But why was she sent to this world? Find out in a classic tale of fantasy and adventure!
Check out the official trailers for both the series and the film below.
(Worth noting that these trailer were originally published for previous individual releases of both.)
-- Want to read more about Escaflowne? Have a read of the piece at our blog by Andrew Osmond HERE.
This AllTheAnime.com Exclusive release brings both the classic series and the film into one collection. Presented inside a rigid case, you'll find the series (over four Blu-ray discs) housed inside one amaray case, while the movie is contained on a separate disc and in an amaray case of its own too. In addition to that you'll also find a 32-page booklet containing character art and key visuals.
All the episodes and the movie include the original Japanese audio with English subtitled and two English audio options. First, the original Bandai produced English dub from the year 2000, and then the 2016 English dub produced by Funimation. (You can read more specifics on that below.)
It's worth noting that the TV series is unique circumstance with an anime release as there are technically two versions of it; but the differences only impact the first 7 episodes specifically. There are Director's Cut versions of the first 7 episodes (which can be viewed in Japanese with subtitles and the 2016 Funimation English dub), and then the TV Broadcast version (which can be viewed with the 2000 Bandai English dub and the original Japanese audio with subtitles.)
But the TL;DR on this is that either way you get the entire series and the movie!
On the disc themselves you find the following -
*NOTE: Director's Cut versions of episodes of the TV series applies to Episodes 1-7 only. TV Series Disc 1 contains broadcast version of those episodes, while TV Series Disc 2 contains Director's Cut version. All other episodes feature all three language options.
As we've mentioned a couple of times now, this product is exclusive to our AllTheAnime.com Online Shop and can be ordered right now in the link below
Also worth noting that should you attend an event we are exhibiting at in the future, we'll likely have some units available at those too.
And now it's time for photos of the finished product. As a note you can click on the images to enlarge them if you want. Continue Reading
By Jasper Sharp.
Home viewers have become the most substantial market for the Hollywood majors. At the turn of the millennium, revenues from VHS sales and rentals amounted to three times those of box-office receipts, while Stephen Sommers’ CG-slathered The Mummy (1999) earned more for Universal in the US on its first week on home video than it did on its opening week in cinemas, as Virginia Crisp points out in her scholarly survey, Film Distribution in the Digital Age: Pirates and Professionals. Continue Reading
By Jasper Sharp.
The Japan Foundation UK Touring Film Programme has announced its 2019 programme, and it looks like they are putting out a whole lotta love, with “People Still Call It Love: Passion, Affection and Destruction in Japanese Cinema.”
Once more, we see the season snowballing in terms of size and reach, with a total of 18 films this year – two more than 2018 – based around such universal themes as passion, desire, affection, romantic love, young love, maternal love, paternal love, mad love, bad love, and all permutations thereof. Continue Reading