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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

DVD Day/Flash Update

It's Tuesday! Lots of really cool animated films out today. Let's take a look at a few.

Hellboy: Sword of Storms - Ah, with the DVD market having exploded like it did, more and more filmmakers are exploring the straight-to-DVD animated film market. I believe, in anime circles, this is what they call OVA. And today, one of the most anticipated OVA's comes out. Hellboy: Sword of Storms is based on the classic Hellboy comics by Mike Mignola. Hellboy gets zapped back in time to ancient Japan while his compatriots in the future deal with all kinds of unleashed beasties. Featuring the entire cast of the live-action movie from a few years back. Of course, I also mention this because the director, Tad Stones, has been doing a really sweet blog detailing the making of this and its upcoming sequel. Well worth checking out.

The Amazing Screw-On Head - If you're craving more animated Mike Mignola wackiness, you'll want to check this out, too. A potential pilot for a potential series based on the same-named Mignola comic, and brought to the small screen by Bryan Fuller, the former Star Trek: Voyager writer who brought us the brilliant-but-cancelled Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me. Featuring the voices of Paul Giamatti, David Hyde Pearce, and Molly Shannon. Included in the box is a reprint of the comic that started it all.

Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo - Of course, Warner Brothers is getting in on the act with this OVA film re-visiting their hit cartoon. Also included in the bonus materials is a brand new, made just for this DVD, episode of the cartoon!

The Last Unicorn: 25th Anniversay Edition - I just might be succumbing to the double-dip to pick up this, one of my favourite animated films from my childhood. The original DVD (which I have) is just movie only. This new 25th anniversary edition contains a brand new, animorphic widescreen transfer, digitally restored picture and sound, the trailers, and a brand new interview with Peter S. Beagle, the guy who wrote the original novel and the screenplay!

And hey! We've got some news on the live-action movie version of The Flash. I knew it wasn't dead! So, here's what's going on. David S. Goyer, the writer of all three Blade movies and Batman Begins has been removed from the project. Apparently, the stuio found his take on the fastest man alive to be "too dark."

And today, it was announced that the new director is...Shawn Levey. Levey brought us such fine films as the re-makes of Cheaper by the Dozen and The Pink Panther, the Christmas mega-blockbuster Night at the Museum. Apparently, the studios want something "lighter," but not a comedy.

Time will tell....

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