Friday, August 31, 2007

Fortune Favors the Bold

  • Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone, the first in the series of new movies, premiers in Japan tomorrow. Still no word of a U.S. release but it is way too soon to expect that to happen. Impatient fanboyism and all that. I just hope a major studio doesn't acquire it only to hold back it's release for an undetermined time. It's happened before.

  • Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, will be released on DVD next Tuesday, September 4th. There will be three exclusive versions at three different retailers. Borders has an exclusive lenticular cover. Best Buy has an exclusive mousepad. Suncoast and f.y.e. will have an exclusive lunchbox. I'm at least very curious to see what these will look like. If you're patient the three disc Limited Edition comes out November 13th. If you're not willing to spend any money the movie airs on Toonami on September 8th.

  • You can choose to Live Free or Die Hard on November 20th when the movie is released on DVD. It will be available on single and two-disc Unrated DVDs. In this case Unrated is just marketing spin for R rated. The PG-13 cut will only be available in fullscreen, which I think is really unfair to underaged people who care about cinematic integrity. I'm sure one has to exist somewhere.

  • So it seems Carnage is a chick now. That's clearly the Wasp possessed by the symbiote. I'd recognize that bodice anywhere. Also how many women in the Marvel U are there who have he power to grow to enormous proportions? Besides Giant-Girl. The weird thing is that the evil android Ultron recently formed itself into the shape of a naked silver Wasp. Apparently this is some kind of a trend they got going.

  • NECA has been on a role with their newest action figure licenses. In the last few weeks they've announced they have the license to The Princess Bride, the Arnold Schwarzenegger Conan the Barbarian, Gears of War, Pan's Labyrinth, and Alien vs Predator 2: Requiem. The latter is yet another licence swiped from rival company McFarlane. Here's the prototype of the beloved xenomorph. Their most recent announcement is also the most surprising; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles based on the original Mirage comics. I honestly never thought figures based on the comics would ever happen.

  • Rumble in the Bronx is a great movie. Mostly because it's a Hong Kong film trying to pass itself off as an American movie filmed in New York City. Clearly no one involved in the making this movie has ever set foot in New York. There are street gangs that consist mostly of white guys in their thirties. In typical Hong Kong fashion the movie is poorly dubbed which is made all the stranger considering the large amount of white and black people in the cast. Did I mention there's a Sega Game Gear that plays generic sound effects without any game cartridge inserted? Oh and thre's lots of beautifully awful nineties hairstyles. I don't want to give the idea that movie is good because it's bad. There are some genuinely well done fight scenes and some mind blowing stunts by Jackie Chan. It's the combination of all these things that make it an awesome flick.

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