Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Feral Red Assed Baboon

Daizenshuu EX is the the best DragonBall website on the web. They have a weekly podcast that I always make a point to listen to. I highly recommend listening to the latest podcast, Episode #126. Here's a direct link. Seriously, it's a must-listen. You can jump ahead to the 38 minute mark, but indulge me and pretend you listened to the whole thing.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

More Judging a DVD By Its Cover

I always meant to do another one of these.

I like the idea of a Marvel movie boxset but there will never be a complete one because the movies have been produced at various different studios. However Fox has made more than any other and has a notable library of Marvel films including Daredevil, Elektra, the X-Men trilogy, and both Fantastic Four movies. This set includes all seven of those movies but only in their single disc configurations. What's interesting is what isn't represented on the box. The set also includes the four episode first volume of the short lived animated series Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes. It doesn't fit in with this selection of live action movies and if you do want the show on DVD, you're much better off buying the complete first season set.

George Romero created the definitive zombie movie and a sequel that stands up to the original. He then made two more zombie movies that were underwhelming by comparison. For his fifth outing Romero is trying something different. Diary of the Dead is a faux documentary consisting of amateur handheld camera footage, a style that is most often associated with The Blair Witch Project and the recent Cloverfield but has been around much longer than either of those movies. I've heard mixed things about Diary but as this artwork shows at least one person thinks it's a masterpiece, but that person is a disc jockey. The only other thing I have to say about the art is that referring to yourself as "extreme" is a sure sign of lameness.

This collection of X-Files TV episodes is pretty plain looking. The DVD is basically just a cash-in for the new X-Files movie coming out in a few months. It comes with a movie ticket for the movie which is a big selling point, but I'd rather they advertise that fact on a sticker on the shrinkwrap, not on the artwork itself.

For reasons I'm not entirely clear on Warner never got around to releasing Batman Begins on Blu-Ray Disc, even though they released it on HD-DVD. This kinda works out for them because now they can use the release of Batman Begins on Blu-Ray to promote the release of The Dark Knight. Besides the stand alone Blu-Ray they're also releasing this elaborate gift set which includes post cards and a certificate towards a movie ticket to Dark Knight. I want it but I don't even have a Blu-Ray player.

This is great. Why such a plain cover? They're trying to mislead people into thinking this isn't the Batman movie from 1966. That sucks because Adam West and Burt Ward should be on the cover. FYI the red bat symbol is from the classic George Bariss designed Batmobile.

Ichigo and Renji sure look like they're really enjoying themselves despite the fact they should be trying to kill each other. There's probably a joke to be made about these guys rubbing their giant swords together but AFOS is too classy for that type of humour.

This coverart for the first live action Death Note movie is alright. It's basically the same as the Japanese artwork but with more text, which makes the Japanese artwork slightly better.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Never Count Your Watchmen Before They Hatch

Remember this? Note the Paramount copyright.

This is why it isn't a good idea to promote a film before you even start filming. Although to be fair Watchmen director Zack Snyder kinda pulled a similar stunt with this image:

In other news Entertainment Weekly has a sneak peek of two action figures for the movie. There will probably never be figures based on Dave Gibbons' artwork so these will likely be the only Watchmen figures we'll get.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008

My Funk Senses Are Tingling


From Yahoo News:

"The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday may fine Florida Power & Light Co $130,000 after security officers at the company's Turkey Point nuclear power plant near Miami were found sleeping on the job. The NRC said its investigators found that on multiple occasions from 2004 through 2006 'security officers at Turkey Point were willfully inattentive to duty or served as lookouts so other officers could sleep on duty'.

An NRC inspector specifically saw on April 6, 2006, a security officer sleeping on duty while posted in a vital area of the reactor, the agency said. In a letter to the company this week, the NRC said it 'considers this matter to be a significant security concern' and sleeping security personnel 'cannot be tolerated'."

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Dragon Balls Will Be Active In One Year

It's been awhile since I last wrote about the live action adaptation of Dragon Ball. A lot has happened since then; most notably the film has been pushed back from its release date of August of this year. Dragon Ball will now open April 8th 2009, one year from today. I was pretty disappointed with the date change when it was first announced, but the more I think about it the more sense it makes.

By August the big summer movies are done and the most successful August releases have been R-rated comedies and horror movies. August is not a month for fantasy adventure movies. Now it's being released on the Wednesday before Easter, which depending on varying school schedules, is during Spring Break. I don't see Dragon Ball as being a huge movie but it's much better to get a head start on the summer blockbusters than to be trailing behind them.

Another advantage is that it gives the films' creators more time to work on the editing, special effects, and other touches to try to make the film as good as they can. The extra time comes in handy in another crucial arena: Licensing. The film's production was happening so quickly it was pretty apparent there wasn't going to be a whole lot of product tie-ins. Hopefully by this time next year toy stores will be deluged with little plastic Justin Chatwins.

Why am I even looking forward to this movie? At this point in my life nearly everything I've ever been mildly interested in has been adapted into a movie. Heck in the months right before Dragon Ball opens the movie versions of The Spirit and Watchmen open in theatres, and both of those properties seem a lot more "unfilmable" to me than Dragon Ball. Now when I picture a live action Dragon Ball movie I envision something akin to the live action Dead or Alive movie. That's not really a positive thing. So while I'm excited I think I have my expectations in check. I've been through this process so many times I've long since learned to st back and enjoy the ride. No matter what happens the original property will still be the same series you fell in love with. Besides even the bad adaptations like Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros. can make for harmless goofy fun.

I think a lot of the apprehension around the movie has to do with the fact that it's a Western produced adaptation of an Eastern creation. That does seem like it's going to cause some issues that fans won't be happy with. Still I remain cautiously optimistic. James Wong has said he's a big fan of the source material and it's being produced by Stephen Chow. His movies have insane kinetic action but with a lot of comedy. That's exactly what a Dragon Ball movie needs.

The other thing is we haven't even seen a single frame or official image of the movie yet. You can't really judge anything by a few out of context spy photos. So we have almost no clue as to how this movie will look like. There is however this image at makeup artist Edward French's website. It shows him working on James Marsters' makeup as Piccolo. Marsters' face is blocked but you can still see his outfit. It's not accurate to what Piccolo wears in the anime and manga but it's not un-Piccolo-like. It is however made of black leather. Movie adaptations will always have the characters wearing black leather. It's just something I've come to accept.

Friday, April 4, 2008

A Fan-fraking-tastic Show

The fourth and final season of one of my favorite TV series, Battlestar Galactica premieres tonight on Sc-Fi Channel. They seem to be really promoting this show like never before. Don't get me wrong the show deserves as big an audience as possible. It's got sophisticated writing, top notch acting, and the finest special effects ever seen created for a TV show. It's just going to be hard for new viewers to ingratiate themselves into the increasingly complex storyline and be able to enjoy the show on the same level as long time fans. But hey I became addicted to the show in the middle of season two, so I'm clearly just talking out of my ass here.

Watch this promo which summarizes three seasons of TV episodes and the miniseries in just over eight minutes. It's surprisingly comprehensive. I never even noticed the non-rectangular paper before. That should get everyone caught up.

On a related note, Toy News International has pictures of an upcoming wave of action figures based on Battlestar Galactica: Razor. I don't know if it's a good idea to make figures of Kendra and "young" Bill Adama this early into the line. This is only the third assortment and there are still a number of more important characters to be made, but the Guardian Cylon is ridiculously awesome and will probably sell ten times better than any human character.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I'm Freaking Out Here

Via TV Shows On DVD. Oh please, oh please don't let this be an April Fools prank. I initially thought it was until I read this. Tiny Toons is coming as well.