Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Who Do You Call When You Want Some Pepperoni?

  • Our long national nightmare is over: Power Rangers is coming to DVD. Saban Brands has made a deal with Shout Factory to distribute their library to DVD. Whenever there's a beloved TV series that is somehow not available on DVD, it seem to be Shout Factory that always manages to bring it to the fans. The deal includes every Power Rangers series from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers RPM. The current incarnation, Power Rangers Samurai, isn't part of the deal but Beetleborgs VR Troopers and surprisingly Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation are. But there's no mention of Masked Rider or Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog. Demand for these shows probably leveled off when they were made available on Netflix, but it's good that they're finally coming to home video.

  • Dicotek is sort of becoming the Shout Factory of anime, bringing out titles that have been long in demand. They'll be releasing Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo onto DVD and Blu-ray. This OVA was given high praise by Mike Toole in a recent column for Anime News Network. Discotek also license rescued the Casshan: Robot Hunter OAV. ADV put this out on DVD but it's been out of print for awhile. I remember wanting to check it out when the live action adaptation was coming out. And their big announcement is Samurai Pizza Cats. I remember watching Pizza Cats and I remember enjoying the heck out of it, but I don't remember anything specific about it, other than the theme song which I watched on YouTube. Discotek will give separate releases to the dub only Pizza Cats and the original Cats Tōninden Teyandē in Japanese with English subtitles. I didn't even know what the Japanese series was called.

  • It looks like Disney will be bringing out Castle in the Sky and Whisper of the Heart to Blu-ray alongside The Seceret World of Arietty. They don't have release dates yet but Amazon has them up for pre-order. I'm really excited to be getting any more Studio Ghibli movies on Blu-ray and these two are among the top of my most wanted list.

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