Haven’t done a news post for a very long time but this one should be of interest for fans of Makoto Shinkai’s works like myself.
We’ve known for a long time UK will be getting a dual format release of Kimi no Na wa in October since it’s been listed on Amazon UK for some time now but, now we have a release date for Japan’s version!
Judging by this blurry photo by @Chackn on Twitter Japan will be getting 3 versions including a 4K UHD Blu-ray release on July 26th. Early pre-orders will get a film strip bookmark.
The special “Collectors Edition” costing 12,000 Yen (£83) will include the 4K version (IMAX screenings used it) of the movie along with a regular 1K blu-ray disc.
I can only imagine all the extra details that will be in it when you consider how different the blu-ray release of 5cm was compared to the DVD release. Shame I don’t have a 4K player or screen to enjoy it for the time being =/
Don’t know this was a good or bad thing but, saw limited edition steelbook copies of Spirited Away and Laputa on my Twitter timeline and thought I’d splurge out to get them both. Always wanted to own some of my favourite Ghibli movies on blu-ray.
I think the designer did a good job of the front covers on these Zavvi exclusives because they have a small illusion of popout 3D art but also capture the key parts of the movies.
Happy New Year, readers!
Feels like it’s been a while since my last post but very busy with my full time job these days. You will find me Tweeting more on Twitter since it’s quick and short compared to lengthy articles like these.
Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo is about a young girl named Asuna creates a small radio and goes up to a cliff. Using a memento her father left her to complete the circuit, she manages to catch some kind of song which wasn’t something from one of the local radio stations. She was mesmerised by the happy and at the same time sad feelings that it conveyed. Not long later, there were reports that perhaps a wild bear was on the rampage in the forest but Asuna soon learns it was an alien creature. Fortunately, she is saved by the young man Shun and soon learns a secret organisation “Arch Angels” was seeking the secret underground world he came from for its powers to grant any wish. Asuna had the key to open the entrance. From there, Asuna goes on a journey in the world of Agartha to learn more about where this song came from.
Hence the Engrishy name, “Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below”. I say Engrishy because it’s not exactly a great title for marketing ^^;
As you’ll know from my 5cm posts, I wasn’t really impressed by Shinkai’s first two movies so I was pretty cautious when Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo, his latest work, was announced. At the same time, I was expecting it to be better than 5cm because with every new movie released, his direction seemed better. After watching a “preview” of it, I decided to go ahead and import the collector’s edition.
There’s still a long way to go before Shinkai’s work will be one of those that sell out on day one but he’ll get there I’m sure.
And yes, it contains English subtitles (and Simplified Chinese)!
Both the DVD and Blu-ray release of Evangelion 2.22 is finally out and since both copies come with the collector’s film strip this time, I decided to go for the higher quality Blu-ray version.
The packaging is fairly much the same as the 1.01 limited edition – A sturdy cardboard box except I think it’s orange for the Blu-ray versions.
Some movie spoilers ahead.
An increment in the first decimal place in computer software version numbers usually mean a large number of changes have been made, few being significant new features but not enough to give the original design a complete overhaul.
In this case, I don’t think it’s true of Gainax’s Blu-ray release of Evangelion 1.11 (also available on DVD) because apart from providing you with the standard Full HD 1080p resolution and TrueHD 6.1 surround sound, it only extends the original 1.01 movie’s 98 minutes by a “massive” 3 minutes of new scenes – A lot less than the extra 30 minutes FFVII Advent Children Complete gives you.
Well, it does also provide you with brighter images and it’s the first Blu-ray disc to be encoded with Sony’s new “Super Bit Mapping for Video (SBMV)” software technology that makes colour gradients look smoother but, only if you have a player that supports it.
Anyway, back to the new scenes… So where do they come in?