February 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Naruto Is Accused Of Murder And Imprisoned In An Escape Proof Penitentiary In Exciting New Feature Film Release


San Francisco, CA, February 10, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers a thrilling dose of ninja action with the Blu-ray/DVD release of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BLOOD PRISON on February 18th.

The new release is rated ‘TV-14’ and will carry a DVD MSRP of $19.98 U.S. / $24.98 CAN and Blu-ray MSRP of $24.98 U.S. / $27.50 CAN. Each version also features a special full-color variant O-card that will have different artwork than what is featured on the actual Amaray cases.

A host of special bonus material for the DVD and Blu-ray editions includes an animated short film, Chunin Exam on Fire! Naruto vs. Konohamaru!, as well as a production art gallery and the original Japanese theatrical trailers. The Blu-ray edition additionally contains a personal message from NARUTO creator Masashi Kishimoto and an interview with Junko Takeuchi, the Japanese voice of Naruto Uzumaki.

In the film, Naruto is convicted of a serious crime he didn’t commit and is sent to the inescapable prison, Hozuki Castle. The warden, Mui, quickly seals away Naruto’s chakra to prevent him from rebelling. Refusing to give up, Naruto plans his escape while also befriending his fellow inmates Ryuzetsu and Maroi. But he can’t help but wonder what their ulterior motives are…

“In BLOOD PRISON, Naruto is behind bars in a shinobi Alcatraz, accused of murder and attempted assassination, and the storyline and action that ensue makes this the most exciting NARUTO SHIPPUDEN feature film yet,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Manager, Animation Marketing. “Audiences are in for a wild ride as Naruto tries to prove his innocence and also help his new friends uncover the secrets surrounding the mysterious Box of Paradise, and their ties to what it contains. Catch all the action on DVD and Blu-ray!”
Created by Masashi Kishimoto, NARUTO was first introduced in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan in 1999 and quickly became that country’s most popular ninja manga targeting tweens and teens. The manga series (rated ‘T’ for Teens, in print and digital editions) and animated counterpart (NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN both rated ‘TV-14’) are some of VIZ Media’s most successful properties and have captivated millions of fans across North America, Europe and South America.

The latest episodes of the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN animated series may be streamed on the company’s own site and also on Hulu. In addition, Download-To-Own dubbed episodes are available for purchase through iTunes®, PlayStation®Network, Xbox Live®, Amazon Instant Video, and the Google Play store.

To read a free chapter 1 preview of the NARUTO manga series, please visit

Additional information on NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN is available at

For more information on VIZ Media anime properties, please visit

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at


The Little Rascals Save The Day – On Blu-ray and DVD April 1st

January 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 





UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The most adorable rabble-rousers in film history return in The Little Rascals Save the Day, a fun-filled, all-new adventure featuring Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Darla, Petey the Dog and all their friends. Directed by Alex Zamm (Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2), The Little Rascals Save the Day arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet on April 1, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on DIGITAL HD two weeks early on March 18, 2014.
In the spirit of the treasured Our Gang comedies, The Little Rascals Save the Day finds the most entertaining bunch of third graders in town hatching a series of madcap schemes to earn enough money to keep Grandma’s (Doris Roberts of “Everybody Loves Raymond”) bakery out of the clutches of conniving businessman Big Ray (Greg Germann of Here Comes the Boom). From caddying to pet care to taxi service, each of their plans goes hilariously awry until they are left with just two options: find a way to win the local talent show or wave goodbye to the best cupcakes a kid ever tasted!
Eden Wood of the hit reality series “Toddlers and Tiaras” makes her feature film debut as pint-sized coquette, Darla, along with the fresh young faces of Camden Gray, Chase Vacnin, Connor Berry, Drew Justice, Grant Palmer II, YouTube sensation Isaiah “Zay-Zay” Fredericks, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Jenna Ortega and Rio Mangini in the iconic Rascals family-friendly original comedy.  Adult actors Valerie Azlynn (“Sullivan and Son”) and Lex Medlin (“Drop Dead Diva”) complete the cast.
The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and DIGITAL HD with Ultraviolet.
Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
DIGITAL HD with Ultraviolet lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray players, game consoles, and more.
Bonus Features on Blu-ray:
Cast: Doris Roberts, Greg Germann, Lex Medlin, Valerie Azlynn, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Drew Justice, Connor Berry, Jenna Ortega, Isaiah “Zay Zay” Fredericks, Camden Gray, Eden Wood, Grant Palmer, Chase Vacnin, Rio Mangini
Casting by:  Jeff Gerrard DiGerolamo
Music Supervisor:  Paul DiFranco
Music by:  Chris Hajian
Costume Designer:  Denise Wingate
Editor:  Heath Ryan
Production Designer:  Rusty Smith
Director of Photography:  Levie Isaacks, ASC
Associate Producer:  Greg Holstein
Produced by:  Mike Elliott, Jerry P. Jacobs
Written by:  William Robertson & Alex Zamm
Directed by:  Alex Zamm
Street Date: April 1, 2014
Copyright: 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 63124916 (US); 63129743 (CAN)
Running Time: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.78:1
Rating: PG for some mild rude humor
Technical Info: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English), DTS Digital Surround 5.1(Spanish and French)
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French
Street Date: April 1, 2014
Copyright: 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 63124915 (US); 6319742 (CAN)
Running Time:  1 Hour 38 Minutes
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Rating: PG for some mild rude humor
Technical Info: Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, Spanish and French)
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French
About Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives 3/7/14

January 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 



The Second Installment of The Hunger Games Blockbuster Franchise Arrives On
Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD, Video On Demand And
 Pay-Per-View March 7 From Lionsgate

Theatrical Release Has Generated Nearly $420 Million At The Domestic Box Office
and over $850 Million Worldwide

SANTA MONICA, CA (January 24, 2014) – The blockbuster second film of The Hunger Games franchise that took the world by storm ignites once again when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View Friday, March 7 from Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF).  Academy Award® winning Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence (2012’s Silver Linings Playbook) headlines the all-star cast in this action-adventure which became the #1 movie of 2013 and the 12th highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office.  The first film with a female lead to top the annual box office since 1973, the film has grossed nearly $420 million at the North American box office and over $850 million worldwide to date.

The second installment of the worldwide phenomenon is packed with over two hours of extensive, must-see bonus materials that include a Blu-ray-exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, “Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire,” deleted scenes, an audio commentary with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson as well as a sneak peek at the highly-anticipated theatrical action film Divergent from Lionsgate’s Summit label. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

Hailed as “a monumental achievement” (The Playlist), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire features a critically-acclaimed cast including Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2), Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson (The People vs Larry Flynt, 1996), Emmy® nominee Elizabeth Banks (TV’s “30 Rock”), Lenny Kravitz (Precious), Academy Award® nominee Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, 2009) and Golden Globe® winner Donald Sutherland (Path to War), reprising their original roles from The Hunger Games. The impressive line-up is joined by Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, 2005), Jeffrey Wright (Codeblack Films’ The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete), Jena Malone (Into The Wild), Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) and Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman).

Based on the best-selling second novel of Suzanne Collins’ award-winning trilogy, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn and directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as, against all odds, Katniss and her fellow tribute Peeta have returned home after surviving The Hunger Games. Winning means they must turn around, leaving their loved ones behind and embark on a “Victory Tour” through the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses a rebellion simmering – one that she and Peeta may have sparked. At the end of the Victory Tour, President Snow announces a deadly 75th Hunger Games that could change Panem forever.

·       “Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire” – 9-part feature-length documentary
·       Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
·       Deleted Scenes
·       Sneak Peek of Divergent
*Subject to change

·       Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
·       Deleted Scenes
·       Sneak Peek of Divergent
*Subject to change


DALLAS BUYERS CLUB on Blu-ray & DVD on 2/4

January 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

“deeply moving. a livewire of a movie!” – peter travers, rolling stone

Universal City, California, January 13, 2014 — Golden Globe Award® winner Matthew McConaughey (Mud, Magic Mike) delivers a career-defining performance as Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof in the “hugely entertaining” Dallas Buyers Club, the inspiring and powerful story of an imperfect man’s fight for survival during an uncertain time in America (Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal). Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria) Dallas Buyers Club arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD, & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on February 4, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) sees his free-wheeling life overturned when he’s diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Determined to survive, Woodroof decides to take matters in his own hands by tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. After his journey to find a cure leads him to an unlikely ally in Rayon played by Golden Globe Award® winner Jared Leto (Lord of War, Alexander), he establishes a hugely successful “buyers’ club” and unites a band of outcasts in a struggle for dignity and acceptance that inspires in ways no one could have imagined.

Also starring Jennifer Garner (The Odd Life of Timothy Green), Denis O’Hare (J. Edgar) and Steve Zahn (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Dallas Buyers Club is “deeply moving. A livewire of a movie!” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and DIGITAL HD with Ultraviolet™.
·         Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
·         DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
·         DIGITAL HD with Ultraviolet lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray™ players, game consoles, and more.
Bonus Features on Blu-rayTM and DVD


Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, Denis O’Hare, Steve Zahn and Griffin Dunne
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
Screenplay by: Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
Producers: Robbie Brenner & Rachel Winter
Director of Photography: Yves Bélanger, CSC
Production Designer: John Paino
Editor: Martin Pensa
Costumes by: Kurt and Bart

Street Date: February 4, 2014
Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 62129683
Running Time: 1 hour 57 minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use
Technical Info: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Street Date: February 4, 2014
Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 62129684
Running Time: 1 hour 57 minutes
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use
Technical Info: Dolby Digital 5.1 (English)
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

About Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.


Frozen on Blu-ray Combo Pack March 18th

January 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


Available on Digital HD February 25th and Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & On-Demand March 18th

Film Synopsis:                  Walt Disney Animation Studios presents a chilly twist on one of the most humorous and heartwarming stories ever told. “Disney Animation’s best since The Lion King” (William Bibbiani, CraveOnline) will melt your heart.

Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey — teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven — to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Bring home Frozen on Blu-ray High Definition — featuring a blizzard of never-before-seen bonus extras with gorgeous animation, memorable characters and unforgettable music. It’s dazzling fun for the whole family!

Voice Cast:               Kristen Bell (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Hit & Run,” Showtime’s “House of Lies,” Broadway’s “The Crucible”) as Anna; Idina Menzel (Broadway’s “Wicked” and “Rent,” “Enchanted”) as Elsa; Jonathan Groff (2013 Sundance Film Festival’s “C.O.G,”  “Taking Woodstock,” Fox’s “Glee,” Broadway’s “Spring Awakening”) as mountain man Kristoff; Josh Gad (“The Internship,” “Love & Other Drugs,” Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon”) as the lovable snowman Olaf; Santino Fontana (Broadway’s “Cinderella,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Billy Elliot”) as Hans; Alan Tudyk (King Candy in “Wreck-It Ralph,” “42”) as the Duke of Weselton; Ciarán Hinds (“Game of Thrones”) as Pabbie & Chris Williams (“Bolt,” “Prep & Landing”-executive producer/story by) as Oaken

Directors:                           Chris Buck (Disney Animation veteran and director of Oscar®-nominated films “Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) & Jennifer Lee (screenwriter of the Oscar-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph” and the first female director in Disney Animation feature history)

Producer:                              Peter Del Vecho (“The Princess and the Frog,” “Winnie the Pooh”)

Screenplay by:                  Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph)

Original Songs by:         Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”) & Robert Lopez (Tony®   Award winner, “The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”)

Original Score                   Christophe Beck (“The Hangover” movies, Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”)
Composed by:

Release Dates:                  Digital HD & Digital 3D: February 25th, 2014
Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & On-Demand: March 18th, 2014

Direct Prebook:               January 21, 2014
Distributor Prebook:   February 4, 2014

Packaging:                          2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) & 1-Disc DVD

New Bonus Features:  ·     The Making Of Frozen (Blu-ray, Digital)
·       D’frosted: Disney’s Journey From Hans Christian Anderson to Frozen (Blu-ray, Digital)
·       Breaking The Ice – The Real Making Of Frozen (Blu-ray, Digital)
·       4 Deleted Scenes with introduction by Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
·       Original Theatrical Short – “Get A Horse” (Blu-ray, Digital & DVD)
·       “Let It Go” Music Videos by Demi Lovato, Martina Stoessel & Marsha Milan Londoh (Blu-ray, Digital & DVD)
·       Frozen Teaser Trailer (Blu-ray, Digital & DVD)

*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

Feature Run Time:       Approx. 102-minutes

Rated:                                      US: PG / Canada: G (CE and CF)

Aspect Ratio:                      Blu-ray: 1080p High Definition • 2.39:1
DVD: 2.39:1 • Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions

Sound:                                    Blu-ray:  English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish and French             5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD: English 5.1 and DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital; Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language       Tracks

Languages/                        English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles (Applies To Film Content Only)

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MARVEL’S THOR: THE DARK WORLD for release on February 25, 2014

January 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

From The Studio That Brought You Marvel’s The Avengers

Bring Home The Ultimate Battle for The Cosmos with Exclusive Bonus Features!
Available on Digital 3D and Digital HD February 4th, 2014
And on 3D Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray™, 2D Blu-ray, Digital Copy),
Single-Disc Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand February 25th, 2014

Synopsis:                Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos… but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.  Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Cast:                     Chris Hemsworth (Marvel’s Thor, Marvel’s The Avengers, Snow White and the Huntsman) as Thor, Natalie Portman (Marvel’s Thor, Black Swan, Star Wars Episodes I-III) as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston (Marvel’s Thor, Marvel’s The Avengers, War Horse) as Loki and Anthony Hopkins (Thor, Silence of the Lambs, Nixon) as Odin.

Director:                Alan Taylor (TV’s Game of Thrones, TV’s The Sopranos, TV’s Mad Men)

Screenplay:           Christopher L. Yost (Revolutionary Road, Snitch)
Christopher Markus (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)
Stephen McFeely (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise)

Story by:                 Don Payne
Robert Rodat

Producer:                Kevin Feige, p.g.a. (Marvel’s The Avengers, Marvel’s Iron Man Franchise)

Executive Producers:     Louis D’Esposito (Basic Instinct, Marvel’s Iron Man, Marvel’s The Avengers)
Victoria Alonso (Marvel’s Iron Man, Marvel’s The Avengers, Big Fish)
Craig Kyle (X-Men: Evolution, Ultimate Avengers, Iron Man: Armored Adventures)
Alan Fine (Marvel’s The Avengers, Marvel’s Iron Man, Marvel’s Thor)
Nigel Gostelow (Batman Begins, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Da Vinci Code)
Stan Lee (Marvel’s Iron Man, Spider-Man, Marvel’s Thor)

Release Date:         February 4, 2014 for Digital 3D (Select Retailers) and Digital HD
February 25, 2014 (Direct Pre-book: TBC; Distributor Pre-book: TBC)

Bonus Features:
(3D Combo Pack, BD, DVD & Select Digital Retailers)

·       Never-Before-Seen Extended and Deleted Scenes
·       Gag Reel

·       Exclusive Look – Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier

o   Get an exclusive first look at the latest installment in the Captain America franchise and its incredible cast of characters, including Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Director Nick Fury, Chris Evans, our hero Steve Roger’s, his new ally Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon played by Anthony Mackie, and a mysterious enemy from the past…the Winter Soldier played by Sebastian Stan.

·       A Brothers’ Journey:  Thor & Loki
o   In this 30 min feturette go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast as we explore two of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Universe with stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) & Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and journey through the key moments that have defined and endeared these characters to audiences around the world.
·       Scoring Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World with Brian Tyler

o   Go behind the scenes with the filmmakers and acclaimed composer Brian Tyler for a look at the creation of the movie’s stunning original score.

·       Audio Commentary with Director Alan Taylor, Producer Kevin Feige, Actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau

·       And More…

Ratings:                            PG-13
Feature Run Time:            1 hrs. 51 min. 53 seconds
Aspect Ratio:                   1.85:1
Audio:                              Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Languages:                     English, French & Spanish


THE STARVING GAMES Premieres On DVD January 21st, 2014!

January 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s time for a second helping.


With all the laughs and half the calories, The Starving Games arrives on DVD January 21st!  In their sixth cinematic spoof of popular box-office hits, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Vampires Suck, Meet the Spartans) set their sights on the adventure blockbuster The Hunger Games!  Join in the game as they sling dozens of cock-eyed, barbed arrows at sci-fi, action and fantasy films from The Avengers and The Expendables to pop culture characters and celebrities like Harry Potter and Taylor Swift.

When Kantmiss Evershot (Maiara Walsh, “Switched at Birth”) volunteers to take her manipulative younger sister’s place in the 75th annual “Starving Games” she must leave behind her smoldering just-a-friend Dale (Brant Daugherty, “Pretty Little Liars, “Dancing with the Stars”) and team up with the geeky baker’s son Peter Malarkey (Cody Christian, “Pretty Little Liars”) in a fight for her life.  But wait, there’s more!  She could also win an old ham, a coupon for a footlong sub at a six-inch price, and a partially-eaten pickle!

Release Date: January 21, 2014
Format: DVD
S.R.P.: $20.99
Total Runtime: 83 minutes
Rated: PG-13 for crude and sexual content, comic violence, language and partial nudity.
Bonus: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

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Ketchup Entertainment is focused on working with established filmmakers and emerging talents, actively acquiring and distributing films across various platforms including VOD, Netflix, DVD, Digital, television and theatrical.  Recent acquisitions and releases include the upcoming comedy LOVE PUNCH starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson, actioner VEHICLE 19 starring Paul Walker, the Jeremy Lin documentary LINSANITY and the drama BIG SUR starring Kate Bosworth and Josh Lucas.


Uomini Contro (Many Wars Ago) (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

December 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 


Considered as a cult-favorite and even an Italian cinematic masterpiece by Francesco Rosi fans, if you are into anti-war films, “Uomini Contro” is one of the most audacious war films to be made in early ’70s but still retains its powerful message on how corrupt war truly is.  “Uomini Contro” (Many Wars Ago) is  recommended!

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TITLE: Many Wars Ago (Uomini Contro)


DURATION: 101 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 35 mm, 1:33:1, color, Italian Monaural DTS-HD MA

COMPANY: Raro Video

RATED: Not Rated

Release Date: January 7, 2014

Directed by Francesco Rosi

Based on the Novel by Emilio Lussu

Written by Tonino Guerra, Raffaele La Capria, Francesco Rosi

Produced by Marina Cicogna, Luciano Perugia, Francesco Rosi

Executive Produced by Giuliano Simonetti

Music by Piero Piccioni

Cinematography by Pasqualino De Santis

Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni

Production Design by Andrea Crisanti

Set Decoration by Ezio Di Monte

Costume Design by Franco Carretti, Gabriella Pescucci


Mark Frechette as Lt. Sassu

Alain Cuny as Gen. Leone

Gian Maria Volonte as Lt. Ottolenghi

Giampiero Albertini as Capt. Abbati

Pier Paolo Capponi as Lt. Santini

Franco Graziosi as Maj. Malchiodi

Mario Feliciani as Colonel Doctor

Alberto Mastino as Marrasi

Brunetto Del Vita Col. Stringari

In Northern Italy, WWI has turned into a bloody stalemate. Bogged down in their trenches on a barren highland, the men of an Italian infantry division have been given one objective: retake a commanding height from the enemy. Unfortunately, the tactical ingenuity of general Leone, the unpopular division commander, consists of supplementing frontal attacks against machine-guns with medieval fighting schemes. His dispirited troops must be prodded with ever harsher measures into storming the Austrian positions. As casualties mount, indignation spreads amongst the rank and file. Disturbed by the decisions of his superiors, lieutenant Sassu is progressively led to question the purpose of the war and to reconsider where his real duties lie.

One of the most controversial anti-war films to come out of Italy, Francesco Rosi’s “Uomini Contro” (Many Wars Ago) 1970 Italo-Yugoslav anti-war drama will be released in the U.S. courtesy of Raro Video featuring a new, digitally restored version in collaboration with the National Cinematheque and the Turin National Film Museum under the supervision of Francesco Rosi.

Based on Emilio Lussu’s 1938 novel “Un anno sull’altopiano”, Lussu was an Italian officer of the Sassari Infantry Brigade in 1916 and stationed on the Asiago Plateau.  His experience in trench warfare was about how the common man would join the military but realize that joining the military was not going to make a difference because under the current military leaders, they were just enemy fodder.

An anti-fascist who was very active, he was sentenced for five years for shooting a squadristi in self-defense and eventually would escape to Paris where he would write his controversial book.

When filmmaker Francesco Rosi (“Carmen”, “Hands Over the City”, “La Sfida”) wanted to create a film adaptation on Lussu’s book, but go beyond it and try to make an anti-war film, especially with the Vietnam War still looming over the world.

Upon its screening at the Venice Film Festival in 1970, the reactions tot he film were violent by political groups who felt the film was a “public defamation of the army” and the film didn’t do well when it was released in theaters.

But for those who follow Rosi’s oeuvre, his films have resonated with cineaste long after they were released in theaters and for many of his fans, “Uomini Contro” is a Rosi masterpiece.

“Uomini Contro” is an audacious film which revolves around a group of Italian army officers during World War One on the Isonzo front (1916-1017).  Instead of strategic planning, they are ordered by General Leone (portrayed by Alain Cuny)  to follow his orders and die as a hero.  In their role of trying to retake a commanding height from an enemy.

Anyone who is captured by the enemy twice, anyone who shows cowardice in the Italian army will be killed by their own.

And despite General Leone being a hero, he is an unpopular division commander that uses archaic schemes to take on the enemy ready to shoot with their machine guns.

From one scene of one of the heads of military asking someone to go to enemy territory with wire cutters and everyone not wanting to do it, he orders one of the men to go to the enemies front lines and with wire cutters.  The two soldiers see no use of hiding from enemy fire, so they walk regularly to cut the wires and get mowed down in the process.

Another order is for a soldier to stand up to the enemy instead of staying down low to avoid the shots and if he gets shot, then he dies a hero.

But as the men realize what they signed up for is only going to lead them to their deaths, General Leone has the soldiers killing their own. Anyone who shows any dissent or wanting to show any sign of weakness are executed by their own people.

Suffice to say, if things are going to go along with Leone’s military ideals, no one is going to be left of the Italian army.  And for vice corporal Sassu (portrayed by Mark Frechette), he begins to question the decisions of his superiors and the purpose of the war.

To fight for a war that will lead to genuine peace or to fight a war according to superiors who have treat their soldiers as enemy fodder.


“Uomini Contro” is presented in 1:33:1 aspect ratio and 1080p High Definition and features a new, digitally restored version in collaboration with the National Cinematheque and the Turin National Film Museum under the supervision of Francesco Rosi.

According to Sergio Toffetti, curator of Italian National Film Archive, the copy was “from a reversal belonging to the Italian National Film Archive.  As the original negative has been lost, a duplicate negative was made according to an obsolete technical process which allows the original negative to be printed directly onto reversal film.  The resulting film – the reversal – has a reasonably high level of definition, although some fluctuations of colour and dominant doubles tend to alter the original chromatics.  The original tone and density of the colour may eventually be recovered using digital modern techniques.”

Picture quality for the film is very good considering the film is over 40-years-old.  Certain scenes show natural skintones, great detail on close-ups, especially during outdoor scenes.  While some areas may looked a bit aged (as the film does have slight color fluctuations due to the use of reversal restoration techniques), for the most part, “Uomini Contro” looks very good in HD with much better clarity and detail than older VHS and DVD versions of the film.  And considering the original negative was lost, what the Cinecitta laboratories was able to come up with is fantastic.

I didn’t notice any artifacts or banding issues with the film and although the film is not featured in its original tone or colors, for now, considering the cost of restoration of this film, the film still looks very good in HD!


“Uomini Contro” is presented in Italian monaural via DTS-HD MA with English subtitles.  Dialogue is clear via center channel.  I didn’t notice any hiss, crackling or pops during my viewing of the film.


“Uomini Contro” comes with the following special features:

  • Interview with the Director – (28:21) Featuring an interview with director Francesco Rosi about the film adaptation of “Uomini Contro”.
  • Before and After Restoration


“Uomini Contro” comes with an 20-page booklet featuring “Many Wars Ago” by Lorenzo Codelli, “Pros and Contros” by Francesco Rosi and excerpts from interviews with staff on the making of the film.

During the Vietnam War, there were quite a few audacious films that are anti-war.  From John Lennon’s role in Richard Lester’s 1967 anti-war film “How I Won the War”, Brian G. Hutton’s “Kelly’s Heroes” and also Robert Altman’s “MASH” to name a few.

But for Italian filmmaker Francesco Rosi, the goal was to stand up against any kind of war, to show that soldiers are treated as fodder by leaders and there only way out is death, because their leaders treat them as fodder with and are not interested in the pursuit of genuine peace.

We can see the unease of all soldiers when General Leone shows up and tries to tell them how to fight in war.  From ordering the soldiers to kill one of their own men who tried to halt and warn his fellow soldiers from shooting their own.  General Leone sees friendly fire as expendable and that those who die, will die as heroes for their country.

General Leone asks one of his commanding officers about how knives are used in his infantry division and the commanding officer tells him that they use it for cutting vegetables, for food, etc.  But what the general wants to hear is knives being used as weapons of killing a person, not by using it as a tool for food.

And there are those who follow the beat of General Leone’s drum of using illogical methods.  One leader asks his division leader to find someone who can go and cut a wired fence of the enemy in broad daylight.  And that they were sending one soldier alongside with him.

The main soldier tries to fight against it and said he won’t do it until an order is given and when he does, at first he tries to hide and try not to get hit.  But then realizes, there is no escape from cutting a wired fence in enemy territory with only two people and many machine guns in front of him.  He realizes that he is being sent to his death but can’t fight against it because those are his orders and those who disobey orders will face an execution squad.

As these soldiers fight their enemies, their moral is now depleted, knowing that they are just experiments of war for the general.

One such absurd act was when General Leone sends a dozen or so soldiers wearing tin helmets as a form of protection.  General Leone tries to use archaic logic of steel outfits in warfare to defeat the enemy and as the soldiers wear these lunky medieval helmets, they are all mowed down by machine gun.

In many ways, this bold and very balsy film is rather fascinating for how it shows military generals as elitist and in their own world.  Thinking of their past accomplishments as people not interested in fighting are forced to fight and often forced to do something that will lead to their own deaths.  Of course, in General Leone’s perspective, as long as soldiers die as heroes, that is all that matters.

As we see fear in the eyes of the soldiers, we see their leaders wanting to protect them but knowing that with a General so cold and have no sensitivity towards the soldiers but sees them as people who will die as heroes, it’s no wonder the infantry division looks so disheveled

As for the Blu-ray release of “Uomini Contro”, viewers are getting the best version of the film for now.  Having undergone restoration, the film looks better than it has ever been.  Could it look better with color repairs? Possibly using modern restration techniques but restoration is expensive and I think for now, “Uomini Contro is probably the best this film will ever look for now.  Featuring a lossless monaural soundtrack and an interview with director Francesco Rosi, a before and after restoration comparison, plus a 20-page booklet.

Overall, Uomini Contro may be one of the most audacious anti-war films you will come across but its message can easily reach out to fighting soldiers or people who are tired of war, no matter how old this film can be.

Considered as a cult-favorite and even an Italian cinematic masterpiece by Francesco Rosi fans, if you are into anti-war films, “Uomini Contro” is one of the most audacious war films to be made in early ’70s but still retains its powerful message on how corrupt war truly is




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Legendary Martial Arts-Action-Adventure-Comedy Debuts In High Definition In New 3-Disc Sets That Feature The First Season Of The Celebrated Series And An Array Of Special Bonus Features


San Francisco, CA, December 20, 2013 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delights multiple generations of anime fans as it announces pre-orders for the upcoming March 25th release of RANMA ½, the celebrated martial arts action-adventure based on the smash hit manga (graphic novel) series created by Rumiko Takahashi (2-in-1 omnibus manga editions featuring the original right-to-left reading format also debut the same month).

VIZ Media will release the first of seven seasons of RANMA ½ sets as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set and also as a Standard Edition DVD Set. Pre-orders will be available soon through most major video/DVD/Blu-ray retailers as well as from leading anime retailers including Amazon, RightStuf, and Robert’s Anime Corner Store.

The RANMA ½ Blu-ray Box Set carries an MSRP of $54.97 (U.S. / CAN) and offers hours of fun in the special 3-disc set that features 23 episodes of the acclaimed series, presented in full 1080p High Definition resolution taken straight from the original Japanese Blu-ray masters giving fans the uncropped, original 4:3 aspect ratio.  For the first time, all episodes are presented in the original Japanese episode order. Dialogue options are available for original Japanese with English subtitles or with dubbed English audio tracks, and a secondary subtitle track for signs and songs will also be included. The set comes packaged in a premium chipboard box with gold foil stamping with art that is beautifully illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi and also includes a 64-page booklet with a full color episode guide along with a manga re-master sampler.

An extensive selection of bonus features for the Blu-ray Box Set makes it a must-own for North American fans. In addition to trailers and upcoming episode previews, the Blu-ray set includes footage of the packed-capacity RANMA ½ panel from the 2013 New York Comic Con, a highlight reel of the 2013 New York Comic Con VIZ Media events, and an exclusive “We Love Ranma” Part 1 – Manga Re-Mastering interview with the VIZ Media Editor Hope Donovan that details some of the processes of the latest manga release.

The RANMA ½ Standard Edition DVD Set is also scheduled for release on March 25th and will be available soon for pre-order. Carrying an MSRP of $44.82 U.S. / CAN, the Standard Set features 23 episodes on 3 discs along with bonus features that include trailers, and a 2013 New York Comic Con highlight reel. English and Japanese audio options will be available, as well as the songs-and-signs subtitle track.

From the legendary oeuvre of master creator Rumiko Takahashi, the mixed-up, madcap, martial arts romantic comedy RANMA 1/2 returns! After taking a surprise dip in a cursed spring while on a training journey in China, martial artist Ranma Saotome and his father, Genma, aren’t quite themselves anymore. Now Ranma turns into a girl whenever he’s splashed with cold water, and Genma turns into a panda! Their new forms cause nothing but confusion at the Tendo dojo, where Soun Tendo is waiting to introduce one of his three daughters to Ranma—as his fiancée! Turns out Genma and Soun arranged the match long ago, but the girl, Akane, and the boy, Ranma, aren’t exactly crazy about the idea, or each other! Or are they? Watch the gender switching, jealous rages, and martial arts battles unfold all over again!

“This is the series that introduced many fans to manga and anime, and we’re extremely excited to mark the return of RANMA ½ to North America in its High Definition debut,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Animation Marketing Manager. “Catch all of the action and hilarious gender- and species-bending hijinks in the first set of this groundbreaking comedy that also comes jam-packed with an array of special bonus features. We’re pleased to invite fans to take advantage of this special pre-order to secure their Blu-ray or DVD copy of this acclaimed series. These gorgeous sets are truly great to collect and treasure!”

The spotlight on Rumiko Takahashi’s career began in 1978 when she won an honorable mention in Shogakukan’s prestigious New Comic Artist Contest for Those Selfish Aliens. Later that same year, her boy-meets-alien comedy series, Urusei Yatsura, was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday. This phenomenally successful manga series was adapted into anime format and spawned a TV series and half a dozen theatrical-release movies, all incredibly popular in their own right. Takahashi followed up the success of her debut series with one blockbuster hit after another. Maison Ikkoku ran from 1980 to 1987, Ranma 1/2 from 1987 to 1996, and Inuyasha from 1996 to 2008. Other notable works include Mermaid Saga, Rumic Theater, One-Pound Gospel, and RIN-NE.

Takahashi won the Shogakukan Manga Award twice in her career, once for Urusei Yatsura in 1981 and the second time for Inuyasha in 2002. A majority of the Takahashi canon has been adapted into other media such as anime, live-action TV series, and film. Takahashi’s manga, as well as the other formats her work has been adapted into, have continued to delight generations of fans around the world. Distinguished by her wonderfully endearing characters, Takahashi’s work adeptly incorporates a wide variety of elements such as comedy, romance, fantasy, and martial arts. While her series are difficult to pin down into one simple genre, the signature style she has created has come to be known as the “Rumic World.” Rumiko Takahashi is an artist who truly represents the very best from the world of manga.

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CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Available Jan. 21 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack*, DVD & Digital

December 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hanks hits a new career peak.  One of the best films of the year.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“An eruption of emotional fireworks.” – Scott Foundas, Variety

“The crowning performance of Tom Hanks career.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

Nominated for Four Golden Globes®:
Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor
Starring Two-Time Academy Award® Winner Tom Hanks,
From the Director of The Bourne Ultimatum
Available Jan. 21 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack*, DVD & Digital

Featuring Exclusive “Making Of” Documentary & Director’s Commentary

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (Dec. 12, 2013) — Two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks (Best Actor, Forrest Gump, 1994; Best Actor, Philadelphia, 1993) stars in the tense, action-packed thriller CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet™ Jan. 21 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93), CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is based on the true story behind the first American cargo ship hijacking in 200 years, the Maersk Alabama, and its U.S. Navy rescue in 2009.  The emotionally charged and critically acclaimed film focuses on the relationship between the ship’s captain, Richard Phillips (Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain (breakout actor Barkhad Abdi) who takes him hostage 145 miles off the Somali coast, with both men at the mercy of forces beyond their control. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS received four Golden Globe® nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Paul Greengrass for Best Director, Tom Hanks for Best Actor and Barkhad Abdi for Best Supporting Actor. In addition, the film has received Screen Actors Guild® nominations for Hanks for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and Abdi for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.

Bonus features include “Capturing Captain Phillips,” a three-part, behind-the-scenes look at the film’s production and real events surrounding the film.  Also included is a commentary with director Paul Greengrass.

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.  It is — through director Paul Greengrass’s distinctive lens — simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization.  The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips, and the Somali pirate captain, Muse, who takes him hostage.  Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

The film is directed by Academy Award® nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. It is produced by Scott Rudin, and Academy Award nominees Dana Brunetti (Best Picture, The Social Network, 2010) and Michael De Luca (Best Picture, The Social Network, 2010; Best Picture, Moneyball, 2011). Executive producers include Gregory Goodman (Stop Loss, 8 Mile), Eli Bush (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Moonrise Kingdom) and two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey (Best Actor, The Usual Suspects, 1995; Best Supporting Actor, American Beauty, 1999).

Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features Include:
·   “Capturing Captain Phillips” Documentary– Three in-depth, behind-the-scenes featurettes on making the acclaimed film
·   Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS has a run time of approximately 134 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images and for substance use.

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