Digital Media

The Growth of Anime in America According to "Wired"

by Ed Liuon August 30, 2005
Wired magazine has analyzed the state of the American anime industry, noting that anime now accounts for nearly 7% of all DVDs sold and appears more and more frequently on TV. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

"Yumeria" Coming to DVD in October

by Maxie Zeuson August 30, 2005
ADV Films will release Yumeria: Into the Dreamscape on October 11, the company says. The DVD-only release will include episodes one through four in anamorphic video and both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.  Extras include reverse cover artwork, clean opening and closing animation, and previews. It will retail for $29.98.   [Source: […]

WHV Announces ‘Thundercats’ Season One, Volume Two

by Bird Boyon August 30, 2005
WHV has announced ‘Thundercats’ Season One, Volume Two on DVD for a December 6th release date. Synopsis: Led by their young leader Lion-O, the Thundercats forge a new home on Third Earth. But as they rebuild their lives, the vile Mumm-Ra and the Mutants at Castle Plundarr plot to annihilate the Thundercats’ fledgling civilization. Mystical […]

"Fire and Ice" Runs Hot, Cold, And Bloody

by Chris Woodon August 30, 2005
Why do mature animated action films draw sizable audiences in Japan, whereas American adults are highly reluctant to show up at theaters unless you throw in a few adorable singing animals so that their kids will drag them along? It’s one of the industry’s great mysteries. But in 1982 oddball animation director Ralph Bakshi of […]

Pixar Receives Request from SEC

by Ed Liuon August 26, 2005
Pixar Animation Studios reports receiving an “informal request for information” from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which it has complied with fully. A report in the Wall Street Journal states that the inquiry is related to their second quarter earnings results, which fell short of estimates due to lower-than-expected sales of The Incredibles DVD. DreamWorks […]

Disney’s "3 Wise Men" DVD Exclusive to Wal-Mart

by Ed Liuon August 26, 2005
The Walt Disney Company has given Wal-Mart exclusive sales rights to The 3 Wise Men on DVD. Scheduled for release on November 1, the disc will retell the Biblical story with a voice cast including Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Eddy Martin, Jaci Velasquez, and Marcos Witt. Wal-Mart will provide promotional and marketing support as part […]

Studio Ghibli Short Film DVD Scheduled for Region 2

by Ed Liuon August 26, 2005 is reporting that a region 2 DVD containing several short films by Studio Ghibli has been scheduled for release this fall in Japan. The disc will include the films “On Your Mark,” “Sorairo no Tane,” “Portable Airport,” and “Space Station No. 5.”

‘Batman Begins’ Announced on DVD

by Bird Boyon August 26, 2005
Update (8/26): Single Disc Cover Art updated; Single Disc Back Cover Art added. WHV has officially announced three different versions of Batman Begins, all set to hit on October 18th. A fullscreen, widescreen and a 2-disc Deluxe edition will see release. Full specs and images are below. Synopsis: Batman Begins explores the origins of the […]

"Cowboy Bebop" Sales Soar, New DVD Coming

by Zeddon August 25, 2005
Home video sales for Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop have totaled more than one million units in North America since its original home video debut, again raising the bar for anime series released on DVD, Bandai Entertainment announced today. In addition, Bandai is also scheduled to release a definitive special edition entitled Cowboy Bebop REMIX on […]

"Hammerboy" Doesn’t Quite Hit the Nail on the Head

by Shnayon August 25, 2005
How can a small boy from a peaceful island rise up to stop a cunning politician with mystical powers who plans to prolong a war through deceit and intimidation? By learning to speak loudly and carry a big hammer. This boy is Mangchi, the scrappy lead of Hammerboy, the 2003 Korean film that provoked international […]