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Bangkok Ninjas On DVD From Manga 7/26

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

SONS OF THE WIND: BANGKOK NINJAS out on UK DVD from  26 July.

Following the success of the free-running action-movie ‘Yamakasi – Les Samourais des temps modernes’ (written by Luc Besson), director Julien Seri (Scorpion) and the members of theYamakasi return to the screen with Sons Of The Wind: Bangkok Ninjas, this time shifting the relentless action from the Paris suburbs to the rooftops of London and Bangkok.   The founders of the art of parkour, the Yamakasi are arguably the most famous, skilled and respected practitioners of free-running in the world. In Sons Of The Wind: Bangkok Ninjas, they cement their reputation with a dazzling showcase of stunt work, acrobatics and martial arts techniques that raises the bar for a discipline that has become familiar to cinemagoers worldwide thanks to movies such as ‘District 13’, ‘Casino Royale’, ‘’Live Free Or Die Hard’, ‘Cop Out’ and, most recently, ‘The Losers’.

Have a look at the trailer here:   http://onlinemoviepromo.com/newplayer.php?id=3702

Plot synopsis

When a group of French free-runners decide to move from Europe to Bangkok to set up a training school and gym in the Thai capital, they get more than they bargained for when they encounter a gang of Thai athletes and martial artists who have chosen to betray their heritage by pledging allegiance to a powerful Japanese Triad leader intent on gaining control of the city’s underworld. Unfamiliar with the local culture and the traditions and customs that have led the Thai gang to side with the Japanese gangsters, the Frenchmen become unwittingly entangled in a deadly, escalating turf war they don’t understand. In the midst of this violent turmoil, each one is forced to face his past and his fears, as questions of loyalty, love and integrity are raised while the threat of an inevitable mortal combat looms before them.

Starring Williams Belle (Taxi 2), Chau Belle Dinh (A Monk’s Awakening; Taxi 2), Burt Kwouk (Cato from the Pink Panther movies) and Elodie Yung (District 13: Ultimatum), Sons Of The Wind: Bangkok Ninjas is a thrilling concoction of free-running action, mixed martial arts combat and gravity-defying stunt work all packed into a series of vertiginous set pieces that will leave audiences open mouthed in amazement.

Sons Of The Wind: Bangkok Ninjas (15) is released on DVD (£15.99) by Manga Entertainment on 26th July 2010.

Loose Screws on DVD & Blu-ray From Severin 7/27

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

SEVERIN FILMS TIGHTENS LOOSE SCREWS

Classic Sex-Romp Sequel Restored to Pristine Condition for DVD and Blu-Ray Debut with Bonus Features

LOS ANGELES (June 28, 2010) – After delivering the DVD debut of Screwballs last year, Severin Films revisits the Canuxploitation-teen-sex-comedy genre for the film’s epic sequel, LOOSE SCREWS. Available for the first time on DVD and Blu-Ray, the film will be available at retailers July 27 for a list price of $24.95 for the Blu-Ray and $19.95 for the DVD.

The uproarious film – along with all actresses’ jiggly bits – have been restored to their former glory thanks to a rare 35mm print recently unearthed in Glendale. The discovery’s pristine condition ensures the DVD and Blu-Ray versions of LOOSE SCREWS offer not only the original aspect ratio, but also rich lustrous colors; two elements not seen since the successful film’s 1985 debut.

Both versions are presented with bonus material: featurettes with production manager Ken Gord and producer Maurice Smith; commentary track by director Rafael Zielinski; and the international version in its entirety, which contains an extra 10 minutes of footage trimmed from the U.S. version

In the grand and gross tradition of Porky’s, LOOSE SCREWS is a mid-80s pubescent romp that follows the horny high jinks of four boys forced to attend summer school at Cockswell Academy under the watchful eye of Principal Arsenault. While there, the boys play a game where they earn points for scoring with a girl. Each decides to go for the ultimate 100-point score, Mona Lott, the new French teacher. But when they’re unable to get a shot at her, they end up in Principal Arsenault’s unforgiving clutches. After all is lost, they take one final chance during the school’s anniversary celebration.

LOOSE SCREWS vividly captures the looks and sounds of 1985 with memorable fashion and music. In fact, the soundtrack is made up of original songs written exclusively for the film and performed by the Nu Kats. A standout is “Do The Screw,” a song that appears in the film during an unforgettable production number on the beach. Nu Kat singer and guitarist Freddy Moore co-wrote “Changing” with his then-wife, Demi Moore.

Back To The Future 25th Anniversary Edition On DVD & Blu-ray 10/25

Monday, June 28th, 2010

ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOTION PICTURE TRILOGIES COMES TO BLU-RAY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

BACK TO THE FUTURE
25TH ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY

NEWLY RESTORED, EXPERIENCE BACK TO THE FUTURE LIKE NEVER BEFORE WITH MORE THAN TWO HOURS OF NEW BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE ON BLU-RAY & DVD OCTOBER 26, 2010 FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA. – At 88 miles per hour, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd took millions of spellbound viewers on a high-flying voyage across the space-time continuum in a trio of wildly inventive tales that broke box-office records around the world.  To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Academy Award®-winning cinematic franchise that generated nearly one billion dollars worldwide, the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy will debut on Blu-rayTM on October 26, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  The 25th Anniversary Trilogy will also be available on DVD.
 

Now, for the first time ever, the past, present and future collide in eye-popping high definition for a time-traveling celebration featuring new 25th Anniversary restorations for perfect picture and the purest digital sound.  More than two hours of all new bonus features have been added, including an all-new, six-part retrospective documentary featuring never-before-seen interviews with the cast, crew and filmmakers, including Michael J. Fox, for the definitive Back to the Future experience. 

On October 26, 1985, Marty McFly took the driver’s seat in Dr. Emmet Brown’s DeLorean and introduced audiences to Back to the Future, a journey that launched a new era of moviemaking magic and reinvented the adventure-comedy genre.  The film, which spent 11 weeks at #1 at the U.S. box office, boasts a legendary Hollywood pedigree that includes director Robert Zemeckis, executive producers Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, producer and screenwriter Bob Gale and producer Neil Canton.  Accompanying Fox and Lloyd on their warp-speed tour of McFly family history are an array of stars including Lea Thompson (“Caroline in the City”), Crispin Glover (Hot Tub Time Machine), Thomas F. Wilson (“Big Love”), Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), Billy Zane (Titanic), Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Mary Steenburgen (The Proposal) as well as 1980s musical icons Huey Lewis and ZZ Top.

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO Blu-rayTM:  Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect picture and the purest digital sound available. 

U-CONTROL: Universal’s exclusive signature feature allows viewers to learn more about their favorite film without ever leaving the movie.
Setups & Payoffs:  As you watch each of the three films, each “set up” showcases items in the scene that prepare you for a future plot point.  When you get to that moment in the film, the “payoff” is shown to complete the correlation.
Storyboard Comparison: Compare key scenes in the movie with the original storyboards.
Trivia Track:  Get inside trivia and facts while you watch the movies.
BD-LIVETM:  Access the BD-LiveTM Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers and more!
My Scenes:  Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movies.
pocket BLU™:  USHE’s groundbreaking pocket BLU app uses iPhone®, iPod® touch, iPad®, Blackberry®, Android™, Windows and Macintosh computers and more to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-rayTM  player and offers advanced features such as:
Advanced Remote Control:  A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
Video Timeline:  Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in their favorite episode.
Mobile-To-Go:  Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy exclusive content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
Browse Titles:  Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™.  They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
Keyboard:  Enter data into a Blu-ray™ player with your device’s easy and intuitive keyboard. 
Archival Featurette Back to the Future Night:  Hosted by Leslie Nielson, this original 30-minute special aired on NBC prior to the first television screening of the Back to the Future.
 

BLU-RAYTM and DVD BONUS FEATURES

Tales from the Future:  New six-part retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Director Robert Zemeckis, Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton, plus Executive Producer Steven Spielberg.*
In the Beginning . . .:  Delve into the genesis of the project, casting, re-casting, the DeLorean, sets and overall pre-production.
Time to Go:  Production stories through the release of the first film.
Keeping Time:  The score and the songs of the Back to the Future Trilogy. 
Time Flies:  Learn more about how the sequel came about, the futuristic look, the special and visual effects, recreating 1955 and more.
Third Time’s the Charm:  Learn about building a western town, Doc Brown’s love story, the casting of Mary Steenburgen, the train sequence and completing the Trilogy. 
The Test of Time:  Back to the Future becomes a phenomenon!  President Reagan quotes the film, the Back to the Future ride opens at Universal Studios theme park and fans rebuild the iconic DeLorean.  The film’s cast and crew take a look back and discuss why these beloved movies live on.
The Physics of Back To The Future:  A discussion with celebrity best-selling author and physicist Dr. Michio Kaku about the overall appreciation of the science in the Back to the Future Trilogy*
Nuclear Test Site Ending Storyboard Sequence: Storyboard sequence of the original proposed ending of the film.*
16 Deleted Scenes
Michael J. Fox Q&A
Q&A Commentaries with Director Robert Zemeckis and Producer Bob Gale
Feature Commentaries with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton
Archival Featurettes
Making the Trilogy: Chapters One, Two & Three:  Original 2002 DVD documentary that takes a look back in time.
The Making Of Back to the Future Part I, II & III:  Provides a vintage and historic first look at the making of all three films.
The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy:  a televised special hosted by Kirk Cameron addressing fans unanswered Back to the Future questions. 
Behind-the-Scenes
Outtakes
Original Makeup Tests
Production Design
Storyboarding
Designing the DeLorean
Designing Time Travel
Hoverboard Test
Designing Hill Valley
Designing the Campaign
Back to the Future:  The Ride
Music Videos:
Huey Lewis and the News “Power of Love”
ZZ Top “DoubleBack”
Photo Galleries, Including Production Art, Additional Storyboards, Photographs, Marketing Materials and Character Portraits
Theatrical Trailers
 
* Denotes new footage debuting on the 25th Anniversary Trilogy
SYNOPSES
 
Back to the Future
From the Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis comes Back to the Future, the original, groundbreaking adventure that sparked one of the most successful trilogies in Hollywood history. When teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine created by the eccentric Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), he finds himself mixed up in a time-shattering chain reaction that could vaporize his future—and leave him trapped in the past. Powered by innovative special effects, unforgettable songs and non-stop action, Back to the Future is an unrivaled adventure that stands the test of time.
 

Back to the Future Part II
Getting back was only the beginning as the most spectacular time-travel adventure ever continues in Back to the Future Part II—the sequel that proves that lightning can strike twice! Picking up precisely where they left off, Marty and Doc (Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd) launch themselves to the year 2015 to fine-tune the future and inadvertently disrupt the space-time continuum. Now, their only chance to fix the present is by going back to 1955 again before it’s too late. From Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future Part II provides more of the timeless excitement that made Back to the Future an unforgettable adventure.
 

Back to the Future Part III
They’ve saved the biggest trip for last as the most popular time-traveling movie trilogy ever comes to a rousing conclusion in Back to the Future Part III. Stranded in 1955 after a freak accident, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) discovers he must travel back to 1885 to rescue Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) before he becomes smitten with schoolteacher Clara Clayton (Mary Steenburgen). Now, it’s up to Marty to keep Doc out of trouble, get the DeLorean running, and put the past, present and future on track so they can all get back to where—and when—they belong. From the Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future Part III is a spectacular grand finale to the unforgettable blockbuster series.
 

About Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, 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. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:
Street Date: October 26, 2010
Copyright:  2010 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Selection Number:  61112394
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 1.85:1
Rating: PG
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Sound:  English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, French DTS Surround 5.1
Run Time:  Back To The Future – 1 hour, 56 minutes
           Back To The Future II – 1 hour, 48 minutes
           Back To The Future III – 1 hour, 58 minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD
Street Date: October 26, 2010
Copyright:  2010 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61114696
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen, 1.85:1
Rating: PG
Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Sound:  English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time:  Back To The Future – 1 hour, 56 minutes
           Back To The Future II – 1 hour, 48 minutes
           Back To The Future III – 1 hour, 58 minutes

CD Review: The Real McKenzies – Shine Not Burn

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

CD Review: The Real McKenzies – Shine Not Burn
Label: Fat Wreck Chords
Release Date: June 22, 2010
List Price: $9.98

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The Real McKenzies have been making Scottish influenced punk rock on the eastern shores of Canada since the early nineties and have rightfully earned themselves a pretty solid cult following over the years. They are, after all, to traditional Scottish music what The Pogues (and followers like The Mahones, Flogging Molly and The Tossers) are to traditional Irish music. This is a band that has paid its dues, not just with over a half dozen full length albums and various compilation appearances but more so thanks to their constant touring. Anyone who has had the chance to check out a Real McKenzies live show can tell you to expect a rowdiness on the same level as Gogol Bordello – and that live experience is the focus of Shine Not Burn, their first live recording and second album for Fat Wreck Chords.

Like The Pogues, The Real McKenzies are quite a bit larger than your average four piece band – in fact, for this recording, which captures the band on stage in Germany at a club called Wild At Heart from a three night stint delivered on August 17-19, 2009, there were no less than nine musicians on stage. Paul McKenzie, vocalist and harmonica player, has remained the constant in the band over the years, but here he’s backed by three guitar players, a banjo player, a mandolin player, a violin player a drummer and, of course, a bagpipe player. This gives the live performance that is Shine Not Burn a very full sound, made all the more appreciable by the solid production and near perfect quality of the recording. Where a lot of live punk recordings can sound suitably raw and sometimes flat out shitty, this one sounds rowdy enough to work but never so shoddy that you can’t understand or appreciate the lyrics and the musicianship. A perfect example is the live rendition of Bastards, a track that originally appeared on their LP Some Scotch To Go With That Irish. Here it’s got that right mix of hardened vocals, tired and maybe a little strained in their delivery but far more authentic because of it. The studio version isn’t watered down, per se, but it’s a little too perfect. The rawness of the live setting just gives the McKenzie’s material a lot more worth and a lot more merit.

The songs cover a fairly narrow range of topics – Scottish heritage and booze being two popular topics that the opening two tracks (Nessie and Drink The Way I Do) kick the door down with. Traditional numbers like My Bonnie are given their own unique facelift here, while crowd pleasers from the bands catalogue sound great in acoustic format here (most of them were originally recorded with electric guitars). While it’s not uncommon to hear Scottish influenced music that deals with drinking, it is rare to hear it done as well as it’s done on this CD. The band’s style really lends itself well to the acoustic format while McKenzie’s vocals have a world weary sound to them that provides a welcome authenticity to the content. When he sings about drinking, you get the impression that he really means it. Anyone even remotely impressed by their studio offerings should waste no time picking this one up, as their live set mops the floor with their standard albums. If you don’t find yourself wanting to raise a glass or two while this album plays out, there’s probably something wrong with you. It’s infectious and frequently catchy as Hell and there’s really no reason not to check this out.

Want more info? Check out the Fat Wreck Chords page by clicking here or give the Real McKenzie’s some love at their website here!