Scene and Reviewed: Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series

Transformers Cybertron

Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series! Relive the Adventures of This Classic Animated TV Series in One Complete Set! Own This Collectible 7-DVD Set on August 5 2014 from Shout! Factory.

I have to admit, I was eagerly awaiting this series release from Shout! Factory. After reviewing the Armada and Energon series, the completionist in me was actually excited to see the arrival of this Transformers collection. Here is the scoop on Cybertron:

“This summer, relive some of the most astonishing classic action battles of ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and complete your home entertainment collection of the rare UNICRON Trilogy. In 2005, TRANSFORMERS fans were introduced to the animated series TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON, the third installment of the rare UNICRON Trilogy–consisting of ARMADA, ENERGON and CYBERTRON. UNICRON has been defeated, but his destruction has created a black hole, which is threatening the AUTOBOTS’ home world of CYBERTRON. It’s up to OPTIMUS PRIME, his team of AUTOBOTS and their new human friends–Coby, Lori and Bud–to secure the four mystical Cyber Planet Keys, in order to destroy the black hole. Unfortunately, MEGATRON and the DECEPTICONS are always lurking. And if the Cyber Planet Keys fall into their hands, it could mean the end of life as we know it. The race is on!”

As I said of the Energon series, “None of the Transformers series have ever been perfect. It’s all in what you choose to take away from the experience.” That same philosophy applies when watching the Cybertron series. The CGI was on par with, if not slightly better than, its predecessor. I wish that they had developed the animation a little more, rather than reusing some of the same footage over and over for many of the transformation and fight sequences. But that is easily forgivable. Remember, He-Man was practically the same shots in every episode. If they can get away with it, so can the Transformers. But I digress. The English dubbing was greatly improved over previous efforts. I guess after the harsh criticisms that were received for the shortcomings of Armada and Energon, a little extra care was taken this go round. The noticeable efforts paid off.

As for the plot….meh. I mean, it’s the Transformers. I wasn’t wholly enthralled by the story lines of the previous two series, so why should this one be any different? It takes a few episodes for the story to really pick up. Then mid-series, Cybertron becomes somewhat repetitive with the racing (fans of the show will know what I’m talking about). Eventually, they get back on board with the original plot and the pace of the series really gains momentum. It’s always fun to see fan favorites like Starscream, Galvatron and Wing Saber in action. And, who doesn’t love it when Optimus Prime yells “Roll Out” to the Autobots?

All in all, Transformers Cybertron was exactly what you’d expect from a Transformers series. The show improved with each installment of the trilogy. Cybertron was a fun way to close out the Unicron epoch. Shout! Factory did a wonderful job putting these series together in a DVD collection any fan will enjoy. The Unicron series is a great way to introduce younger children to the wonderment that is the Transformers. All three installments have been reasonably priced and are an affordable way to expand your Transformers collection. Reviewing all three series has indeed been entertaining. Honestly, I would rather watch the Transformers Cybertron series over any of the Michael Bay films.

“On August 5, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: THE COMPLETE SERIES, featuring all action-packed episodes collected in one deluxe 7-DVD box set. Whether reliving the childhood memory or discovering this series for the first time, this is an essential home collection for every fan, collectors and entire family to complete their TRANSFORMERS home entertainment library. This complete series 7-DVD set is priced to own at $44.99 SRP.”

About Hasbro Studios:

Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro’s world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP, and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro’s brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. Joe 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro’s brands as well as production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.

About Shout! Factory:

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blue-Ray offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music, and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY nominated “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California.

Scene and Reviewed: Transformers Armada: The Complete Series

Transformers Armada

TRANSFORMERS ARMADA: THE COMPLETE SERIES! Relive the Adventures of this Classic Animated TV series in One Complete Set featuring all 52 Action-Packed Episodes! Bring home this Collectible 8-DVD Set on March 11, 2014 from Shout! Factory.

Once again, I have found myself watching hours of Transformers cartoons. It’s not a bad gig, really. And it was interesting to watch a series that was much older than the last one I reviewed, making them two entirely different beasts. Here is the lowdown on the new DVD set:

Brace yourself to relive some of the most astonishing TRANSFORMERS battles between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS through the complete series release of TRANSFORMERS ARMADA. This is the unforgettable chapter of TRANSFORMERS lore and the first part of the rare UNICRON Trilogy–consisting of ARMADA, ENERGON, AND CYBERTRON. Valor, deception and unexpected twists unfolded in these captivating adventures, leading to an unlikely alliance between natural enemies in the face of a genuine evil known as UNICRON. Our heroes, the AUTOBOTS and their nemesis, the DECEPTICONS are at it again in this complete series of the TRANSFORMERS ARMADA. This series opens to a war between the two factions of TRANSFORMERS on their home planet of Cybertron over MINI-CONS, a race of smaller, power-enhancing TRANSFORMERS. This struggle will bring AUTOBOTS, DECEPTICONS and MINI-CONS to earth, where they continue to battle, even after two humans get involved. Through the course of this series, the TRANSFORMERS face mysterious mercenaries, mighty MINI-CON weapons and even time travel as they fight for control or freedom.”

The collection is neatly packaged in a fat box with flip trays that house the 8 DVDs, making storage much easier than some box sets. Unfortunately, though, for a “collectible” set, there are no booklets or inserts included. The set is also lacking any bonus features of any kind. I find that unfortunate, as I think it would have been a nice touch to explore and expand upon this particular incarnation of the Transformers. The lack of new information–a missed opportunity to educate younger viewers–makes me feel that this set serves no purpose other than to satisfy pure nostalgic cravings for those who may have watched this series growing up.

As I’ve said, I was a child when the Generation-1 series began. I’m sure if I went back and watched those episodes now–or any of the myriad other 1980s cartoon series I was obsessed with–I would find them antiquated. Living in a world where whole generations of people have never seen animation that was not CGI in some form, it’s hard to go back and watch older cartoons. I know 2002-2004 doesn’t sound old (that’s when Transformers Armada originally aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami) but from a technological standpoint, that’s downright ancient! When I reviewed the Bumblebee episodes from the Transformers Prime series (air dates 2010-2013) I could actually see myself watching a show like that. Robots and CGI go hand in hand. Seeing them drawn in “old school” animation styles as compared to the nearly fully CGI series of late, makes the Transformers look….well…flat. I can’t imagine that a kid who has already been introduced to CGI Transformers is going to seek out these episodes. Unless, of course, that kid is a die hard fan and collector. However, the Armada series could be a great way to introduce the Transformers to younger children! Have them start on a series like this one and work their way forward to the more advanced in the series. And, of course, for those who watched Armada during its original run, this DVD collection will bring back a lot of memories–over 19 hours worth, to be exact!

During a number of the episodes, I thought my DVD program was experiencing a glitch. After a little research, I discovered the glitch wasn’t on my end, rather it was the series itself. Here’s a history lesson for you: Hasbro and Takara (their Japanese partner) intended to do a reboot of sorts for the Transformers in order to reintroduce the characters to a new audience. Due to some contractual issues and demands made by Cartoon Network, the American version of the Armada series was rushed through production. This caused a number of problems. Some of the scripts were incomplete and scenes had multiple types of animation, giving it a very schizophrenic feel. In some spots, the screen would go all black, but dialogue would continue. There were other dubbing issues, such as characters being called–repeatedly–by the wrong names and voices and animation sequences not lining up. Takara didn’t release their version in Japan until 6 months later, allowing them time to try and fix some of the errors. Personally, I only noticed a few dubbing issues and blackouts. There were a few spots that felt like “dead air” time where pauses between character’s actions were a tad longer than warranted. Given its infamous reputation, however, I think that anyone who knows the back story of the series will definitely want to own this collectible set, if for nothing more than kitsch value and comic relief. I will say, the animation does improve between disc 1 and disc 8, showing that they took a little more care as the series progressed. The animation becomes crisper with sharper colors and contrast, and the transitions become smoother, making viewing more enjoyable. Again, it’s interesting to watch if all you’ve seen is the newer CGI series. It’s a definite trip down memory lane that fans of the series will love!

“On March 11, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will unleash TRANSFORMERS ARMADA: THE COMPLETE SERIES on home entertainment shelves everywhere. For the first time ever, the entire series is collected on one deluxe 8-DVD set, featuring all 52 memorable episodes. Whether reliving the childhood memory or discovering this series for the first time, this is an essential home collection for every fan, collectors and entire family to complete their TRANSFORMERS home entertainment library. This complete series 8-DVD set is priced to own at $44.99 [suggested retail price]“

Pre-order is available now at Amazon.

About Hasbro Studios:

Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro’s world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP, and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro’s brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. Joe 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro’s brands as well as production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.

About Shout! Factory:

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blue-Ray offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music, and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY nominated “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California.

 

 

Scene and Reviewed: Slugterra: Heroes of the Underground

February 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Animation, Everything Else, Movies, Television, Top Stories

Slugterra: Heroes of the Underground All-New DVD Collection from the Slugterra Animated Series Coming March 4, 2014 from Shout! Factory Kids and Nerd Corps Entertainment!

Slugterra DVD

I had the opportunity this week to review a collection of Slugterra episodes. Having never heard of the show before, I thought it would be a good excuse to spend a morning watching cartoons. For the uninitiated, here is the official description that accompanied the DVD:

“Slugterra is an epic sci-fi comedy adventure set deep underground, where the ammo’s alive and only the quick survive! In this luminous, high-tech, underground world, every cavern holds a new adventure, a new battle and weird little slugs to be discovered.

In this collection, join our hero Eli Shane, his gang of slugslingers, and his best slug buddy Burpy on their numerous adventures Whether they are thwarting a mad scientist, facing an Ice Ogre or questing after fabled treasure, Eli and the rest of Shane Gang prove they are ready to slug it out!”

Well, that sounds exciting, if not a little familiar, right?

I decided to do a little research in order to really understand what I was about to watch. Slugterra is a Canadian/American animated series that premiered on Disney XD Canada in September 2012, and on Disney XD in October of the same year. They’ve aired three seasons so far, and a Canadian film is slated for Spring 2014. Heroes of the Underground is the 4th volume in the Slugterra DVD collection series. The series has spawned numerous online games and tons of merchandise, mostly targeted at what I would guess to be boys aged 6-11.

The story itself is pretty formulaic. Our hero is Eli Shane, who was sent to the underground world of Slugterra at the age of 15, for what purpose I still do not know. Once there, Eli meets the standard cast of characters: the plucky girl, the gentle giant, and the comic relief. Together, they make up the Shane Gang. The resident villain is Dr. Thaddeus Blakk. In Eli’s apparent quest to be the best slugslinger of them all, he will do battle with Dr. Blakk and his thugs, er, slugs, as well as duke it out with other slugslinging challengers.

The slugs in question are kind of cute, actually. There are nearly 50 types of named slugs throughout the series. Each one possesses a ‘special power’ such as Fire, Ice, Electricity, Water, Air, and so forth. Characters going into battle take their slug of choice, load it into what looks like a shotgun shell, and fire it from a larger blaster. Once they have been shot, the force of the blast causes the slug’s power to take control, transforming it into a powerful force to be reckoned with. If you have been treating your slugs nicely and taking good care of them (letting them sleep in a tube sock on your bed like Eli) then the discharged slug will return to you, or at least to your home. If Dr. Blakk gets a hold of slugs, he uses ‘dark water’ to transform the slugs into Ghouls, of which there are 20 different types.

And….that’s it. That’s the entire point of the show.

I wish I could say more, but with the absence of a true story arch or semblance of a plot, it was a struggle to hold my attention.  The CGI looked really good. The landscape and look of the underground world and all of its caverns was actually beautifully designed. The animation of the characters and slugs themselves reminded me of the style Disney employed for the movie and TV series Lilo & Stitch. The show was a little darker than I expected, with regards to the violence. It had moments where it wanted to be the sort of show an adult could enjoy watching, while trying to maintain the expectations of a Disney children’s series. And with the idea that characters must collect, train, and battle their slugs, it is hard not to make comparisons to the juggernaut that is Pokemon. Though, given the choice, I would take Slugterra over Pokemon in a heartbeat.

Ten minutes into the first episode and I was asking myself, “Wait. What am I watching?” But then again, what do I know? I am not a boy aged 6-11. Clearly, with everything that I have seen online, the series has a large and loyal fan base. Just because it didn’t click with me doesn’t mean it isn’t the bees knees for someone else. After all, it definitely had enough action sequences to keep a young child entertained. And the slugs, with their funny expressions and awkward teeth, are sure to be all the rage for little girls of the same demographic. If slugs were that cute in real life, I might collect a few myself! Be sure to check out the Bonus features which include a ‘Draw Your Own Slugs’ segment. The kiddos will have fun with that one.

Get ready to Slug it Out on March 4, 1014 when Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Nerd Corps Entertainment, releases Slugterra: Heroes of the Underground 5-episode DVD collection.

Episodes Include:

  • Snowdance
  • Inheritance
  • A Distant Shore
  • The Journey Home
  • Roboslugs

DVD Bonus Features Include:

  • Drawing Your Own Slugs!
  • Slugisodes

About Nerd Corps Entertainment Inc.

Nerd Corps Entertainment is a privately held IP creation, development, production, and distribution company based in Vancouver, Canada, with offices in Toronto, Canada. The company’s mandate is to produce stylistically innovative animated projects for television, online, and mobile based on a solid foundation of creative and exceptional storytelling. Working in a state-of-the-art studio with highly skilled artists and production staff, Nerd Corps’ expertise in creative development and execution covers all aspects of property generation and management, from development and production to distribution, marketing, interactive and licensing. The studio’s award-winning stable of productions includes original series Kate and Mim-Mim, Endangered Species, Slugterra, Storm Hawks, League of Super Evil and Rated A for Awesome, as well as Dragon Booster for Alliance Atlantis and Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5, Max Steel and Monster High for Mattel, Inc.

About Shout! Factory:

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blue-Ray offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music, and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY nominated “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California.

 

Korean Blockbuster WOOCHI The Demon Slayer Makes North American Debut

Press Release:

KOREAN FANTASY-ACTION BLOCKBUSTER HIT MAKES ITS DEBUT IN NORTH AMERICA!

WOOCHI The Demon Slayer

A Major Motion Picture from the celebrated action-director Choi Dong-Hoon (Tazza: The High Rollers)

 

Non-stop action and amazing stunts by renowned choreographer Doo-hong Jung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Good The Bad & The Weird)

 

OWN IT ON BLU-RAY and DVD

IN STORES EVERYWEHERE ON APRIL 9,  2013

FROM SHOUT! FACTORY 

WoochiDiscover the movie that delivered one of the biggest box-office openings in Korean Cinema history.  On April 9, 2013 prepare yourself for mind-blowing thrills and non-stop action as Shout! Factory, in collaboration with CJ Entertainment and United Pictures, introduces WOOCHI The Demon Slayer on Blu-ray and DVD. The Blu-ray and DVD editions offer English and Korean audio tracks, English subtitles and revealing bonus content.  This highly anticipated North American home entertainment release is priced to own at $26.97 SRP for Blu-ray; the DVD has a suggested retail price of $19.97.

Pre-order available now at Amazon.com

Blu-ray:

http://www.amazon.com/Woochi-Blu-ray-Dong-won-Kang/dp/B00AWHDEO0/ref=sr_1_3?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1358455453&sr=1-3&keywords=woochi

 

DVD:

http://www.amazon.com/Woochi-Yun-seok-Kim/dp/B00AWHDFOY/ref=sr_1_4?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1358455635&sr=1-4&keywords=woochi

 

This fantasy-action blockbuster based on a Korean folktale broke all box-office records in Korea in 2009.  Jeon Woo-chi, an undisciplined, womanizing wizard unjustly accused of the death of his master, is trapped inside an ancient scroll until he is set free in 2009 by the wizards that imprisoned him to help fight against evil goblins that have taken over present-day Korea.  The only problem is that Woo-chi is more interested in his new modern home – and the women of Korea –  than becoming a hero. Will he be the savior of mankind?

 

WOOCHI The Demon Slayer BLU-RAY and DVD Special Features:

  • “Making-of” Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Production Featurettes
  • The Magic Of CGI
  • And More…

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

 WOOCHI The Demon Slayer BLU-RAY

Street Date: April 9, 2013

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)

Audio: Korean: Korean: DTS-HD 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1. English: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English

2009/Color/115 minutes/NOT RATED (contains adult-themes, violence)

 

WOOCHI The Demon Slayer DVD

Street Date: April 9, 2013

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)

Audio: Korean: Dolby Digital 5.1; English: Dolby Digital Stereo

Subtitles: English

2009/Color/115 minutes/NOT RATED (contains adult-themes, violence)

 

WOOCHI The Demon Slayer  (2009) Film Production Details

CJ Entertainment, United Pictures,  Zip Cinema

Directed by Choi Dong-Hoon

Starring Gang Dong-Won, Kim Yoon-Suk, Lim Soo-Jung, Yoo Hae-Jin

Producer Lee Eugene

Executive Producers Katherin Kim and Lee Tae Hun

Music by Jang Young-Kyu

Editing by Shin Min-Kyung

Production Design by Cho Hwa-Sung

Cinematography by Choi Young-Hwan

Recording by Lee Ho-Won

Lighting by Kim Sung- Kwan

 

About CJ E&M

CJ E&M is one of Asia’s leading entertainment and media companies and a total content provider encompassing broadcast networks and original programs, film production and distribution, music performances and distribution, and interactive game publishing and portals. Since 1995, CJ E&M has been the cornerstone of the Korean entertainment industry and leading its growing influence around the globe. Through its array of theatrical films, network of premiere multiplex cinemas, wide selection of video and DVD titles, the company provides an outstanding entertainment experience and is becoming a world-class entertainment group. For more information about CJ E&M, visit en.cjenm.com

 About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com

Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast Unleash Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters on DVD on December 4, 2012

November 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Anime, Everything Else

Young aspiring Duel Masters, grab your gauntlet, choose your mighty creatures!

Prepare to experience the world of KAIJUDO!

KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS  – CREATURES UNLEASHED DVD

LEAPS ONTO HOME ENTERTAINMENT SHELVES EVERYWHERE

Produced by Hasbro Studios and Wizards of the Coast

Featuring an All-Star Voice Cast of Scott Wolf, Freddy Rodriguez, John DiMaggio, Oded Fehr, Phil LaMarr, David Sobolov, Kari Wahlgren and Jason Marsden

 DVD Set Includes an Exclusive Alternative Art “Kenina” Trading Card Inside!

 OWN THIS COLLECTIBLE DVD DECEMBER 4, 2012 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

 KaijudoThis holiday season, kids and families are invited on a wondrous journey into the imaginative world of KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS, a current animated hit series produced by Hasbro Studios and Wizards of the Coast. Featuring the voice talent of popular actors Scott Wolf, Freddy Rodriguez, John DiMaggio,Oded Fehr, Phil LaMarr, David Sobolov, Kari Wahlgren and Jason Marsden, this popular action-fantasy series offers an inspiring story about a young hero, Ray, who possesses the rare ability to befriend and duel alongside fantastical creatures from a parallel dimension. It’s up to Ray to master the ancient art of KAIJUDO in order to protect both worlds. Moreover, this adventure-filledseries highlights the tales of friendship, loyalty and determination, and further addresses the show’s central theme of anti-bullying.

On December 4, 2012, the whole family will be highly entertained by the exciting storytelling, incredible action and awesome creature combats when KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS – CREATURES UNLEASHED DVD hits store shelves in the U.S and Canada from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios and Wizards of the Coast. Featuring five adventurous episodes, an exclusive alternative art “Kenina” playable trading card, and special bonus feature A Look at KAIJUDO: Rise of the Duel Masters, this DVD is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $14.97.

 

KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS™ – CREATURES UNLEASHED DVD

Synopsis

Ray, a 14-year-old who lives with his mom and grandfather, has been recruited by the Duel Masters to study KAIJUDO – “The Way of the Creature.” They chose Ray for his natural talent as a creature tamer and duelist. Along with pals Allie and Gabe, Ray learns to work with the magical creatures… in their world.  Each duel he fights yields new experience and allies in both worlds.  The Veil, which has divided the two worlds for a thousand years, is crumbling. Hope lies with those who can masters the art of KAIJUDO.

EPISODES:

The Natural, Part 1

The Natural, Part 2

The Natural, Part 3

Om Nom Nom

The Hunted

 

Total Program Running Time: +/- 110 minutes
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KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS is the newest franchise from Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro. Featuring  two online games – Battle Game and Kaijudo Online™ – hosted on Kaijudo.com, a trading card game (TCG), the television series KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS airing on The Hub TV Network in the U.S and on Teletoon in Canada, and a new home entertainment DVD product line distributed by Shout! Factory. KAIJUDO:RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS provides multi-platform entertainment that the whole family will enjoy.

 

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative, well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. TheCompany’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. Programming in the U.S. is distributed on The Hub TV Network, a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the Company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.”  Learn more at www.hasbro.com. © 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras.  Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations.  In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creativeacquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention.  Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com

About Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading card games (TCGs) and their method of play and produces the premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering. Wizards is also a leading publisher of roleplaying games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, and publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com.

Kaijudo, Duel Masters, and all related logos and character names and their distinctive likenesses TM 2012 Wizards of the Coast/Shogakukan/Mitsui-Kids.

Shout! Factory Heads to NYCC 2012 with the Crew from Mystery Science Theater 3000

 Mystery Science Theater 3000

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SHOUT! FACTORY HEADS TO THE BIG APPLE WITH LEADING POP CULTURE BRANDS AND EXCITING NEW HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTS AT NEW YORK COMIC CON 2012

 featuring special appearance by the legendary joel hodgson and the world famous crow t. robot and tom servo from mystery science theater 3000

 Shout! Factory makes its foray at New York Comic Con 2012 with a stellar lineup, featuring a showcase of highly anticipated home entertainment products, exclusives, special signing, collectible giveaways and interactive fan activities at Shout! Factory booth(# 843) throughout the entire convention at the Javitz Center. Fan favorite icons Joel Hodgson (MST3K and Cinematic Titanic), Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo from Mystery Science Theater 3000 will celebrate the excitement of this incredible pop culture gathering with Shout! Factory on SaturdayOctober 13, 2012 at 3 PM. Loyal fans and convention attendees will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with Joel and the hilarious robot pals from MST3K’s Satellite of Love!

 For the first time at New York Comic Con, Shout! Factory will have a must-see and can’t miss booth. Poised to whet the appetite of convention attendees and pop culture enthusiasts of all ages, the Shout! Factory booth will showcase the latest offerings from fan driven product lines, along with a host of fan interactive activities, special VIP guest appearances, daily prize sweepstakes and much more! Shout!’s resident geek guru and producer Brian Ward will be on-hand for a meet and greet.  The Shout! Factory Store, located in Shout!’s booth #843, will feature an exciting array of collectibles and upcoming home entertainment offerings, including Scream Factory Presents They Live Collector’s Edition, Marvel Knights Animation: The Astonishing X-MEN Blu-ray CollectionMy Little Pony – Friendship Is MagicRoyal Pony WeddingMighty Morphin Power RangersThe Complete SeriesMystery Science Theater 3000 releases and more!

For continuing updates on Shout! Factory’s New York Comic Con activities and news, please follow us on Twitter @ShoutFactory, hashtag #ShoutFactoryNYCC and our official Facebook page.

SPECIAL SIGNING AND APPEARANCE

Preliminary schedule.* Additional VIP appearances will be announced as we get closer to NYCC.

 

Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12, 2012

Come by Shout! Factory booth (#843) for meet & greet with Shout!’s producerBrian Ward on Thursday at 2PM and Friday at 10 AM

 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

3 PM   MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 signing and meet & greet at Shout! Factory booth (#843) with Joel Hodgson

 

COLLECTIBLES & EXCLUSIVES AT SHOUT! FACTORY BOOTH

COLLECTIBLES

Come by get your very own highly popular My Little Pony – Friendship is MagicRoyal Pony Wedding tiaraMy Little Pony – Friendship is MagicRoyal Pony Wedding is available on DVD now from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.

 

KAIJUDO: Rise of the Duel Masters ™ creature masks and posters!

KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS – CREATURES UNLEASHED DVD hits home entertainment shelves everywhere on December 4, 2012 from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios and Wizards of the Coast.

 

EXCLUSIVES

Lithograph of John Cassaday’s original pen and ink sketch from his cover art illustration for the ASTONISHING X-MEN Blu-ray Collection is a gift-with-purchase. This highly anticipated home entertainment collection debuts in stores nationwide November 13, 2012 from Shout! Factory, in association with Marvel Knights Animation.

Shout! Factory is also offering a limited edition NYCC exclusive poster featuring MST3K’s “Manos” The Hands of Fate as a gift purchase of any MST3K product at our booth

 

 

SHOUT! FACTORY HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCT LINE HIGHLIGHTS & SHOWCASE AT NEW YORK COMIC CON 2012

 

THE ASTONISHING X-MEN BLU-RAY COLLECTION

Marvel Knights Animation The ASTONISHING X-MEN 2-Disc Blu-ray Collection is the perfect gift for the ultimate Marvel fan. The 2-Disc Blu-ray collection boasts all fourASTONISHING X-MEN adventures from Joss Whedon, the mastermind behind the massive hit film Marvel’s The Avengers, and award-winning artist John Cassaday. As one of the most important X-MEN stories of all-time, it features over 5 hours of engaging animation combined with non-stop action, as well as all-new cover art illustration by Cassaday. TheASTONISHING X-MEN 2-Disc Blu-ray Collection collects ASTONISHING X-MEN: GIFTEDASTONISHING X-MEN: DANGEROUSASTONISHING X-MEN: TORN,ASTONISHING X-MEN: UNSTOPPABLE, special bonus content and original cover art illustration by John Cassaday.  (Available to own at NYCC)

 

KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS – CREATURES UNLEASHED

This holiday season, kids and families are invited on a wondrous journey into the imaginative world of KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS, a current animated hit series produced by Hasbro Studios and Wizards of the Coast. Featuring the voice talent of popular actors Scott Wolf, Freddy Rodriguez, John DiMaggio, Oded Fehr, Phil LaMarr, David Sobolov, Kari Wahlgren and Jason Marsden, this popular action-fantasy series offers an inspiring story about a young hero, Ray, who possesses the rare ability to befriend and duel alongside fantastical creatures from a parallel dimension. It’s up to Ray to master the ancient art of KAIJUDO in order to protect both worlds. Moreover, this adventure-filled series highlights the tales of friendship, loyalty and determination, and further addresses the show’s central theme of anti-bullying. The DVD features five adventurous episodes, an exclusive alternative art “Kenina” playable trading card, and special bonus feature A Look at KAIJUDO: Rise of the Duel Masters.

 

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE COMPLETE SERIES

Following its debut in 1993, Saban’s iconic live-action pop culture series Power Rangersquickly became the most watched children’s television program in North America. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, this long-running series has been seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and remains a mainstay in children’s programming blocks.

Now you can return to where the phenomenon began and re-live these thrill-packed adventures when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, unleashes Mighty Morphin Power Rangers : The Complete Series 19-DVD box set on November 20, 2012. Featuring all 145 original episodes from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Seasons One, Two and Three, plus the ten-episode series Mighty Morphin Power RangersAlien Rangersand a payload of in-depth bonus content, this 19-DVD box set has long been anticipated by fans but has not been available in stores until now. (Available to own at NYCC)

 

MY LITTLE PONY – FRIENDSHIP IS MAGICROYAL PONY WEDDING

Love is in the air… it’s time to celebrate a royal wedding! My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding is coming to DVD on August 7, 2012 from Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding features 5 episodes that every pony will love, including “A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1,” “A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2,” “Hearts And Hooves Day,” “Sweet & Elite” and “The Best Night Ever.” Coloring sheets and 2 sing-a-longs are included as bonus features! (Available to own at NYCC)

 

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 Home Entertainment Series

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 series was created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. After a year on KTMA TV in Minneapolis, its national broadcast life began in 1989 on the Comedy Channel (later to become Comedy Central), where it ran for seven seasons. The show’s final three seasons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel.  The premise of the series features a hapless man who is trapped by mad scientists on a satellite in space and forced to watch old B-movies of questionable worth. To keep sane, he’s built two robot sidekicks, and together they do a running commentary on the films, affectionately mocking their flaws with inspired wisecracks and acting as a demented movie theater peanut gallery. Series creator Hodgson originally played the stranded man, Joel Robinson.  When he left in 1993, series head writer Mike Nelson replaced him as the new B-movie victim Mike Nelson, and continued in the role for the rest of the show’s run.  The format proved to be popular. During its eleven years and 198 episodes (including one feature film), MST3K attained a loyal fan base and critical acclaim. The series won a Peabody Award in 1993, and was nominated for writing Emmys® in 1994 and 1995. (Select home entertainment releases available to own at NYCC)

 

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 Volume XXV

Join the crew of the Satellite of Love as they spread holiday cheer with the newest release in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 line: Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXV.  Available on DVD December 4th from Shout! Factory, this 4-DVD set is a must-have for fans of cult television shows and B-movies alike and features four episodes previously unreleased on DVD: Robot Holocaust, Operation Kid Brother, Kitten With A Whip and Revenge Of The Creature. Also included are all new bonus features, including introductions by Mike Nelson and Joel Hodgson, Life After MST3K: J. Elvis Weinstein, Jack Arnold at Universal, Life After MST3K: Bill Corbett and four exclusive Mini-Posters by artist Steve Vance.

 

SCREAM FACTORY HOME ENTERTAINMENT SERIES

Further underscoring its position as a leading curator and home entertainment provider of many memorable cult movie classics, Shout! Factory recently announced the launch of SCREAM FACTORY, a new home entertainment series created to celebrate some of the most enthralling horror and sci-fi films with massive cult followings in cinematic history.

Launched in September 2012, SCREAM FACTORY boasts a scary slate of fan-favorite thrillers from the 1980s, many of which have never been available on Blu-ray™ before. Titles include HALLOWEEN II and TERROR TRAIN, (both starring “Scream Queen” Jamie Lee Curtis); the 30th Anniversary release of HALLOWEEN IIISEASON OF THE WITCH;THEY LIVE from director John Carpenter (The Thing); Peter Benchley’s THE ISLANDstarring Michael Caine, THE FUNHOUSE from director Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist); the nightmarish PHANTASM II; and the much-anticipated DVD debuts of DEADLY BLESSING, directed by Wes Craven (Scream) and featuring Sharon Stone in an early role, and DEATH VALLEY starring Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story). Each title are presented in anamorphic widescreen, and most will be released in a “Collector’s Edition” packed with new bonus content, archival materials, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and more! (THEY LIVE Collector’s Edition – available to own at NYCC)

 

TRANSFORMERS PRIME: SEASON TWO

Fans of all ages can relive the thrilling adventures of TRANSFORMERS PRIME when the complete SEASON TWO debuts on home entertainment shelves nationwide in the U.S on DVD November 20, 2012 and on Blu-ray November 27, 2012 from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. TRANSFORMERS PRIMESEASON TWO contains all 26 captivating episodes in perfect high-definition picture and purest digital sound available. Special bonus content highlights include OPTIMUS PRIME: Up Close and Personal Panel with Larry King and Peter Cullen from San Diego Comic-Con International 2012 and brand-new interviews with the series creative team! This is an essential home entertainment collection for every TRANSFORMERS fan, collectors and entire family.

Shout! Factory Powers into SDCC 2012 with the Tranformers Prime Voice Cast, a Power Rangers Anniversary Panel, and More

Transformers Prime Arcee

SHOUT! FACTORY POWERS INTO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2012 WITH HIGHLY ANTICIPATED HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCT LINES, ICONIC POP CULTURE BRANDS AND A SPECIAL PANEL EVENT CELEBRATING THE SERIES THAT STARTED A GLOBAL POP CULTURE PHENOMENON, POWER RANGERS

Putting the Pop in Your Culture One Disc at a Time at Shout! Factory’s Booth # 3849

Shout! Factory makes its mark at San Diego Comic-Con International 2012 with a dynamic line-up, featuring an exclusive panel event, a showcase of upcoming home entertainment juggernauts, Comic-Con exclusive items, daily prize sweepstakes, collectible giveaways, surprise star appearances, and interactive fan activities at the Shout! Factory booth (#3849 on the main convention floor). Fan favorite stars scheduled to attend at this time include: Tom Kenny (Marvel’s The Super Hero Squad Show, Rocko’s Modern Life, SpongeBob SquarePants), Sumalee Montano (TRANSFORMERS PRIME, ER), Josh Keaton (TRANSFORMERS PRIME, Green Lantern: The Animated Series), Tania Gunadi (TRANSFORMERS PRIME, Aaron Stone), Paul Schrier (Power Rangers), among other notables.

For 19 years, the highly entertaining saga and fan-favorite characters from Power Rangers have captivated children and adults alike and are beloved by legions of fans worldwide. Loyal fans and Comic-Con attendees will not want to miss this year’s highly sought-after panel event POWER RANGERS: 20 Years and Beyond on Thursday, July 12 at 2 PM (Hilton San Diego Bayfront – Indigo Room). As a special treat for fans of all ages, Saban Brands and Shout! Factory will officially kick off the 20th Anniversary celebration of Power Rangers with this highly anticipated panel discussion featuring members of the creative team, on-screen talent and other notables from the two-decade history of the series. The panel will dive into the evolution of the Power Rangers franchise over the years, including the long-awaited debut of the series on DVD and the show’s resurgence on Nickelodeon with Power Rangers Super Samurai and much, much more! Moderated by Brian Ward (Shout! Factory DVD producer), panelists include Elie Dekel (President of Saban Brands), actor Paul Schrier (who played “Bulk” in the original series and in the current production), writer and supervising producer Tony Oliver (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), as well as other key talent and members of the creative team.

 

Putting the Pop in Your Culture at Shout! Factory Booth #3849

It wouldn’t be Comic-Con without a visit to the Shout! Factory booth. Poised to whet the appetites of Comic-Con attendees and pop culture enthusiasts, the Shout! Factory booth will showcase a variety of upcoming and current home entertainment product lines. Stars and surprised special VIP guests will be on-hand at the booth for autograph signings, daily prize sweepstakes, fan interactive activities and more!  The Shout! Factory Store, located in Shout’s booth #3849, is back at Comic-Con this year with a sumptuous selection of exclusives and upcoming home entertainment offerings, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Complete Series, TRANSFORMERS PRIME – One Shall Stand, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding, Marvel Knights Animation Astonishing X-MEN: Torn, The Sarah Silverman Program: The Complete Series, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXIV and much more!

For continuing updates on Shout! Factory’s Comic-Con activities and news, please follow us on Twitter @ShoutFactory, hashtag #ShoutFactorySDCC and the studio’s official Facebook page.

 

SPECIAL SIGNING SCHEDULE & APPEARANCES AT SHOUT! FACTORY BOOTH (#3849)

Preliminary schedule. * Additional VIP appearances will be announced next few weeks.

 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM  TRANSFORMERS PRIME voice cast signing

Sumalee Montano -TRANSFORMERS PRIME – ARCEE

Josh KeatonTRANSFORMERS PRIME – Jack

Tania GunadiTRANSFORMERS PRIME – Miko

 

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM   Tom Kenny

Meet renowned actor Tom Kenny for special signings of Marvel Animation’s The Super Hero Squad Show, and Rocko’s Modern Life DVDs.

 

SHOUT! FACTORY’S COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVES!

 

  • Come by to get your very own My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding tiara with a text-in code to get a personalized greeting from the bride & groom! My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding debuts on DVD on August 7, 2012 from Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.

 

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series DVD Box Set

Get this 19-DVD box set Comic-Con Exclusive version only at the Shout! Factory booth! Featuring all 145 original episodes from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Seasons One, Two and Three, plus the ten-episode series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alien Rangers. In-depth bonus content includes retrospective featurettes, brand-new interviews with members of the cast and the creative team and much more!

 

SHOUT! FACTORY HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCT LINE HIGHLIGHTS AT 2012 COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL

 

POWER RANGERS

Following its debut in 1993, Saban’s iconic live-action pop culture series Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in North America. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, this long-running series has been seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and remains a mainstay in children’s programming blocks.

Now you can return to where the phenomenon began and re-live these thrill-packed adventures when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, unleashes a cornucopia of home entertainment offerings, many of which have never been released on DVD, starting with the original series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Through unprecedented access to Saban Brands’ vast archive of content, many of these DVD collections produced by Shout! Factory boast extensive bonus materials and collectible packaging, making them must-haves for loyal fans and collectors.

 

MY LITTLE PONY – FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: ROYAL PONY WEDDING

Love is in the air… it’s time to celebrate a royal wedding! My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding is coming to DVD on August 7, 2012 from Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding features 5 episodes that every pony will love, including “A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1,” “A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2,” “Hearts And Hooves Day,” “Sweet & Elite” and “The Best Night Ever.” Coloring sheets and 2 sing-a-longs are included as bonus features!

 

TRANSFORMERS PRIMEONE SHALL STAND

This summer, get ready for a special presentation of TRANSFORMERS PRIME for home entertainment. On July 31, 2012, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will debut the TRANSFORMERS PRIME – ONE SHALL STAND DVD, featuring the compelling story behind the most iconic AUTOBOT ever, OPTIMUS PRIME, and an epic tale of deception, sacrifice, loyalty and triumph. Produced by Hasbro Studios, ONE SHALL STAND highlights the story that spanned the first two seasons of the acclaimed CGI animated series TRANSFORMERS PRIME, which currently airs on The Hub television network in the U.S and Teletoons in Canada. This action-packed story arc is edited together in a seamless, riveting special presentation for this home entertainment release. Packed with exciting bonus content, the TRANSFORMERS PRIME – ONE SHALL STAND DVD delivers spectacular CGI animation and captivating family entertainment for all ages. TRANSFORMERS PRIME boasts an all-star voice cast, including Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Steve Blum, Jeffrey Combs, Ernie Hudson, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, John Noble, among other notables. TRANSFORMERS PRIME is produced by Hasbro Studios, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Kline serving as executive producers.

 

MARVEL KNIGHTS ANIMATION ASTONISHING X-MEN: TORN

The chart-topping super-team of Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers) and John Cassaday (Captain America, Planetary) return for more action on home entertainment shelves this summer in Astonishing   X-Men: Torn! Comic book pages from the third story arc of this acclaimed series by one of Marvel’s greatest collaborations between Whedon and Cassaday come alive when Shout! Factory, in association with Marvel Knights Animation, unleash the highly anticipated ASTONISHING X-MEN: TORN on DVD August 14, 2012. This DVD invites viewers to delve deep inside the imaginative world of the Marvel Universe. A must-have for collectors and loyal fans, this deluxe DVD is featured with a graphic rich cover and a unique replica of comic book-style packaging that bridges the comic book-to-DVD concept. Written by Joss Whedon with art by John Cassaday, Marvel Knights Animation’s ASTONISHING X-MEN: TORN is produced by Atomic Cartoons.

 

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS: SEASON THREE

On July 10, 2012, the beloved classic animated series JEM and The Holograms returns for its third and final season when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, present JEM and The Holograms: Season Three in a collectible 2-DVD set. Featuring all 13 original episodes from the complete third season, along with a special bonus feature Video Jukebox, the JEM and The Holograms: Season Three DVD set will be available in stores nationwide and is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $19.93. Who will win Jem’s affections? Will The Stingers buzz their way to the top of the music charts, or will The Misfits’ mischief and mayhem thwart their rise to superstardom? Find out now with this collection of the final episodes of the iconic JEM and The Holograms!

 

The series JEM and The Holograms ran from 1985-’88 in first-run syndication and still boasts a loyal and vocal fan base. It is frequently credited with influencing fashion in the late 1980s and beyond, and launching the careers of female pop-rock stars and music groups.  The series follows Jerrica Benton, whose discovery of Synergy, a powerful computer companion, allows her to change from owner of Starlight Music into rock star Jem.  Teaming with her sister and best friends who form The Holograms, Jem sets out to make their musical dreams come true, even as she battles against the ruthless Eric Raymond and his musical protégés.

 

THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM: THE COMPELETE SERIES

The Sarah Silverman Program: The Complete Series set contains all 32 episodes from the show’s three seasons, as well as several new bonus features, including a conversation with the writers and producers, digital and animated shorts, behind-the-scenes videos, audio commentaries with cast and crew, the cast and creators at 2007’s Comic-Con, the original pilot, audition videos, and more! Originally broadcast on Comedy Central from 2007-2010, The Sarah Silverman Program stars Sarah Silverman, Laura Silverman (Bob’s Burgers), Brian Posehn (The Five Year Engagement), Steve Agee (2 Broke Girls, Happy Endings) and Jay Johnston (Bob’s Burgers).

 

TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION

Fans and collectors can bring home TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION DVD box set from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro. This is the rare Japanese trilogy that followed the popular “Generation 1” animated series. Available for the first time in North America, this 13-DVD box set is fully loaded with over 42 hours of entertainment, including all episodes that originally aired from the three Japanese series — Headmasters, Super-God Masterforce and Victory — each with their original Japanese audio tracks, English subtitles, and an art gallery.

 

G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HEROThe Complete First Series (Generation 1)

Relive the original animated adventures of DUKE, SCARLETT, SNAKE EYES, FLINT, LADY JAYE and the rest of the team with G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – The Complete First Series DVD box set from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro. Fans can bring home this complete series of the original animated television show. This 16-disc box set of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero contains all 95 episodes of the original series.

 

STEVE NILES’ REMAINS

Reno may be the “Biggest Little City in the World,” but when a “Peace Bomb” nuclear test goes awry in the Nevada desert and turns most of the population into bloodthirsty zombies, the gambling Mecca becomes the biggest zombieland of all time in the highly popular apocalyptic thriller Steve Niles’ REMAINS. On August 7, 2012, Shout! Factory will unleash the UNCUT edition Blu-ray and DVD of Steve Niles’ REMAINS, jam-packed with special bonus content that includes audio commentary, the short film prequel Remains: Road to Reno, bloopers, trailers, Comic-Con teaser, and more! Based on the highly acclaimed IDW Publishing graphic novel written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Steve Niles’ REMAINS is set in a chilling post-apocalyptic Reno, Nevada, and follows the survivors of a bizarre accident that reduced most of the city’s population to zombies. The group takes refuge in a vacant casino and fights a losing battle against the undead, who grow steadily stronger, smarter and more aggressive by the minute. The movie stars Grant Bowler (Killer Elite, True Blood), Lance Reddick (Fringe, Lost, The Wire), Miko Hughes (Pet Sematary), Evalena Marie (Are We There Yet?), Tawny Cypress (Rescue Me, Heroes) and Anthony Marks.

 

SECTOR 7

This summer, brace yourself for non-stop action, suspense and edge-of-your-seat thrills as something unknown strikes terror into our hearts from 8,000 feet under the deep sea. Shout! Factory just unleashed Korea’s first 3D sci-fi thriller SECTOR 7 on Blu-ray 3D™ and DVD, as well as on digital entertainment platforms. SECTOR 7 Blu-ray 3D includes the movie in high-definition 3D and on high-definition 2D. Both Blu-ray 3D and DVD editions boast English and Korean audio tracks, English subtitles and insightful bonus content. Starring popular international female action star Ha Ji-Won and directed by Kim Ji-Hoon, SECTOR 7 delivers blockbuster home entertainment, boasting fierce action, daring stunts and spectacular CG and 3D technology.

 

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXIV

Put on your spacesuits and get ready for a summer vacation on the Satellite of Love! Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIV debuts on home entertainment shelves July 31. A must-have for fans of cult television shows and B-movies alike, this 4-DVD set features four episodes previously unreleased on DVD: Fugitive Alien, Star Force: Fugitive Alien II, The Sword And The Dragon  and Samson Vs. The Vampire Women.  All new bonus features include: special introductions by Japanese cinema historian August Ragone, You Asked For It: Sandy Frank Speaks!, MST Hour Wraps, Life After MST3K: Frank ConniffMST3K Shorts: Snow Thrills & A Date With Your Family, Lucha Gringo: K. Gordon Murray Meets Santo, and four exclusive Mini-Posters by artist Steve Vance.

 

SCREAM FACTORY HOME ENTERTAINMENT SERIES

Further underscoring its position as a leading curator and home entertainment provider of many memorable cult movie classics, Shout! Factory recently announced the launch of SCREAM FACTORY, a new home entertainment series created to celebrate some of the most enthralling horror and sci-fi films with massive cult followings in cinematic history.

Debuting this September, SCREAM FACTORY boasts a scary slate of fan-favorite thrillers from the 1980s, many of which have never been available on Blu-ray™ before. Titles include Halloween II and TERROR TRAIN, (both starring “Scream Queen” Jamie Lee Curtis); the 30th Anniversary release of Halloween III: Season of the Witch; They Live from director John Carpenter (The Thing); Peter Benchley’s THE ISLAND starring Michael Caine, The Funhouse from director Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist); the nightmarish Phantasm II; and the much-anticipated DVD debuts of DEADLY BLESSING, directed by Wes Craven (Scream) and featuring Sharon Stone in an early role, and DEATH VALLEY starring Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story). Each title will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, and most will be released in a “Collector’s Edition” packed with new bonus content, archival materials, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and more!

Shout! Factory Charges into SDCC 2010 with Roger Corman

Press Release:

SHOUT! FACTORY CHARGES INTO COMIC-CON 2010 WITH LEGENDARY FILMMAKERS, LEADING POP CULTURE BRANDS AND EXCITING NEW HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTS

ROGER CORMAN TAKES CENTER STAGE
ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS LEAD STAR-STUDDED LINEUP

Shout! Factory returns to Comic-Con International San Diego 2010 with a stellar lineup featuring upcoming and current home entertainment juggernauts that will be showcased in a special panel discussion, media appearances, special signings, interactive fan activities and Comic-Con exclusives at the Shout! Factory booth (#3749, main show floor) throughout the convention. Fan favorite filmmakers, creators and select stars from Shout! Factory’s branded properties scheduled to attend include: Roger Corman, Julie Corman, Joe Dante (Piranha, Trailers from Hell, Gremlins), Allan Holzman (Galaxy of Terror, Forbidden World), Sid Haig (Galaxy of Terror, The Devil’s Rejects), Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000, Rock’n’Roll High School), Stephen Collins (Tales of the Gold Monkey, Star Trek: The Motion Picture), Gregg Berger (voice of “Spirit” in the G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero and “Grimlock” in THE TRANSFORMERS original animated series), Larry Blamire (The Lost Skeleton Returns Again), among other notables.

Action, sci-fi and horror fantasy in full-throttle! If your idea of fun is watching outrageous cult films, loyal fans of Roger Corman and Comic-Con will not want to miss the highly anticipated Comic-Con panel Shout! Factory Presents Roger Corman: B-Movie King on Friday, July 23 at 5:30 PM (Room 25ABC). Recipient of an honorary Academy Award for his contribution to the cinematic arts and film industry, world renowned filmmaker/producer Roger Corman headlines this panel – joined by award-winning veteran producer Julie Corman, filmmakers Joe Dante and Allan Holzman, and actors Sig Haig and Mary Woronov – to share insights on Corman’s incredible filmmaking career. Notable Corman alumni in attendance to reflect on their involvement throughout during his New World Pictures-era during the 70′s and 80s, at a time when grindhouse theaters and drive-ins were the place to see over-the-top action, violence and suspense thrillers. Attendees will have the opportunity to sneak peek at upcoming lineup from Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series and to participate in the Q&A with panelists during this session. The panel is moderated by documentary filmmaker Alex Stapleton, director of the upcoming film King of the B’s: The Independent Life of Roger Corman.

Shout! Factory will once again have a must-see and can’t-miss booth, stylized with a dramatic backdrop, on the main convention floor. Poised to whet the appetites of Comic-Con attendees and pop culture enthusiasts of all ages, the Shout! Factory booth will showcase the latest offerings from fan-driven product lines, along with a host of exclusive VIP guest appearances, signing events, fan interactive activities, giveaways and more!

SHOUT! FACTORY BOOTH (#3749) HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

* BE M-m-m-MAX HEADROOM! SHOUT! FACTORY MAX PHOTO BOOTH – Join the fun and come celebrate the upcoming home entertainment debut of Max Headroom: The Complete Series. A limited number of attendees will get their very own Max Headroom sunglasses to become Max Headroom and savor the moment with a photograph of their own! Photo booth open: Preview night and Thursday through Sunday.

* SPECIAL SIGNINGS & VIP GUEST APPEARANCES
o Thursday, July 22
+ THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS and DARK AND STORMY NIGHT (2:00 PM) – Cult filmmaker Larry Blamire of Dark and Stormy Night and The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, will be signing along with members of the cast Andrew Parks, Susan McConnell and Trish Geiger.
o Friday, July 23
+ ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS (11:00 AM) – Meet legendary filmmakers Roger Corman, Julie Corman and Joe Dante (Piranha [1979], Gremlins, Trailers from Hell) for signings of the latest releases from Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series: Piranha, Death Race 2000, DeathSport/ BattleTruck, Forbidden World, Galaxy of Terror, Humanoids from the Deep and Rock’n’Roll High School.
+ STEPHEN COLLINS and TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY (3:00 PM) – Special appearance and signing event with acclaimed actor Stephen Collins to celebrate the 80s action adventure TV favorite Tales of the Gold Monkey: The Complete Series home entertainment release.
o Saturday, July 24
+ G.I. JOE – THE MOVIE (3:00 PM) – Special appearance and signing event with Gregg Berger, the voiceover star of “Spirit” in G.I. JOE, “Grimlock” in THE TRANSFORMERS animated series and numerous fan favorite video games. A must for fans of G.I. JOE and THE TRANSFORMERS.

* PRODUCT LINE HIGHLIGHTS FROM SHOUT! FACTORY’S COMIC-CON SHOWCASE

o ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS Home Entertainment Series
The saga of independent filmmaker/producer Roger Corman ranks as one of the most amazing motion picture success stories. Having produced more than 350 films and directed 50 others, his influence on American film goes far beyond his own energetic, creative low-budget movies. He is arguably one of Hollywood’s most gifted and masterful filmmakers. Early this year, Shout! Factory has secured the exclusive North American home entertainment rights to over 50 highly sought-after Roger Corman film properties. Since May 2010, Shout! Factory continues to present Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment releases on a monthly basis. This summer, fans will see the long-awaited releases of Death Race 2000 Blu-ray and DVD (June 22), Forbidden World 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD (July 20), Galaxy of Terror Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD (July 20), DeathSport/ BattleTruck Double-Feature Collector’s Edition DVD (August 3), Humanoids from the Deep Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD, and the must-have Piranha Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD (Aug 3).

Piranha Special Edition offers 2 highly collectible covers: the Blu-ray and DVD both feature the iconic vintage cover art from the film’s original 1978 movie poster and the spectacular art from the original international poster for the reverse cover; and the Special Edition DVD is further sparkled with a visually stunning 3-D lenticular exterior packaging.

These special edition releases from Roger Corman’s Cult Classics are sure to cause a feeding frenzy among thrill seekers and loyal fans. Comic-Con attendees will have the opportunity to own a piece of the action and sneak peek at upcoming releases.

o MAX HEADROOM: THE COMPLETE SERIES
For a long time, fans have been anticipating the home entertainment debut of the show critics called the first cyperpunk series. On August 10, 2010, Shout! Factory will unleash Max Headroom: The Complete Series in a collectible 5-DVD box set featuring all 14 episodes and exclusive bonus features that reveal the genesis, life and afterlife of the series with all-new interviews featuring the cast and creative team! A must-have for collectors and loyal fans, this deluxe DVD box set is further enhanced by a visually stunning limited-edition 3-D lenticular exterior packaging.

o G.I. JOE- THE MOVIE SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION
The original animated G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – THE MOVIE that has been long out of print will finally debut July 27, 2010 for the first time in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack and separate DVD as a Special Collectors Edition from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. Featuring the voice talent of Don Johnson, Burgess Meredith, SGT. SLAUGHTER and fan favorites Bill Ratner, Michael Bell and Chris Latta, G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – THE MOVIE Special Collectors Edition contains exciting bonus content including fan-favorite PSAs, printable screenplay with the original movie ending, and audio commentary. The Blu-ray + DVD combo pack edition also offers viewers an exclusive option of viewing the animated movie presentation in widescreen. G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – THE MOVIE Special Collectors Edition is the final installment to complete last year’s G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – The Complete Series DVD box set. this special collectors edition fills the final placeholder inside the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – The Complete Series Deluxe Footlocker case!

o MARVEL THE SUPER HERO SQUAD SHOW: QUEST FOR THE INFINITY SWORD!
When the greatest heroes on the planet unite to face the world’s most dastardly villains, you get the biggest, most family-friendly Super Hero alliance in TV History…The Super Hero Squad! On July 13, 2010, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Marvel Animation, will release The Super Hero Squad Show: Quest For The Infinity Sword! Volume 1 DVD, featuring the first seven episodes from the first season of this popular action-packed animated series and special bonus features including a new interview with Stan Lee, music video and trailers. HERO UP!

o MARVEL KNIGHTS ANIMATION SERIES DVD PRODUCT LINE
Earlier this year, Shout! Factory and Marvel Animation have expanded their strategic content partnership to bring Marvel’s innovative and media-rich Marvel Knights Animation series to the U.S. home entertainment marketplace.

Direct from the pages of the critically acclaimed comic books, Marvel Knights Animation remains true to the legendary Marvel experience of sophisticated storytelling and dynamic artwork. Behind every image and every word lies the genius of Marvel’s celebrated creators like Joss Whedon, Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita, Jr., Warren Ellis, John Cassaday and Adi Granov. Boasting groundbreaking graphics, sensational soundscapes and, of course, the explosiveness of the Marvel Universe, Marvel Knights Animation merges iconic Marvel comic book graphics and dynamic animation, utilizing some of the latest technology to provide incredible, cutting-edge, in-your-face storytelling. A wonderful hybrid that incorporates all of Marvel’s greatest talents, viewers can experience their favorite comics, as the spectacular visions of these authors and artists come alive in Marvel Knights Animation. Comic-Con fans will have the opportunity to sneak peek and learn more about the upcoming DVD release of Marvel Knights: Astonishing X-Men – Gifted (Sept 28) and Marvel Knights: Invincible Iron Man – Extremis (November 2010).

o GAMERA HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCT LINE
Heart-pounding action and jaw-dropping fun! Shout! Factory, in association with Kadokawa Pictures, continues to present Gamera Special Edition home entertainment releases in North America. Hot off the heel from the excitement of fan favorite Gamera, The Giant Monster – Special Edition DVD, Shout! Factory will unleash the second film in the original series, Gamera Vs. Barugon – Special Edition on July 6, 2010. The DVD contains a collectible reversible cover, a special booklet featuring an essay by actor Kojiro Hongo, audio commentary with August Ragone and Jason Varney, publicity galleries and widescreen presentation of the original movie from an all-new HD master and more! Comic-Con attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about upcoming Gamera product line highlights include Gamera Vs. Gyaos, Gamera Vs. Viras, Gamera Vs. Guiron, Gamera Vs. Jiger, among others.

o LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN and DARK AND STORMY NIGHT
A double-dose of hilarious B-Movie lampoons! In the grand tradition of Mel Brooks and Preston Sturges, Larry Blamire brings his zany ensemble of actors back in two hysterically funny and instant cult-classics, when the highly-anticipated sequel The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Blamire’s latest send-up Dark and Stormy Night hit the home entertainment shelves August 17 from Shout! Factory. Poised to deliver the cinematic chuckle-fests that loyal fans have been waiting for, both collectible DVDs boast cast and crew commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette and more.

o TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Get ready to take a thrill-ride to a backwater corner of the South Pacific as Tales of the Gold Monkey The Complete Series is now on DVD from Fabulous Films. Fans can relive the adventures of this much loved television show in a 6-DVD collectible box set featuring all 20 action-packed episodes, original pilot episode, a treasure trove of DVD bonus content, a special collector’s booklet and more!

Created by Don Bellisario and starring Stephen Collins (Private Practice, 7th Heaven), Caitlin O’Heaney (The Charmings), Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes), Jeff Mackay (JAG), Tales of the Gold Monkey aired on ABC in early 80′s and became a popular hit following the success of the Indiana Jones films.

SPECIAL COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVES
Get ready for this year’s collectible exclusives from Shout! Factory. Details will be announced at this year’s Comic-Con and on ShoutFactory.com.

As excitement builds for this year’s Comic-Con, Shout! Factory will announce additional activities and events for Comic-Con fans in forthcoming weeks. Follow us on Twitter @ShoutFactory http://twitter.com/ShoutFactory and Facebook

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. Its fine products are distributed by Vivendi Entertainment. For more on Shout! Factory, visit www.shoutfactory.com.

Shout! Factory Brings Middleman Cast to SDCC

According to ComicNews.info, The Middleman cast will reunite for a table read of the “lost” 13th episode, which will then be published as a graphic novel by Viper Comics:

Shout! Factory has released their panel schedule for San Diego Comic Con.

THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2009
THE MIDDLEMAN Panel
When: 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Where: Room 6A
Talent: Show creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach and cast (Natalie Morales, Matt Keeslar, Mary Gleason, Brit Morgan and Jake Smollett)
The panel will feature exclusive table read of the lost 13th episode The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse, which was never produced for television but will be available as a graphic novel from Viper Comics.

This July 28, Shout! Factory will release The Middleman: The Complete Series box set. Available for the first time, THE MIDDLEMAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD box set contains all 12 one-hour episodes that aired on ABC Family in 2008 and a payload of DVD bonus content featuring commentaries with the cast and crew, alternate scenes, web featurettes, gag reel, audition footage, The Complete “The Palindrome Reversal Palindrome” table read, a gallery of The Middleman photography by Ralph King and much more!

Based on the series of graphic novels by acclaimed writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“Lost,” “Medium”), the popular ABC Family live-action television series “The Middleman” star Matt Keeslar (“Snowglobe”), Natalie Morales (“CSI: Miami”), Mary Pat Gleason (“I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”), Brit Morgan (“Buried Alive”) and Jake Smollett (“Eve’s Bayou”).

When: 12: 30 PM
Where: Shout! Factory Booth #3749
The Cast & Show creator signing for “The Middleman”
Show creator and graphic novelist Javier Grillo-Marxuach and actors Natalie Morales, Matt Keeslar, Mary Gleason, Brit Morgan, Jake Smollett

SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2009
When: 1:00 PM
Where: Shout! Factory Booth #3749
THE TRANSFORMERS (original animated) and G.I. Joe (Original animated)
Special rare appearance signing by Gregg Berger (“Grimlock” in The Transformers and “Spirit” in G.I. Joe) as well as artist Andrew Griffith.

SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2009
When: 1:00 PM
Where: Shout! Factory Booth #3749
THE TRANSFORMERS (original animated) and G.I. Joe (Original animated)
Special rare appearance signing by Gregg Berger (“Grimlock” in The Transformers and “Spirit” in G.I. Joe)