Good News / Bad News From Media Blasters

Founder and Editor; Toronto, Canada (@AnarchistTodd)
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It's a good news / bad news day where Media Blasters is concerned.

First, the good. While nothing has been set in stoen yet the long awaited North American DVD release of Takashi Miike's Zebraman is looking to be a first quarter 2007 release, a fairly quick turnaround considering they just bought it but long enough to - hopefully - put together a good slate of features. They've also dropped word that they have picked up rights to the live action adaptation of Devilman, a film that generated VERY mixed reviews with people seeming to either love or hate it with very few falling in between, and one I've had a hankering to see for quite some time now.

And now, the bad. Paul Spurrier's P has been dropped from their release schedule, apparently never to return. They had just announced a release date for this which makes the news very odd but I have no details beyond that ...

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crazybeeJune 6, 2006 1:03 AM

The bad news is that I still haven't gotten evidence that Umezu's Horror Theater volume 1 has been released. I made an order for that and something else, and the other DVD shipped by itself. This is very disconcerting. And I'd hope the same won't happen later this month when Death Trance is supposed to come out. Come on, Media Blasters, get your act together!

CaterpillarJune 6, 2006 2:23 AM

The DEVILMAN flick might be somewhat entertaining if you have never heard of Go Nagai before or read the manga or watched any of the anime versions, be it the silly 70ies kiddie TV version or the hardcore splatter horror OVAs that were produced later on. If you have seen any of those you will HATE the Devilman flick with every fiber of your being as it gleefully urinates on the source material in ways you would not think possible.

mrjujuJune 6, 2006 5:29 AM

Well Caterpillar, I had not seen anything from the Devilman franchise prior to seeing the live action flick, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt, that I hated it with every fiber of my being as well. I'm not sure how much of your hatred comes from it's asparagrass scented urine, and how much of it comes from it being, in general, a truly crappy movie...

Don BrownJune 6, 2006 8:29 AM

Devilman is widely regarded as one of the most disastrous Japanese films in recent memory. I'm talking about a irredeemable cock-up of "Battlefield Earth" proportions, and without a single drop of piss-take value either. Just a cynically inept piece of filmmaking. To think that this is going to get an R1 DVD release when there are far more deserving Japanese films languishing in no-sub purgatory... go figure.

kiingJune 6, 2006 9:42 AM

Devilman must be one of the worst films I've ever seen. I laughed my ass off watching it, but that was because everything about it was so completely atrocious.

...And Cha no Aji, Stereo Future, and Survive Style 5+ (among a lot of others) STILL haven't been licensed here??

logboyJune 6, 2006 2:58 PM

hey, companies go for the most obvious cliched licenses all too often : only to see the films derided for really simply (and understandable - often) reasons like 'oh no, another film with a girl thats got long black hair'... thing is, we pay out for these things, more than a ticket for the cinema and so were a little more careful than those buying for rental chains (where lots of sales could go, where a large audience might be found)... agree though, that theres lots if not tonnes of things not being picked up - dozens of films in the last couple of years alone talked about around here - and thats a shame, labels all too quick to develop a certain theme or kind of content to railroad people into disappointing blinb buys. but hey, MB are not the worst exponents of anything like that, infact i really like most of their choices, its just the odd one or two that beggar belief. like devilman.

I hear...July 16, 2006 12:36 PM

I hear that Media Blasters signed a contract, but never paid a single dime of the contracted amount.

After almost a year, they claimed they had financial difficulties and couldn't pay.

So the distributors of 'P' tore up the contract, and sold it to Image Entertainment, who have promised a greater support.