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Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer revealed at State of Play

During Playstation’s latest State of Play episode, a new trailer was revealed for the highly anticipated, but much delayed, Final Fantasy VII Remake. Not only that, but the trailer also promised more updates regarding the game to come next month. Watch the trailer below…

Released in 1997 for the original Playstation console, Final Fantasy VII is often regarded as one of the greatest video games of all time and revolutionized RPGs with its gameplay and high-quality graphics at the time. It proved so popular among video game players and fans of the Final Fantasy franchise that it later spawned the multimedia series Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, a collection of spin-off games and prequels that delved further into the world of Midgar. The most notable inclusion to the series was the feature-length direct-to-video film Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, a sequel to the original game.

Final Fantasy VII followed Cloud Strife,
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Will We Ever See a Movie Based on the Final Fantasy Franchise?

So technically we’ve already seen a Final Fantasy movie in the form of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, but it kind of came and went without any real notice save by the fans that happened to be there when it was released. While part 7 was and still is undoubtedly a favorite of many fans there is another installment to the Final Fantasy franchise that people would love to see made into a movie. Part 10 was by and far one of the most popular additions to the franchise since it was a story that had a great deal of

Will We Ever See a Movie Based on the Final Fantasy Franchise?
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East meeting West: Anime, Manga and American Animation

America’s fascination with all things Japanese long predates Keanu Reeves’s backflips or the recent adaptations of Ringu. The popularity of Japanese pop culture is a huge subject and even tackling Japanese manga and anime is daunting. Experts in the fields of manga and anime will have to excuse the necessary compression needed to introduce some of the history of these – by now – inescapable art forms.

To begin, manga are comics and anime stands for animated film in Japan. Due to its popularity, Disney animation left a big mark on anime on pre-war Japan that anime and manga absorbed. Those incredibly big eyes that Japanese cartoons sport are simply Bambie’s grandchildren in disguise. But there the parallels soon end. Whereas American animators seem to be positively ashamed of the two-dimensional space they are confined to and have been searching ever more novel ways of using 3D, Japanese manga
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9 Essential Anime Movies

Japanese animation has been pushing the boundaries of the field for decades, and Hollywood is only now catching up to the trends that anime films have already set.

In honor of Disney's American release of "The Secret World of Arrietty," which has already grossed $125 million outside the U.S., we're listing the most important masterpieces of the anime genre ... at least the ones that don't feature pervy monsters and Japanese schoolgirls.

'Akira' (1988)

It goes without saying that Katsuhiro Otomo's glimpse at the futuristic dystopia of Neo-Tokyo is a landmark of both animation and science fiction in general. Biker gang leader Kaneda is forced to do battle with lifelong best friend Tetsuo when the latter's latent psychic powers begin manifesting in horrifying ways. It's a subversive cyberpunk fable which functions as both cautionary tale of military run amok and full-throttle action movie. Though an Americanized live-action remake is in limbo, the
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Blu-ray Deal: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Under $8

Amazon.com has slashed the price on Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children on Blu-ray to a level that has sent sales soaring.

For a limited time, Amazon is selling the visually stunning Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children on Blu-ray for only $7.99. That's 70% off the $26.99 list price, and by far the cheapest I've ever seen the "Complete" version (i.e. the Japanese director's cut) listed for sale.

The temporary sale price has skyrocketed Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children on Blu-ray to the number one sales slot on Amazon's hourly updated Blu-ray bestsellers list. That's pretty impressive considering it jumped over The Ultimate Matrix Collection on sale for under $26 this week, Game of Thrones: Season 1, Drive and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.

Click here to buy Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children on Blu-ray for $7.99 at Amazon.com.
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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Country Strong, White Material (Criterion Collection), Heartless, and More

This Week in DVD & Blu-ray: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Country Strong, White Material (Criterion Collection), Heartless, and More
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (Releases on Friday, April 15 — Blu-ray available as single-disc and Blu-ray+DVD+digital copy) I'm still not convinced that the final installment of the Harry Potter franchise needed to be separated into two films, but perhaps that's a discussion better reserved for Part 2. Is it fair to judge this as a standalone film, or should it be taken as only half of a whole (which in itself is only one seventh of an even greater whole)? Director David Yates seems to want it both ways, while also attempting to appease both hardcore fans of the books and more casual viewers of the movies. The effort is admirably ambitious, though not always successful,
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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray: Unstoppable, Waiting for “Superman”, Kites, and More

This Week in DVD & Blu-ray: Unstoppable, Waiting for “Superman”, Kites, and More
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. Waiting For "Superman" The impassioned, well-meaning Waiting for "Superman" prods at an important and disconcerting issue: the failure of the American school system. But that's all it really does. It prods and points fingers, blaming unions and funding conflicts, all the while tossing out animated statistics to highlight how severe the problem is. Interspersed between this are heart-on-sleeve stories of five families hoping to gain entry to overcrowded charter schools, the procedure for which requires public school students to take place in a lottery. It's a deeply depressing process, and the film's frustration is justified. So what's the solution? Waiting for "Superman" has some half-hearted ideas about what needs to be done, but very little (if any
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AniMania: X – Complete Series

For some reason, the future always seems to be a few decades away. 1984 was published in 1949. Terminator, which appropriately enough was released in 1984, set 1997 as the date for the apocalyptic “Judgement Day.” It seems strange now, after the turn of the Millennium (which happened rather uneventfully, with little more than an endless repeat of an old Prince song to mark its passing) to look back on things like Mad Max, Y2K, or the still older imaginings of such retro science fiction classics as Fahrenheit 451 or Soylent Green, but for decades, sci-fi imagineers alternated between the chills of gloom and doom and utopian fever.

Anime and manga embraced these themes with series like Akira, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Vampire Hunter D. X 1999 represents Clamp’s foray into the dark future. Perhaps better known for their recent hit sister series, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle and XXXHolic, the all female manga supergroup are
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Game News: Funimation Brings 'Dragon Age' Franchise to Anime

One of the most acclaimed RPGs of 2009 is getting an Anime infusion. Funimation Entertainment and BioWare have just announced that Dragon Age will be made into an Anime feature film. We're hoping that this series gets the full treatment like Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Other game to anime translations have not fared well in the past, including Devil May Cry - which had a lackluster 24-episode Anime series. We're counting on Funimation to make the Dragon Age feature one game to anime adaptation to remember. Official Release: Redwood Shores, Calif., Jun 7, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via Comtex) --BioWare(Tm), an Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq:erts) studio, and FUNimation Entertainment, the leading distributor of Japanese animation in North America, announced today an agreement to create an anime feature film adapted from BioWare's critically-acclaimed fantasy Action RPG franchise Dragon Age(Tm). Production of the Dragon Age anime movie is slated to begin this month with
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Atomic Popcorn’s top 10 fight scenes

This is yet another Tuesday Top 10 List from Atomic Popcorn and today I have brought to you all what I think are the Top 10 Fight Scenes of recent memory. Below are the movie’s along with their videos of said fight.

Please leave your comments with better video or even better yet, better fight scenes. I would love to see what you all have to say as what the Top 10 should be.

Without further interruptions I bring you the Atomic Popcorn Top 10 Fight Scenes.

10. The Way of the Dragon:

Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee – come on folks you Cannot forget this fight scene!

9. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children:

Cloud and Sephiroth – this is an great fight scene along with awesome animation.

8. Raiders of the Lost Ark:

Indiana Jones doing what he does best – do a google search and read why this scene actually came about!

7. Lethal Weapon:
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The Blu-Ray Review: Go (1999)

Colin Jacobson reviews the 1999 Pulp Fiction wanabee.

If you look up "1990s" in the dictionary, Go might be the movie pictured there. With its story of a particular party culture, it just screams "Nineties" to me - or at least "second half of the Nineties". Whether or not it still holds up a decade later remains to be seen.

To stave off eviction, Ronna (Sarah Polley) works shift after shift as a grocery clerk. To make money, she picks up more time from Simon (Desmond Askew); he wants the time off to make his first-ever visit to Vegas. Adam (Scott Wolf) and Zack (Jay Mohr) needs drugs for an all-night rave, and they usually get their supplies from Simon.

With him in Vegas, they ask Ronna if she has any sources. She says she does and decides to score some extra cash that way. She goes to drug dealer Todd
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The Blu-Ray Review: Starman (1984)

Colin Jacobson reviews the 1980's classic.

After a career based around horror movies, director John Carpenter went down a different path with 1984's Starman. The Voyager II spacecraft sends a message of peace to any potential non-terrestrials who hear it. One of them does, and he takes us up on our invitation.

After a career based around horror movies, director John Carpenter went down a different path with 1984's Starman. The Voyager II spacecraft sends a message of peace to any potential non-terrestrials who hear it. One of them does, and he takes us up on our invitation.

Unfortunately, we don't greet his arrival very well. Armed forces shoot down the alien over Wisconsin, and he crash lands near the remote cabin of grieving widow Jenny Hauden (Karen Allen). She can't get over her loss, so to help acclimate himself, the Starman adopts the form of her dead husband (Jeff Bridges
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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete (Blu Ray) - Review

The Movie:

Now is a good time to own a blu ray player Final Fantasy fans.

In 2001, Squaresoft made their first foray into the motion picture industry with Final Fantasy: The Spirits With. With their gorgeous cinematics within the games they made, surely a film made by them would be a phenomenal piece of work? Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Though Spirits Within had some dazzling CGI, its plot and script left a lot to be desired, and ultimately becoming a box office disaster for the company. Though it has its share of fans (like yours truly), even they agreed that Square could have done something a little bit more true to the game universe (or universes) that they created. Cut to 2005, Squaresoft, now Square Enix, announces a new Final Fantasy movie, this time, a direct sequel to their most beloved game of the series, Final Fantasy VII. Fans were ecstatic,
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New: U.S. Blu-ray Releases Double Edition (29/5, 5/6)

As we explained in our UK releases article published earlier today, we have a double edition for you this week after we missed lasts week’s round up because of some technical difficulties that have now been resolved.

The last two weeks of new releases in North America haven’t been particularly great, especially if you compare them with the stacked release list for the 19th of May, which featured a whole bunch of must have discs. As always, check out our “pick of the week” and links to all of the new releases below.

Highlights this week start with our pick for the UK releases a couple of weeks back with Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber’s “Defiance” which we would still recommend, The BBC has another incredible nature documentary to follow up “Planet Earth” with in “Nature’s Most Amazing Events” which features more stunning HD footage, and
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New to DVD - June 2nd - June 9th

It's been a really bad month for DVD releases. Luckily for us we usually choose the films we review. Unfortunately the only movie on the list we have previously reviewed is Revolutionary Road. If you missed the very controversial episode than click on the link below to have you re-directed. Revolutionary Road (DVD, Blu-ray) [1] He’s Just Not That Into You (DVD, Blu-ray) Defiance (DVD, Blu-ray) Spring Breakdown (DVD, Blu-ray) Anacondas: Trail of Blood Eddie Murphy: Delirious: 25th Anniversary Edition Elsewhere (DVD, Blu-ray) Home (DVD, Blu-ray) Razortooth Retardead Silent Venom Prison Break: Season 4, The Final Season Reaper: Season Two Weeds: Season Four (DVD, Blu-ray) Blood Ties: Season One Army Wives: The Complete Second Season The Hunger: The Complete First Season The Jetsons: Season 2, Volume 1 Raising the Bar: The Complete First Season Air Force One (Blu-ray) Anaconda (Blu-ray) Bruce Almighty (Blu-ray) Dark Blue (Blu-ray) Dragon’s
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DVD Playhouse--June 2009

DVD Playhouse—June 2009

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Allen Gardner

The International (Sony) An Interpol agent (Clive Owen) joins forces with a Manhattan D.A. (Naomi Watts) to bring down an arms dealing ring and a corrupt global banking cartel that’s funding them. Superlative thriller was oddly ignored by critics and audiences alike, but expertly blends intelligence (courtesy screenwriter Eric Warren Singer’s masterfully-crafted script) and full-throttle action (director Tom Tykwer stages one of the great film shoot-outs in New York’s iconic Guggenheim Museum), making this dynamite thriller reminiscent of the best work from masters such as John Frankenheimer and Robert Aldrich. Armin Mueller-Stahl is wonderful as a world-weary covert op. Bonuses: Extended scene; Featurettes; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.

The Jack Lemmon Film Collection(Sony) Five films from the two-time Oscar winning actor, focusing on his early career: Phfft! is a zippy comedy from 1954, one of Lemmon’s earliest films, in which
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This Week on DVD: Revolutionary Road, Defiance, Spring Breakdown

Yawn... another ho-hum DVD release week. Sam Mendes's Revolutionary Road hits stores today, so you can finally decide for yourself if he got snubbed at the Oscars (I don't think he did), and you can also catch up with Valentine's Day hit He's Just Not That Into You and Defiance starring Daniel Craig. Amy Poehler/Parker Posey/Rachel Dratch comedy Spring Breakdown is also out this week, along with a 25th Anniversary Edition of Eddie Murphy: Delirious and the latest seasons of Prison Break, Weeds and Reaper. Plus... Road House on Blu-ray! That pretty much sums it up... are you picking anything up? Revolutionary Road [1] (DVD, Blu-ray [2]) He's Just Not That Into You [3] (DVD, Blu-ray [4]) Defiance [5] (DVD, Blu-ray [6]) Spring Breakdown [7] (DVD, Blu-ray [8]) Anacondas: Trail of Blood [9] Eddie Murphy: Delirious: 25th Anniversary Edition [10] Elsewhere [11] (DVD, Blu-ray [12]) Home [13] (DVD, Blu-ray [14]) Razortooth [15] Retardead [16] Silent Venom [17] Prison Break: Season
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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: June 2, 2009

DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed Revolutionary Road I'm not exactly excited about any of the selections this week and as anxious as I was to see this movie last year, it ultimately disappointed me. The best way to describe this film would be to say it is just there. I got nothing from it. The book, however, I certainly recommend you read, although, like the film, it too is a bit of a downer, but at least it is brilliantly written. Defiance It is no wonder Paramount Home Video is offering a special deal if you buy Defiance and Revolutionary Road since both films are right there in the luke warm middle of the road. I will give Defiance credit for interesting me just slightly more than Rr, but by the time I was supposed to review it last year I didn't even make the effort.
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Square considering digital 'Ffxiii' demo

Square Enix is exploring the possibility of issuing a downloadable Final Fantasy Xiii demo in the West. A demo version of the upcoming RPG came bundled with the Blu-ray release of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete in Japan, helping it to become the territory’s fastest-selling anime DVD of all time. Despite the demo’s success, Square Enix producer Yoshinore Kitase told VideoGamer that his company has no plans to issue a disc-based demo in the West, claiming that a PS3-only release would (more)
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PS3 sales quadruple in Japan

PlayStation 3 sales have quadrupled in Japan following the release of a demo version of Final Fantasy Xiii. According to figures from sales tracker Media Create, the PS3 sold 62,527 units from April 13 to April 19, compared to just 16,701 the previous week. This sales surge coincides with the Blu-ray release of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, which included the demo as bonus material. Final (more)
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