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Osmosis Jones Pictures
Digital Anime Feature
Coming to U.S. Shores
While the character designs and backgrounds were created using traditional drawing techniques, these elements were painted, compiled and filmed using computer technology. The process was enhanced by the inclusion of digital lighting effects and revolutionary computer generated models, plus a variety of innovative camera techniques.
The film's musical score and sound effects were mixed in Hollywood, CA. In addition, Blood: The Last Vampire features a number of American characters with more than ninety percent of the film's dialogue written and spoken in the English language. The leading role of Saya is voice acted by Youki Kodoh (Snow Falling on Cedars).
Manga Entertainment has captured this anime feature on DVD and enhanced the release with special features such as: "The Making of Blood" Documentary; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, 16X9 Anamorphic Digital Transfer, Image Gallery, Original Japanese Theatrical Trailers, Web Links and DVD ROM content. The movie will be available in retail stores August 28, 2001 for $25.00 (DVD) and $20.00 (VHS).
Blood: The Last
Vampire takes place in the fall of 1966. The Vietnam War is underway
and the U.S. military machine is being supplied out of the Yokota Air
Force Base -- a plot of U.S. land within Japan. Within the compound, the
atmosphere is charged with violent intensity as F4 combat planes take
off hastily one after the next. Meanwhile, a series of suspicious suicides
are reported in town.
Akira Hits #1 in
Available for $39.98
as a Special
Edition DVD, $24.98 on standard
DVD (in Anamorphic Widescreen) and $19.98 on VHS (also in Widescreen),
Akira tells the dark tale of Neo-Tokyo, a corrupted city that has
risen from the ashes of World War III to become a dangerous megalopolis
infested with gangs and terrorists. Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda
plunge into Neo-Tokyo's darkest secret when their motorcycle gang encounters
a military operation to retrieve an escaped experimental subject.
News Link of the
Day - Latina Animated Hero in Top Toddler TV Show
According to the Associated Press:
"Until a Nickelodeon executive attended a diversity seminar one day, the star of an upcoming animated adventure series for preschoolers was a bunny named Benjamin.
After that day of
consciousness raising a new heroine was born: Dora, a 7-year-old Latina..."
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