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There's a lot of material in this issue - everything from exclusive information on The Iron Giant Special Edition to a new anime theme park being built in Japan. So sit back, relax, and see what the power of imagination is bringing to life. -- Joe Tracy
Iron Giant Special Edition Information
Before publishing a story, we require a confirmation from at least two different reliable sources. In this case that means confirmations from two people connected directly (i.e. personnel assembling material for the DVD) or indirectly (i.e. personnel working on marketing details for the DVD) with The Iron Giant Special Edition DVD.
By applying this journalism standard, the information published is usually accurate and far more reliable than general "rumors" found online. However, until Warner Brothers publicly announces details, this information cannot be relied upon as absolute hard facts. This especially applies to release dates, which change often for DVDs. With that said, here is the latest information obtained on the special edition release:
In other Iron Giant news, here are some interesting video stats:
Stay tuned to Digital Media FX for further details on The Iron Giant as they occur.
Brown and Snoopy Statue Unveiled
More than 550 donors from across the United States and Japan contributed to the sculpture to honor Charles M. Schulz. The City of Santa Rosa, the Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Community Foundation joined together to raise funds for the bronze statue, a project that had been in the works before Schulz's death last February.
More than $260,000 of the $270,000 needed was raised. Donors giving over $10,000 were given a miniature replica of the statue.
Santa Rosa Mayor Mike Martini welcomed the assembled group of dignitaries, including sculptor Stan Pawlowski, Schulz family members, city and county officials and Peanuts fans from around the world. Snoopy was also in attendance.
The plaque under the statue reads, "In celebration of the life and works of Charles M. Schulz, from the people of Santa Rosa and his fans across the world."
The statue was in the works a year before the death of Schulz. Originally, the project committee wanted the statue to be of Schulz, however he refused saying he would only approve the project if it was of his characters. After presenting Schulz with the Charlie Brown and Snoopy concept, the project was approved.
Theme Park Being Built in Japan
on The Matrix Sequels
In other Matrix news, Carrie-Ann Moss, who plays Trinity, has just completed six months of intensive martial arts training for the movies. Moss and the other cast will be on location in San Francisco for nearly four months of filming before heading to Australia where filming will continue for up to 14 months at FOX Studios. FOX Studios Australia is located in Sydney.
The Matrix has a lot to lose if a planned Hollywood actors strike takes place this summer. The costly strike will inflate the budget for The Matrix sequels, set filming back by several months, and delay the release of the movies for a year or more. A Hollywood actor and writer strike will begin in June unless studios meet union demands for higher pay and other benefits. The potential strike has already caused numerous Hollywood productions, including Batman: Year One to be put on hold.
Encounters with the Collector's DVD
Sneak Peek - Interview with Scott Christian Sava
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