This is it guys ... the final episode of Flixistentialism as we know it. The gang plus some old (white) faces of Flixist past get together and reminisce on this long journey of a podcast we've all embarked on. There's fantasy...
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China is big effing business to the movie industry right now, so it should come as little surprise that Iron Man 3 will be getting its own, Chinese-friendly version to play in the country. The Chinese version will feature all the Chinese action present in the U.S. release (they shot in Beijing), but throw in a lot of Chinese friendly extras like "specially prepared bonus footage made exclusively for the Chinese audience" and famous Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. It will also become an instant collectible and eventually retail for bajillions of U.S. dollars while copies sit in trash dumps in China.
But that's in the far future, for now we can only surmise what kind of changes will appeal to our Chinese brethren. Will The Manderin actually be the good guy and Tony be a representation of our failed capitalist western ways? Maybe it will turn out that Stark didn't design the Iron Man suit, but instead a team of Chinese government scientist did. Maybe it'll just be a few more shots of Beijing and a cameo from a famous actress. Who knows!
Beasts of the Southern Wild was this year's breakout independent movie, as favorite among the Flixist staff that have seen it, and also probably the longest review we have to date. In the light of the dark horse candidate's four Oscar nominations (Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay) Fox Searchlight has decided to re-release the move in theaters beginning this weekend.
Beasts will be re-released on Friday, January 18th in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, Miami, Washington DC, New York City and Los Angeles. For showtimes check your local theaters or Fox Searchlight's website. If you haven't seen Beasts yet, it's totally worth catching, especially before the Oscars!
Back in December it was announced that one of the best horror films of last year, V/H/S, was going to get a limited edition release on actual VHS tapes. The downside fro anyone living outside of the UK was that it was only coming out there. Now, however, we've received official word that the VHS version of V/H/S is landing in the U.S. as well, and it looks awesome.
Hot on the tails of the teaser for S-VHS, the box are, which you can see above, is a bit different from the UK version, which you can see below because of what boxes look like in the two countries. UK gets the nice plastic one while we'll be getting a totally awesome, pre-worn cardboard version. I have to say I like ours better, but maybe that's because I didn't grow up with fancy plastic VHS boxes. Those Brits are so spoiled. A cardboard slip is all I need to protect my movies!
No word on the release date in the press release and Amazon doesn't have a listing yet, but we'll keep you up to date.
It may not be the 5th of November, but whatever. Today, at a random time, Mondo will be releasing this V for Vendetta screenprint by artist César Moreno. Watch Mondo's twitter account for notification of when it will go on sale.
Mondo has also announced that under their Mondo Video label, they will be distributing Panos Cosmatos' Beyond the Black Rainbow on VHS with some sweet VHS box art by Jay Shaw. I remember Beyond the Black Rainbow being a pretty weird trip, but visually striking and memorable. More information about each item can be found below.
Dreamworks Animation has always been kind of second-string to Pixar, but they're put out a fair share of decent movies. Say what you want about the Shrek franchise, but it's made lots of money. Also, I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but I liked Shark Tale and Bee Movie, and I loved Megamind and Monsters Vs. Aliens. Now, making history for an animation studio, DWA is unveiling a whopping twelve upcoming films!
The films are The Croods (March 22, 2013), Turbo (July 19, 2013), Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Nov. 1, 2013), Me and My Shadow (March 14, 2014), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 20, 2014), Happy Smekday! (Nov. 26, 2014), The Penguins of Madagascar (March 27, 2015), Trolls (working title, June 5, 2015), B.O.O: Bureau of Otherwordly Operations (Nov. 6, 2015), Mumbai Musical (working title, Dec. 19, 2015), Kung Fu Panda 3 (March 18, 2016), and How to Train Your Dragon 3 (June 18, 2016). For those of you who hate math, that's three films a year. Love them or hate them, Dreamworks Animation is going to be all up in your business 'til Obama whoever wins this year's election is out of office.
Anything catch your guys' eyes? I know I'm excited about the next two HTTYD films, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman has me all kinds of titillated. B.O.O. has the Seth Rogan's dulcet tones, and Turbo has...some sort of racing snail, based on the picture in the gallery. In any event, it should be a varied four years if nothing else.
Disney is absolutely brilliant with its home video releases. The whole "vault" concept, where films get locked back up in a mythical vault after a limited time on the shelves, allows them to make an event out of every release and charge a bit more. It's really quite clever, and now 30 more films from Disney and its subsidiary companies are joining the smart club.
You can see a press release list of all of the films below, but highlights include Pocahontas, Adventures in Babysitting, Pete’s Dragon, Ed Wood, Arachnophobia, Newsies, High Fidelity, The Aristocats, Sister Act and Cocktail. However, all those highlights pale in comparison to the fact that Dick Tracy is finally coming to Blu-ray and getting a decent release aside from its crappy DVD port. There's few live action films with such an eccentric color palate that truly need Blu-ray to be appreciated, but Dick Tracy is one of them. Hopefully this will be the release the film deserves and not another crappy release.