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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Coming Soon - Iron Man TAS (90's)

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is really impressing me with all of these 90's Marvel Cartoon releases. It is about time we get these series on DVD. For many kids that grew up in the 80's/90's, these were the stories that defined these classic characters for us. Unfortunately, Iron Man the Animated Series is the worst of the bunch, in my opinion and the majority of others. The first season is nearly unwatchable, but luckily they switched production houses for the second season and the story lines and animation got extremely better - similar to the Fantastic Four 1994 series Disney released on DVD nearly 5 or 6 years ago.

Expect the complete Iron Man series to be released on May 4th, 2010 (the same day as X-Men TAS Vol 5 and three days prior to the release of Iron Man 2 in theatres) in a 3-Disc set. Once again, the entire series has been available in the UK on DVD for some time, so it is great Disney is releasing this for all of the fans here in North America. Now all they have left to release is Spiderman TAS, Hulk TAS and Silver Surfer TAS. I think I could live without Spiderman Unlimited and the Avengers: United They Stand on DVD.

Coming Soon - X-Men TAS Vol 5

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is releasing the final volume of the 90's X-Men the Animated Series on DVD on May 4th, 2010. Like the previous 4 volumes, it doesn't contain any special features, but at least now you'll be able to have decent to good quality copies of every episode. And like the previous releases the cover artwork is pretty damn good. I like that this cover features some unexpected characters - Mojo, The Red Skull, Captain America and Omega Red. The UK has had the entire series available on DVD for the past year or so, so it is great to see Disney finally releasing all of these Marvel cartoons from the 1990's here in North Amerca.

Friday, January 29, 2010

FAN ART FRIDAY - Matt Moylan/Lil Formers

Today's featured artist is Matt Moylan - artist and creator of Lil Formers. Here's a little description about what Lil Formers is from his website:
Lil Formers is a parody comic strip created, written, drawn, inked and coloured by me, Matt Moylan. It started off poking fun at all aspects of Hasbro’s Transformers mega-property (hence the ‘Formers’ in the title). Strips #1 to 100 are all TF-centric, but now with Strip #101 onward, I’m expanding the scope of things to cover all geeky, pop culture properties. So cartoons, comics, toys, video games….it’s all fair game now!

Here are a few of my favourites (click on each to view larger images):

Lil Formers: The Movie

Lil Formers #4: The Erector

Lil Formers #102: She-wrong

Lil Formers #104: Dino-Riders

Lil Formers #108: Ghostbusters

Lil Formers #118: Gargoyles TNG

Lil Formers #122: Faker

Lil Formers #150: Bravestarr

Lil Formers #152: TMNT

Lil Formers #174: Mumm-ra

Lil Formers #175: Prince Adam


Click here to visit Matt's official website.

Coming Soon - COTLD Blu-ray

I was ecstatic to wake up and find out that Lucio Fulci's zombie movie CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (aka THE GATES OF HELL) is finally making it's way to blu-ray in a nice special edition on May 25, 2010. For those of you that haven't made the switch over to blu-ray yet, it is available as a special edition DVD too. This thing looks like it will be loaded with some nice special features that were not present on the first DVD release. Although I love the original "Gates" cover more, this one is definitely cool.


Synopsis
The Seven Gates Of Hell have been torn open, and in three days the dead shall rise and walk the earth. As a reporter (Christopher George of PIECES) and a psychic (Catriona MacColl of THE BEYOND) race to close the portals of the damned, they encounter a seething nightmare of unspeakable evil. The city is alive - with the horrors of the living dead!

Directed and co-written by the legendary Lucio Fulci (ZOMBIE, THE BEYOND), CITY OF THE LIVIND DEAD features some of the maestro's most shocking and controversial sequences of all time. Blue Underground proudly presents the definitive version of Fulci's hallucinogenic masterpiece of horror: freshly transferred in brain-ripping High Definition from its original uncensored negative and loaded with exclusive new Extras!

Extras
- The Making of CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD - Interviews with Star Catriona MacColl, Co-Star Michele Soavi, Production Designer Massimo Antonello Geleng, Assistant Makeup Effects Artist Rosario Prestopino, Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi, Cinematographer Sergio Salvati, and Camera Operator Roberto Forges Davanzati
- Acting Among the Living Dead - Interview with Star Catriona MacColl
- Entering the Gates of Hell - Interview with Star Giovanni Lombardo Radice
- Memories of the Maestro - The cast and crew reminisce about working with Lucio Fulci
- Marketing of the Living Dead - Poster & Still Gallery
- English Trailer
- Italian Trailer
- Radio Spots/Still Gallery

Technical Specs
- Color
- 7.1 DTS-HD; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX; Original Mono
- English
- Optional Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
- 1.85:1
- 1980
- 93 Mins
- Not Rated

Click here for more info.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday Cartoon Intro - VISIONARIES

Each Thursday I will post an intro from one of the many 80's cartoons I used to watch as a kid. This week's cartoon is Visionaries. I dedicate this one to Jay Clarke of The Horror Section because I was inspired by his Cover Box Wednesdays, and also because I know he'll appreciate this one.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Skeletor MOTUC Re-release

Collector's of MOTU Classics get their second chance to grab the re-release of Skeletor today at 12 noon. Old bone head sold out in a matter of minutes the first time he came out. Now is your second chance to get him if you missed him the first time or buy another if you need one in package MOC.

Click here to buy from Mattycollector.


***January 29th UPDATE: Skeletor sold out in less than 24 hours. It's amazing they are still able to sell action figures based on a show that is over 20 years old and to have them sell out that fast.

HARDWARE Blu-ray Review

HARDWARE is a movie that absolutely needs to be seen on blu-ray, even if you hated it on VHS. It literally is night and day when you compare the two. What was once nearly black and grainy in certain scenes is now clearly visible in amazing detail.

Set sometime in the near future (for the 80's), Hardware is the story of a man named Moses (Dylan McDermott) who brings home a cyborg skull for his metal-sculpting girlfriend (Stacey Travis) - lucky girl! Unbeknownst to Moses or his GF the skull is actually the brain of the M.A.R.K. 13 android. The android comes back to life and wrecks havoc on the poor woman, Moses and the rest of the tenants (some deserve it) at her apartment complex.

For those that have seen the movie before, you know what you are getting yourself into - sort of. The VHS was such a terrible transfer that much of the 2nd and 3rd acts were incomprehensible visually. I really like the quote on the back of the blu-ray box - "gritty, trippy and frightening...HARDWARE is one of the best horror movies you've never seen!" This statement is fairly accurate because now you can actually SEE what is going on. In addition to that, the movie is uncut, so many of the gore scenes are in tact and quite amazing (watch for the bi-section scene).  For those that have never seen the movie before - don't expect too much. The story is as thin as paper, but what makes up for it is the world around the small story Richard Stanley has created. It is a world that has completely destroyed itself and the people living in it fight to stop government bills from passing that would allow them to sterilize anyone with high radiation levels. Any movie that is against eugenics is good in my books. And I couldn't do a review without mentioning the amazing soundtrack with music by Ministry and Public Image Ltd.

Special Features
No Flesh Shall Be Spared - Thank god Severin knows how to shoot an interview. The interviews are beautifully composed and lit well. This doc is very fascinating on so many levels - from inception to release it covers all the bases.

Incident In An Expanding Universe - Early Super 8 Version of Hardware. I couldn't watch this whole thing. This is for those of you that are rabid fans of Hardware and Stanley's.

The Sea of Perdition - Very cool little 2006 short film made by Richard Stanley. I would love to know a bit more about the making of the film and what purpose it was for.

Rites of Passage - An early Richard Stanley short film. Once again, I couldn't get through the whole thing.

Richard Stanley on HARDWARE 2 - A must watch as well. For those that didn't like the lack of story, this gives you a taste at how amazing the sequel would have been. Stanley also mentions that the script is available online. He also talks about remote control sharks.

Deleted and Extended Scenes - some great stuff in here.

Audio Commentary - I only watched the 3rd act with commentary, but it was one of the better tracks I've heard.

ARTWORK FACE OFF

North American Severin Blu-ray Release


Polish/European DVD Release


UK DVD/Blu-ray Release


US VHS Release


Italian Theatrical Poster


I think this is a Spanish Theatrical Poster



While I do like the cover Severin chose, those that haven't seen the film may just think the robot looks like a penis. My choice would have been to go with the original Italian Theatrical Artwork.

The Real Ghostbusters DVD Box Set

I'm currently not in a financial situation where I have a lot of money to be buying DVD's, but hopefully soon. Once that "soon" comes I will be sure to purchase this bad boy below. It is by far one of the most amazing DVD releases I have ever seen. This thing contains all 147 episodes of the cartoon series, including all of the episodes from the Slimer! series and over 12 hours of bonus materials. This DVD has been out now for over a year, but only available on the distributors website - Time Life. For those of you that already own it, I am very jealous.


Monday, January 25, 2010

MIA on DVD - THE VIDEO DEAD

MIA on DVD is going to be a frequent article I write hopefully weekly on Cartoon and Horror. Each posting will feature a different horror movie, cartoon or TV show that is Missing in Action on DVD or Blu-Ray.

This weeks culprit: THE VIDEO DEAD!


Where the F*&% is this movie? This movie and The Dead Pit had the two coolest VHS cover boxes in the 80's. I know that having a cool box cover isn't a very good reason to release a movie, but the movie is actually not that bad. I bet it's far better than half the crap that sits on the shelves at Best Buy or HMV. Especially now that they don't stock a very large horror section like they used to.

So what is the deal with THE VIDEO DEAD? Where is it? Well, let me tell you...
According to The Video Dead on DVD (Myspace page), the title is (or was) owned by MGM and Fox. However, with MGM bankrupt and auctioning off their catalogue, who knows where the title will stand once everything is said and done. Maybe Fox will own it outright? I don't know, I'm not a lawyer. Those who had a subscription to Monsters HD may have been lucky enough to check out the film in HD. Here some screen capture comparisons for an idea of how nice the movie could look:



I'm guessing Fox still owns the rights to the film, but may be too scared or unable to release it during the bankruptcy. After all, it was scheduled for release on Oct 27, 2009, but then dropped out of sight. Working in the industry I know how scared execs are to do anything in fear that they may lose their job. And I'm guessing what exec would want to lose their job over a title like this. Until everything is figured out, be sure to harass the execs at Fox as much as you can - FoxDrop@4icc.com.


*UPDATE: It's been a few months since I first wrote this article. Since then I've added a poster section at the bottom of each MIA on DVD article so I thought I should add it to this one. 



I'm a sucker for nostalgia, so I hope the DVD distributor that releases this movie goes with the original VHS cover artwork. 


I can't wait until the day comes when I see this on the shelf...or even on Amazon...

Keep checking the Myspace page for updates - The Video Dead on DVD

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Thundercats Statues

I haven't collected action figures in the past few years for a few different reasons - primarily money and space. However, I frequently keep track of all of the new action figures coming out that are based on some of my favourite movies and cartoons from the 80's.

Thundercats is a cartoon that is in desperate need of an action figure revival similar to what the Four Horseman are doing with MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS. If the Four Horseman ever convinced Mattel to purchase the license to make toys, it would be a dream come true.

Until then, a company called HARD HERO has obtained the license and has begun releasing statues based on the famous felines. Here's a look at the first two released - Cheetara and Lion-O. Hard Hero has also created statues of many of the Transformers which you can check out here.






ThundercatsLair was lucky enough to score an image of the next statue to be produced: Mumm-Ra!



He-Man at Gallery 1988

For those of you living in LA, you may have been lucky enough or are still planning to attend UNDER THE INFLUENCE: HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. 100 artists reinterpreted the 1980's toy and cartoon property in their own style and medium. For those of you who live in LA and haven't attended, you still have until January 29th to check them out. Below are my top 5 favourite pieces in no particular order.

To check out the rest of the artwork (which you can also buy), visit: I HAVE THE POWER





1st Post!

Hello!

Welcome to Cartoon and Horror. The official destination for cartoon and horror media fanatics. I created this blog in hopes that there were others like me who grew up in the 80's watching cartoons and horror movies and still continue to enjoy those same programs to this day. This blog is my attempt to amalgamate all of my favourite things and hopefully catalogue all of them. In addition to reflecting upon cartoons and horror movies, I will also write about some of the other things that have come to influence me - superheroes, comic books, action figures, artwork, etc.

For those of you that are here because you are a horror fan - I should warn you that I will not cover any news regarding new Horror movies. There are plenty of other websites dedicated to covering horror news such as Arrow in the Head, Bloody Disgusting, Horrormovies.ca, etc, etc. There are also plenty of blogs that cover news such as Jay Clarke's The Horror Section.

Enjoy!