Classic cat and mouse enemies Tom & Jerry will return to DVD and Blu-Ray in the US on October 25th with remastered Audio and Picture according to TVShowsOnDVD in a Golden Collection with 37 shorts on it.
In the Netherlands we already had an almost complete set being released years ago of which pictures can still be found on my old blog.
Nevertheless I’m curious about this new US release and what extras will be on it. There can never be enough Tom & Jerry shorts!
Toy Story and Cars are not one of my favourite Pixar movies. I seriously don’t get what people find fun in Toy Story, but somehow the world does and the only Pixar release last year was a sequel to Toy Story.
Last weekend the only Pixar movie debuting this year is Cars 2 a sequel to Cars, another flick that should be forgotten in my opinion.
But next year we’ll finally see an original Pixar again, namely Brave, and the preliminary production art released so far looked promissing. Yesterday the first trailer was released and I can’t wait till Brave hits the theaters.
Dark Inspiration:Grotesque Illustrations, Art & Design is a collection of art work under the theme of dark and grotesque.
The look and feel of the book is very well done and kept in style with its theme. Even though the collected art is themed as ‘dark’, the contents could’ve easily fit into other art collection books like Hi-Fructose, Spectrum or Juxtaposed.
Unlike mentioned other art collection books Dark Inspiration in terms of its size is quite small (8.7″ x 6.7″) which doesn’t do the various art pieces justice.
The art included is good, but would’ve looked even better on a bigger format.
The range of artists is quite divers and artwork ranging from paintings to digital, from photos to sculptures are included.
Similar to any collected book some art pieces may be more of your liking than others. But that’s also the beauty of it, you get exposed to art you otherwise wouldn’t have considered looking at.
There’s little to no text, not even descriptions or bio’s of the contributing artists which would’ve been a nice touch.
The book’s an art collection and definitely good as inspiration, though the small size is a bit of a let down.
The Looney Tunes Treasury: Includes Amazing Interactive Treasures from the Warner Bros. Vault! Is the full title at Amazon. In recent years a number of ‘Treasure’ titles have been released from the big animation studios.
Under the Treasures banner ‘The Hanna Barbera Treasury’ and ‘The Mickey Mouse Treasures’ for example have been released in the recent past. These ‘treasure’ books provide interactivity in the sense that it contains various removable keepsakes, like reprints of original letters or scripts, cards, cel repro’s etc. that can be pulled out from the book.
Looney Tunes Treasury also contains removable keepsakes similar to aforementioned other titles. And if that was all there is to it, these books would be pretty shallow. Fortunately there’s another reason why these books are called treasures, because quite some so-called ‘treasures’ have been dug up to include in the book, namely production sketches, background art, cel set ups and more.
The coolest toyline in the Transformers universe has to be the Masterpiece versions. Starting with Optimus Prime as the first Masterpiece several have followed and coming September MP-10 will be introduced.
The only flaw in this series is the repetitive nature of the chosen Transformers and Takara has done it again for coming September’s release as Optimus Prime will get another re-re-release.
True, looking at the photos the new Optimus Masterpiece looks awesome but there are so many Transformer I’d like to see as well in the Masterpiece line which we haven’t seen yet.
For Optimus Prime we’ve already had the original version (MP-01), a white repaint, a black repaint and a trailer included version. So, even though it’s a new mold, this will be the 5th Optimus Prime based Masterpiece. Milking out? Hell yeah! Cool toy? Sadly, Yes!
Hi Fructose is a magazine dedicated to art in a very broad sense and features a wide range of artists in each issue.
Foreign magazines cost almost twice the cover price in the Netherlands, so I’m very glad Hi Fructose magazine is also available as collected editions on Amazon at a much affordable price as well as a better format than separate issues.
Two collected editions have been released so far. The second collection is available in two versions: a regular version and a collectors edition which comes in a ribbon closed box and includes a set of cards, stickers and a poster.