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GATSU



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 8:19 pm Reply with quote
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Although the movie is being distributed outside of Japan by Warner Home Video, ADV will be collaborating on the production of the English dub.


It'd be great if they produced the entire dvd, so that we don't get a debacle similar to Innocence.

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To the surprise of panel attendees, Chou showed a video message from producer John Woo, who greeted the audience and invited them to watch some clips from the movie.


He lives in L.A. and is getting that "Stranglehold" for the 360 out next month, so it's not that surprising.

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Ex Machina will be released in theaters later in the year, and will be bundled with other ADV releases like 5cm a Second. More information will be given as it becomes available.


Sweet deal. I'll bite, as long as it doesn't get screened in out of the way places like previous theatrical releases.

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Greenfield said that “fascinating things” were happening with the live-action Evangelion movie,


I'm guessing Transformers is the only reason it's getting off the ground. How Watchmen will do will probably seal the deal.

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However, although there is no information available on the possibility of ADV licensing the new Evangelion movies, he said that, as someone who is married to the voice actress of Asuka, “there is certainly a great incentive of us to go ahead and do that.”


I'm gonna bet Bandai Visual is going to keep it, so they can use it as a trump card to sell other overpriced titles.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:50 pm Reply with quote
I really don't like it when companies that don't focus on anime license anime, it usually doesn't end well. Innocence for example as Gatsu pointed out. I don't think Appleseed released by WB will be that good. I'm guessing no special edition and very few extras. I really hope the Eva movie starts to get some steam behind it. I agree with Gatsu that Transformers probably helped, but if I may ask, what will how well Watchmen does have to do with the Eva movie?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:36 pm Reply with quote
Berserk: The only issue left for an Eva movie is whether its serious material will hurt its general audience potential. Besides The Crow, V for Vendetta and Sin City, very few comic book movies which have edgy and dark content do well at the box office. (See A History of Violence, Hellboy, and even Road to Perdition. The latter should have been huge with Hanks involved!) Hell, even Batman Begins took longer to make its money back than the previous films. The reason Sin City and V worked was that they had big names attached to it, while The Crow had a a tragedy attached to it. Watchmen has the dual burden of having to trim a 500 page comic into a 2.5 hour movie and still be marketable to the casual moviegoer. I'd imagine Eva having a similar issue.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:33 am Reply with quote
Thanks Gatsu. You're right, I guess we better hope Watchmen does really well. Although I'm guessing that if Eva gets off of the ground, they're going to want to do it as a trilogy.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:24 pm Reply with quote
Berserkfury819 wrote:
Although I'm guessing that if Eva gets off of the ground, they're going to want to do it as a trilogy.


yeah, that is the usual trend. But it would be better than cramming the whole story into one movie Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 3:54 am Reply with quote
I was trying to figure out why Warner Brohers listed the ADV panel among their events of the day on their Saturday events, though the joint venture thing explained it so presumably even though Warner Brothers has a lengthy history in animation (Bugs Bunny for one), they apparently feel better going with a company familiar with anime to put Appleseed over.

On the other hand, the Eva movie still sounds like a niche market thing. It may be big in anime, but anime is nothing compared to the usual Hollywood blockbuster appeal, yet the title will likely need lots of expensive effects. It sounds like a hard sell.
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On the other hand, the Eva movie still sounds like a niche market thing. It may be big in anime, but anime is nothing compared to the usual Hollywood blockbuster appeal,


Dude, did you see how much Transformers made? Eva might not open as well, but at least the idea of it not being able to make its money back doesn't sound as absurd now as it did in the past.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:35 am Reply with quote
Eva doesn't have 25 years of history with the US. It would probably cost as much as Transformers to make, and make about a tenth as much. ADV is just stringing a carrot along to keep word of Eva out there. Eva has as much a chance of seeing the light of day as DBZ the movie does. Think about it, the best selling anime series to my understanding is Innuyasha, and collectively it has sold over a million copies. Transformers the movie will sell that much probably in the first day. Transformers cartoons I bet have sold individually more then any anime has collectively.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:35 pm Reply with quote
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Eva doesn't have 25 years of history with the US. It would probably cost as much as Transformers to make, and make about a tenth as much.


Not with the right casting and fx.

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Eva has as much a chance of seeing the light of day as DBZ the movie does.


We're almost there on the latter title with that Monkey King production with Jet Li and Jackie Chan.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:00 pm Reply with quote
Transformers is an action flick

Eva is 2001 Space Odyssey--ooo what does it mean? Parents can take their kids to Transformers & enjoy whether they know squat about the title or not. Eva is not that accessable. It's more Star Trek--it has its fans, but it isn't all that appealing to outsiders.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:09 pm Reply with quote
CCS: Most of the Star Trek films have been profitable and successful, so bad analogy.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:01 am Reply with quote
I don't know if its just me but when I watched Transformers for the second time, right in the middle of the film I started thinking; "Hmm alot of good franchise can now be ready to make the big leap", I suddenly thought about Evangelion, Gundam, etc...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:34 am Reply with quote
Seraphim: They already did a live-action Gundam, and no one liked it. Of course, that series has had its ups and downs, so there's always a second chance...
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