Princess Resurrection: Collection 2 is now out on DVD.
They continue to follow the mad capped adventures of Princess Resurrection and her undead servent Hiro as she goes about slaying monsters wielding stakes, swords, jackhammers, and her favorite, a chain saw.
This collection runs 385 minutes over two discs. It's an animated adaptation to Yasunori Mitsunaga's manga.
For more on the manga read Emerian Rich's post Review: Princess Resurrection 1 & 2.
Princess Resurrection: Collection 2 is now out on DVD.
Speculative Fiction Summer Shows To Check Out
We've got 11 shows on the to check out and watch list plus four specials from the Movies, Miniseries and Monsters category.
True Blood: season three
- Awesome show must see
- Vampires done very well
- Loved the first two seasons
- Kind of mad at HBO for not making this at least available on iTunes yet. It has the problem of not being decabled friendly.
June 13, at 9 p.m. on HBO.
There's more sex, blood and supernatural action as the red-hot series picks up where it left off. Sookie's man is missing, and so she's searching for Bill with a little help from vampire Eric and werewolf Alcide (Joe Manganiello). Meanwhile, Tara gets mixed up with a vampire who takes her to the dark side, and we meet Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), the vampire king of Mississippi. Elsewhere, Sam hunts for his birth parents and Jason finds romance with a local woman who has a secret. Look for tons of new regular, recurring and guest characters.
The Gates: series premiere
- Concerned about the pitch it is trying too hard to be liked
- I am kind of interested in the show
- It sounds more like eureka with stock fantasy / Gothic characters
- Every time I hear about the show I get the slug line "The Gates where abnormals go to be domesticated" in my head. My hope is that I'm wrong on that
- Eric hopes it will be like charmed.
June 20, at 10 p.m. on ABC.
Mix Desperate Housewives with Twilight, add a drop of True Blood, and you've got The Gates. In the series, when an ex-Chicago cop becomes the new police chief of an exclusive gated community, he and his family slowly come to learn exactly how exclusive that community is. Apparently humans aren't the only creatures that want to feel safe. This community has vampires, werewolves, witches and other creatures, and they don't always play nice.
- Love me some Futurama
- So excited the show is back with full cast intact
June 24, at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central
Thank you, Comedy Central! The ultimate animated space ride, Futurama, is returning for 12 glorious new episodes with Fry, Bender, Leela and all the gang from the Planet Express.
Warehouse 13: season two
- Season one rocked
- must watch show
- What happened to Artie? is it the pheonix artifact and who or what will pay for it
- could they be doing a where's claudia
July 6, at 9 p.m. on SyFy
Syfy's highest-rated series returns and Artie, who appeared to have died in an explosion at the end of last season, will return in an unusual way. With the season-one finale leaving just about everyone in a tough situation, look for lots of surprises to get them back in the supernatural artifact-hunting business. This season, love will bloom and there will be a Eureka crossover with Douglas Fargo (Neil Grayston) when he installs a new Global Dynamics computer system at the warehouse. Nolan Gerard Funk joins the cast as a romantic interest for Claudia, while Lindsay Wagner and Tia Carrere guest-star.
Eureka: season four
- great show
- time to get our geek on again
- Hoping that Jaime Ray Newman will come back since East Wick is gone.
July 9, at 9 p.m. on SyFy
Something big is coming that will be a major game-changer for Eureka, and it isn't just James Callis joining the cast this season. Expect an Allison/Jack/Dr. Grant (Callis) love triangle, a race to the moon, people turning into stone, and even zombies! Guest stars include Jamie Kennedy, Wil Wheaton and the return of Jaime Ray Newman and Matt Frewer.
Haven: series premiere
- Based on Stephen King is a yellow flag
- My hope is for it to be good but past attempts to translate his works onto the screen have meet without much success, see Dead zone and Langoliers.
July 9, at 10 p.m. on SyFy
Based on the Stephen King novella The Colorado Kid, the series centers on FBI agent Audrey Parker, played by Jericho's Emily Rose, as she arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine, to look into the murder of a local ex-con. What seems like a routine case lands her in the middle of events in the town, which is a refuge for people with a range of supernatural abilities. Haven also stars Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour.
Ghost Hunters International: season two finishing episodes
- Love me some Ghost Hunters
July 14, at 9 p.m. on SyFy
The GHI team is off to Nottingham, England, in the hunt for the Sherriff of Nottingham's ghost at the Galleries of Justice. Other countries they'll explore during their global adventures include Wales, Norway, Poland, Ukraine and Estonia. The team is joined by new member Scott Tepperman, as well as Ghost Hunter Academy winners Susan Slaughter and Karl Pfeiffer.
Being Human: season two
- I want to see season one have heard good things about the show.
- Watching this will be tricky since BBC America is not decabled friendly
July 24, at 10 p.m. on BBC America
Before Syfy can have its way with the subject matter, you can catch a second season of the BBC original with the supernatural roomies—vampire Mitchell, werewolf George and ghost Annie. In the second season, George has to deal with relationship troubles, Mitchell tries to create order within the vampire community, and Annie takes on motherhood with a baby ghost. The series moves to its regular timeslot at 9 p.m. on July 31. BBC's announced that a third season is in the works.
Movies, Miniseries and Monsters
Princess of Mars: Syfy original movie
- Love some Barsoom book series, hoping it will at least be craptastic but with Antonio Sabato Jr. and Traci Lords in it there is no hope.
Saturday, June 5, at 9 p.m.
How about a little Edgar Rice Burroughs? This Syfy original flick adapts the Burroughs novel and takes Antonio Sabato Jr. and Traci Lords on an adventure about a U.S. soldier who is mysteriously transported to Mars in the midst of a war between two alien races.
- Four hour miniseries
- don't know why The Phantom needed re-imagining so I hope they do well with it
June 20, at 7 p.m.
This modern-day re-imagining of the comic book follows Kit Walker (Ryan Carnes), the son of the Phantom, who ends up with his father's iconic ring. In the tale, Kit is targeted by the deadly Singh crime syndicate, who hope to stop the ascension of the next Phantom. Add in Isabella Rossellini as Lithia, the head of an experimental mind-control program, and you have one interesting miniseries. This mini was directed by The Last Templar's Paolo Barzman and stars Sandrine Holt and Cameron Goodman.
Dinocroc vs. Supergator: Syfy original movie
- What can I say I'm a sucker for a crappy giant monster flick
June 26, at 9 p.m.
Yep, it's a Dinocroc vs. Supergator smackdown a la Roger Corman! The two massive critters escape an experimental facility (which happens to be on a lush tropical island) and begin rampaging toward populated beaches filled with tourists. While the creatures work up an appetite battling each other, there are plenty of tourists around to snack on to keep them going.
Review: Princess Resurrection 1 & 2 by Yasunori Mitsunaga
Contrary to what the cover and write up leads you to believe, the star of this manga is not Princess Resurrection. The true star is Hiro, an abandoned boy who is resurrected to be a slave for the princess. Poor Hiro wakes up in a morgue unaware that he is now undead and wanders to the Princess's house. Princess Resurrection is nonchalant and uncaring of his life or what becomes of him. As the daughter of the king who stands above all monsters, I guess she has the luxury of being jaded about death. She wields many weapons such as stakes, swords, jackhammers, and her favorite, a chain saw. Despite the many monsters she massacres, her dress is never damaged. Now, this is a girl we can look up to!
So, let's see... we have a hell-bent princess, an undead boy, a robot maid, is there someone missing? Ah yes! Let's add a rebellious werewolf girl into the mix.
These books are great. No matter how many times Hiro is "accidentally" killed by the Princess's weapons or the robot maid says her only word "Hooba", this story never gets old.
What you'll find in Volume 1:
• Hiro wakes up dead and finds the Princess battling a horde of werewolves • Insane hospital employees attempt to make Hiro their savior and then try to kill him. • Werewolf girl saves Princess Resurrection from a battalion of squidmen. • Extras in the back include a four page spin-off comic and two pages of translation notes explaining the significance of certain scenes along with a sneak peek at Volume 2. • Favorite quote: "You think Hiro's alright?" "He only drowned for one night. There shouldn't be a problem."
What you'll find in Volume 2:
• The Princess's evil little sister visits and infects the house with triffids. • A sexy vampire girl wants Hiro for her own and attempts to steal him from the Princess. • The Princess battles another horde of werewolves. • The robot maid finds an android who she cares for. • The Princess kills an eyeball squid creature with a jackhammer. • Extras in the back include a five page spin-off comic and two pages of translation notes explaining the significance of certain scenes along with a sneak peek at Volume 3 which looks to include a mummy army. • Favorite quote: While most of the crew is fighting for their lives against triffids, the maid is cleaning up. "It's a little noisy upstairs... Oh well. I need to vacuum!" The art in this manga is not pretty and frilly, but it is very well done. Monster art, gory blood, fighting, and a girl who cuddles her weapons? What more can a horror manga fan want?
Go to Amazon.com to preview or purchase Princess Resurrection 1, Princess Resurrection 2, Princess Resurrection 3, Princess Resurrection 4, Princess Resurrection 5, Princess Resurrection 6, or preorder Princess Resurrection 7 (released November 24, 2009). There is also an animated DVD Princess Resurrection: Collection 1
DVD Releases: February 10th, 2009
This weeks DVD releases brings us seven progressive speculative fiction movies and TV shows: Afro Samurai: Resurrection, Death Note Movie II: The Last Name, Kiss: Resurrection, Tales from the Darkside: The First Season, Friday the 13th - The Series - Season Two, Dragon Ball Z: Season Eight (Babidi & Majin Buu Sagas), and Against the Dark.
- Afro Samurai: Resurrection: The second season is out for this action-packed animated series. I’m very curious to try this out and have heard great things about the series. Samuel L. Jackson returns as the voice of the tortured titular character who learns that the body of his father has been stolen from its grave. Afro and his sidekick, Ninja Ninja (also voiced by Jackson), set off a bloody trek through futuristic Japan to exact revenge. Inspired by the work of manga artist Takashi Okazaki.
- Death Note Movie II: The Last Name: The second live action movie based on the anime series which is based on the manga. For more on the anime series and to watch it streaming online read: Death Note: Streaming Online Anime. For more on the manga read: Review: Death Note. In this live-action sequel to Death Note, the battle of wits between enigmatic detective "L" (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) and teenage vigilante Light (Tatsuya Fujiwara) escalates as Light infiltrates L's inner circle of investigators to divert suspicion away from himself. Meanwhile, popular television host Misa (Erika Toda) finds a second Death Note notebook and uses it to become Light's deadly disciple.
- Kiss: Resurrection: This was a really good concert and worth checking out as a renter. After ditching their makeup and costumes in the 1980s, rock band Kiss reformed in '96 with their classic look and style. Through this documentary's behind-the-scenes footage and candid interviews, explore this exciting period in the band's history. All four of the original members, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, return for this amazing reunion and show the world they still rock.
- Tales from the Darkside: The First Season: This series was a pseudo knock off of Tales from the Crypt, that said this was an entertaining series and fun to watch. I would highly recommend renting it. A macabre anthology series features adapted stories by Stephen King, Clive Barker and other horror writers with eerie tales about a levitating boy, an endlessly ringing phone, an undead grandpa, a vengeful genie and a bookie whose life depends on a bet populate.
- Friday the 13th - The Series - Season Two: This is a great show really enjoyed watching it and recommend renting it. A supernatural mystery series where Johnny Ventura teams with Micki and Ryan in their endless quest to track down the cursed relics of Lewis Andredi, who forged an unholy alliance with Satan. Joined by ex-magician Jack Marshak, the gang pursues -- among other things -- a voodoo mask, John Wilkes Booth's makeup case, vampire bees and a hexed camera.
- Dragon Ball Z: Season Eight (Babidi & Majin Buu Sagas): This is a crazy series that grows on you, for fans they already know this one is an owner, for non fans do yourself a favor and start at the beginning, rent it wait a while and you too will get sucked into this series. Dragon Ball Z is great fun with copious amounts of super smashing action and humor. This season contains the Babidi and Majin Buu sagas… lol like any one can “contain” Majin Buu. Supreme Kai comes to Earth to help the Z fighters thwart villainous Babidi's evil plan to revive the monstrous Buu. As the epic battle unfolds, Goku, Gohan and the others must face the underworld ruler Dabura, and Vegeta makes the ultimate sacrifice to break free of Babidi's mind-controlling influence.
- Against the Dark: This movie sounds so craptastic that if I were sitting on the couch flipping channels I would have to stop and watch this suspected train wreck of a movie… Let me set the stage bloodthirsty vampires wreaking havoc and our only savior Steven Seagal… ROFL. On a slightly more serious side if you have seen this let me know how it was.
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Review: Princess Ai
Princess Ai is a girl with a slammin’ body who finds herself lost on the streets of Tokyo. Her clothes are in shambles and all she has as a clue to who she is and where she came from is a heart shaped box. The scantily-clad bombshell meets a young innocent student named Kent who attempts from that day forward to help and protect her. Ai soon becomes a star singer, has tons of adoring fans, and sprouts wings! If any of you know anything about Courtney Love or her late husband Kurt Cobain, you can surely see the connection between them and the story. Ai means “love” in Japanese and it is said that Ai is loosely based on Love’s life story. Her heart-shaped box, which is prominent in the story, was a hit song by Nirvana and referred to a present Courtney gave Kurt.
The secret of Ai's origin is one that unfolds so well in the books, that I wouldn’t dare spill it. It is interesting to see the evolution of fashion in these musically inspired books. The first volume starts with simple shredded outfits and ends with an almost Playboy Halloween costume Lolita dress. Volume two adds some cosplay elements and ends with an even more elaborate Bo Peep-ish Lolita dress. There is also a vampire-like adversary who is dressed like a succubus vixen, reminiscent of Morrigan Aensland from Darkstalkers. Volume three brings in a lot of Victorian elements as well as Kingdom and Edwardian styles. The art in all of the books is the kind that you can stare at for hours, whether you are inspecting Ai’s costumes for inspiration, or her body for pleasure.
Special features in the books include:
Volume 2: An article about the making of the Princess Ai dolls.
- Volume 3: Ai paperdolls, an afterward by DJ Milky, and a cosplay Ai look a-like-contest review with pictures of the fans.
For those hard core Ai fans, you might want to invest in the Princess Ai Roses & Tattoos art/poetry book. This book does not have any more story in it, but it does have plastic sleeves with 16 full color pin-up pictures of Ai. Each pin-up has poetry on the back. There are also 12 pages of Ai stickers that you will never want to use because they are just so cool.
Though I am a Princess Ai fan, there are several items I do not own yet.
- Princess Ai: Rumors From The Other Side. The art is said to be fan art and the stories are from American authors.
- Princess Ai Color Me Manga Coloring book
- Princess Ai “Ultimate Edition”, which includes all three Ai books in one volume.
- Princess Ai of Ai-land: The comic strip collection by DJ Milky
- Princess Ai: Encounters which has Ai mingling with other Tokyo Pop stars such as Ein from Midnight Opera, Pam from Tarot Café, and the cast of Rhysmyth.
Brand new Princess Ai books are coming. The first one was released in Dec 2008 and is titled: Princess Ai-The Prism of Midnight Dawn- Volume 1 by Christine Boylan & D.J. Milky. This is the first of the trilogy and my copy came with a music CD of Ai songs, though I am not sure all copies do. It’s hard to tell if this will be as good without Courtney’s input, but we shall see. I look forward to cracking it open and letting the dashPunk community know.
Princess Ai successfully combines a love of art, music, and fashion into a series that will have you occupied for hours. You can find these items at Amazon.com
All I want for Christmas is My Daleks
On Nov 26 2007 the glorious and grand BBC released a very exciting box set titled "Doctor Who : The Davros Collection." This glorious news brings me great sadness because I can not get it and if I got my hands on it I could not even watch it :( They released it as a region 2 DVD and being American I can only watch region 1 DVD's. That being said, I hope that they will do a release for the states so that I could get it. The box set contents as described by amazon.co.uk
The Doctor Who: Davros Collection contains: all five classic Doctor Who Davros stories, including an exclusive special edition of "Remembrance of the Daleks", all seven Davros audio stories, plus an exclusive brand new audio story – "The Davros Mission", and a host of special features including an exclusive documentary.
Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks (discs 1 & 2): This classic Doctor Who story was voted number one in a poll by Doctor Who Magazine. Starring fans’ favourite Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor, "Genesis of the Daleks" introduces the merciless villain Davros (Michael Wisher), and tells the terrifying story of how the Daleks came to be. Disc 2 contains a brand new documentary "Davros Connections" which takes an in-depth look at the history of the Daleks' creator, Davros. Special features include: Commentary with Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Peter Miles (Nyder) & David Maloney, "Genesis of a Classic" - cast & crew recall working on the story in this specially shot documentary. "The Dalek Tapes" – new documentary narrated by Terry Molloy (who plays Davros in other Doctor Who stories), that tells the story of the Doctor’s most iconic villain, including rare footage from programmes such as Blue Peter. "Blue Peter" – a March 1975 item looking at a collection of Doctor Who models. Doctor Who 1976 Annual as a PDF Radio Times listings Continuity compilation Photo gallery Subtitles
Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks (Disc 3). "Destiny of the Daleks" stars the much loved Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor alongside Lalla Ward as a newly regenerated Romana and David Gooderson the most notorious villain, Davros. Special features include: Commentary with actors Lalla Ward and David Gooderson, director Ken Grieve. "Terror Nation" - documentary about writer Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks, and his work on Doctor Who. With contributions from producers Barry Letts and Philip Hinchcliffe, script editor Terrance Dicks, director Richard Martin and Dalek voice artiste Nicholas Briggs. "Directing Who" - director Ken Grieve recalls his time on this story. CGI Effects – providing the option to watch the story with seventeen of the original video effects sequences replaced by CGI versions. Trails and Continuity - BBC1 trails and continuity announcements from the story's transmission, including the specially shot trailer heralding the return of the Daleks. Photo gallery - production, design and publicity photos. Prime Computer adverts - Australian TV adverts for Prime Computers, starring the Doctor and Romana.
Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks (disc 4) Peter Davison stars as the fifth Doctor in "Resurrection of the Daleks". Captured in a Time Corridor, the Doctor and his companions are forced to land on 20th Century Earth, after being diverted by the Daleks. It is here that the true purpose of the Time Corridor becomes apparent: after 90 years of imprisonment, Davros is to be liberated to assist in the resurrection of his army. But not even the Daleks foresee the poisonous threat presented by their creator. Indeed, who would suspect Davros of wanting to destroy his own Daleks – and why? Special features include: 40th Anniversary video Commentary by Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, director Matthew Robinson. Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound Mix. On Location - director Matthew Robinson takes a tour round the Shad Thames locations used during filming. Includes the last ever interview with producer John Nathan-Turner. Breakfast Time Trail for episode One TARDIS-Cam no.4 Extended and Deleted Scenes Production Notes.
Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks (disc 5) "Revelation of the Daleks" stars Colin Baker as the sixth Doctor, with Nicola Bryant as his assistant Peri, battling with his most enduring enemy, the Daleks. Davros plans to create a whole new army of Daleks with which to take control of the Universe and it is up to the Doctor to stop him… Special features include: Commentary with director Graeme Harper, writer Eric Saward and actors Nicola Bryant and Terry Molloy. Revelation Exhumed - a new featurette interviewing cast and crew. In Studio - a behind-the-scenes featurette, which can be viewed with raw studio sound or with a commentary by Graeme Harper and Terry Molloy. CGI Effects Continuity - off-air continuity announcements from the original and repeat BBC transmissions, and shows how original two-parter was split to four parts on the repeat. Deleted scenes Isolated music Picture gallery Production notes Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound mix.
Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks Special Edition (discs 6 and 7) Although "Remembrance of the Daleks" is already available as a single DVD, this box set exclusively contains a 2-disc special edition of the story. This special edition of "Remembrance of the Daleks" features a host of extras including: Commentary with actors Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred. Back to School - Cast and crew talk about the making of the story accompanied by rare behind-the-scenes material. Remembrances - Cast and crew talk about the influences and references to other Doctor Who adventures that are spread throughout the story. Extended and deleted scenes Outtakes Multi-angle sequences - allowing the viewer to watch Ace's escape from the Chemistry lab and the Daleks blowing up the large gates from one of two camera angles. Trails and continuity Photo gallery Isolated music Radio Times listings Subtitles Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound mix
Davros Audio Stories (disc 8) This special edition box set contains an exclusive compilation of all 7 Davros audio stories plus an exclusive brand new audio story – "The Davros Mission" written by Nicholas Briggs. In this new audio drama, specially commissioned for this box set, Davros is taken by the Daleks for trial and imminent execution. But even in his darkest hour, he finds allies and an insatiable cunning to survive…
Now the reviews are very entertaining and can be summarized with those who loved the box set did so because of the contents and materials. Those that hated it were mad because the box set was a repackaging of episodes that the collectors already had. Now I understand the frustration of buying shows twice I went through it with Star Trek but I love having those types of collections. I love those types of collections because having both gives me more choices. I find myself at times sitting down and watching through Star Trek episode by episode or when I just want to watch the episodes with Klingons in it I put in the Star Trek Fan Collective - Klingon. I would love to have the Davros collection because then when I want to watch Dr. Who I can put in Dr. Who and watch through the episodes and when I want to watch the Daleks I could put in the complete Davros collection.
I hope that the BBC produces a region one release of "Doctor Who : The Davros Collection." To my brothers and sisters across the "pond" once again I'm envious. Cheers!