Fox Re-Releases Cult Horror Films in Limited Edition format by Skuzzles

Looking to boost the unique cover art in your collections? Fox Home Entertainment has that covered with the re-release of 13 major cult horror films for October, movies like The Silence of the Lambs, The Amityville Horror, Carrie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 and more all grace the stage with really amazing art, you can actually catch samples of the art from Skuzzles below. I know I’m already debating which ones to pick up, it’s really cool when groups like this get to work on especially unique projects like these. The full snapshot from Skuzzles on the project is below.

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At Skuzzles, we really want to offer artists the opportunity to work on titles they’re passionate about. We try to direct and pair artists where the it seems fit, but ultimately we want the artist to have equal say in how the art is executed. The goal is to keep the end result as close to the artists original vision as possible. Having said this, here’ s a little bit of feedback from the artists regarding their concepts behind the artwork:

 

Todd Slater: Invasion of the Body Snatchers – “What if the pod with the flower was shaped similar to a sternum in a ribcage (it’s really close now) and the white tendrils expand and extend from the pod to form more of the ribs and skeleton?  The background could be deep dark outer space.  My thought is that *the pods are building a new you*.”

Randy Ortiz: Silence of the Lambs – “…I wanted to go a more symbolic route and have it be clean and classy.”
Dan Mumford: Last house on the left – “… I found the scene where Mari walks into the water to be quite haunting and probably the most pivotal moment, so i worked from that and created quite a haunting still moment based around the lake she walks into. We also have two of the murderers standing there and her necklace dangling down with the smallest hint of blood red seeping through.”
Jason Edmiston: Child’s Play – “For my Child’s Play art, I wanted to show Chucky’s maniacal character, at the pinnacle of his power. I love the black magic quality of the movie, and tried to capture the killer doll in mid-chant, surrounded by crazy voodoo lightning, He scared me when I first saw this movie as a teen, and I wanted my cover art to evoke the same feeling. Most of the Child’s play art is dark, with a black background. I thought my brightly lit piece would stand out from previous iterations.”
“Ghoulish” Gary Pulin: 
The Amityville Horror – “I  just really went down the rabbit hole playing up different variables with the windows and the passage way to hell they find in the basement, but I’m happy with the graphic, iconic approach we landed on for the cover. When I reversed the shot of the house into the white negative space, it’s features of it really seemed to jump out. I knew I wanted to do something with the flies as well, so it seemed to make sense that they make up the portrait of James Brolin, as he goes through a transformation from good natured to an evil presence throughout the film.”

Carrie – “There’s a lot of ways you can go with a movie like Carrie but I wanted to focus on the intensity of the final scene and her rage filled eyes (if you look close they are fire balls). The silhouette of the knife is a nod to her insane mother and the control she’s unable to keep over her.”
Teen Wolf – This was a silk-screened poster I had created with Skuzzles previously and I’m really excited to see it become the face for an official release of the film. I hope I made Stiles proud.
It was an absolute pleasure to work on this project with everyone involved. Don’t forget to checkout the other works of each artist by visiting their website! We couldn’t be happier with the end result, and we really hope collectors enjoy these as much as we do. Let us know what you think!

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (PC) Thoughts

The latest installment of Naruto Shippuden has landed for console and PC players, the dream match installment is a filler arc for gaming that aims to pit legends against legends in a new battle format to spice things up while players wait for the larger story arc in the manga to reach a milestone that allows the developers to reach a strong release, possibly even the final depending on how this goes down.

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That out of the way, how does it stack up? Well in regard to story, it’s pretty lacking, the slight story modes available are limited to large sections of cut-scenes and the tournament story mode is generally lacking, the Mecha Naruto story is a unique twist but it leaves lots of questions and suffers from running errands endlessly to pass the time. While it introduces some of the things to expect later in the tournament (oh those filler tasks) it’s not exactly a welcome thing.

Graphically the game held up strong, no dips in the gameplay and while the game was locked to 30fps, given the integration for video and audio pacing, it’s somewhat understandable as many titles can go very bad when the framerate is modified. Sync issues can kill the enjoyment and if for now it’s the case they need to lock things then so be it. It’s playable and smooth during battles and given the amount of action there’s no point where the limit stands out heavily.

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The immersion was strong with the game, visually and acoustically the game brings home the effect of the Naruto series, we’re at a point with shading where anime style animation and details are possible to clone what so many are used to seeing each week in the show. Bandai Namco has reached a great pinnacle with the engine and hopefully they’ll be able to apply that to other licenses in the future or take it even further on next-gen platforms.

Overall it’s a fun run when it comes to versus battles and grinding out matches with tough AI in tournaments, survival and other modes but there’s a large part of the experience missing with the story mode essentially dead. For those looking to pick it up, it’s something I would say to get on sale if possible, it’s a heavy investment at 50+, I picked it up just under 39 with discounts from Steam and it felt like a fair shake at that price point.

Gargantia of the Verdurous Planet coming to Blu-Ray and DVD next week

Production I.G. is back at it with Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet coming to DVD and Blu-Ray next week. The young soldier from space has a long path ahead as he wakes on a strange ocean planet. Left with strange community and customs he has to find ways to survive and cope with being lost in space entirely.

Some extra details from VIZ

The renowned anime studio Production I.G. created this 13-episode series that

blends beautiful character and production design with a moving story about a

young soldier’s adventures on a strange and mysterious planet.

 

 

VIZ Media gives GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET a collection-worthy

treatment with a 16×9 widescreen presentation and the inclusion of 2 bonus OVA

episodes. The home media releases feature premium packaging with an O-Card for

the DVD edition and an illustrated chipboard box with a full-color 2-sided AmarayTM

wrap and a special GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET art book included

with the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Dialogue options include Japanese and English

dubbed audio tracks along with English subtitles for both editions. Also included

are clean opening and closing segments and the official promotional trailers and

broadcast TV commercials. DVD MSRP: $44.82 U.S. / $51.99 CAN; Blu-ray/DVD

Combo Pack MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN.

AUTOMATA coming to theaters and OnDemand next week

Automation is something society thrives for, making things easier, reducing the strain of manual labor and risk of life on dangerous jobs. In AUTOMATA it’s a world where we’ve excelled to full assistance but our robot companions have hit their own milestone, self-modification and modifying other robots to share in this self-awareness.

Antonio Banderas has the job of keeping an eye over this sub-population in the world, striking down any robots deviating from the norms until something new happens, a shift that can stir the entire ecosystem into turmoil and it’s up to him to lock it down for good.