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Preview of FUNimation’s Dragon Ball Z Blu-Ray Release

Preview of FUNimation's Dragon Ball Z Blu-Ray Release

This coming December 31, 2013, FUNimation will be releasing a new Dragon Ball Z Blu-Ray collection. Some of you will remember that the distributor has already tried to release the series on Blu-Ray a couple of years ago, but had to cancel after encountering problems with reframing of the series from its native full screen to widescreen.

Their latest attempt seems to be successful as the collection is finally being released in three sets, with the episode count for each release matching the original DVD releases. The release will also have remastered audio tracks and a video that features a more vibrant color palette. You can check out the comparison video below:

Released Today – Man of Steel™ Blu-Ray Review

Man of Steel Blu-ray Combo Pack Available Today

The fate of mankind is in the hands of one man when Man of Steel™ arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, 3D Limited Collector’s Edition and Digital Download on November 12 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In Man of Steel, Clark Kent is forced to confront his extraterrestrial past and embrace his hidden powers when Earth is threatened with destruction.

ToonBarn readers: we will say this only once. If you only get one Blu-Ray Disc this year, get MAN OF STEEL™. Period.

You get over 4 hours of special features on this collection, and you can see the movie 2 different ways:

1. The original film as it was released in theaters, in all of it’s detailed and rich digital glory, or
2. Watch the movie with Zack Snyder, cast and crew members walking you through it, showing you Man of Steel from their perspective.

Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United Comes Out on Blu-Ray this December

Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United Comes Out on Blu-Ray this December

If you’re looking for a new home video to add to your marathon schedule when December rolls around, Marvel’s got a new Blu-Ray that would make a great lead-in, especially if you’re planning to fill that schedule with comic book movies and specials: Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, which is scheduled to come out on Blu-Ray this coming December 3, 2013

Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United is a new action-packed CG animated adventure that brings together two of Marvel’s most popular heroes, first against each other, and then together against a threat that no hero can defeat on his own.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold on Blu-ray this Tuesday

Batman: The Brave and the Bold arrives on Blu-Ray Tuesday, Nov 5

Courtesy of Warner Archive comes the complete first season of Batman: The Brave and the Bold on Blu-ray this Tuesday, November 5. This 2-Disc, 26-Episode collection presents the series’ inaugural season in all its crisp and clear 1080p High Definition, as it was meant to be enjoyed. A galaxy of Bat-tastic team-ups await as they face any peril including other heroes OUTRAGEOUSLY stealing the show ­in their relentless pursuit of justice. And fun.

In case you missed it, we had previously posted our interviews from the red carpet of the Premiere of Batman: The Brave in the Bold on Blu-Ray at the Paley Center for Media in New York City last month. Those interviews are here:

Batman: The Brave and the Bold Blu-Ray Premiere Red Carpet Interviews

Red Carpet Interviews with Diedrich Bader, Andrea Romano, John DiMaggio, and James Tucker

The Paley Center for Media in New York City was the place to be on October 11th for a special Blu-Ray Premiere Event for Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which will be available on Blu-Ray for the first time on November 5, 2013. Prior to the Episode Screening and Special Guest Panel and Q & A, ToonBarn was on hand for the Red Carpet Interviews with some of the panelists.

Ladies first, we always say. Our first interview is with Andrea Romano, who is the most hard-working and most beloved casting and voice director in the animation business, period. Everyone wants to work with Andrea because she is simply the best (cue Tina Turner). In this interview, Andrea tells us how she chose Diedrich Bader to be Batman. And we get to find out how Andrea developed into the most gifted voice director we have ever seen.

Monsters University 3-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray Combo Pack Review


We are mere weeks away from Halloween, so it’s only natural that Monsters are coming out to play. In fact, Disney/Pixar’s unleashed their own monsters via the Monsters University Digital HD and Digital HD 3D release last October 8, 2013. They’re also going to follow it up with a proper retail release of the 4-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-Ra 3D Como Pack 3-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack,
3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack,DVD and On-Demand on October 29, 2013.

We currently don’t have access to a proper 3D setup so we won’t be focusing on the 3D aspects of the release. In any case, the 3D is just an extra – the proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating – and whether owning Monsters University on home video will be worth your money or not will depend largely on the film itself (and maybe a few of the extras included in the set.)

The Movie: No Boo?

Let’s get this out of the way first. Monsters University is the prequel to Monsters, Inc. and focuses on Sulley and Mike during their college days – how they met, how they became best friends despite their differences and the path they took in order to become the top scarers in Monsters, Inc. This means no Boo, as she’s probably not even born yet during the events of the film.

It can’t be denied that Boo is one of the most popular characters in the original film but her absence here isn’t such a bad thing. It’s true that there’s a dearth of “daaww-sooo-cuuuutee,” moments but you won’t miss it much once you realize that Monsters University doesn’t really need it to work this time around. Rather, it is more of a college buddy comedy that’s reliant on Mike and Sulley’s chemistry (or initial lack thereof).

Home Video Preview: Robot Chicken Season 6

ToonBarn's Preview of Robot Chicken Season 6 Blu-Ray/DVD Release

Today! October 8, Robot Chicken returns to Blu-ray™ and DVD in all of its stop-motion – and Emmy® Award-winning – glory in the latest release from Adult Swim, Robot Chicken Season 6! The top-rated, animated television series from co-creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich continues to bring pop-culture parodies to life in the modern take on the variety/sketch show format that has become its trademark.

Take it from ToonBarn, if you’ve never purchased a DVD or Blu-Ray for any of the previous seasons of Robot Chicken, Season 6 is the one you want to get. This is some of the best episodes they have ever done. Those of you who watched it on Adult Swim know what we’re talking about. From the new opening, where the chicken turns the tables on the mad scientist, to the mashup of Shirt Tales and Red Tails, to Wilson the volleyball from Castaway, to the Robot Chicken version of how they really found Bin Laden, you will laugh yourself silly throughout the whole home video version of Season 6.

Home Video Preview: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising

Optimus Prime from Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Predacons Rising

“A resurrected UNICRON has taken over the now-lifeless body of MEGATRON to seek vengeance on the AUTOBOTS and ultimately, the destruction of Cybertron. This formidable enemy forces an unlikely alliance between the AUTOBOTS, DECEPTICONS, PREDAKING and two new PREDACONS, who come together in an epic battle to help protect their newly restored planet.” – DVD Back Cover

This Fall, the eagerly anticipated conclusion of Hasbro Studios’ Emmy® Award-winning series will finally unleash in a special TRANSFORMERS PRIME original feature presentation for home entertainment. On October 8, 2013, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, invite kids, families and loyal fans to further venture into the awe-inspiring world of TRANSFORMERS PRIME when TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS – PREDACONS RISING debuts as a special original feature on Blu-ray™+ DVD combo pack and on DVD.

VIZ Announces Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower for Blu-Ray and DVD


Leading anime distributor and licensor VIZ Media has recently announced the newest Naruto anime feature film that they will be bringing to DVD and Blu-Ray as Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower, which is scheduled for a September 17th, 2013 release. The film is rated TV-14 and will retail under the MSRP of $19.98 US for DVD and $24.98 US for Blu-Ray.

Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower focuses on the Rogue Ninja Mukade, who was caught by Team 7 as he is about to summon forth the power of an underground channel of chakra called the LeyLine. However, things go haywire and Naruto gets caught up in the chakra buildup, sending him back in time to the city of Loran, which is known for its thousand towers. In there, he encounters the future Fourth Hokage (and his future father) Minato Namikaze and the queen of Loran, Sarah, whose rule is being threatened by a younger Mukade.

Both the DVD and Blu-Ray versions will come with a bunch of extra features such as English and Original Japanese theatrical trailers, a production art gallery, and the hilarious anime short “Naruto and The Three Wishes.”

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Makes its Way to Blu-Ray


This coming August 27, The Walt Disney Studios will be honoring one of the classic children’s properties that continue to inspire and entertain these days, via the Blu-Ray and HD Digital release of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. The releases will come with a wide variety of bonus features and enhanced quality that will allow a whole new generation of fans to fall in love with Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood.

The Winnie the Pooh franchise is still alive today, via a globally-popular line of merchandise, as well as the recent CG animated series (not to mention being part of the famous Disney-Square Enix produced videogame series Kingdom Hearts) , but children will now be able to see the original 2D animated series, which has been digitally restored and remastered in high definition in order to provide clarity and fidelity that modern viewers expect.

Disney Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Oliver and Company!

The 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray Edition of Oliver and Company is now on sale from Disney

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of a Disney classic with the stunning Blu-ray debut of Oliver And Company, featuring perfect picture and sound. Relive this charming animated adventure, packed with excitement, fun and unforgettable songs by Billy Joel, Bette Midler and Huey Lewis.

I never did get to see this one when it came out 25 years ago. I was in college at the time. So, seeing it on Blu-Ray, this was my first time. This movie took me back in time, though. It’s an 80’s music explosion mixed with an old Dickens’ tale about an orphan who finds a home. Disney is able to make this combination work perfectly by making the Oliver Twist characters animals instead of humans, but there are humans that adopt Oliver and Company.

Disney Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Sword in the Stone

Disney celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Sword in the Stone with an all-new Blu-Ray release on August 6.

Disney proudly presents the 50th anniversary edition of a spellbinding and beloved animated classic. Conjure up magical family fun with the humor, adventure and Academy Award®-nominated music (Best Score – Adaptation or Treatment, 1963) of The Sword In The Stone – now on Blu-ray Combo Pack for the first time ever!

I was a big fan of the Arthurian Legend growing up, and I seem to remember that the Disney version was a cute story about Wart training under Merlin, with Archimedes (the owl) as his advisor and friend. Wart gets to learn life’s lessons from Merlin, using his magic to turn Wart into different animals, who each have their own problems.

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