Rebirth of Mothra – Blu-ray Release

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Hey, remember our old friend Mothra  (モスラ)?  If you’re a Godzilla (ゴジラ) fan, you likely remember Mothra from this epic battle with super metal flame-wings Battra (バトラ).  If you’re anything like me, you’re a huge fan of Mothra.  I mean… she sprinkles friendship glitter on her foes and barrages them with lightning attacks to bend them towards her furry, loving will.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  Well!  On September 9th, 2014 they released the Blu-ray version of “Rebirth of Mothra I/II/III” which has been remastered!  Of course I got it and just viewed it today with my friends!

Rebirth_of_MothraAfter the events in Godzilla vs. Mothra (ゴジラvsモスラ) it’s understandable that Mothra needed to take a nice long rest.  I mean, it takes a lot of energy to save the world and protect mankind, especially when it’s against Godzilla AND Battra.  Mothra enjoys some well deserved rest after laying her egg.  Meanwhile Mr. Goto, one of our obligatory human characters,  is running his construction company while destroying the earth and its’ ecosystem.  In order to highlight this, one of the first scenes you see is a construction vehicle running over a nest of bird eggs!!!  This theme of humans vs. nature is present in many of the Toho movies, and especially pertains to Mothra as she is a guardian of the earth.  Well, as Mr. Goto is going about his business, he finds what looks to be a medallion in the mountainside and does what anyone would do…. he removes it from the stone and gives it to his daughter as a necklace.  Of course!  Well, little did he know that removing this medallion would break the seal holding Desghidora (Death-Ghidora デスギドラ) in his earthly prison!  Clearly, this is a job for Mothra to once again save humanity from itself.

The original movie was released in 1996, but has since been remastered for this Blu-ray release, and it is beautiful.  I am a sucker for practical effects, and you can see that this film threw in a little bit of CGI, but mostly used puppetry and tactile Kaiju, so it looks amazing.  This is the first time I am watching this movie, and honestly it was better than I thought it would be!  The overall pacing of the story moved along at a fast clip.  We had some human story, but not too much.  The twins were awesome, as always, and in this film we’re introduced to a mysterious new member of the same race, Belvera.

The Blu-ray itself doesn’t come with anything in the way of features as it just has the original trailer.  This is to be expected for some of the older releases anyhow.  The main attraction of this set is the great remastered quality.  There are both English and Japanese audio and subtitles.  I recommend using the ‘English 2’ subtitle track as the first track had a black text background and moved around a bunch.  The second track was the much more standard subtitle track.  So overall, if you’re a Mothra fan this Blu-ray is worth the buy, you can get it here:  Rebirth of Mothra / Rebirth of Mothra II / Rebirth of Mothra III – Vol [Blu-ray]

P.S. If you came here as a Mothra fan then you REALLY need to check out Team Kultzow where I got this super awesome Mothra Necklace!

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Tusk

I love Kevin Smith for many reasons.  He’s a compelling speaker, seems like an awesome Dad and husband, is from New Jersey, etc.  I’ve grown up watching, relating to, and laughing at his movies.  So, when he announced his retirement from making movies, it made me sad.  Not too sad though since I still had Comic Book Men, Smodcast, and live performances during which I could enjoy all that Kevin Smith shares with us.   So, when Kevin Smith started talking about this ridiculous idea for a movie, a horror movie, based on a man obsessed with Walrus’ it was an exciting time.  Despite getting out of the movie business, Smith knew that no one would ever make this movie.  He knew that if it was going to happen, he would have to do it himself.  So here it was, hope that shortly after his departure from film, he would be coming back to give us a movie that could only come from the depths of his own brain.

So, I went to see Tusk last night for its opening.  This movie delivered exactly what was promised, as highlighted by podcast audio in the end-credits of Kevin Smith brainstorming how Tusk would end.  If you go into this movie expecting your run-of-the-mill standard horror movie, you will be disappointed.  This is an absurd comedy horror, and should be viewed as such.

The shining star in this film was Michael Parks.  This is considering Johnny Depp’s awesomely obscured performance.  Parks engenders this charisma that makes you like him even when he’s being the largest creeper on the planet.  Few can master this like him.  The movie is worth seeing for his performance alone.  That being said, the rest of the cast was strong as well.  There was a bit of a conflict in my mind as I wanted to laugh at how ridiculous it all was, but the cast did not miss a beat.  The acting was taken seriously and performances delivered were great.

I would definitely recommend watching the movie.  It could quite easily be enjoyed at home, as the visual effects are not the main focus.  However, if you’re looking for a movie to check out this weekend and just have some fun with, Tusk is a great choice.

Dear Michael Bay


Dear Michael Bay,

So I hear that you are making the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie.  It appears you are getting involved in multiple franchises that we hold dear from our youth.  I’m not sure, however, that we share the same sentimentality for such things.  Fans were not happy to hear about your plans of making the MUTANT turtles alien.  To which you responded on your forums like so:

Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.” [Source]

Well, you need to take a step back and realize why some of us are skeptical.  When you decided to make the Transformers movie about humans and put the Autobots/Decepticons as a back story you really hurt your credibility.  How can we believe that you will treat yet another revered franchise with the respect it deserves?

Also, I’m not sure how taking a breath and “chilling” changes the fact that you’re trying too hard here.  We don’t want a richer world.  No one cares about a richer world.  What we do care about are Donatello, Michelangelo,  Leonardo, Raphael, Splinter, April O’Neil & Casey Jones.  What we want to see are new and exciting stories about their adventures and interactions with Splinter & the Foot soldiers.

Now, I’m not sure if you’ve ever read the comics, but that world was rich enough.  If you want to make the film more accessible to adults as well as kids, just pull from what Kevin Eastman has already laid out for you.

And for the love of cheese, please stop trying to tell origin stories.  This one doesn’t just go out to you, but to all film makers who are touching VERY WELL KNOWN FRANCHISES.  The important thing is not how they BECOME the turtles, but instead what happens next. If i have to watch Peter Parker get bitten by a spider one more time, I am going to stop going to the movies.

You’re a successful director and producer, you have tons of cash and a career that just keeps going despite any criticism.  On original concept movies like “The Island” please proceed with the Michael Bay show.  But when you are the lucky director who gets to work on something like “Transformers” or “Turtles” please treat it, and the fans, with the respect it deserves.  Dismissing fan outrage, input, etc by telling them to chill is really pretentious.  These fans are the ones who are paying your bills, and who keep your career alive.  So please, breathe and learn how to process criticism and input from the fans you are pandering to.  It might do a world of good.

Thank you,

Quelyn

P.S.  I don’t know how you got away with the injustice you did to Jazz, but if you try that nonsense on anyone in The Turtles we will find you.

UPDATE:
So Michael Bay is even worse than I originally thought.  Apparently “The Island” was part of a suit where he was accused of stealing from the movie “The Clonus Horror”.  I should have used “Bad Boys” as my example here .