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Monday, October 27, 2003
Interstella 5555 DVD details
I have tracked down some details of a forthcoming UK DVD release of the Daft Punk/Leiji Matsumoto film 'Interstella 5555'. The DVD is being produced by Virgin Records and is due for release on 1st December with a price of £17.99. As well as the movie, the DVD will contain karaoke tracks, a trailer, biographies of Daft Punk and Leiji Matsumoto, and other stuff that I can't figure out from the description.

Thursday, October 23, 2003
'Voices of a Distant Star' press release
ADV FIlms have sent me a press release for Voices of a Distant Star:

"LONDON, UK, 20th October 2003—ADV Films today announced a 17th November 2003 DVD release for “Voices of a Distant Star,” a Japanese animated short film created by animation prodigy Makoto Shinkai using a spectacular blend of traditional cel and lush computer-generated (CG) animation."

“Voices of a Distant Star” is, independent of its creation, an extraordinarily beautiful film, telling in deft strokes a tale of two lovers torn apart by tides of war and millions of miles of interstellar space. The fact that the film was written, directed and animated by Shinkai, using only a Macintosh G4/400 computer and assorted consumer- and professional-level design and animation programs, makes “The Voices of A Distant Star” an even greater achievement. Only the music (composed by Tenmon) and voice acting were not performed by Shinkai."

“Voices of a Distant Star” (RRP £15.99) is a DVD-only release, including both English- and Japanese-language versions, and English subtitles. Extras include three versions of Shinkai’s award-winning animated short “She and Her Cat”; an interview with Makoto Shinkai; “Voices of a Distant Star” Director’s Cut, with alternate vocals; original production animatics; four original Japanese trailers; reversible cover; and ADV previews."

Running Time: 30 minutes (+75m extras); 	BBFC Classification: PG
Street Date: 17/11/03				Cat#: DVDS/001
Format: DVD					SRP: £15.99
The Cat Returns LFF screening cancelled
"Due to circumstances beyond our control", the previously announced screening of The Cat Returns at the London Film Festival has been cancelled. (Official announcement:

Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Interstella 5555 starts limited UK release
Interstella 5555 is a colaboration between the French pop group Daft Punk and director Leiji Matsumoto. It started as a series of music videos set to tracks from Daft Punk's album 'Discovery', and has now been expanded into a feature film. A few prints of the film will be touring UK cinemas from this Friday, starting at The Other Cinema, London, the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton and the Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford. (see for details).

Wednesday, October 15, 2003
The Cat Returns to tour the UK
I reported last month that Studio Ghibli's latest feature, The Cat Returns will be shown at the London Film Festival. It turns out that the film will actually be touring the UK over the course of the next month, with screenings at the following venues:
November 8th - Glasgow Film Theatre
November 9th - Pictureville, Bradford
November 15th - Broadway, Nottingham
November 16th - Tyneside Cinema
November 19th - Cornerhouse, Manchester
November 22th - Cinema 3, Canterbury
Full details of the film are on the LFF website at

Wednesday, October 08, 2003
Miyazaki releases delayed
Buena Vista Home Entertainment have opened an official website to provide information on their forthcoming UK releases of Studio Ghibli movies at A total of eight movies are listed on the site as due for release between now and the end of 2004. The latest update has announced that both Castle in the Sky and Kiki's Delivery Service have been delayed until 10th November due to technical issues with the discs.

Thursday, October 02, 2003
Yu-gi-oh makes it to UK video
Contender Video, who are already responsible for releasing Cardcaptors, Beyblade and Medabots on video in the UK, have added Yu-gi-oh to their catalogue. The first volume containing three episodes of the TV series will be available on DVD and VHS from 13th October.

Full details are on the Conternder website at /CONTENDER/ctdgendvd.asp? pagename=ctdgendvd


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