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Thursday - August 2, 2001
- Osmosis Jones Images
- Digital Anime Feature Coming to U.S. Shores
- Akira Hits #1 in Sales
- News Link of the Day - Latina Animated Hero in Top Toddler TV Show

Osmosis Jones Images
(by Here are some more animated images from Warner Bros. August 10 release of Osmosis Jones:


If you missed the pictures that Digital Media FX posted in early July, you can access set 1 by clicking here or set 2 by clicking here.

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Digital Anime Feature Coming to U.S. Shores
(edited press release) Manga Entertainment announces today the release of Japan's first fully digitally-animated feature film Blood: The Last Vampire for theatrical and DVD release this summer and fall. Produced by the visionary animators at Japan's Production IG Studios (Ghost in the Shell), audiences will also have the opportunity to see the film 'digitally projected' when Blood: The Last Vampire headlines this year's RESFEST, the international digital film festival touring the U.S. this fall.

While the character designs and backgrounds were created using traditional drawing techniques, these elements were painted, compiled and filmed using computer technology. The process was enhanced by the inclusion of digital lighting effects and revolutionary computer generated models, plus a variety of innovative camera techniques.

The film's musical score and sound effects were mixed in Hollywood, CA. In addition, Blood: The Last Vampire features a number of American characters with more than ninety percent of the film's dialogue written and spoken in the English language. The leading role of Saya is voice acted by Youki Kodoh (Snow Falling on Cedars).

Manga Entertainment has captured this anime feature on DVD and enhanced the release with special features such as: "The Making of Blood" Documentary; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, 16X9 Anamorphic Digital Transfer, Image Gallery, Original Japanese Theatrical Trailers, Web Links and DVD ROM content. The movie will be available in retail stores August 28, 2001 for $25.00 (DVD) and $20.00 (VHS).

Blood: The Last Vampire takes place in the fall of 1966. The Vietnam War is underway and the U.S. military machine is being supplied out of the Yokota Air Force Base -- a plot of U.S. land within Japan. Within the compound, the atmosphere is charged with violent intensity as F4 combat planes take off hastily one after the next. Meanwhile, a series of suspicious suicides are reported in town.

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Akira Hits #1 in Sales
(by According to Sound Scan, a video industry analyst group, Pioneer Entertainment's Akira is the number-one selling DVD for the week of July 29, 2001. First released in 1989, Akira was restored by Pioneer Entertainment at a cast of $1 million for the release on home video and DVD on July 24. Akira's sales beat out recent theatrical films Family Man and Sweet November starring Nicolas Cage and Keanu Reeves, demonstrating the popularity of this cult classic.

Available for $39.98 as a Special Edition DVD, $24.98 on standard DVD (in Anamorphic Widescreen) and $19.98 on VHS (also in Widescreen), Akira tells the dark tale of Neo-Tokyo, a corrupted city that has risen from the ashes of World War III to become a dangerous megalopolis infested with gangs and terrorists. Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda plunge into Neo-Tokyo's darkest secret when their motorcycle gang encounters a military operation to retrieve an escaped experimental subject.

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News Link of the Day - Latina Animated Hero in Top Toddler TV Show

According to the Associated Press:

"Until a Nickelodeon executive attended a diversity seminar one day, the star of an upcoming animated adventure series for preschoolers was a bunny named Benjamin.

After that day of consciousness raising a new heroine was born: Dora, a 7-year-old Latina..."

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