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DVD and Blu-Ray Releases: April 5th - Manga and Syfy Monsters





Rest your wallets easy, folks, as other than a couple of monster movies which previously aired on Syfy, this week's genre offerings are really slim pickings. We know you're just chomping at the bit to see yet another horrible retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast story. This one stars Estella Warren, Rhett Giles, Victor Parascos, Vanessa Gray, Tony Bellette and Peter Cook. I mean, who wouldn't be, right?

Luckily, a couple of manga titles are dropping this week to help bring up the quality of entertainment, despite needing to read. Both are created by noted manga writers Kazue Kato and Arina Tanemura, who started their careers in their late teens.


Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale on DVDBeauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale (REVIEW)
Directed by David Lister
Starring Estella Warren, Rhett Giles, Victor Parascos, Vanessa Gray, Tony Bellette, Peter Cook

Estella Warren plays the beauty opposite a beast in this R-rated retelling of the classic love story that skimps heavily on the love story in favor of gory deaths, evil witches, and a monster troll terrorizing a small medieval village. After several villagers are murdered, rumors spread about a vicious Beast lurking in the woods. But after the Beast saves her life, Belle vows to help him stop the real villain - a malevolent troll controlled by a power-hungry witch.

Buy the DVD.


Behemoth on DVDBehemoth (REVIEW)
Directed by David Hogan
Starring Ed Quinn, Pascale Hutton, Cindy Busby, William B. Davis

An earthquake reactivates a long-dormant volcano threatening the small town of Ascension, trembling in its shadow. But the gaping maws in the region reveal evidence of something else a centuries-old subterranean creature at last given the chance to break free in a black cloud of fire and ash. As the Behemoth wreaks havoc, it's a race against time as a small band of rescuers fight it with a force as destructive as the beast itself.

Buy the DVD.


Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 1Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 1
Authored & Illustrated by Arina Tanemura

Sakura is the granddaughter of a mysterious moon princess who slew demons with her Blood Cherry Blossom sword. All her life Sakura has been forbidden to look at the full moon without knowing why. Then one night, unhappy over her impending marriage, Sakura gazes up at the moon, only to see a demon attacking her... ÒThe story takes place during the Heian period of Japan and interweaves the myth of the moon princess with magical shojo and the supernatural. Wanting to escape a life arranged by others, Princess Sakura runs away from an impending arranged marriage to a man sheÕs never met, only to find sheÕs caught up to her true destiny as a descendant of the moon princess. This manga features the beautiful artwork and emotional impact that has given Tanemura a worldwide following.Ó

Buy the Paperback.


Blue Exorcist, Vol. 1Blue Exorcist, Vol. 1
Authored & Illustrated by Kazue Kato

Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth Ð the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in RinÕs veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Can Rin fight the demons and keep his infernal bloodline a secret? It won't be easy, especially when drawing his fatherÕs sword releases the demonic power within him!

Buy the Paperback.

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