Shout! Factory makes its mark at San Diego Comic-Con International 2012 with a dynamic line-up, featuring an exclusive panel event, a showcase of upcoming home entertainment juggernauts, Comic-Con exclusive items, daily prize sweepstakes, collectible giveaways, surprise star appearances, and interactive fan activities.
Shout! Factory makes its mark at San Diego Comic-Con International 2012 with a dynamic line-up, featuring an exclusive panel event, a showcase of upcoming home entertainment juggernauts, Comic-Con exclusive items, daily prize sweepstakes, collectible giveaways, surprise star appearances, and interactive fan activities at the Shout! Factory booth. Fan favorite stars scheduled to attend at this time include: Tom Kenny (Marvel’s The Super Hero Squad Show, Rocko’s Modern Life, SpongeBob SquarePants), Sumalee Montano (TRANSFORMERS PRIME, ER), Josh Keaton (TRANSFORMERS PRIME, GreenLantern: The Animated Series), Tania Gunadi (TRANSFORMERS PRIME, Aaron Stone), Paul Schrier (Power Rangers), among other notables.
For 19 years, the highly entertaining saga and fan-favorite characters from Power Rangers have captivated children and adults alike and are beloved by legions of fans worldwide. Loyal fans and Comic-Con attendees will not want to miss this year’s highly sought-after panel event POWER RANGERS: 20 Years and Beyond on Thursday, July 12 at 2 PM (Hilton San Diego Bayfront - Indigo Room). As a special treat for fans of all ages, Saban Brands and Shout! Factory will officially kick off the 20th Anniversary celebration of Power Rangers withthis highly anticipated panel discussion featuring members of the creative team, on-screen talent and other notables from the two-decade history of the series. The panel will dive into the evolution of the Power Rangers franchise over the years, including the long-awaited debut of the series on DVD and the show’s resurgence on Nickelodeon with Power Rangers Super Samurai and much, much more! Moderated by Brian Ward (Shout! Factory DVD producer), panelistsinclude Elie Dekel (President of Saban Brands), actor Paul Schrier (who played “Bulk” in the original series and in the current production), writer and supervising producer Tony Oliver (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), as well as other key talent and members of the creative team.
Putting the Pop in Your Culture at Shout! Factory
It wouldn’t be Comic-Con without a visit to the Shout! Factory booth. Poised to whet the appetites of Comic-Con attendees and pop culture enthusiasts, the Shout! Factory booth will showcase a variety of upcoming and current home entertainment product lines. Stars and surprised special VIP guests will be on-hand at the booth for autograph signings, daily prize sweepstakes, fan interactive activities and more! The Shout! Factory Store, located in Shout’s booth #3849, is back at Comic-Con this year with a sumptuous selection of exclusives and upcoming home entertainment offerings, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Complete Series, TRANSFORMERS PRIME – One Shall Stand, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding, Marvel Knights Animation Astonishing X-MEN: Torn, The Sarah Silverman Program: The Complete Series, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXIV and much more.
SPECIAL SIGNING SCHEDULE & APPEARANCES
Saturday, July 14, 2012
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM TRANSFORMERS PRIME voice cast signing Sumalee Montano -TRANSFORMERS PRIME – ARCEE Josh Keaton - TRANSFORMERS PRIME – Jack Tania Gunadi - TRANSFORMERS PRIME – Miko
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Tom Kenny appearance Meet renowned actor Tom Kenny for special signings of Marvel Animation’s The Super Hero Squad Show, and Rocko’s Modern Life DVDs.
SHOUT! FACTORY’S COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVES
Come by to get your very own My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding tiara with a text-in code to get a personalized greeting from the bride & groom. My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding debuts on DVD on August 7, 2012 from Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series DVD Box Set
Get this 19-DVD box set Comic-Con Exclusive version only at the Shout! Factory booth! Featuring all 145 original episodes from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Seasons One, Two and Three, plus the ten-episode series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Alien Rangers. In-depth bonus content includes retrospective featurettes, brand-new interviews with members of the cast and the creative team and much more!
SHOUT! FACTORY HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCT LINE HIGHLIGHTS
POWER RANGERS Following its debut in 1993, Saban’s iconic live-action pop culture series Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in North America. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, this long-running series has been seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and remains a mainstay in children’s programming blocks.
Now you can return to where the phenomenon began and re-live these thrill-packed adventures when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Saban Brands, unleashes a cornucopia of home entertainment offerings, many of which have never been released on DVD, starting with the original series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Through unprecedented access to Saban Brands’ vast archive of content, many of these DVD collections produced by Shout! Factory boast extensive bonus materials and collectible packaging, making them must-haves for loyal fans and collectors.
MY LITTLE PONY – FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: ROYAL PONY WEDDING Love is in the air… it’s time to celebrate a royal wedding! My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding is coming to DVD on August 7, 2012 from Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. MyLittle Pony Friendship Is Magic: Royal Pony Wedding features 5 episodesthat every pony will love, including “A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1,” “A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2,” “Hearts And Hooves Day,” “Sweet & Elite” and “The Best Night Ever.” Coloring sheets and 2 sing-a-longs are included as bonus features!
TRANSFORMERS PRIME – ONE SHALL STAND
This summer, get ready for a special presentation of TRANSFORMERS PRIME for home entertainment. On July 31, 2012, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will debut the TRANSFORMERS PRIME – ONE SHALL STAND DVD, featuring the compelling story behind the most iconic AUTOBOT ever, OPTIMUS PRIME, and an epic tale of deception, sacrifice, loyalty and triumph. Produced by Hasbro Studios, ONE SHALL STAND highlights the story that spanned the first twoseasons of the acclaimed CGI animated series TRANSFORMERS PRIME, which currently airs on The Hub television network in the U.S and Teletoons in Canada. This action-packed story arc isedited together in a seamless, riveting special presentation for this home entertainment release. Packed with exciting bonus content, the TRANSFORMERS PRIME – ONE SHALL STAND DVDdelivers spectacular CGI animation and captivating family entertainment for all ages. TRANSFORMERS PRIME boasts an all-star voice cast, including Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Steve Blum, Jeffrey Combs, Ernie Hudson, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, John Noble, among other notables. TRANSFORMERS PRIME is produced by Hasbro Studios, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Kline serving as executive producers.
MARVEL KNIGHTS ANIMATION ASTONISHING X-MEN: TORN
The chart-topping super-team of Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers) and John Cassaday (Captain America, Planetary) return for more action on home entertainment shelves this summer in Astonishing X-Men: Torn! Comic book pages from the third story arc of this acclaimed series by one of Marvel’s greatest collaborations between Whedon and Cassaday come alive when Shout! Factory, in association with Marvel Knights Animation, unleash the highly anticipated ASTONISHING X-MEN: TORN on DVD August 14, 2012. This DVD invites viewers to delve deepinside the imaginative world of the Marvel Universe. A must-have for collectors and loyal fans, this deluxe DVD is featured with a graphic rich cover and aunique replica of comic book-style packaging that bridges the comic book-to-DVD concept. Written by Joss Whedon with art by John Cassaday, Marvel Knights Animation’s ASTONISHING X-MEN: TORN is produced by Atomic Cartoons.
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS: SEASON THREE
On July 10, 2012, the beloved classic animated series JEM and The Holograms returns for its third and final season when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, present JEM and The Holograms: Season Three in a collectible 2-DVD set. Featuring all 13 original episodes from the complete third season, along with a special bonus feature Video Jukebox, the JEM and The Holograms: Season Three DVD set will be available in stores nationwide and is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $19.93. Who will win Jem’s affections? Will The Stingers buzz their way to the top of the music charts, or will The Misfits’ mischief and mayhem thwart their rise to superstardom? Find out now with this collection of the final episodes of the iconic JEM and The Holograms! The series JEM and The Holograms ran from 1985-’88 in first-run syndication and still boasts a loyal and vocal fan base. It isfrequently credited with influencing fashion in the late 1980s and beyond, and launching the careers of female pop-rock stars and music groups. The series follows Jerrica Benton, whose discovery of Synergy, a powerful computer companion, allows her to change from owner of Starlight Music into rock star Jem. Teaming with her sister and best friends who form The Holograms, Jemsets out to make their musical dreams come true, even as she battles against the ruthless Eric Raymond and his musical protégés.
THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM: THE COMPELETE SERIES The Sarah Silverman Program: The Complete Series set contains all 32 episodes from the show’s three seasons, as well as several new bonus features, including a conversation with the writers and producers,
digital and animated shorts,behind-the-scenes videos, audio commentaries with cast and crew, the cast and creators at 2007’s Comic-Con, the original pilot, audition videos, and more! Originally broadcast on Comedy Central from 2007-2010, The Sarah Silverman Program stars Sarah Silverman, LauraSilverman (Bob’s Burgers), Brian Posehn (The Five Year Engagement), Steve Agee (2 Broke Girls, Happy Endings) and Jay Johnston (Bob’s Burgers).
TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION Fans and collectors can bring home TRANSFORMERS: THE JAPANESE COLLECTION DVD box set from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro. This is the rare Japanese trilogy that followed the popular “Generation 1” animated series. Available for the first time in North America, this 13-DVD box set is fully loaded with over 42 hours of entertainment, including all episodes that originally aired from the three Japanese series — Headmasters, Super-God Masterforce and Victory — each with their original Japanese audio tracks, English subtitles, and an art gallery.
G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO – The Complete First Series (Generation 1) Relive the original animated adventures of DUKE, SCARLETT, SNAKE EYES, FLINT, LADY JAYE and the rest of the team with G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – The Complete First Series DVD box set from Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro. Fans can bring home thiscomplete series of the original animated television show. This 16-disc box set of G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero contains all 95 episodes of the original series.
STEVE NILES’ REMAINS
Reno may be the “Biggest Little City in the World,” but when a “Peace Bomb” nuclear test goes awry in the Nevada desert and turns most of the population into bloodthirsty zombies, the gambling Mecca becomes the biggest zombieland of all time in the highly popular apocalyptic thriller Steve Niles’ REMAINS. On August 7, 2012, Shout! Factory will unleash the UNCUT edition Blu-ray and DVD of Steve Niles’ REMAINS, jam-packed with special bonus content that includes audio commentary, the short film prequel Remains: Road to Reno, bloopers, trailers, Comic-Con teaser, and more! Based on the highly acclaimed IDW Publishing graphic novel written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Steve Niles’ REMAINS is set in a chillingpost-apocalyptic Reno, Nevada, and follows the survivors of a bizarre accident that reduced most of the city’s population to zombies. The group takes refuge in a vacant casino and fights a losing battle against the undead, who grow steadily stronger, smarter and more aggressive by the minute. The movie stars Grant Bowler (Killer Elite, True Blood), Lance Reddick (Fringe, Lost, The Wire), Miko Hughes (Pet Sematary), Evalena Marie (Are We There Yet?), Tawny Cypress (Rescue Me, Heroes) and Anthony Marks.
This summer, brace yourself for non-stop action, suspense and edge-of-your-seat thrills as something unknown strikes terror into our hearts from 8,000 feet under the deep sea. Shout! Factory just unleashed Korea’s first 3D sci-fi thriller SECTOR 7 on Blu-ray 3D™ and DVD, as well as on digital entertainment platforms. SECTOR 7 Blu-ray 3D includes the movie in high-definition 3D and on high-definition 2D. Both Blu-ray 3D and DVD editions boast English and Korean audio tracks, English subtitles and insightful bonus content. Starring popular international female action star Ha Ji-Won and directed by Kim Ji-Hoon, SECTOR 7 delivers blockbuster home entertainment, boasting fierce action, daring stunts and spectacular CG and 3D technology.
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXIV
Put on your spacesuits and get ready for a summer vacation on the Satellite of Love! Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIV debuts on home entertainment shelves July 31. A must-have for fans of cult television shows and B-movies alike, this 4-DVD set features four episodes previously unreleased on DVD: Fugitive Alien, Star Force: Fugitive Alien II, The Sword And The Dragon and Samson Vs. The Vampire Women. All new bonus features include: special introductions by Japanese cinema historian AugustRagone, You Asked For It: Sandy Frank Speaks!, MST Hour Wraps, Life After MST3K: Frank Conniff, MST3K Shorts: Snow Thrills & A Date With Your Family, Lucha Gringo: K. Gordon Murray Meets Santo, and four exclusive Mini-Posters by artist Steve Vance.
SCREAM FACTORY HOME ENTERTAINMENT SERIES
Further underscoring its position as a leading curator and home entertainment provider of many memorable cultmovie classics, Shout! Factory recently announced the launch of SCREAM FACTORY, a new home entertainment series created to celebrate some of the most enthralling horror and sci-fi films with massive cult followings in cinematic history.
Debuting this September, SCREAM FACTORY boasts a scary slate of fan-favorite thrillers from the 1980s, many of which have never been available on Blu-ray before. Titles include Halloween II and TERROR TRAIN, (both starring “Scream Queen” Jamie Lee Curtis); the 30th Anniversary release of Halloween III: Season of the Witch; TheyLive from director John Carpenter (The Thing);Peter Benchley’s THE ISLAND starring Michael Caine, The Funhouse from director Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist); the nightmarish Phantasm II;and the much-anticipated DVD debuts of DEADLY BLESSING, directed by Wes Craven (Scream) and featuring Sharon Stone in an early role, and DEATH VALLEY starring Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story). Each title will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, and most will be released in a “Collector’s Edition” packed with new bonus content, archival materials, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and more!
Source: Shout! Factory
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.