New to Blu-ray: CHEAP THRILLS, THE LIFE AQUATIC Criterion, RED RIVER Criterion, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a Criterion Collection HD upgrade, a new addition to Criterion, a buzzworthy comedy thriller, a caper remake that was unceremoniously released, and more.  Briefly:

U.S Trailer for JOURNEY TO THE WEST, the New Film from KUNG FU HUSTLE Director Stephen Chow

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About a year ago, we posted the Hong Kong trailer for Stephen Chow‘s Journey to the West.  The film centers on a group of demon hunters who use the power of love to save people and embark on a journey to the West.  That plot doesn’t really come through in this new U.S. trailer, which is more about Chow’s general energetic, madcap visuals.  The look of the movie should come as no surprise to those who have seen his previous films, Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle.  This time around, Chow is playing heavily with CGI, and while the CGI doesn’t look particularly good, it does fit with the cartoony style he’s apparently going for.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Qi Shu, Zhang Wen, Bo Huang, and Lo ShowJourney to the West will be available on iTunes and in theaters on March 7, 2014.

Trailer for JOURNEY TO THE WEST from KUNG FU HUSTLE Director Stephen Chow

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I’ve missed Stephen Chow.  He heated up in the early 2000s with Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, but he’s been quiet since 2008′s CJ7.  Although he’s produced several projects, we’ll finally be getting his latest directorial effort with the upcoming Journey to the West (a.k.a A Chinese Odyssey, a.k.a Odyssey).  Chow co-directed the film with Derek Kok, and if you can figure out what the movie is about from the trailer, then congratulations.  The only thing the first trailer seems to tell us is that this madness came from the mind of Chow, and that’s good enough for me.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Journey to the West is due out in Hong Kong on February 7th.  Hopefully, we’ll get a U.S. release some day.

Neil Gaiman Talks AMERICAN GODS, DOCTOR WHO, Writing a Musical, Ray Bradbury, China and More

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Neil Gaiman is a brilliant storyteller, whether it’s in books, graphic novels, scripts or just in speaking to an audience. He has been one of my favorite writers from the moment I was first introduced to his work, and he has been a huge inspiration on my own writing and life, in general. So, when it was announced earlier this month that Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions was set to produce an open-ended series of American Gods, based on Gaiman’s award-winning novel, for the fearless cable network HBO (to debut in 2013 at the earliest), and that Gaiman himself was on board as an executive producer and writer, I certainly got very excited.

Now in its 10th anniversary, a special hardcover edition of American Gods has been released and Gaiman is currently on tour promoting it. Instead of the typical book signing, where fans wait in line for hours and barely have time to say more than a passing greeting, the acclaimed and much-loved writer instead sells pre-signed books and uses the time to chat about everything from where his ideas come from to his writing process to what he’s currently working on. Hosted by Patton Oswalt, who is a self-admitted Gaiman fanboy, and including a reading with him, the author and actress Zelda Williams (daughter of Robin Williams), the conversation included the things that Gaiman wants to make sure are in the television adaptation of American Gods, what supplemental material he would like to include with the series, the story he’s looking to write for a Ray Bradbury tribute, how much it meant to him to be able to write an episode of Doctor Who, how China has inspired him to do some projects related to the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, his next children’s book, Chu’s Day, and his latest venture, writing his first musical with Stephin Merritt. Check out the highlights from his June 28th book appearance in Los Angeles after the jump.

Neil Gaiman to Write Big-Budget Adaptation of Chinese Novel JOURNEY TO THE WEST

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Acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) has signed on to write the script for a trilogy of 3D big-budget films based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West. The story centers on the misadventures of a Buddhist monk as he makes a pilgrimage from China to India.  Gaiman and producer Zhang Jizhong recently consulted with James Cameron on how to translate the 2,000 page novel into a trilogy.  Said Gaiman:

“We have to do what Peter Jackson did with Lord of The Rings. We have to make it filmic, non-episodic. This story is in the DNA of 1.5 billion people.”

According to THR, Gaiman will write “an outline over the next month that will attract enough investment to enable Zhang to hire the right director, the right Western and Chinese cast and the right team of computer animators to give the project a flight round the world.”  Hit the jump for more on the project.

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