Biding My Time (Mania.com)

By:Matt Kamen
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2007

There's very little to comment on this week as I prepare to attend the latest London Expo at the ExCeL in London this weekend. The usual array of merchandise dealers, movies, games, anime and other assorted geekery is expected, along with an assortment of star guests from across the spectrum of TV and film. I expect Stargate SG1's Amanda Tapping to be the key draw.
 
Fullmetal Cinema
 
Revelation Films, the newest anime distributor in the UK, handling titles such as Fullmetal Panic, Spiral and Fruits Basket, is going all out for the Expo. As well as bringing over voice actors Vic Mignogna and Spike Spencer – both of who have appeared in far too many series for their own good – they're screening the UK premieres of the Fullmetal Panic movie, Conqueror of Shamballa, and the latest entry in the Robotech universe, The Shadow Chronicles.
 
From the press release:
 
"Revelation Films are pleased to announce that Cineworld, West India Quay will be showing Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie – The Conqueror Of Shamballa and Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles on the 26th and 27th May respectively.
 
Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie – The Conqueror Of Shamballa
Saturday 26th May 2007 @ 6pm
The first public screening of the movie will be introduced by Vic Mignogna, the voice of Edward Elric and will be followed by a Q&A session, where the audience will have the chance to ask him questions about Fullmetal Alchemist and his role within it.
 
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles
Sunday 27th May 2007 @ 6pm
 
Cineworld. Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
For advance bookings, please call the box office on 0871 200 2000.
Delegates of the London MCM Expo can present their Expo ticket on arrival at Cineworld for Fullmetal Alchemist and will gain free entry to Sunday’s Robotech screening. Ask Cineworld for more details."
 
Ten Years, Eighteen Guests
 
Starfury Conventions have been running sci-fi conventions for a decade now and in two weeks time they celebrate this fact with Decalogy, running 1-3 June in Blackpool at the Norbreck Castle Hotel. The guest list currently stands at a red carpet-worthy eighteen stars of numerous sci-fi and fantasy shows and includes such luminaries as Firefly's Jewel Staite and Monica Baccarin, Angel's J. August Richards and Christian Kane and Babylon 5's Jerry Doyle. There will be a party each night of the convention as well as the expected convention goodies – signing sessions, interviews, dealer rooms and so on. Starfury follow up Decalogy with Infinity from 5-7 October, a Firefly/Serenity-centric event held at the Thistle Hotel in London.
 
New UK DVD Picks for 28/05/2007
 
.Hack//Legend of the Twilight – Complete Series
 
The second entry in the popular .Hack franchise, Twilight introduces two siblings who win the online avatars of the main characters from the .Hack PS2 games – a nice bit of cross-platform pollination, I must say – and have to save both the online and real worlds. Running fewer episodes than its predecessor, .Hack//SIGN, Twilight benefits from the paucity of screen time by condensing more plot and characterisation into its 13 episodes than SIGN did in 26. The entire series comes on three DVDs with an 8-page booklet. On-disc extras include creditless opening and ending animation, character profiles and liner notes explaining the background of the .Hack universe.
 
The Ultimate Alien And Predator Collectors Edition
 
Almost equal parts classics and crapfests – up to you to decide which side of the equation wins out - this boxed set contains all seven movies that spread both of the titular franchises. A nice way to snag them all in one go, and for about the same price as just buying the three good films. Oops, did I say that?
 
American Dad Volume 2
 
Potential heresy here, but this show has really moved into its own and is now a stronger series than its older sibling Family Guy, strengthened by stories told in a solid narrative rather than endless non-sequiturs. Volume two contains ten episodes and a decent array of extras – a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scene animatics, audio commentaries and TV spots.
 
That’s it for this week. Thoughts? Comments? Hatemail? Contact me at mattkamen@gmail.com