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Out This Week: Heavy Metal, Vinland Saga, South Park and More

Welcome once again to our regular round-up of all the animation released on physical media and digital. This week sees the cult 80s classic Heavy Metal make its 4K debut in the US. Elsewhere, the most recent series of South Park arrives, including two feature-length specials. In the UK meanwhile, historical viking action anime series Vinland Saga arrives alongside vampire anime Seraph Of The End.

This week's deals section includes a load of top titles from GKIDS Films and Shout Factory

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UK Releases For August 15, 2022


Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign - Complete Series (Anime Ltd, 15) "A virus has ravaged the Earth, killing all but the youngest members of society and vampires have arisen from the darkness to make all of humanity their slaves. Into this dark world comes 16-year-old Yuichiro, who escapes the vampires clutches and joins the Moon Demon Company, an elite extermination unit of the Japanese Imperial Army, who use demon possessed weapons to drive back the vampire horde."

Vinland Saga: Complete Collection | Collector's Edition  (MVM Entertainment, 15) "Raised in peace and on fanciful tales of a mythical far-off land without war, young Thorfinn dreams of someday traveling to the fabled Vinland. That dream is shattered when threats from the legendary Jomsvikings put him in the path of a band of Viking mercenaries, forcing Thorfinn's father to sacrifice himself to the band's leader: Askeladd. Alone and far from home, Thorfinn joins the forces of his father's slayer, determined to compel a duel with the mercenary leader and avenge his father. However, Thorfinn quickly finds himself ill prepared for a soldier's life in the long war between Denmark and England...where the opportunistic Vikings earn coin by fighting for both sides. Now he must learn how to fight and survive, even if it means facing friend and clan in battle!"

US Releases For August 16, 2022

Heavy Metal 4K (Sony Pictures, R) "Based on the fantastical illustrated magazine HEAVY METAL, producer IVAN REITMAN enlists the help of some of Hollywood's animation masters to create the otherworldly tale of a glowing green orb from outer space that spreads destruction throughout the galaxy. Only when encountered by its one true enemy, to whom it is inexplicably drawn, will goodness prevail throughout the universe. Richly and lavishly drawn, the vignettes of the orb's dark victories include the character voices of John Candy, Harold Ramis and a pounding soundtrack by Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Cheap Trick, Devo, Donald Fagen, Don Felder, Grand Funk Railroad, Sammy Hagar, Journey, Nazareth, Stevie Nicks, Riggs, and Trust. Highly imaginative and full of surprising special effects, HEAVY METAL set the standard for alternative contemporary animation. An intoxicating experience not to be missed!"
FORMATS: 4K+Blu-Ray+Digital


Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Collection Two (Right Stuf, TV-14)"A fierce three-sided battle begins outside the Mendel colony. While the Archangel takes on the Dominion, the Eternal and Kusanagi attempt to fight off Le Creuset's ships. In the midst of this chaos, Le Creuset sets Flay adrift in a lifepod, entrusting her with what he claims is the key that will end the war. The Archangel, Eternal and Kusanagi fight to prevent both sides from using their weapons of annihilation. At the controls of his own new Gundam, Rau Le Creuset enters the fray to ensure that the war builds to a crescendo of devastation. Three lone ships and a handful of people are all that stand between humanity and total destruction."

South Park: The Complete Twenty-Fourth Season (Paramount Pictures, TV-MA)"Randy comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak as the on-going pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park. The kids happily head back to school but nothing resembles the normal that they once knew; not their teachers, not their homeroom, not even Eric Cartman"


Welcome to Demon School Iruma-kun: Season 1 Collection (Sentai Filmworks, TV-14) " Iruma Suzuki's parents were horrible, nasty people who didn't just mistreat him, they literally sold his soul to a demon! Ironically, however, it turns out surprisingly well, as it seems that the Demon has always wanted a grandson and is determined to make Iruma fit into that role… even if that means that Iruma has to go to school with all the other demon kids. Since Iruma's never had a decent education, he's fine with that, but there's a catch: if anyone learns that he's human, his classmates will eat him! Talk about pressure to fit in! Amazingly, Iruma manages to blend in fairly well with his devilishly good new friends! Now, if he could only stop nearly giving himself away by trying to do nice things, he might even survive to graduate."

Upcoming Releases

All Release dates are subject to change. Listed Dates are for US release unless stated otherwise. Digital releases may be earlier. Titles are Blu-ray unless stated otherwise.


FernGully The Last Rainforest (30th Anniversary Edition) Shout Factory Aug 23
Belle 4K  (GKIDS) August 30
Project Ako 2 (Discotek) August 30
Lightyear (Disney) September 13
Gunbuster: The Movie (Sentai) September 13
Urusei Yatsura Movie 5: The Final Chapter  (Discotek Media) September 27
Burn The Witch (Viz) October 4
Ranking Of Kings (Crunchyroll) October 11
When Marnie Was There STEELBOOK (Shout Factory/ GKIDS) October 11
The Deer King (Shout Factory/GKIDS) October 18
A Silent Voice STEELBOOK (Shout Factory) October 18
A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (Shout Factory) October 18

This Week's Best Deals

All prices are subject to change and do not include postage or delivery costs, plus any additional taxes in the US. Titles are Blu-Rays unless otherwise stated.
Another Day Of Life $26.99 $18.98
A Silent Voice Steelbook $26.99 $18.89
Belle $26.98 $18.89
Belle 4K $64.98 $48.99 (preorder)
Big Fish & Begonia $19.96 $12.97
Birdboy $22.97 $14.93
Castle In The Sky $29.95 $19.47
Children Of The Sea $24.97 $16.23
Coraline $22.98 $16.09
Devilman OVA $29.95 $17.97
Fireworks $19.96 $12.97
Funan $26.99 $18.89
Future Boy Conan $44.98 $35.98
Howl's Moving Castle $29.95 $19.47
Kiki's Delivery Service $29.95 $19.47
Kubo And The Two Strings $22.98 $16.09
Lu Over The Wall $29.95 $19.47
Lupin III: The First $29.95 $19.47
Millenium Actress $29.95 $19.47
Mirai $29.98 $20.99
My Neighbor Totoro  $29.95 $19.47
Only Yesterday $24.98 $17.49
Panda! Go Panda $24.98 $17.49
ParaNorman $22.98 $16.09
Penguin Highway $26.99 $18.89
Perfect Blue $26.99 $18.89
Pom Poko $29.95 $19.47
Ponyo $29.95 $19.47
Porco Rosso $29.95 $19.47
Princess Mononoke $29.95 $19.47
Promare $26.99 $17.53
Ride Your Wave $26.99 $18.89
Song Of The Sea $26.99 $18.89
Spirited Away $26.99 $18.89
The Boxtrolls $22.98 $16.09
The Deer King $26.99 $18.89 Preorder
The Last Unicorn $19.93 $13.95

Amazon Featured Deals 
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