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Out This Week: Paprika 4K, Patlabor The Movie, Hanna Barbera's Superstars 10 and More

Welcome back to another edition of Out This Week. After a couple of quiet weeks, things pick up a bit this time around. Fans of old-school Hanna Barbera series can pick up an impressive 10 original movies starring characters such as Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo and Huckleberry Hound. The films are available separately or as a complete box-set.  New to 4K this week is Satoshi Kon's modern classic Paprika. Other anime releases this week include Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible.

New to the UK this week are Mamoru Oshii's mecha epics Patlabor The Movie and Patlabor 2 The Movie, both getting the Collector's Edition treatment from Anime Ltd.,  Also released is the classic Bob Godfrey children's series Roobarb and Custard, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

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UK Releases For February 19, 2024

Patlabor: The Movie Collector's Edition (Anime Ltd., 12) "The year is 1999. Japan has concentrated 45% of its entire labor force in the ambitious Babylon Project, designed to save the Tokyo Bay area from being submerged as an effect of the sea level increment. For this purpose, a 500-meter wide and 150-meter high multi-level platform, called the Ark, has been built on the sea. The suicide of a mysterious man on the massive Babylon Project construction site sets off a cascade of events that may signal the eventual destruction of Tokyo. What is the connection between the suicide, the new Mobile Police AV-X0 Zero Labor, and a military prototype Labor suddenly gone berserk?"

Patlabor 2: The Movie Collector's Edition (Anime Ltd., 12) "The date is 2002, three years after the events of Patlabor: The Movie. The destruction of a United Nations Labor team in South East Asia begins the build-up to a deadly terrorist plan that threatens to send shockwaves throughout Japan's military. With evidence of an impending military takeover, the scattered members of the original SVD (Special Vehicle Division) must gather to defend the city against danger."

Roobarb and Custard The Complete Collection (Fabulous Films, U) "Roobarb is the breathlessly optimistic hound determined to reshape the universe according to his existential whims but who, like many dogs, is perpetually apt to bark up the wrong tree. Daily he tries to liven up the garden he inhabits, be it putting on a clown show on a rainy day or reinventing the day Thursday as Thorsday, thereby invoking the anger of the Norse Gods. All his efforts end in catastrophe, provoking the guffaws of the smug and cynical cat Custard and twittery snickers of the Greek chorus of birds in the trees. Deep truths about hubris and folly are revealed in these episodes."

US Releases For February 20, 2024

The Good, The Bad and Huckleberry Hound (Warner Bros. NR) "It's the gold rush era in the Wild West. A mysterious stranger (Huckleberry Hound) arrives in a small desert town carrying a huge golden nugget. The notorious Dalton brothers steal it. The town asks "the stranger" to go after them.

Hanna-Barbera's Superstars 10: The Complete Film Collection (Warner Bros, NR) "A collection of all 10 made-for-TV films in the Hanna-Barbera Superstars 10 series that were produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and originally released in syndication from 1987 to 1988. See individual titles for their synopses."

Heroes Of The Golden Mask (Gravitas Ventures, NR) "Charlie, a wise-cracking, homeless, American orphan is magically transported to the ancient Chinese kingdom of Sanxingdui, where a colorful team of superheroes need his help to defend the city from a brutal conqueror. Charlie joins the heroes, and secretly schemes to steal the priceless golden masks that grant them their powers."

Himouto! Umaru-chan R: Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, TV-14) "Umaru Doma isn't a superhero, but she could be a super-villain if she wasn't so lazy, and addicted to snack foods, comics, and video games. At school, she still appears to be the fashionable "Miss Perfect" her fellow students believe she is, but when she gets home, the popular girl fa├žade comes off! Then the hamster cloak goes on, and her ogre-like otaku side is unleashed! So far, the only one who knows the whole truth is her loyal servant… er, older brother, Taihei, but lately Umaru's been finding it harder to maintain the personalities that different people know her by, while her relationships with Nana, Kirie, and Sylphynford all seem to be getting closer. Is she getting… gasp! Nicer? Or is it all part of some diabolical plot in HIMOUTO! UMARU-CHAN R?"

The Jetsons Meet The Flinstones (Warner Bros, NR) "It's the wackiest animated adventure of all space-time when the world's favorite Modern Stone Age Family comes face to face with the First Family of the Future in a matchup that only Hanna-Barbera Studios can delightfully make possible! Thanks to Elroy's malfunctioning tie machine, the Flintstones and Rubbles are zapped into the robot-run future while the Jetsons suddenly find themselves in the dinosaur-filed past. Can our fearless families adapt? And more importantly, will they ever get back home? Find out - in a time-hopping animated feature-length romp packed with all the gags, gadgets and nonstop fun unleashed when The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones."

Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, TV-14) "Some people stand out in a crowd, but Junta Shiraishi can't get noticed even when he's standing in front of his teachers for attendance! He's invisible to his classmates as well, who consider him to be almost as mythical as Bigfoot. However, there is one glaring exception: Nagisa Kubo, who sits next to him in class. Not only can she see him, but it's like she also has Shiraishi -dar! And she's fixated on getting him to do things that might get other people's attention! Why? Shiraishi has no idea. But for some reason he keeps letting her have her way, even when the results could be totally mortifying in KUBO WON'T LET ME BE INVISIBLE!"

Paprika 4K (Sony Pictures, R) "When a machine that allows therapists to enter into people's dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts is stolen, the research facility is sent into an uproar and all hell breaks loose. In the wrong hands, the device could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate a dreamer's personality while they are asleep. Only a young female doctor named Atsuko Chiba can stop it. Entering the dream world under her exotic alter-ego, code named "Paprika," she attempts to discover who is behind the plot to undermine the new invention."

Rockin' With Judy Jetson (Warner Bros, NR) "A hip rock star has stolen Judy Jetson's heart, so she joins two of her girl friends at his concert, following close behind her is George, who's turned his hair into a Mohawk. But an evil witch who hates music has kidnapped the rock star, so Judy and her friends go off to rescue him and George gets thrown in jail. Elroy and Astro come to the rescue, but are stuck with a difficult question - who do they save first? George or Judy? Even Jane, Rosie and Mr. Spacely are along for the fun as the teenage adolescent Jetson daughter goes to heroic heights to battle the evil witch and join her rock star companion and possibly perform on stage with him."

Scooby-Doo Meets The Boo Brothers (Warner Bros, NR) "Scooby and his friends join forces with a wacky team of "ghost exterminators" when they visit a haunted southern mansion."

Scooby-Doo And The Ghoul School (Warner Bros, NR) "Scooby-Doo and Shaggy learn there are things even scarier than homework in this feature-length field trip into mystery and mayhem! The academic adventure begins when the boys sign on as gym teachers at Miss Grimwood's School for Ghouls only to discover the pupils are daughters of the world's most frightfully famous monsters! But when the girl-ghouls are kidnapped by the evil Revolta and her spider-bat flunkies, our heroes spring into action to rescue their fiendish little friends."

Scooby-Doo and The Reluctant Werewolf (Warner Bros, NR) "In order to enter a car in the eagerly awaited Monster Car Race, Count Dracula transforms Shaggy into a fuzzy faced werewolf and forces hid to drive in a cross country race held on the worlds creepiest course. In order for Shaggy to return to normal, he and Scooby-Doo must outwit Dracula and out run a horrific horde of frightful funny cars driven by a spine tingling assortment of celebrity monsters."

Top Cat and The Beverly Hills Cats (Warner Bros, NR) "Chaos reigns when Top Cat's friend, Benny the Ball, is mentioned in a wealthy woman's will."

Yogi Bear And The Magical Flight Of The Spruce Goose (Warner Bros, NR) "Welcome aboard Holiday Jollyday Tours! I am your tour guide, Yogi Bear. Join me and my pals Boo Boo, Snagglepuss, Augie Doggie, Huckleberry Hound and Quick Draw McGraw as we travel the globe on the Spruce Goose airplane. Along the way we will make a new friend named Bernice, a scrappy little girl who will help us on our mission to free a group of animals trapped by the Dread Baron. More enemies pop up, like the evil alien duo Firkin and Merkin, who want to conquer the planet! Fortunately for us they aren't too smart. Invite your family and friends to take flight with me and my best pals on an adventure that soars above the rest!"

Yogi And The Invasion Of The Space Bears (Warner Bros, NR)
"Jellystone Park is on high alert: Tourists are flocking to Jellystone's Picnic Rock and aliens are close behind them! In a fabulous feature-length adventure, Yogi and Boo Boo are beamed up to a spaceship and alien invaders send clones of our two heroes, called Duploids, back to Earth in their place. And although hard to believe possible, the Duploids cause even more trouble than the real deals. Hopefully Yogi and Boo Boo can make it off the ship and back in time to save Jellystone and the unsuspecting picnickers from Duploid destruction. For fantastic family fun, let Yogi & the Invasion of the Space Bears take over your house."

Yogi's Great Escape (Warner Bros, NR) "After hearing Jellystone Park might be closing, Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, and three orphan bear cubs flee the forest so they will not be put a zoo."

Upcoming Releases

Extreme Dinosaurs February 27
Migration February 27
The Great Pretender: Collector's Edition March 12
Suzume March 12
Wish 4K/Blu-Ray/DVD March 12
Suzume April 1 [UK]
Black Bullet: Complete Collection April 2
Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time: Super Extra - Complete Collection April 09
Rozen Maiden: Complete Series April 16
A Place Further Than The Universe April 22
Blue Giant April 30
Mob Psycho 100 III  May 7
One Piece  Season 13 Voyage 7 May 7