Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, VRAINS Head to Canadian Theaters in April

March 13, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba looking upward and smiling in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light

Earlier this week, American Yu-Gi-Oh! fans got to enjoy a remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and a sneak peek of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS English dub in nearly 800 theaters across the country. Next month, our friends north of the border will be able to experience the same special event in their local theaters.

4K Media and Cineplex are bringing Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie and Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS to more than 90 theaters throughout Canada in April. Participating theaters will hold a screening on April 25, 28, and/or 29. Advance tickets are available now directly from Cineplex.

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Sweepstakes

February 24, 2018 at 8:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Pyramid of Light, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie returns to theaters across the U.S. in three weeks! Have you bought your tickets yet? To celebrate the return of the digitally-remastered Pyramid of Light movie, 4K Media has launched a sweepstakes featuring all Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters goods. One lucky winner of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Sweepstakes will win a prize pack containing the following items:

  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Legendary Duelists: Ancient Millennium booster box. This set was just released yesterday and contains cards used and inspired by Pegasus, Weevil Underwood, Bandit Keith, and more. The box contains 36 packs, each with five cards.
  • Two Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 2017 Mega-Tins — one Yugi and one Kaiba.
  • One Yami Yugi Ani*Statue figure by Kotobukiya.
  • One Dark Magician snapback baseball cap by Bioworld.
  • One Yami Yugi backpack by Bioworld.

This sweepstakes is open to all residents of the 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., ages 6 and up. The entry period ends March 13. Check the official rules for more information.

Fathom Events’ Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Webpage Now Open

February 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie logo

Today, Fathom Events launched its official Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light webpage. Check it out for the most up-to-date list of participating theaters and to order advance tickets for the March screenings of the movie. There are now nearly 800 theaters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia taking part in this special event.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, digitally remastered for the big screen, will play on March 11 at 12:55 pm and on March 12 at 7:00 pm (local times) in select U.S. theaters.

4K Media today also confirmed on Facebook that the preview of the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS included with the film’s screening will indeed be the first episode!

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie’s Return to Theaters Includes VRAINS English Dub Preview

January 28, 2018 at 9:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 17 Comments
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Playmaker facing off against Yami Yugi in a Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS and Pyramid of Light mash-up

The return of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light to theaters in March just got even more exciting. This event will include not only a digitally remastered version of the 2004 movie but also an exclusive first look at the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS! As more and more theaters sign on for this limited engagement screening, many websites, including Fandango, have updated their movie synopsis to include this new detail.

This special screening, hosted by 4K Media and Fathom Events, is listed as a two-hour event. With Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie clocking in at about one-and-a-half hours, it seems there might be enough time to fit in an episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, doesn’t it?

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie will play in select U.S. theaters on March 11 and 12. Fathom Events has still not opened its webpage dedicated to this screening, but you can search for participating theaters and buy advance tickets on Fandango, MovieTickets.com, and Atom Tickets. As of this writing, there are theaters in 48 states and the District of Columbia taking part in this event.

Update (February 1): 4K Media today confirmed that the preview is a sneak peek of the first episode. Furthermore, Fathom Events’ Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie webpage is now open.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Returns to Theaters in March

January 24, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 16 Comments
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Anubis' sarcophagus receiving life force in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light is returning to select U.S. theaters in March for a two-day special event! 4K Media and Fathom Events are bringing the 2004 English-dubbed film back to the big screen in a digitally remastered format on March 11 and 12.

The list of participating theaters is still growing, but at the time of writing, theaters in 42 states and the District of Columbia are taking part in this limited engagement.

Fathom Events has yet to open its Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie webpage, but many participating theaters are already listed on Fandango and MovieTickets.com, where you can buy advance tickets.

Stay tuned for more details about this release coming soon.

Update (January 28): This screening will include an exclusive first look at the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS!

Eleven Arts Unveils Theater List for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Japanese Screenings

April 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Seto Kaiba raising his Duel Disk in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions and the Eleven Arts logo

Today, film distributor Eleven Arts posted a complete list of U.S. theaters participating in the upcoming limited-engagement screenings of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions in Japanese with English subtitles.

Theater locations, dates, and times are available at: http://www.elevenarts.net/yugioh/

If you tried accessing that webpage earlier today and discovered that it was locked with a password, please try again now.

For further details and discussions about this special event, please see my previous post, “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Gets Theatrical Screenings in Japanese with English Subtitles.” Any updates from Eleven Arts to this event will be added to that post.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Gets Theatrical Screenings in Japanese with English Subtitles

April 10, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 33 Comments
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Yugi drawing a card in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions and the Eleven Arts logo

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is getting a limited run in U.S. theaters in Japanese with English subtitles! 4K Media (Konami) has teamed up with film distributor Eleven Arts to bring the movie to select theaters around the country for a one- or two-day special event, with screenings beginning as early as this Friday, April 14.

4K Media announced this event on Facebook last Friday, but has since removed the post. (Update: 4K Media has clarified that the said announcement is geo-targeted; only Facebook users within 50 miles of a participating theater can view the post.) 4K Media confirmed by email earlier today that it is still awaiting the final list of participating theaters from Eleven Arts as some venues are still not finalized or have not yet scheduled a screening time. Eleven Arts was supposed to post its list of theaters today, but it has not.

Update (April 11): Eleven Arts’ official list of theaters is now available at:
http://www.elevenarts.net/yugioh/

The following is the most current list of confirmed theaters:

(Last updated: May 8 @ 1:30 pm ET/10:30 am PT)

Alaska

Arizona

California

District of Columbia

Georgia

Hawaii

Kansas

Michigan

Missouri

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Texas

Virginia

Wisconsin

If you’re lucky enough to be near one of these showings, by all means go see it. Show your support for Yu-Gi-Oh! and subtitled theatrical anime releases!

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Japanese Blu-ray Ranks No. 1 in Sales

March 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Limited edition Blu-ray box sets of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions on display at Tower Records in Shinjuku
Photo by @TOWER_Shinjuku

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions debuted on home video in Japan on March 8 and is a huge hit. Oricon’s animation Blu-ray rankings for the week of March 6 to 12 reveal that the limited edition BD from Marvelous sold 11,800 copies, making it the number 1 product of the week. Additionally, the standard edition BD sold 5,720 copies, coming in at number 3.

The standard edition DVD wasn’t far behind with 4,208 copies, which placed it at number 2 on Oricon’s animation DVD rankings.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions limited edition Blu-ray includes a print copy of Kazuki Takahashi’s Transcend Game manga, a booklet with key animation, a T-shirt, and more.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Composers Álvarez, Sheinfeld Talk The Dark Side of Dimensions

February 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! music composers Freddy Sheinfeld, Joel Douek, and Elik Alvarez in a studio
Yu-Gi-Oh! composers (left to right) Freddy Sheinfeld, Joel Douek, and Elik Álvarez in a studio. Photo from Film.Music.Media.

Today, longtime Yu-Gi-Oh! composers Elik Álvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld offered some insights into their participation in writing the music for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. In a press release coming out of their home base of Los Angeles, California, the duo offered some tidbits about their songwriting process and what they and the directors wanted to impart on the audience.

“The main themes we carried from the TV series were the Yu-Gi-Oh! transformation, the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and the friendship themes,” said Sheinfeld. “We haven’t used those themes for a while, so it was a lot of fun to use them again, but with a more modern and cinematic approach.”

“We wanted the audience connecting again to those themes and at the same time we needed to adapt them to the tone of the movie and the style of the score,” Álvarez added. “Many times we also found ourselves deconstructing those themes and including them in our cues. Sometimes they were very obvious, sometime[s] they were ‘hidden’ somewhere within the orchestration.”

Álvarez and Sheinfeld have been writing music for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime since the 2004 film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie. In scoring Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD, the duo were joined by fellow L.A.-based composer Matt McGuire and N.Y.-based John Angier, both of whom are also longtime composers for Yu-Gi-Oh!.

On Twitter, Yu-Gi-Oh! music producer and editor Michael Brady expressed the possibility of publishing Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD’s soundtrack.

For more insights about the music composition process in the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, check out my write-up of a June 2015 live interview that Álvarez participated in, as well as a 2011 Reddit Ask-Me-Anything with Brady.

This week is the final week that Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD is playing in theaters in the U.S. and Canada. If you haven’t already done so, visit yugiohtickets.com to find your local theater and showtimes. And if you have already seen it, why not see it again?

More Photos from the U.S. Premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

February 3, 2017 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff, The Dark Side of Dimensions | 2 Comments
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Voice actors Eric Stuart and Dan Green striking a funny pose at the U.S. Premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

4K Media has posted over 160 new photos from the January 24 U.S. premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions in New York City. Tons of voice actors, tons of fans, tons of important people who help make Yu-Gi-Oh! a reality for all of us… How many voice actors can you pick out? Be sure to check out my previous coverage of the premiere and my thoughts on the movie too.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is in theaters for just one more week. Check yugiohtickets.com for locations and ticket sales. Don’t miss it!

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