Tuesday, July 30, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Discotek is Releasing Ringing Bell to DVD

And just in time to traumatize a new generation too! 

Six days ago, Discotek Media announced that they will be releasing the overlooked 1978 Sanrio film, Ringing Bell (aka Chirin no Suzu), to DVD, which has been out of print for over 25 years. Ringing Bell is a brutally honest tale about a young lamb who discovers the dangers of going too far with revenge, after his mother is killed by a large wolf. (I reviewed the film earlier this year on my blog here.)

Really, I can't be pleased enough. So many other anime distribution companies skip over older titles, likely fearing that they will not sell well, but not Discotek. They specialize in releasing classic movies and series from the 1970s and 1980s (such as: Animal Treasure Island, Lupin III, Unico, and Galaxy Express 999), as well as several cult classics from the 1990s and a few more recent titles. Now all we need to do is connivence them to release a couple of our other favorites. How about Horus: Prince of the Sun, or Hakujaden, or Future Boy Conan, or Only Yesterday, or Night on the Galactic Railway, or Ashita no Joe? Osamu Tezuka's Wonder 3? The Telecom Lupin III episodes? ....Uh-oh.... I think I'm starting to get a bit carried away here.