Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Laputa: Castle in the Sky Giveaway

The beauty of Studio Ghibli can now be enjoyed on both the original DVD and Blu-ray with this all new Blu-ray Double Play edition!

Available for the first time in high definition on Blu-ray Double Play courtesy of Studio Ghibli and master animator Hayao Miyazaki, Laputa: Castle In the Sky is an imaginative tale full of mystery and adventure. The high-flying journey begins when Pazu, an engineer's apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, wearing a glowing pendant.

Together, they discover both are searching for the legendary floating castle, Laputa, and vow to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal around her neck. Their quest won't be easy, however. There are sky pirates, secret agents and monumental obstacles stopping them from discovering the truth - and each other. However, Laputa is more than it appears, and some seek to use it for evil.

Laputa: Castle In the Sky continues Hayao Miyazaki's obsession with air travel, featuring some truly remarkable designs, especially for the floating fortress Laputa itself. It is said that he based a lot of the environments on rural Wales, following his time spent there during the miner's strikes.

Thanks to our friends at Studio Ghibli, we've got three copies of Laputa: Castle in the Sky on Blu-ray/DVD Double Pack to give away! For your chance of winning, send your name to emotionally14@hotmail.co.uk before midday on Tuesday 10th May, making sure to put "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" as the subject. The first three entries out of the electronic hat after the competition closes will receive a free copy!

Don't forget to put "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" in the subject line. Incorrectly labelled or blank entries will be discarded.

Laputa: Castle in the Skyis available on Blu-ray/DVD Double Pack from 9th May, priced £24.99.

Entries limited to one per household. Offer open only to postal addresses in the UK and Ireland.


Abaddon Books has announced that it has struck a deal with Multistory Films to bring Scott Andrews' School’s Out to the big screen.

Attack the Block meets Lord of the Flies in a post-apocalyptic landscape where pupils at a public school grow up fast or they don’t grow up at all, School’s Out is one of the stand-out titles from Abaddon’s successful The Afterblight Chronicles series.

The books follows the final days of St Mark’s School for Boys. When your teachers are killing each other, the prefect is experimenting with crucifixion, and the rival gang from across town has decided that ritualistic cannibalism is the way to go, spots and BO don’t seem like such big problems any more.

Multistory Films is a new UK-based production company, which has just completed post-production on its debut feature film, low-budget horror-thriller The Harsh Light of Day.

Jonathan Oliver, editor-in-chief of Abaddon Books, said: “We’re delighted that the quality of Scott’s work on School’s Out has been recognised – it’s a great novel and a cracking read that never lets up. With teenagers facing insurmountable odds in TV series like Misfits and films such as Attack the Block, the time when teens save the world is nigh!”

Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion, said: “Whereas much post-apocalyptic fiction focuses on the bleak, The Afterblight Chronicles is made for the silver screen: action, big set pieces, strong characters and a killer concept. Abaddon’s status as an ideas factory is now well established – our medieval zombie novel Stronghold was optioned earlier this year and this is yet another property that’s been snapped up by a film company.”

Emma Biggins, producer and MD of Multistory Films, said: “We are thrilled to begin development on School’s Out. The book presents a perfect opportunity to create a high-octane action movie with depth, intelligence and wit. As a new production company we are extremely excited to be collaborating with a company as successful and renowned as Rebellion.”

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