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Mega Ran Documentary Mega-Lo-Mania: Director’s Cut Gets Brand New Trailer

Everybody knows, how the story goes. The money and the clothes, they all come and go. But no matter how intimate you are with Random AKA Mega Ran’s rise from being an unknown aspiring rapper to one of the most respected Nerdcore Hip Hop acts in the business, Mega Lo Mania is a documentary that will add to that perspective an inspiring tale of how doing what you love really can pay off if you work hard enough. There’s no question that the stars aligned for Mega Ran when he decided to put pen to pad and rap about the video games he grew up loving so much (namely the Mega Man series at the start, and eventually titles like Final Fantasy VII, River City Ransom, and many more).

Though never necessarily expecting success, fusing video games with hip hop is what brought the passion back to Random’s music making days. Partnered with DJ DN3 and numerous others who are met throughout this excellently crafted documentary, Random gives us an inside look into what goes on behind the scenes at one of his biggest events touring Las Vegas, Hollywood, and Tempe, Arizona with the vibrant personalities of The Lo-Classics who are also detailed.

Originally Mega-Lo-Mania: The Documentary began as a straight to DVD film. Director Michael Cardoza of Glasswork Media and Mega Ran then took to Kickstarter with the goal of bringing the feature to a larger audience via Netflix, iTunes, Redbox, and Amazon. This required funding in addition to expanding the film into a Director’s Cut edition. The goals and many stretch goals were successfully met as over $18,000 was raised with backer perks including DVD copies of the Director’s Cut, Mega Ran apparel, copies of a 2015 album soon to release, artwork, digital downloads, one of a kind items from Mega Ran’s shows on stage, and more.

This new release giving fans a door into the life of Mega Ran —- will be this summer when digital platforms are ready, only kickstarter backers have access to it for now.

Director’s Cut Gets New Trailer:

Catch Mega Ran on Tour:

May 30 MomoCon, Atlanta GA
May 31 J1Con, Philadelphia PA
w/Bag of Tricks Cat and DJ Unknown
June 10 Surya, London UK
June 11 Club PST, Birmingham UK
June 12 YouBloom Festival, Dublin Ireland
w/K-Murdock and brentalfloss
June 20 Webster Hall, New York NY
June 21 TBA New Haven CT
June 23 TBA Boston, MA
June 25 Flashback Lounge, Watertown NY
June 26-28 Too Many Game Fest, Oaks PA
June 30 Superfly Comics, Yellow Springs OH
July 1 StarClipper Comics, St. Louis MO
July 3-5 Anime Midwest, Rosemont IL

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Mega Lo Mania: Director’s Cut – Movie Review

In 2014 Chip-Hop emcee Random aka Mega Ran collaborated Hip-Hop Jazz Band “The Lo Classics” to conduct a three city tour and film a documentary around the tour as well as to discuss their humble beginnings the music industry. The result was Mega Lo Mania which is directed by Arizona Filmmaker Michael Cardoza was originally released last year as apart of one of Ran’s Kickstarter campaigns but now is planning to release the “Director’s Cut” on DVD as well as various streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and others. The Director’s Cut of Mega Lo Mania features over thirty minutes of footage cut from the original film and more celebrity cameos then you can hit with arm cannon including Murs, MC Front-A-Lot, Sammus Music, K-Murdock among so many others.

The film begins with Ran discussing his rise to fame as MegaRan and how he discovered “The Lo Classics”. Ran then details how the put together their tour and what challenges they faced bridging his live performance with the LC’s live instrumentation. Ran also gives his fans and supporters equal amount of screen time as they share their stories with our Teacher, Rapper and Hero. The film also features tour footage of Ran and The LC performing live versions of Splash Woman, Best Friends and others. The pacing and editing of the film is smooth and keeps you interested throughout, you will never feel bored or lost in viewing this documentary. The only problem though is there where a couple of times in the film where certain stories of Ran and the band told again but from a different perspective in two different parts of the film which maybe the added footage but it doesn’t slow down the pace or enjoyment of the film. The film quality is on par with recent gaming related docs such as Indie game the movie, Video Games: The Movie, King of Kong, AVGN The Movie and others. There was a lot of love put into Mega Lo Maina and it shows on screen.

Mega Ran And The Lo Classics are the chip-hop equivalent to Jay-Z and The Roots in mainstream rap. The energy that Mega Ran and the group puts into their music and their performances are inspiring to see on screen and its a real treat to watch if you were not there to witness it in person. Mega Ran is an amazing performer by himself and The Lo Classics takes his performance to another level. Mega Lo Mania is a the music documentary for those who never watched a music documentary as well as season vets who have experienced Jay-Z’s “Faded To Black”, Ice-T’s The Art Of Rap or MC Front-A-Lot’s “Nerdcore Rising”. If you haven’t already I recommend that you seen this film when it is re-released in June.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score 9 / 10

RGN Rating : Platinum Film

Produced by Glasswork Media/ Random Beats Productions

Directed by Micheal Cardoza

Available Soon On: DVD, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this movie was provided to RealGamerNewz by the Artist for the purpose of this Review.

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MegaRan Announces Kickstarter to get Mega-Lo-Mania: Director’s Cut on Netflix + Redbox #RealGamerMusic

Mega-Lo-Mania (our review coming soon) is a documentary from Random AKA MegaRan which was debuted by Glasswork Media at FilmBar the award winning wine bar and movie theater in Phoenix, AZ where a snapshot of the heavily touring indie musician’s life and what it’s like to be MegaRan for a few crazy shows hitting Arizona, Cali, and Vegas with a few unexpected turns of events causing Ran to think on the fly in order to give the fans what they want as he’s done worldwide now with albums covering everything from MegaMan to Final Fantasy and also speaks on life experiences growing up in this modern society us gamers know about all too well.

The original documentary has been released physically and is available digitally still HERE but would be much more accessible to all of MegaRan’s many, many fans around the world who use Netflix, iTunes, Redbox, Amazon, and more. In addition to breaking down the cost of distributing to all of these platforms, Big Ran let’s us know there will be an added bonus to fans getting this Kickstarter achieved. The entire project will be reworked as the longer, second polish release Mega Lo Mania Director’s Cut. Take a look at the following excerpt from the Kickstarter below:

Mega Lo Mania Director’s Cut DVD

“We put in the man-hours to create the content and put it out, out of our own pockets, but when it came time to figure out distribution and promotion, we were quite frankly out of money. Additionally, most retailers and festivals require a film to be 60 minutes, and ours is currently at 40. This requires reshooting, repackaging and re-releasing the video, as Mega Lo Mania: The Director’s Cut.

This Director’s Cut will feature:

  • more performance footage
  • interviews with legendary and influential musicians about me and our work
  • more history of chiptunes, VGM and hip-hop
  • much more!

Here’s a breakdown of costs:

  • Getting a movie on Netflix (HD)= $999
  • Getting a movie on iTunes= $1500 + yearly fees
  • Getting a movie into Redbox =$1395
  • Getting a movie into Amazon= $150
  • Getting your movie into just HALF of the hundreds of film festivals all over the world= over $1000 in submission fees

total= over $5000… to distribute a film…AFTER making it. Whoa.

So, here we are, back at Kickstarter to figure out how the heck to get the most out of the time and effort we’ve already put in. Tough stuff.”

There’s also a ton of great stuff for just pledging what you can towards this release!


  • Copies of the Director’s Cut DVD as well as MegaRan’s 2015 Album “Wouldn’t Miss It For The World”
  • Digi Packs of everything being released with Free Bonus Live MP3 for those cyber ballers out there.
  • USB Drives and/or CDs full of MegaRan tracks (retail + unreleased)
  • Signed 8 Bit Ties – Ran is literally selling the tie off his neck to make this happen! (3 available)
  • Video w/ MegaRan!!! Yup, this one will cost a bit but totally worth it and more in value. (3 available)
  • MegaRan’s Modded Famicom for playing your own chip tunes on stage!
  • Musical or Video Collaborations – but please, check yourself before you wreck yourself.
  • Much More, click the link below to see all pledge options and rewards listed by MegaRan:

Donate to MegaRan’s Mega-Lo-Mania: Director’s Cut DVD / Netflix Kickstarter HERE

Check out the Official Mega-Lo-Mania trailer below:


Update w/ Disclosure: I decided to back the Kickstarter for MegaRan’s Documentary to hit Netflix and other distributors. As according to our new RGN Public Ethics Policy, I will no longer be reporting on MegaRan’s work in an Evaluative Manner (i.e. Reviews) and will have another author Reviewing the work whereas I will be allowed to continue Informative Reporting (non-evaluative, i.e. News). If you have any feedback on this Ethics Policy, please comment on this article below or on our Policy itself and we’ll be sure to take your feedback into high regard. – Jon Ireson, Editor-In-Chief at RealGamerNewz.com

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20141028 and was last modified on 20150208 .