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Wednesday, August 18, 2004
More forthcoming Bandai releases

Bandai have announced some new releases for October and November:

25th October: Escaflowne Collection Box volume 1, .hack//Sign volume 5
22nd November: Escaflowne Collection Box volume 2, Cowboy Bebop volume 1

Thursday, August 12, 2004
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex details revealed

Manga Entertainment have released full details of their forthcoming release of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. The first volume out on 13th September is priced £24.99 and will contain two DVDs with the first four episodes of the series, Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks and special features on one disc, and the same episodes with DTS soundtracks on the other. The press release also shows pack shots of the next three volumes in the series, each listing four more episode titles.

Thursday, August 05, 2004
Grave of the Fireflies press release
Optimum Asia have issue a press release for their forthcoming DVD release of the Studio Ghibli movie 'Grave of the Fireflies' which will be out on 23rd August. Here is the blurb:

This moving animated film is set in Japan during World War II and follows
Seita and his little sister Setsuko as they struggle to survive after their
mother is killed in an air raid. With their father away serving in the
Japanese navy, the two children have only each other to depend on as they try
desperately to find food, shelter and the will to live at a time when even
their own relatives are too selfish to help them. Directed by Isao Takahata
and made by the studio that created Spirited Away, Grave of the Fireflies is a
visually stunning and emotionally powerful film that meditates on the
devastating consequences of war.

Catalogue No: OPTD0085
Barcode: 5060034571193
RRP: £19.99
Running Time: 88 mins approx

Disc 1
 · Feature
 · Language options, English or Japanese with subtitles
 · Full Storyboards of feature

Disc 2
 · Interview with Director Isao Takahata
 · Japanese Release Promo - featuring interview with Director Isao
   Takahata and writer Akiyuki Nosaka
 · Isao Takahata Biography
 · Akiyuki Nosaka Biography
 · Bonus Storyboards
 · DVNR Featurette - Video Restoration featurette
 · Art Gallery
 · US Trailer
 · Japanese Trailer
 · Interview with film critic Roger Ebert
 · Historical Perspective documentary

Tuesday, August 03, 2004
ADV promise more box sets

ADV Films are currently keeping their future release schedule under wraps so they can announce it at the Amecon ( fan convention later this month. This explains why I only have up to September in the release schedule.

However, they have given me one tidbit that I can report: After the release of the Hellsing: The Collection box set in September, there will be two more box sets later in the year - Neon Genesis Evangelion: Perfect Collection and Generator Gawl: The Collection, all three with exclusive UK packaging.


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