Akira on Blu-Ray: February 24th 2009
Reported by PK Eiselt - 03:28 PM on October 02, 2008
Akira Gets Blu-Ray Disc in Japan, U.S. in February
Release to have bilingual soundtracks & subtitles, booklet, trailers, storyboards
AV Watch reports that Katsuhiro Otomo's acclaimed Akira science-fiction anime film will arrive on Blu-ray Disc in Japan on February 20 and in United States on February 24. The Japanese release will cost 8,190 yen (about US$77.90), while the American version will cost US$49.98 (without sales tax). Bandai Visual had planned on releasing this film on Blu-ray in July 2007 with Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise, Mobile Police Patlabor: The Movie, and other works, but it has been delayed since then.
The finalized disc will have 124 minutes on one side in two layers. The video will be in MPEG-4 AVC format with 16:9 aspect ratio and 1080p resolution. The Japanese soundtrack will be in both Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel sound (24 bit/192 kHz) and linear PCM Dolby Surround. The English soundtrack will be in 5.1-channel sound. Both Japanese and English subtitles will be included, as well a special booklet, the teaser and standard trailers, and a video storyboard collection.
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