Columbia Tristar R1 Announcements ('Metropolis' Anime, Drunken Master, Shiri and more)

In what is great news for anime fans Columbia Tristar's first foray in the Japanese Animation market with the recent limited Theatrical Release (on both sides of the Atlantic), Metropolis will receive a 2-disc release on March 12th on R1 DVD. Expect both Anamorphic Widescreen and Fullscreen transfers, no less than four audio tracks; Japanese DTS 5.1, Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Surround with optional English, French and Spanish subtitles on Disc 1. The 2nd disc will be a 'pocket sized' mini-DVD capable of holding roughly 90minutes of content. This disc will contain an Animax special (which is already been submitted to the BBFC with a running time of 36minutes presumably for the R2 release), a featurette entitled The Making of Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis, an interview with Rintaro Katsushiro, two Animation Comparisons, a history of the "Metropolis", a comic book, theatrical trailers and a biography of director Osamu Tezuka. We can also expect a form of Special packaging which will be a fold out case with an outer sleeve while the disc will also feature trailers for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and more importantly, Cowboy Bebop which is even more proof that Columbia Tristar have picked up the rights to the recent Cowboy Bebop: Knockin on Heavens Door movie! Retail for all this is $27.95.

On March 19th Columbia Tristar will release Wilde Special Edition which will feature an Anamorphic Widescreen transfer, English DD2.0 Surround Audio, an Audio Commentary with the Cast and Crew, the 'Simply Wilde' and 'Still Wild about Wilde' featurettes, a Still Picture Montage, Theatrical Trailers and on the DVD-Rom side the complete 'Wilde' Website. The RRP is $29.95.

Also due on the 19th are the next two Superbit releases in the form of Vertical Limit and The Big Hit - expect Anamorphic Widescreen transfers and English DD5.1 and DTS5.1 Audio Options with an RRP of $27.95.

Columbia Tristar will release Gene Hackman's western Bite the Bullet on the 2nd April with a choice of Anamorphic Widescreen and Full Frame transfers, English and French Mono Soundtracks and absolutely zero extra features! A couple of weeks later Woody Allen's Husbands And Wives will be released (on the 16th April) and will be presented with 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen and Full Screen options, a Mono soundtrack and the Theatrical Trailer. Released the same day is Ray Harryhausen's The 3 Worlds Of Gulliver which features a Full Frame transfer, English, French and Spanish Mono soundtracks, three featurettes "This Is Dynamation", "The Harryhausen Chronicles", "The 3 Worlds Of Gulliver" and the Theatrical Trailer. Retail on all three titles is $24.95.

Also released on April 2nd will be the Jackie Chan classic Drunken Master which will feature Digitally Mastered Audio and Video, but more specifically a 2:35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer, Cantonese and English Mono Audio Tracks, a selection of Subtitle tracks (English, French, Spanish, Portugese, Thai and Korean) while the only extra will be the original Theatrical Trailer. Retail is just $24.95 but as of yet we do not know if this will be the full-uncut version.

An interesting release date is that of the Korean hit Shiri which will hit R1 DVD on April 9th. Read my review of the Korean DVD release HERE. The following artwork for the forthcoming R1 edition comes courtesy of DavisDVD...

Thanks to DVDReview, DVDFile and the Anime News Service for the information.

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