Mamoru Oshii Cinema Trilogy from Bandai
Bandai have announced the Region 1 DVD release of the Mamoru Oshii Cinema Trilogy Collection on 4th November 2003. Mamoru Oshii has created and directed some of Japan's most celebrated motion pictures including highly acclaimed movies like Ghost in the Shell, Patlabor, and Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. Now available for the first time outside of Japan are three of Oshii's early live action theatrical features: Talking Head, Stray Dog - Kerberos Panzer Cops, and The Red Spectacles. These are the stories of men whose lives are forever changed by deceit, betrayal, and murder and whose sole purpose is either to live as wolves or to live as sheep. Prepare yourself for a cinematic collection that delves into the mind of one, Mamoru Oshii.
All three titles will be available to buy separately at a retail price of $19.98 each or as part of the Mamoru Oshii Cinema Trilogy Collection Box Set that retails at $59.98 and comes with an exclusive original CD soundtrack from the features. The films are all presented in Anamorphic Widescreen with Japanese Dolby Digital Surround audio with optional English subtitles. The only bonus features are Theatrical Trailers on all three titles and Mamoru Oshii's Stray Dog Text on the Stray Dog disc.
Here is a look at the artwork for these releases along with story synopsis for each film...
The Red Spectacles - As the world decayed into chaos, the Metropolitan Police had no choice but to fight back and create an elite police unit known as Kerberos...the Watchdogs of Hell. Over time, the zeal of the police force soon transformed into actions of cruelty and corruption. However, three of the elite rebelled against the system, but only detective Kouichi Todome escaped. Several years later, he has now returned home. But why? What is left for him in this city that continues to decay? Kouichi must now determine who is friend and who is foe as he attempts to unravel what happened after he left.
Stray Dog - Kerberos Panzer Cops - The Metropolitan Police's ultimate crimefighting unit was an elite squad of men and women known as the Kerberos. A riot and uprising ensues when the unit refuses to acknowledge orders from government officials to disband. At the center of the riot is the leader of the Kerberos squad, Kouichi Todome who escapes after the fighting. Three years later, Inui is released from prison. A member of the Kerberos squad who served jail time for his participation in the riot, he wants nothing more than to find his former master. However, the trail to Kouichi is a twisted one, involving a strange woman and a new and unimagined lifestyle. But when he finally finds him, he realizes that, instead of following his own path, he was following the orders of another.
Talking Head - It's nearly time for the debut of the most anticipated anime movie of the year, Talking Head. There's just a few minor problems: the director has disappeared and the movie isn't even started! Desperate to meet their deadline, the studio hires a "migrant technical director" to fill in for the missing director. But there's more going on here than just slipping deadlines. One by one, the staff is being murdered and it's only a matter of time before the new director's next on the list! Explore the world of anime from a completely new angle!