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Vexille (R2) in September

Momentum Pictures have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Vexille on 1st September 2008 priced at £19.99. Directed by Fumihiko Sori (Ping Pong) and utilising the talents of the creative team behind the groundbreaking CG anime ‘Appleseed', Vexille is a CG animated sci-fi feature that taps into the familiar theme of genetic enhancement and modification.

Synopsis: The year is 2077. A decade earlier, robot technology had become so advanced that the United Nations, concerned that further developments may lead to the ‘weaponization' of the human body, passed a resolution banning the use of android technology. Choosing to defy the treaty in order to allow the mega-corporation, Daiwa, to continue its research, Japan became a lone, renegade nation effectively shutting itself off from the rest of the world. Isolated and shielded from all outside communication and satellite surveillance, with nobody having entered or left the country for ten years, Japan has become a mystery to all those living outside its borders.

Fearing that Daiwa may now have taken its bio-tech android programme to the ultimate extreme, a crack US Special Forces Unit is tasked with infiltrating Japan on an intelligence mission. Led by a determined, young female commander, Vexille, the unit hooks up with a band of Japanese underground rebels who have refused to conform to the dictates of the Daiwa Corporation. But what Vexille and her team uncover inside Japan proves to be far more devastating than anybody could possibly have imagined and soon they find themselves fighting a battle that will determine the future of all humanity.

The DVD is a special two-disc release in a limited edition Steel Book case and packed with exclusive fan-pleasing extra features that include an audio commentary by Jonathan Clements, an extended interview with director Fumihiko Sori on the making of the film, voice cast and music recording footage, interviews with Sori filmed at the Locarno Film Festival, a look at how 3D animation is made and at Sori's work as an animation creator, plus bonus footage from Sori's forthcoming live action feature, ‘Ichi'.

Features include:

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Japanese DD5.1 and DTS 5.1 Surround with English subtitles
  • Audio commentary by Jonathan Clements (co-author of The Anime Encyclopaedia)
  • Special interview with director Fumihiko Sori speaking about the making of Vexille (48mins)
  • Vexille: "The Inside Story" (61mins)
  • Theatrical Trailer

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