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Akira, Evangelion & Eden of the East in June

Manga Entertainment have announced the UK DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of three anime titles this June. The month kicks off with Eden of the East Movie 1: The King of Eden/Air Communication on 6th June 2011 which picks up where the TV series left off. Later in the month on 20th June is Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance, the second of four planned movies that are retelling the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series. A week later on 27th June is Katsuhiro Otomo’s anime classic Akira which comes to UK Blu-ray for the first time alongside a new DVD release. The film will also open at selected UK cinemas.

Eden of the East Movie 1: The King of Eden/Air Communication will be available on DVD and Blu-ray. These both include the extra bonus feature, Air Communication, a feature-length compilation of the 11-episode TV series.

The Blu-ray release includes both films on a single disc. Features include:

  • Eden of the East Movie 1: The King of Eden
    • 1080P Widescreen
    • Japanese & English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
    • Optional English subtitles
  • Eden of the East: Air Communication
    • 1080P Widescreen
    • Japanese 2.0 Dolby TrueHD
    • Optional English subtitles
  • Movie 1 News Flash
  • Movie 1 Preview
  • Movie 1 TV Spots
  • Trailers (for other Manga releases)

The DVD release is a 2-disc set with one film per disc. Extras are the same, while the films are obviously in standard definition (anamorphic widescreen, optional English subtitles, Japanese & English DD5.1 for King of Eden and Japanese DD2.0 for Air Communication).

Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance will be available on DVD (£17.99 RRP) and Blu-ray (£22.99 RRP). The film will also be available in a Collector’s Edition Combi Pack (£24.99 RRP) containing the Blu-ray, the DVD and a 20-page booklet.

Blu-ray features include:
  • 1080P Widescreen
  • Japanese & English 6.1 Dolby TrueHD
  • Optional English subtitles
  • US Cast Commentary
  • Rebuild of Evangelion 2.02 (23mins)
  • "I Would Give Anything" Scene NOGUCHI ver. (5mins)
  • Omitted Scenes x4
  • Original Trailer
  • Train Channel Spot
  • Japanese TV Spots
  • Blu-ray & DVD
    • TV Spot A
    • TV Spot B
    • Promotional Reel
  • Trailers (for other Manga releases)

The DVD release should offer the same basic content.

Akira will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and special limited edition collectors’ SteelBook that includes both formats. The film has been digitally restored and remastered in full HD with super dynamic “Hypersonic” audio especially for this Blu-ray release.

Blu-ray features include:
  • 1080P Widescreen
  • Japanese 5.1 Dolby TrueHD (192kHz)
  • Japanese 2.0 LPCM (48kHz/16-bit)
  • Japanese DD5.1
  • English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD (48kHz)
  • English and Japanese subtitles
  • Teaser 1
  • Teaser 2
  • TV Commercial
  • Trailer 1
  • Trailer 2
  • Storyboards

DVD features include:
  • 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
  • English DD5.1 & English DD2.0
  • Japanese DD2.0
  • Optional English, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish and Swedish subtitles

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