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Akira official release date JP + USA and details

post #1 of 272
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Bandai will release the bluray of Akira in japan on February 20th and USA on February 24th.

Japanese 5.1 TrueHD 24 bits/192kHz ( first for an anime release )
there will be also english audio on it too. but i could not find any specs for that.
double layer Mpeg-4 AVC encode

price for Japanese release will be 8190 yen
price for USA release will be 49,98 usa dollars.

cant for this release. my most favorite anime ever.
post #2 of 272
I hope they include the original English track that was featured on the VHS and UMD formats, but was omitted from all US DVD releases.


I'm sure the later English dub was more accurate, but the original one with the "Ninja Turtles" voice acting for Kaneda is more nostalgic to me.
post #3 of 272
Japanese site has some specs for video and audio

http://av.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/20080926/bandai.htm

本編:124分予定
片面2層
16:9
1080p
MPEG-4 AVC

(1)日本語
 (ドルビーTrueHD 5.1ch
  24bit/192kHz)
(2)日本語
 (リニアPCM ドルビーサラウンド)
(3)英語(5.1ch)

If you babelfish the text it says in english

(1) Japanese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1ch 24bit/192kHz)
(2) Japanese (linear PCM [dorubisaraundo])
(3) English (5.1ch)

So English audio may only be legacy dolby digital 5.1. But who cares. Japanese track is the way to go. Wasn't this one of the very few animes which had lipsynced audio (=lip movements were drawn to match Japanese voice). I hope they do include English translations (subtitles) for all the signboards seen in the movie as in Pioneer SE dvd.
post #4 of 272
This is a welcome release and hopefully builds upon the nice restoration job on the Special Edition DVD.
post #5 of 272
The restoration release were ruined by massive, excessive amounts of edge enhancement. Lines had edges that created halos. It was obscene.
post #6 of 272
What the hell was with all the white specs on the restoration? The dts edition DVD I have looks woeful, and that's on top of the EE.
post #7 of 272
Fortunately the BD will be from a new transfer. Maybe that's why it was delayed, because they realised the existing master wouldn't cut it (US studios take note!)
post #8 of 272
I can't wait for this. A classic movie with breathtaking animation.
post #9 of 272
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Originally Posted by Matt_Stevens View Post

The restoration release were ruined by massive, excessive amounts of edge enhancement. Lines had edges that created halos. It was obscene.

Wow. I guess that it really has been ages since I watched my DVD; it's been over 5 years. Disregard my previous post then. New master... LOL.
post #10 of 272
I'm all over this, this is one of my all time favorite films.
post #11 of 272
ill take two
post #12 of 272
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Originally Posted by ResOGlas View Post

I hope they include the original English track that was featured on the VHS and UMD formats, but was omitted from all US DVD releases.


I'm sure the later English dub was more accurate, but the original one with the "Ninja Turtles" voice acting for Kaneda is more nostalgic to me.

Yes please. The new English dub was not what I wanted. I doubt we'll get it though.
post #13 of 272
The most overrated anime of all time in HD. Pass.

LoL, 192 kHz. Can Japan please stop the superiority complex already.
post #14 of 272
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Originally Posted by Megalith View Post

The most overrated anime of all time in HD. Pass.

LoL, 192 kHz. Can Japan please stop the superiority complex already.

.....
post #15 of 272
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Originally Posted by Megalith View Post

The most overrated anime of all time in HD. Pass.

LoL, 192 kHz. Can Japan please stop the superiority complex already.

So I take it you didn't care for the movie?
post #16 of 272
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Originally Posted by ResOGlas View Post

I hope they include the original English track that was featured on the VHS and UMD formats, but was omitted from all US DVD releases.


I'm sure the later English dub was more accurate, but the original one with the "Ninja Turtles" voice acting for Kaneda is more nostalgic to me.

That would be Jimmy Flinders. (aka Cam Clarke) Yes, I was a nerd in another life, I'm trying to get out. :-)

I actually liked the new guy who did Kaneda's voice. I sorta wish I could swap them here and there. I liked Tetsuo's old voice better... he was just really good at screaming. (Which is required to play Tetsuo properly. ^_^)
post #17 of 272
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Originally Posted by Megalith View Post

The most overrated anime of all time in HD. Pass.

LoL, 192 kHz. Can Japan please stop the superiority complex already.



I take it you got your shot in and we'll be free of your adoring persona for the rest of the thread?
post #18 of 272
Okay, I may have to jump on this. If for no other reason than the highway scene...
post #19 of 272
$50. That's funny. Well, I suppose it's better than the $80+ that a lot of sites charge for Japanese imports of other Blu-ray anime movie releases. Still, $50. Ouch.

On the up side, it will be a Blu-ray rip on the usual Internet eyepatches and rum sites within a day of release.
post #20 of 272
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Originally Posted by ResOGlas View Post

I hope they include the original English track that was featured on the VHS and UMD formats, but was omitted from all US DVD releases.


I'm sure the later English dub was more accurate, but the original one with the "Ninja Turtles" voice acting for Kaneda is more nostalgic to me.

I can't stand the new dub. The story actually does make a lot more sense in the new dub but the voices don't work for me at all.
post #21 of 272
How can 24bit 192 in 5.1 be possible since blu-ray caps out at 96khz in 5.1 or 7.1?
post #22 of 272
The manga is astoundingly good and a 100 times better than the film, which is a visual feast, but goes all loopy in the final act. Basically, the movie is the first 1/5 of the manga, with sliver of pieces of the manga finale at the end.

I actually never finished the manga because I cannot find issue #38 (yes, I was reading the colorized Marvel version). Highly annoying, to say the least.
post #23 of 272
^ Why didn't you just get the collected works instead so you could have the whole series? I understand the appeal of owning all issues seperately but in this case it makes it so much easier to complete the story.
post #24 of 272
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Originally Posted by pcweber111 View Post

^ Why didn't you just get the collected works instead so you could have the whole series? I understand the appeal of owning all issues seperately but in this case it makes it so much easier to complete the story.

Actually, I have the reprint volumes of the Marvel/Epic version. All of them. Unfortunately, Marvel never finished the volumes. They stopped at volume 10, so issues 31-38 were not reprinted. I have issues 31-37, but 38 is damned impossible to find. It's just rare because of the low print run in comparison to other issues.

If I ever find it I will read the entire series over again, from start and finally, to finish.

If anyone knows where I can snag a copy, let me know. It's not expensive. Goes for $20, give or take. IF it can be found.
post #25 of 272
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Originally Posted by Matt_Stevens View Post

Actually, I have the reprint volumes of the Marvel/Epic version. All of them. Unfortunately, Marvel never finished the volumes. They stopped at volume 10, so issues 31-38 were not reprinted. I have issues 31-37, but 38 is damned impossible to find. It's just rare because of the low print run in comparison to other issues.

If I ever find it I will read the entire series over again, from start and finally, to finish.

If anyone knows where I can snag a copy, let me know. It's not expensive. Goes for $20, give or take. IF it can be found.

Wow, weird. Matt, I think I own ONLY issue 38 (Yes, the colorized Marvel/Epic version). If I remember, I'll go digging and see if I can find it.
post #26 of 272
I have the entire Epic/Marvel run of the manga--all 10 collections and issues 31~38, but there's no way I'd lose any of them. Sorry.

I have been such a fiend for this property, so much so that I have the original Kodansha volumes and the Dark Horse reprints, plus the Kodansha anime comics to boot. In fact, I have many Akira-related publications in my collection, so many I may have lost track of them.

As far as the movie itself goes, I have both the LE metal case and the DTS edition, and the Bu-ray will undoubtedly look good (or even better) next to those on my shelves. (And to be honest, I never really noticed the EE and other bad details in the transfer that others have complained about. Although I have never liked the original dub, have always preferred the Japanese track over either English version.)
post #27 of 272
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Originally Posted by chirpie View Post

Wow, weird. Matt, I think I own ONLY issue 38 (Yes, the colorized Marvel/Epic version). If I remember, I'll go digging and see if I can find it.

Lucky son of a...

Thanks, my friend. Much appreciated.
post #28 of 272
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Originally Posted by Matt_Stevens View Post

Lucky son of a...

Thanks, my friend. Much appreciated.

Found it. PM sent. :-)
post #29 of 272
Hi guys, I have just received Akira but am having an audio playback problem.

I am playing it on a Panasonic BD30 running via HDMI into a Marantz SR7002 AVR.

The problem I am having is with getting 5.1 audio on the Japanese track, I should be getting:

Japanese: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Japanese: PCM 2.0
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1

but am getting:

Japanese: Dolby TrueHD 2.0
Japanese PCM 2.0
English: TrueHD 5.1
Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1

Is anyone else having a similar problem?
I am wondering if it is maybe player FW related.
post #30 of 272
The 'core' of the thd 5.1 track is a dd 2.0 track (not thd 2.0 however). I am guessing that's the one your receiver decodes for some reason. Or maybe it just displays wrong. Have you checked if only 2.0 sound comes out?
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