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Akira (1988 / 4K Blu-ray)

According to Engadget, the film will be remastered in 4K from the 35mm original camera negative, and the upcoming releases will feature HDR as well as 192Khz audio transfer using Dolby TrueHD. It’s set to arrive in Japan on April 24th, 2020 and to North America in early 2020.

What’s the story?

On July 16, 1988, Tokyo was destroyed by what was believed to be a new type of bomb, triggering World War III. Thirty-one years later, in dystopian 2019, Neo-Tokyo has arisen from ashes under Japan’s new political system; but the glittering city is built on foundations of poverty, ignorance and despair.

Kaneda and his friends, a bunch of juvenile delinquents, rumble with a rival group of bikers. While the police attempt to disperse a riot with tear gas, the rumble continues. Tetsuo takes the lead and, after disposing of his opponents, nearly runs down what looks to be a 100-year-old baby.

Tetsuo’s bike suddenly explodes and he is taken prisoner by the top-secret Akira Project where he is subjected to a series of tests which unleash his latent psycho-kinetic powers.

But he is really more powerful than anyone imagined and breaks out, creating a swathe of destruction across the city as he mutates into another life form.

A bit of background

Akira is now widely regarded as one of the greatest animated movies of all time and prompted an increase in popularity of anime movies in the US and, generally, outside Japan. It is still admired for its exceptional visuals.

In Channel 4’s 2005 poll of the 100 greatest animations of all time featuring both film and television, Akira came in at number 16.

On Empire magazine’s list of the 500 greatest movies of all time, Akira is number 440. It showed again on Empire‘s list of The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema, coming in at #51.

Release date: Early 2020

  • Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
  • Starring: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama
  • Country: Japan
  • Production Year: 1988
  • Discs: 2 Blu-ray Discs
  • Region: A
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Formats: Color; 1.85:1
  • Audio: Japanese, English
  • Subtitle: Japanese, English
  • Studio: Bandai Visual

Akira 1988 trailer


Akira 1988 soundtrack – Requiem


Akira 1988 soundtrack – Exodus from the Underground Fortress


Notice: The picture quality of these photos and videos do not reflect the picture quality of the blu-ray or DVD in this package.

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