The eagerly awaited DVD for Cowboy Bebop – The Movie will be released on June 24th. Read More for the full press release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: "Exciting & Vital" -Los Angeles Times "Delivers Hardboiled Action & Sci-Fi Fun...A Must See!" -Animation Magazine Big Screen Smash Animated Sci-Fi Feature Film from Renowned Japanese Anime Director Shinichiro Watanabe Based on the Wildly Popular TV Series COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE Critically-Acclaimed Futuristic Noir Thriller Premiering June 24 on Special Edition DVD Culver City, CA (April 15, 2003) - Touted as one of the greatest Japanese anime imports ever, COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE, based on the enormously popular animated television show from acclaimed director Shinichiro Watanabe (Macross Plus, The Animatrix) and currently airing on Cartoon Network, will be premiering June 24 on Special Edition DVD from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment following its successful national theatrical release. Priced at $26.95 SLP, the Special Edition DVD will feature dozens of exciting bonus materials including behind-the-scenes featurettes, character profiles, music videos, storyboard comparisons, conceptual art galleries and more. Critics nationwide have been enthused by COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE, praising the film as "the classiest anime series to be brought to America" (Anime Insider), "a stylish and sexy thriller" (Orange County Register) and "an interstellar treat full of eye-popping visuals and intelligent storytelling!" (Yolk Magazine). Including the original English-language voices that fans have come to know and love, COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE fuses "cutting-edge sci-fi action" (Heavy Metal Magazine) with stunning animation paced by an original captivating soundtrack. A nail-biting climax is guaranteed to keep you hanging on the edge of your seat! Mars - 2071 A.D. On the eve of Halloween, a tanker explodes on a freeway in the crater of Alba City, releasing a deadly virus that kills hundreds. When the surviving witnesses begin to die mysteriously, the police suspect a terrorist attack using a biological weapon and offer an astronomical reward for the arrest and capture of the person behind the destruction. On the space ship "Bebop," Spike Spiegel and his crew of intergalactic bounty hunters (muscle-bound brute Jet Black, vixen Faye Valentine, computer whiz Ed and data dog Ein) are in dire straits as usual, but the news of the reward changes everything and this rogue vigilante crew gets on the case, each using his or her own tactics to stop the tragedy. Spike begins his search to identify the poison on Moroccan Street, where "anything can be had." He obtains a vase containing a small round capsule from a guy named Rashid. Meanwhile, using his ISSP connections, Jet comes across a rumor that a pharmaceutical company may be involved in the incident. After analyzing an image taken from the scene of the crime, Ed and Faye discover that the prime suspect has a tattoo on his arm and further investigation leads to the information that he is a military officer named Vincent Volaju. The case becomes stranger as they learn, according to official records, that Volaju has been dead for some time and has a dangerous connection with Spike's love interest Elektra. As the Bebop crew pieces the information together, the mystery takes shape. A suspect who died a long time ago. A pharmaceutical conglomerate. A special unit of the military. And a mysterious round capsule. It's obvious that there was more to this incident than just a random terrorist attack. DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: * Digitally Mastered Audio & Anamorphic Video * Mastered in High Definition * Widescreen Presentation * "From the Small Screen to the Big Screen" featurette * "International Appeal - What's Not to Like?" featurette * "Spike: A Complex Soul" featurette * "Faye: Intellectual Vixen" featurette * "Ed: Resident Eccentric" featurette * "Jet: No Ordinary Dad" featurette * Character Profiles * Music Videos - "Ask DNA" & "Gotta Knock A Little Harder" * Conceptual Art Galleries (Characters / Aircrafts / Automobiles / Monorail / Accessories) * Four Storyboard Comparisons * Theatrical Trailers * Audio: English 5.1, Japanese 5.1, French (Dolby Surround) * Subtitles: English, French * Interactive Menus * Scene Selections Rated R Color Close Captioned Running Time: 114 Minutes DVD Cat # 09055 / UPC Code: #0-43396-09055-5 DVD Order Date: 05/15/03 DVD SLP: $26.95 Also available is the Cowboy Bebop: The Movie / Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis DVD 2-pack priced at $48.95 SLP (DVD Cat #01019 / UPC Code: #0-43396-01019-2) Artwork is available at www.CTHEAD.com Visit Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment on the Web at www.SonyPictures.com Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. 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