Steamboy on DVD

May 31st 2005
“A worthy successor to Akira…only Otomo is capable of pulling off a masterpiece like Steamboy

- Robert Bricken, Anime Insider


“A tour de Force!” – Bill Plympton, Academy of Shorts

“An Instant Classic.” – Jay Carr, AM New York

Esteemed Anime Director Katsuhiro Otomo Debuts His First Feature Length Film Since His Breakthrough
STEAMBOY

Featuring the Voice Talents of Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart and Alfred Molina
Debuting on Director's Cut DVD July 26


Culver City, CA (May XX, 2005) – Not since the breakthrough release of Akira have anime enthusiasts had such reason to celebrate. From the genre's esteemed creative leader Katsuhiro Otomo (Memories, Akira) comes Steamboy, one of the most elaborate anime features ever created with more than 180,000 drawings and 400 CG cuts. Winner of the Anima't Award for the best animation feature film at the Sitges International Film Festival in Spain, the film is loaded with visually breathtaking animation and features the star studded voice-over talents of Academy Award® winner Anna Paquin (X-Men), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Alfred Molina (Spider Man 2). The Director's Cut boasts hours of added value content and includes an exclusive illustration by Otomo which is sure to appeal to fans of anime, sci-fi and film in general. Following on the heels of the film's successful 2005 theatrical release, this must-have Director's Cut DVD will hit stores July 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment ($26.96 SLP). DVD order date is set for June 16, 2005.



The studio will also release a Steamboy gift set which includes a 166 page booklet containing character designs, mecha designs and selected storyboard sequences, Steamboy collectible postcards and a special edition 22 page Manga. Also being offered for Katsuhiro Otomo fans is a Collector's box set which includes the Steamboy Director's Cut with Memories. In addition, there will be a 2-pack featuring Steamboy Director's Cut with Metropolis, as well as Metropolis and Cowboy Bebop. Finally, STEAMBOY will also be available on UMD for PSP.


STEAMBOY will be supported with an extensive media campaign running from late July through August. The campaign will include national television, print and online advertising, grass roots street marketing, and presence at Anime/Sci-Fi conventions.



Synopsis:

A science-fiction epic set in Victorian England, Steamboy features an inventor prodigy named Ray Steam who receives a mysterious metal ball containing a new form of energy capable of powering an entire nation. Now this brave, young boy must use it to fight evil, redeem his family, and save London from destruction.



SPECIAL EDITION DIRECTOR'S CUT DVD BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:

Director's Cut of the feature film
Exclusive Otomo Illustration
”Re-voicing Steamboy” featurette
Interview with Katsuhiro Otomo
Multi-screen landscape Study
Ending Montage
Production Drawings
Animation Onion Skins
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation (1.85 aspect ratio)
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese
Audio: English, Japanese 5.1, French, Spanish, Portuguese Stereo


Rated: PG-13 for action violence
Color / Closed Captioned
Running Time: 126 minutes
Director's Cut DVD: Catalog # 05503 / UPC: 0-43396-05503-2
Steamboy Gift Set: Catalog # 11406 / UPC: 0-43396-11406-7
Steamboy Box Set with Memories: Catalog # 11405 / UPC: 0-43396-11405-0
Metropolis/Cowboy Bebop DVD 2-pack: Catalog # 01019 / UPC: 0-43396-01019-2
Steamboy UMD: Catalogue # 11579 / UPC: 0-43396-11579-8
DVD Order Date: June 16, 2005
DVD SLP: $26.96
Steamboy Gift Set SLP: $49.95
Steamboy Box Set with Memories SLP: $39.95
Metrolpolis/Cowboy Bebop DVD 2-pack SLP: $39.95


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