Live-Action Black Butler Gets Blu-ray Release in the U.K.
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Warner Brothers' U.K. branch will release the live-action Black Butler film in a Blu-ray Steelbook edition on February 23. It has not been licensed in North America.
The film stars Hiro Mizushima (Zettai Kareshi - Kanzen Muketsu no Koibito Robot) as Sebastian, a demonic "super butler" with impeccable knowledge, manners, grace, cooking skills, martial arts, looks, and more.
Ayame Gōriki plays Sebastian's new master Shiori. Like the master Ciel in the original manga, Shiori has a seal in her right eye as a symbol of her contract with Sebastian. Sebastian watches over and protects Shiori, but at a price — he consumes her soul.
While the original manga is set in 19th century England, this new film is set more than 130 years later in 2020, in an Asian city where Western and Asian cultures freely intermingle. Since only males can take the reins of the Phantomhive family, a young woman named Shiori dons male clothes and the name Kiyoharu Genpō to lead the massive Phantom Corporation.
The world Shiori lives in is divided between East and West, and she works as an intelligence operative (nicknamed the Queen's Watchdog) for the Queen of the Western nations, who is trying to unite the world. The Queen tasks Shiori to solve a "serial mummified murder case" as well as the disappearances of a few women. Before long, Shiori manages to discover a "black invitation" that ties the two incidents together, but that invitation leads her to a world she should not have entered, and she is cornered into a dilemma.
The film opened in Japan on January 18, 2014.
Australia's Madman Entertainment licensed the film last year.
Thanks to mdo7 for the news tip