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Discotek's Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon Release Will Have New English Dub (Updated With Trailer)

posted on by Karen Ressler

Discotek Media announced at the "51 Years of Lupin III" panel at Anime North on Friday that its Blu-ray Disc release of Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon will include a brand new English dub directed by Richard Epcar and starring the cast of Lupin III: Part IV.

The 1985 film was the only anime film directed by filmmaker and actor Seijun Suzuki, who passed away in February. In the film, Lupin deals with two mafia families and Zenigata as he tries to find Babylon's lost gold by uncovering the mystery of tablets found in New York City. During his quest, Lupin meets an old woman who has a connection to the treasure.

AnimEigo previously released the film on VHS and laserdisc, but changed the title character's name to "Rupan" to avoid legal issues with the estate of Maurice Leblanc, author of the Arsène Lupin novels. Discotek announced in 2005 that it had licensed the film, but the prospective DVD release was put on indefinite hold until August, when Discotek announced that it plans to release the film on Blu-ray Disc.

Update: Trailer added.

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