News Bandai Visual Japan Confirms Blu-Ray, HD DVD Dates
posted on 2007-05-16 08:20 EDT by Mikhail Koulikov
AnimeonDVD.com reports that Bandai Visual Japan has revealed the schedule for the high-definition disc releases of several of its biggest titles. Wings of Honneamise and the first Patlabor movie will be released on both Blu-Ray and HD DVD on July 27. On the same date, Akira will be released in Blu-Ray only. Patlabor 2 (Blu-Ray and HD DVD), Ghost in the Shell (Blu-Ray) and Steamboy (Blu-Ray) will follow almost a month later, on August 24. Another month later, on September 25, the Blu-Ray releases of Avalon and Jin-Roh will conclude the slate.
According to Bandai Visual's website, Akira, Wings of Honneamise, Ghost in the Shell and both of the Patlabor movies will each have an English dub and English subtitles on the disc. The specifications for Steamboy, Avalon, and Jin-Roh do not list an English dub, although Steamboy does list English subtitles. The corresponding DVD listings of these movies also list the same language options for dubbing and subtitles.
Update: The Bandai Visual website now lists Avalon and Jin-Roh with English subtitles, and Steamboy with just Japanese subtitles.