Anime Limited Debuts English-Friendly PERFECT BLUE Blu-ray This Month

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Anime Limited Debuts English-Friendly PERFECT BLUE Blu-ray This Month
Perfect Blue, a film that many consider to be filmmaker Kon Satoshi's masterpiece, will make its English-friendly Blu-ray debut on November 18 from UK distributor Anime Limited. The film has already seen release on Blu in Japan and Taiwan, but neither of those releases have English audio or subtitles, so this is a big deal for fans of great films.

Scotland's Anime Limited is a new company, only having released their first discs in 2013, but they're certainly swinging for the fences in terms of acquisition titles. Not only are they doing Perfect Blue, but they've already released the Cowboy Bebop series on Blu-ray and have planned releases for early Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimeters Per Second, Children Who Chase Lost Voices) films, The Place Promised in our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star.

The packaging for Perfect Blue looks very promising, as illustrated in the exploded packshot below. Hopefully the transfer bears out all of that promise! I'm excited to check it out.  Here are the tech specs from Anime Limited:

Perfect Blue Collector's Edition - Blu-ray & DVD
  • Approx. 81 minute runtime
  • Audio: Japanese, English 5.1
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect ratio: 1920x1080p
  • BONUS:
    • Japanese and UK/US trailers
    • Recording session
    • Interviews with Ruby Marlow, Wendee Lee, Bob Marks, Junko Iwao, Satoshi Kon
    • English credits

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Art VandelayNovember 4, 2013 10:10 PM

YES! UK Bluray release! Playable in Australia, baby! YES!

BtoFuNovember 4, 2013 11:27 PM

Saw this new transfer at the SLA Festival and can happily report its much improved over the Japanese Bluray. Definitely hyped to pick it up later this month.

Ard VijnNovember 5, 2013 6:48 AM

Most excellent!

Arthur BondNovember 5, 2013 9:26 AM

But what region is it??

Hiroaki JohnsonNovember 5, 2013 9:51 AM

With a few exceptions most of the UK releases are #2.

J HurtadoNovember 5, 2013 10:42 AM

I would imagine it's Region B, but I will confirm when I review the disc (it hasn't arrived yet)

Tyler FosterNovember 5, 2013 2:35 PM

Wake me when they do Millennium Actress.

mmvmNovember 5, 2013 5:38 PM

Dubtitles or properly translated subtitles? The Akira Blu-ray let me down on that front

moneenerdNovember 5, 2013 9:15 PM

The original dubbing was very meh. Hopefully they dont massacre it as they did with AKIRA. I grew up watching AKIRA dubbed on VHS as a kid, and when i got a hold of Pioneer's re-release with new dubbing, it turned me off of dubbing completely. Not only were all those classic lines gone, but the voices were dreadful.

Hiroaki JohnsonNovember 6, 2013 11:03 AM

Shit meant B, had a DVD flashback.