Patlabor 2 the movie
This film is essentially a reworking of episodes 5 and 6
of the original Patlabor OVA
series. It is of course much more complex and more
political. In an interview Masami Yuuki claims that Mamoru Oshii made this film
to showcase his favourite character Shinobu Nagamo. Oshii apparently got the job
as director for "Ghost in the Shell" based upon his work on this film. Apart
from the bird motif of the film, Oshii's favourite animal, a Basset Hound, makes
it's debut in one of his anime films (a cardboard cut out appeared in his 1992
live action film "Talking Head") and would later become one of his trademarks.
The dog would later appear in "Ghost in the Shell", "Minipato", "Avalon" and
Currently only two versions of the film are in print in the English speaking world (well, a country where English is spoken sometimes); DVD and Blu-ray versions with English subtitles as well as well as an optional Cantonese dub and Chinese subtitles, released by Panorama in Hong Kong. Madman Entertainment did have the rights to the Manga Video dubbed version in Australia and New Zealand, bu it has recently been discontinued. It was available as a bilingual double DVD set with "Patlabor the movie".
In the US the film was released on Bandai Visual USA's Honneamise video label on DVD, in a standard disc only edition, as well as a limited 10,000 unit special edition which includes; exclusive packaging illustrations by Yutaka Izubuchi, remastered 5.1 audio channel, a new English dubbed audio track, a making of documentary, Japanese trailers and TV commercials, the complete 300-page storyboard book drawn by Mamoru Oshii with an English translation, and a second book that includes past interviews, articles, artwork and drawings. Bandai's European video arm, Beez Entertainment, also released the movie in the same format on DVD, except the special edition is limited to 1,000 units. A double DVD pack of the single disc versions and a double pack of the limited edition versions (including the bonus discs and books) were also released by the company.
In Japan the movie is also available on Blu-ray
with an English dub and English subtitles from Bandai
Visual/Emotion. The company has also previously released two disc HD
DVD/DVD and Blu-ray/DVD sets of the
film which were deleted a couple of years ago.
This movie is available in Japan from Bandai Visual/Emotion on DVD, Blu-ray and UMD-Video. The DVD and UMD versions do not come with English subtitles or an English dub, however the the disc Blu-ray release has the new English dub and English subtitles. Please note all versions listed below only contain the 1998 Dolby Digital 5.1 remix and not the original 1993 theatrical audio. These discs are only available in Japan, and therefore will only work on DVD, Blu-ray, and UMD players that are both NTSC compatible and will play region 2 DVD discs and region A Blu-ray discs (if you don't live in Japan, check your player's instruction manual to see if it will play the discs). Please see the Japanese Movie Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications for this movie.
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