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Patlabor 2 the movie

Patlabor 2 the movie - Theatrical Poster

Released 7 August 1993

Runtime: 113 minutes

Staff

Director/Storyboards: Mamoru Oshii
Screenplay: Kazunori Ito
Original Story: Headgear
Character Designs: Akemi Takada and Masami Yuuki
Mechanical Designs: Yutaka Izubuchi, Hajime Katoki and Shoji Kawamori
Music: Kenji Kawai
Production: I.G. Tatsunoko (Production I.G)

Under Construction

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 "Innocence".

In 1998, Oshii re-released the film with a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel remix. Additional music was also added by Kenji Kawai. The remastered version of this film, and "Patlabor the movie", were released on the home video in Japan in December 1998.

Movie Synopsis

 

Availability
In English

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.

The Panorama DVD and Blu-ray are only available in Hong Kong, and therefore will only work on NTSC compatible and region 3 compatible DVD players and
region A Blu-ray players. The Madman Entertainment DVDs are only available in Australia and New Zealand, and will therefore will only work on PAL compatible and region 4 compatible players. The Honneamise DVDs were only available in the US, and therefore will only work on NTSC compatible and region 1 compatible DVD players. The Beez Entertainment DVDs were only available in the UK, and therefore will only work on PAL compatible and region 2 compatible DVD players. The Bandai Visual/Emotion DVDs, HD DVD and Blu-ray discs are only available in Japan and will only work on on NTSC compatible and region 2 compatible DVD players and region A Blu-ray players. If you don't live in these countries, check your VCR or DVD instruction manual to see if it will play them. Please see the English Language Movie Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications for this movie in English.

Title Format Catalogue Number
Patlabor 2 the movie (US) - Disc Only Edition [Out of Print] NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles BUDH0103
Patlabor 2 the movie (US) - Special Edition Limited to 10,000 Units [Out of Print] NTSC DVD, Region 1, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles BUDH0102
Patlabor 2 the movie (UK) - Disc Only Edition [Out of Print] PAL DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles BZ1645
Patlabor 2 the movie (UK) - Special Edition Limited to 1,000 Units [Out of Print] PAL DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles BZ1646
Patlabor Movie Twinpack (UK) [Out of Print] PAL DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles BZ1795
Patlabor 1 & 2: Collectors Edition (UK) [Out of Print] PAL DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles BZ1833
Patlabor 2 the movie (Japan) NTSC Blu-ray Disc, Region A, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles BCXA-0086
Patlabor 2 the movie (HK) NTSC DVD, Region 3, Japanese Dialogue and Cantonese Dub with English and Chinese Subtitles PCDVD520699
Patlabor 2 the movie (HK) NTSC Blu-ray Disc, Region A, Japanese Dialogue and Cantonese Dub with English and Chinese Subtitles PANBD521176
Patlabor 1 and 2 (AUS/NZ) [Out of Print] PAL DVD, Region 4, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles MANV5002

 

In Japanese

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.

Title Format Catalogue Number
Patlabor 2 the movie (Blu-ray disc only) NTSC Blu-ray Disc, Region A, Japanese Dialogue and English Dub with English Subtitles BCXA-0086
Patlabor 2 the movie NTSC UMD-Video, Japanese Dialogue Only BCUA-0113
Patlabor 2 the movie (Emotion the Best) NTSC DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only BCBA-3701

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