Akira 70mm version on DVD in UK

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  1. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    From Anime News Service

    UK Akira DVD "Cinemascope Version"

    According to the write-up on MovieMail regarding the Akira DVD from Manga:

    'Post-apocalyptic Tokyo. A government group try restoring an ancient force (Akira) to save their world but it proves uncontrollable. Cinemascope version with a fascinating production report video included. The stunning vision of a dystopian, futuristic city deserves honourable comparison with Blade Runner and Metropolis.'

    Agggh!!!!

    I can confirm that the film was animated using 70mm (2.20:1) cels (don't believe me, watch the production report). I'm definately thinking about picking this up.

    The movie was produced with that ratio in mind only for 70mm presentation. 1.85:1 is still the official ratio of the 35mm prints
     
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    Jeff Jacobson Cinematographer

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    Same transfer as the R1 releases (there was at least three R1 lately)
     
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    Jeff,
    According to the review thats up at The R2 Project the transfer is 1.78:1. Next time I go into town I'll check out what ratio it says on the packaging just to make sure. If this had been the Cinemascope version I'd have got a copy to go alongside my R1 version.
    Richard
     
  6. Julian Lalor

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    The R2 UK version is 1.78:1, identical to the R1 version.
     
  7. Jeff Kleist

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    Right, this is a NEW EDITION
     
  8. Julian Lalor

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    Jeff, I am talking about the version released this week in the UK. It is not 2.20:1, but 1.78:1. There are no other versions planned for release as far as I am aware, so I have no idea what Anime News Service is talking about.
     
  9. Jeff Kleist

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    Obviously this is planned for release later.
     
  10. Enrique B Chamorro

    Enrique B Chamorro Supporting Actor

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    I heard the Aussie version has the original and new

    English dub track. Will the new(?) UK version also

    have both English tracks? What ratio is the Aussie disc?
     
  11. Jeff Kleist

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    Not to be rude, but why do you want the original dub track? Not only is it a confusing, incomprehensible mess, but they basically wrote a new script. The new dub is MUCH better

    Of course, you shouldn't be watching it dubbed at all, but that's another story
     

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