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

J Hurtado, Contributing Writer
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

Around the Internet:
  • moneenerd

    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.

  • mmvm

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

  • Tyler Foster

    Wake me when they do Millennium Actress.

  • Arthur Bond

    But what region is it??

  • J Hurtado

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

  • Hiroaki Johnson

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

  • Hiroaki Johnson

    Shit meant B, had a DVD flashback.

  • Ard Vijn

    Most excellent!

  • BtoFu

    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.

  • Art Vandelay

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

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