The anime section of your local JB Hi-Fi is a treasure trove of eclectic and eccentric titles, of which Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s Akira remains a steadfast fixture. This 1988 sci-fi masterpiece will be hitting the 4K Ultra HD format on April 21.
Madman Entertainment has spared no expense to bring the film to diehard fans and a whole new generation in an all-new Limited Edition 3-disc set, while stocks last.
Set in Neo-Tokyo thirty years after World War III, two friends, Kaneda and Tetsuo, are involved in a motorcycle collision with an escapee from a top secret government lab. The incident awakens psychic powers within Tetsuo, setting in motion a series of events that will lead to the second fall of the city…
A testament to Akira‘s longevity is its repeated restorations and upgrades, with the latest 4K UHD release being the most comprehensive and essential iteration to date. The 3-disc set includes a new restoration of the film on both 4K UHD and Blu-ray, an extensive 40-page booklet detailing the film’s production, an additional Blu-ray of bonus content, Dolby True HD audio, the 1988 and 2001 English tracks plus the original Japanese audio.
This incredible release will have long standing fans of Akira salivating, while newcomers to the film should prepare for a sensory overload.