New information on Akira arrived!

Several details have come in regarding Pioneer Home Entertainment’s upcoming release of the Japanese animated adventure Akira which will be hitting stores this summer.

Set in a futuristic Japan, the cult-classic “Akira” follows Kaneda, the leader of a bike gang whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known only as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activist, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo’s supernatural power leading to violent struggles, a coup attempt and the final battle in Tokyo Olympiad where Akira’s secrets were buried over 30 years ago.

Two versions of “Akira” will be made available, a regular edition and a special 2-disc edition. Both will contain a remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 English soundtrack and the original Dolby Surround Japanese audio with optional English subtitles. The regular edition will be fairly featureless. The two-disk Collector’s Edition, however includes two documentaries, one on the making of the film, and one on the creation of the soundtrack, a featurette on the restoration of the film, and other surprises, which are yet to be revealed. A limited run of 75,000 of the Collector’s Edition will be released in a collectable tin. After they are gone, Pioneer will repackage the set in traditional packaging.

Both versions are tentatively scheduled for a July 24th release.

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