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‘Appleseed' Sprouts May 10

3 Mar, 2005 By: Edwin De La Cruz

Appleseed takes root on home video after wowing Japanese audiences in theaters last year.

Geneon Entertainment debuts the theatrical anime feature May 10.

Anticipation has been building for this red-hot title since it was featured on CNN's Headline News channel when it ran a segment that reported on the new animation techniques used in the film at the time of its Japanese release almost one year ago.

Utilizing “3-D Live Anime,” a revolutionary animation style blending motion-capture technology and 3-D computer animation enhanced by the latest in two-dimensional character animation, critics have hailed Appleseed as taking animation to a new level.

“The stunning visuals, which are a combination of CGI motion capture technology and cartoon shading, are groundbreaking,” said Mark Roche, VP marketing and publicity at Geneon.

Appleseed will debut on DVD with three versions. Prebook for all editions is April 5.

A Deluxe Limited Collector's Edition two-disc DVD set ($49.98) will be packaged in a unique steel case. It will include the making-of featurette “Birth of 3-D Live Anime,” design archives, commentaries, a conceptual art gallery, an Appleseed term glossary, character profiles, mechanical notes, Japanese and U.S. trailers, and an exclusive action figure of Briareos, one of the film's major characters.

The same two-disc version will be available without the action figure ($29.98), and a single DVD edition ($19.98) will contain an audio commentary by director Shinji Aramaki and producer Fumihiko Sori, as well as staff profiles.

Appleseed will be presented in anamorphic widescreen encoded directly from the high-definition master. It will also include English and Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio tracks with optional English subtitles.

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