Press Release: Geneon Entertainment
GENEON ENTERTAINMENT GETS IN THE GAME WITH THE UMD DEBUT OF APPLESEED AND SAMURAI CHAMPLOO
Signaling its ongoing commitment to its ever-growing fan base, Geneon Entertainment announced today the debut of two titles to the new UMD format – the explosive sci-fi animated action adventure Appleseed and the hip-hop samurai action series Samurai Champloo. The PlayStation Portable discs will be available July 5th. Geneon Entertainment is among the first distributors to adapt to the new Universal Media Disc format. Launched in late March, in addition to the latest must-have for gamers, the handheld PSP device, plays UMDs – mini-discs featuring full-length feature films and programming.
Setting a new standard in animation by the seamless fusion of motion capture technology, 3D computer animation, enhanced with 2D character animation, Appleseed has been hailed by director John Woo (Face Off, Mission: Impossible 2) as “a stunning visual achievement… a new milestone for CG animation.” From the creator of The Ghost In the Shell, the “3D Live Anime” bursts with eye-popping visuals that create the setting for both an idyllic garden society and in contrast, many powerful action sequences that stun with breathless intensity. A riveting soundtrack that includes tracks from world-renowned techno DJ Paul Oakenfold and Academy Award*® winner Ryuichi Sakamoto, combines with mind-blowing visuals for edge-of-your-seat action sequences until the awesome, white-knuckle finale. Appleseed arrives on DVD May 10, followed by its July 5th UMD debut, priced at $19.98.
Incorporating the Okinawan word for “mixing,” Samurai Champloo is a hard-edged, pulse-pounding blend of wry humor, hardcore samurai action, lush animation and more. Hailed as “hip beyond comprehension” (Anime Insider) and “anime with bite and both chompers clamping down hard” (DVD Etc.), Samurai Champloo is the latest project from director Shinichiro Watanabe, director of Cowboy Beebop series, and character designer and animation director Kazuto Nakazawa, who directed the animated portion of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Powered by a smashing musical score with contributions by American and Japanese hip-hop artists – including Tsutchie, fat john, Nujabes and FORCE OF NATURE – Samurai Champloo is the cutting edge of cool and a redefinition of the genre. The first and second episodes debut on UMD and are priced at $14.98 each.