We’ve got the exclusive first reveal of this brand new, slick CG sci-fi feature film, from the creator of Ghost in the Shell.
The popular Appleseed franchise continues with an all-new CG-animated prequel Appleseed Alpha, available on Blu-ray and DVD July 22, with an advance Digital release on July 15. IGN also has your first exclusive look at the film, including screenshots and the official, never-before-seen trailer.
World-renowned anime filmmaker Shinji Aramaki (Starship Troopers: Invasion) helms the latest installment in the sci-fi adventure series based on the original comic books by Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune. In Appleseed Alpha, the story depicts the early days of female soldier Deunan and her cyborg partner, Briareos, as they embark on a whirlwind journey in search of the legendary city of Olympus.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has packed the Blu-ray and DVD release with a director’s commentary and — count ’em — 11 making-of featurettes that track Alpha Appleseed’s production from script to screen.
What’s more, the animated film features a soundtrack (release date TBA), with 12 songs from today’s top international music artists: Yasutaka Nakata (Capsule), Skrillex & Alvin Risk, Androp, DJ Fumiya (Rip Slyme), Passepied, Q;indivi+, tofubeats, AKLO, 80KIDZ, Nishi-ken, and Ram Rider.
Square Enix will also release Play Arts Kai figurines of Deunan and Briareos this summer, with Hot Toys also developing high-end 1/6th-scale articulated figures for a future release.