23 September 2011

Fasten Your Seatbelts! Takeshi Koike's REDLINE is Coming to the UK

Takeshi Koike's REDLINE is heading to UK on DVD and Blu-Ray thanks to Manga Entertainment on November 14th.



The crazy inventiveness and fun of Hanna-Barbera’s “Wacky Races” meets the kinetic thrills-and-spills dynamism of the Podraces from “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” in Redline, a stylishly animated sci-fi feature set against the backdrop of futuristic interplanetary auto racing.

Written by Katsuhito Ishii (writer-director of the cult comic book to movie adaptation “Shark Skin Man And Peach Hip Girl”), seven years in development and utilizing over 100,000 hand-made drawings, the directorial feature of Takeshi Koike (The Animatrix) has been hailed as “truly out of this world” (Twitch) and “an incredibly exciting cinematic experience” (UK Anime Network).

Following his dream to become one of the hottest racers in the universe, daredevil driver “Sweet” JP has attracted a loyal band of followers thanks to his cool retro-fashion style, his hyper-customized vehicle and his habit of frequently ending his races with a spectacular crash. What very few people know about JP is he is deep in the pocket of the mob and is often paid to lose races. Following his latest escapade, during which his engine explodes and his car is virtually written off, JP is ready to throw in the towel on auto racing. That is until he discovers has inadvertently qualified for the prestigious no-rules, anything is allowed Redline race after two other drivers have pulled out – and for very good reason. The race is scheduled to take place on the military planet of Roboworld and its government has threatened to kill all the participants. Despite the danger, JP decides to go ahead and take his shot risking everything in his pursuit of the ultimate auto racing title.

Described by Anime News Network as “something very special, very different, and insanely exhilarating”, Redline bombards the senses unlike any other anime in recent years and “demands to be seen” (Mania .com).

Redline (cert. 15) will be released on DVD (£19.99), Blu-ray (£24.99) and as a Blu-ray/DVD Combi Pack (£29.99) by Manga Entertainment on 14th November 2011. No Exact date has been set yet for USA release however Anchor Bay are set to release the movie sometime in 2012

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