Don’t you hate it when you’ve completely missed out on something and discover it 20 years after its initial release? You start to question the people and resources that you depended upon to find out about cool things. Who were you taking advice from? Why didn’t they have a clue that this film existed? Why didn’t they force me to watch it all those years ago? Were my friends really cool? How come West End Video didn’t have the box on the shelf? Such is what can happen when you discover that Perfect Blue is coming out on Blu-ray to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The animated film from Japan had a big impact on those who were properly connected. This was not a Disney Princess film. The tale of singer who leaves the stage in order to find herself as an actress only goes dark quick with a killer on the loose. Now I’m eager to see the film when it comes out on March 26 from Shout! Factory and GKIDS. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory with a list of bonus features:
“Dark, disturbing, and insanely beautiful” – VICE
“A rebellious cult gem” – Interview Magazine
“One of the best animated movies ever made” – Time Out, USA Today, Complex
GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT
Stylish Psychological Thriller Makes North American Blu-ray Debut March 26th, 2019
Sophisticated yet unsettling, the groundbreaking psychological thriller Perfect Blue makes its North American Blu-ray debut March 26th, 2019 as part of a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack from GKIDS and Shout! Factory.
The directorial debut of acclaimed director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Millennium Actress), the critically-acclaimed Perfect Blue has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time. This new Blu-ray edition features both a newly digitally remastered version of the film and an original definition presentation, as well as the new to home video bonus features Lectures by Satoshi Kon and an Into the Blue featurette with new interviews. The bonus features also include the Angel of Your Heart recording sessions, the full English version of Angel of Your Heart, interviews with the English cast and crew, and theatrical trailers and TV spots. Fans can pre-order their copies now at ShoutFactory.com
In Perfect Blue, rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go. Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat he poses is more real than even Mima knows, in this iconic psychological thriller.
Perfect Blue Bonus Features
NEW digital remastered presentation of the film
Original SD Version of Feature (Japanese mono Dolby Digital 2.0 with English subtitles)
NEW Lectures by Satoshi Kon featurette
NEW Into The Blue featurette – New Interviews
Angel of Your Heart Recording Sessions
Angel of Your Heart Full English Version
Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots—includes new trailers from US and UK re-releases
Cast and Crew Interviews
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