Akira Blu-ray Release Announced

In a late announcement, anime classic “Akira” is scheduled to hit Blu-ray later this month – specifically in a little over a week on February 24th.

The disc will be a BD-50 dual-layer presentation with a new 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer (1.85:1) and Japanese audio in a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround (192khz/24-bit), PCM 2.0 Stereo, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. An English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround dub is also provided.

Blu-ray.com has posted a lengthy article explaining the meticulous care and preparation that went in to restoring the 1988 Japanese animated feature for the Blu-ray release. Though the film was remastered in 2001 for a DVD release, advancements in the technology meant they essentially started all over again.

Due to the sheer space usage for the uncompressed audio and video, extras are limited to a storyboard collection and five theatrical trailers.