Thanks for the GREAT news!
I'm totally shocked that a U.S. Anime Company would release Patlabor on Blu-Ray, but I'm stoked!
FYI: For those that've never seen Patlabor, while it may look dated, it's considered an Anime Classic. It was an Anime series created by Headgear, an Anime "super team" of creators featuring:
* Mamoru Oshii
- GHOST IN THE SHELL, Jin-Roh: Wolf Brigade (Script), Sky Crawlers.
* Kazunori Ito
- DIRTY PAIR, Urusei Yatsura, MAISON IKKOKU, .hack
* Yutaka Izubuchi
- RECORD OF LODOSS WAR, Gundam, RahXephon, Space Battleship Yamato 2199
* Akemi Takada
- The amazing artist of KIMAGURE ORANGE ROAD, Creamy Mami, Urusei Yatsura.
* Masami Yuki
- Birdy The Mighty
Speaking of the Original Japanese version only (with its fantastic, talented Voice Actors), they delivered a fun, satiric, sometimes scathing, sometimes LOL funny Anime series about society, politics, people and anything inbetween, all with a wonderful *subtlety* (not just beat you over the head, immature stuff (although their Parody episodes were great!)). The comedy would sometimes be like what you'd see on great American TV comedy like CHEERS or SEINFELD.
Now of course there are some so-so episodes in there, but PATLABOR consistently brought some great moments, and as you followed the series, from: Original OAV Series -> TV Series Season 1 -> Movie 1 -> TV Series Season 2 -> OAV Series 2 -> Movie 2 -> WXIII Movie 3 (side story)...
The characters grow on you and the episodes become even more meaningful. On the one hand, it's a Mech Anime series (love the Patlabor Ingram Mecha Designs), but on the other hand, it's really about the PEOPLE, the wacky, imperfect SV2. One of my all-time favorite series! Highly recommended.
Also, does anyone have Maiden Japan's Website?
I encourage everyone that cares about Patlabor to e-mail them to make sure they're using the Newly Remastered source material from the Patlabor Japanese Blu-Rays, and *not* (shudder) taking old R1 DVD source and just dumping it on Blu-Ray.
If they get the new Blu-Ray Source material used for the Japanese Blu-Rays for Patlabor, I'm sold in a heartbeat!
(I hope it sells well enough that we get Patlabor TV series, Patlabor OAV Series 2 and the Movies, all with the new Blu-Ray Masters from Japan.)