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Digital Japanese Animation Thriller Blood: The Last Vampire to Hi U.S. Shores

(August 02, 2001)
Manga Entertainment announced the release of Japan's first fully-digitally-animated feature film Blood: The Last Vampire for theatrical and DVD release this summer and fall. Produced by the visionary animators at Japan's Production IG Studios (Ghost in the Shell), audiences will also have the opportunity to see the film 'digitally projected' when Blood: The Last Vampire headlines this year's RESFEST, the international digital film festival touring the U.S. this fall (

Blood: The Last Vampire will also have a live 24-hour Internet streaming event (Video on Demand) on Tuesday, August 28 at

Blood: The Last Vampire is unlike anime features of the past. While the character designs and backgrounds were created using traditional drawing techniques, these elements were painted, compiled and filmed using computer technology. The process was enhanced by the inclusion of digital lighting effects and revolutionary computer generated models, plus a variety of innovative camera techniques.

The highly technical standards used in the film also extended into the musical score and sound effects which were mixed in Hollywood, CA. A 'first-time' for an anime film, Blood: The Last Vampire features a number of American characters with more than ninety percent of the film's dialogue written and spoken in the English language. The leading role of Saya is voice acted by Youki Kodoh (Snow Falling on Cedars).

Manga Entertainment has captured this brilliant anime feature on DVD and enhanced the release with special features such as: "The Making of Blood" Documentary; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, 16X9 Anamorphic Digital Transfer, Image Gallery, Original Japanese Theatrical Trailers, Web Links and DVD ROM content. Available in retail stores August 28, 2001 for $25.00 (DVD) and $20.00 (VHS).

Blood: The Last Vampire takes place in the fall of 1966. The Vietnam War is underway and the U.S. military machine is being supplied out of the Yokota Air Force Base -- a plot of U.S. land within Japan. Within the compound, the atmosphere is charged with violent intensity as F4 combat planes take off hastily one after the next. Meanwhile, a series of suspicious suicides are reported in town.

Manga Entertainment Inc., a division of Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures, specializes in the production and distribution of Japanese animation for theatrical, DVD and home video release worldwide. Manga's cutting-edge film catalog also features Asian live-action, cult, pop-culture and international animation. Manga films are distributed in the U.S. through Ryko Distribution and Sony Music Video distributes Manga Video throughout Canada. The company has offices in London and Tokyo, and is headquartered in Chicago.

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