Manga UK Reveals Pokémon: Indigo League, Anime Film Blu-rays

After years of desperate pleading from fans, Manga Entertainment have today confirmed plans to release Pokémon: Indigo League on DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom, marking the first time the series has been available on home video since Warner Bros. incomplete VHS release in ye olde days.

The entire season will be compiled into a single box set release, available on both DVD and Blu-ray from 30th October 2017.

The release will include episodes 1-52, with English audio only and will be packaged over 5 Blu-ray discs (8 DVD). The sets will retail for £59.99 (Blu-ray) and £39.99 (DVD).

In addition, a trio of acclaimed anime films will be returning with brand new Blu-ray releases from Manga Entertainment: Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop: The Movie and Katsuhiro Otomo’s Steamboy will be available in HD for the first time, releasing on 9th October and 16th October respectively. They will then be followed a week later, on 23rd October with a return of Satoshi Kon’s Paprika.

All three film releases will include their respective feature on both DVD and Blu-ray formats, an O-card and reversible inlay design.

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Manga UK describes the films as follows:

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie:

Mars. Days before Halloween 2071. Villains blow up a tanker truck on Highway One, releasing a deadly virus that kills hundreds. Fearing a bigger, even more devastating biochemical attack, an astronomical reward is offered for the arrest and capture of the person behind the destruction. On the spaceship “Bebop,” Spike Spiegel and his crew of bounty hunters (Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Ed and Ein) are bored and short of cash. But with the news of the reward everything changes.

Based on the wildly popular TV series, Cowboy Bebop, the big-screen smash Cowboy Bebop: The Movie pits Spike and Co. against their deadliest adversary ever. Featuring stunning, state-of-the-art animation, this action-packed sci-fi adventure builds to a breath-taking, nail-biting climax, guaranteed to keep you hanging on the edge of your seat.


From the leader in anime Katsuhiro Otomo (Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis, Memories), comes his first feature-length directorial project since his breakthrough film (Akira). Ten years in the making, with a total budget of $22 million, Steamboy is the most expensive Japanese anime production ever. A retro science-fiction epic set in Victorian England, Steamboy features an inventor prodigy named Ray Steam, who receives a mysterious metal ball containing a new form of energy capable of powering an entire nation, the Steam Ball. Young Ray Steam must use the Steam Ball to fight evil, redeem his family, and save London from destruction. With more than 180,000 drawings and 400 CG cuts, Steamboy is one of the most elaborate animated features ever created. Steamboy will be brought to life with an outstanding ensemble voiceover cast including Anna Paquin (X-Men), Patrick Stewart (X-Men), and Alfred Molina (Spider-man 2).


Prepare to enter the realm of fantasy and imagination — where reality and dreams collide in a kaleidoscopic mindscape of sheer visual genius. The magical tale centers on a revolutionary machine that allows scientists to enter and record a subject’s dream. After being stolen, a fearless detective and brilliant therapist join forces to recover the device — before it falls into the hands of a “dream terrorist” in this gripping anime thriller from acclaimed director Satoshi Kon.

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