Bandai Visual has announced it will bring the third installment in the anime series 'Freedom' to HD DVD this December.
As our own Kenneth Brown has discussed at length in his earlier HD DVD reviews of 'Freedom 1' and 'Freedom 2,' this six-part anime series is being released one half-hour episode at a time in its native Japan. Instead of issuing the entire seres as a single box set here in the US, Bandai is following the Japanese release pattern, releasing new a installment every few months.
Set for release December 11, 'Freedom: 3' will mirror the "twin format" configuration of the first two volumes of the series, which Bandai first began releasing Stateside back in June. Tech specs will also be consistent, featuring a 1080p/VC-1 encoded transfer at 1.78:1 widescreen, and Japanese tracks in Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 Surround (1.5mbps) and PCM 2.0 Stereo (optional English subtitles are also provided).
Extras will be slim, with the disc proper including only a theatrical trailer, but Bandai says we can expect 'Freedom 3' to include a few as-yet-unannounced web-enabled features.
List price for 'Freedom: 3' will be $39.98.
As always, you'll find disc details for this latest installment in the 'Freedom' series linked from our HD DVD Release Schedule, under its release date of December 11.