'Freedom: 4' Headed to HD DVD This February

Posted Wed Jan 23, 2008 at 08:00 AM PST by Peter Bracke
Freedom: 4 [HD DVD Box Art]

Bandai Visual has announced that it will bring the fourth installment in the anime series 'Freedom' to HD DVD this February.

Originally presented as a six-part series in its native Japan, Bandai is following the same release pattern here in the US, issuing a new 30-minute episode as a stand-alone release every few months.

Due for release on February 26, 'Freedom: 4' will mirror the "twin format" configuration of the first three volumes of the series, which Bandai first began releasing Stateside back in June.

Tech specs will also be consistent, featuring a 1080p/VC-1 transfer (at 1.78:1 widescreen), and Japanese racks in Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 Surround (1.5mbps) and PCM 2.0 Stereo (optional English subtitles are also provided).

Also mirroring the previous releases will be a slim extras package, with the disc proper including only a theatrical trailer, plus a 'Freedom: 3' digest version and TV spot for 'Freedom: 4' available to web-enabled users.

Retail for the HD DVD has been set at a suggested $39.99.

You'll find disc details for 'Freedom: 4' linked from our HD DVD Release Schedule, where it's indexed under February 26.

We've also set up a dedicated thread for Bandai Visual's latest in our Forums area -- click the following link to discuss the 'Freedom: 4' HD DVD release.

Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Freedom: 4 (HD DVD)
Freedom: 3 (HD DVD)
Freedom: 2 (HD DVD)
Freedom: 1 (HD DVD)
Tags: Bandai Visual, High-Def Anime, Disc Announcements (all tags)