'Freedom: 5' Announced For HD DVD This April

Posted Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 10:00 AM PST by Peter Bracke
Freedom: 5 [HD DVD Box Art]

Bandai Visual says it will bring the next installment in the popular anime series 'Freedom' to HD DVD this April.

Originally presented as a seven-part series in its native Japan, Bandai has retained the same strategy for 'Freedom's stateside debut, issuing a new 30-minute episode as a stand-alone release every few months.

Due in stores April 22, 'Freedom: 5' will again see a "twin format" configuration -- just like each of the first four volumes of the series, which Bandai first began releasing in the US 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).

Extras remain slim, with the disc proper including only a theatrical trailer, and for web-enabled users, a "digest version" of 'Freedom: 4' plus a TV spot for 'Freedom: 5.'

Retail for the HD DVD is a suggested $39.99.

You'll find disc details for 'Freedom: 5' linked from our HD DVD Release Schedule, where it's indexed under April 22.

We've also set up a dedicated thread for Bandai's latest in our Forums area -- click the following link to discuss the 'Freedom: 5' HD DVD release.

Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Freedom: 5 (HD DVD)
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)