Media Blasters, Manga and Geneon Entertainment have some big anime plans.

In a story from The Digital Bits, Media Blasters is currently working on Voltron: Collection One - Blue Lion. This "will be a 3-disc set containing the first 15 episodes of the series, along with the original pilot "The Voltron Trilogy", staff interviews, a featurette on the making of the DVDs, new 5.1 surround mixes, and a booklet insert featuring episode synopses and original air dates."

Making this release even more special, the content "will be contained in a special molded tin case that will be stackable with the subsequent volumes." The release date is currently not known on this title.

In addition to this, "Manga (via Anchor Bay Entertainment) will release a new Castle of Cagliostro: Special Edition" on August 29th. This film was first directed by Hayao Miyazaki and "the new DVD will include the original Japanese audio in Dolby Digital 5.1 (with English subtitles) along with an interview with animation director Yasuo Ohtsuka, complete animatic storyboards (with feature soundtrack), additional original storyboards, original character and set drawings, a 'fans' gallery' and theatrical trailers." This title will sell for $24.98.

Lastly, Geneon Entertainment will be releasing Tetsujin 28: The Movie on July 4. This disc will feature "trailers and Japanese audio in both Dolby Digital and DTS formats." This disc will retail for $19.98. On August 6th, Geneon will also be releasing Barefoot Gen. This DVD will come "with a photo gallery and Japanese Dolby Digital audio" and English subtitles.

Evan Jacobs