Crusher Joe Film and OVAs to see Blu-ray Release in Japan

6 Sep

crusherjoeBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

VAP Video has confirmed Studio Nue’s 1983 animated feature Crusher Joe and it’s two subsequent OVAs will see release in Japan this year in two exclusive Blu-ray box sets. The original film directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko follows a crew of space odd-jobbers nicknamed “Crushers”. The team is led by Crusher Dan and his successor Crusher Joe. The film was based on the science fiction light novels by Haruka Takachiho, a founder of Studio Nue.

Crusher Joe will be remastered in 4K while the OVAs Crusher Joe: The Ice Prison (1989) and Crusher Joe: The Ultimate Weapon: Ash (1989) will be remastered in 2K

The Blu-Ray box sets will be released in a Limited Edition version and a Normal version. Here are the extras for each:

Limited Edition
New artist illustrations
A newly filmed round-table discussion with creator Haruka Takachiho, director Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, and voice actors Taku Takemura (Joe) and Run Sasaki (Alfin)
A 100 page bonus book that will include documents never before published

Product specifications: VPXY-71486 / color / single-sided double-layer two, single-sided single-layer one / 1080p High-Definition / MPEG-4 AVC / Linear PCM / stereo

Price: 25,000 Japanese Yen which is currently $246 US, $317 Canadian, or £184 UK depending upon what country you reside in (excluding taxes).

Normal Edition
New artist illustrations
A 100 page bonus book that will include documents never before published.

Product specifications VPXY-71487 / color / single-sided double-layer two / 1080p High-Definition / MPEG-4 AVC / Linear PCM / stereo

Price: 18,000 Japanese Yen which is currently $177 US, $228 Canadian, or £133 UK depending upon what country you reside in (excluding taxes).

Both Blu-ray box sets will be released Wednesday December 14, 2016.

Source(s): Gwyn Campbell, Vintage Anime Fans Facebook group, and Crusher Joe official website.

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