Wednesday, December 16, 2015

DVDs, Blu-rays of first three Pokemon movies releasing in February 2016 in the US

Update: A Blu-ray pack of all three movies has been added, to be released on February 9th. Original article follows.

Amazon US recently posted new listings for DVDs for the first three Pokemon movies:

Pokemon: The First Movie
Pokemon: The Movie 2000
Pokemon 3

The movies are set to released in February (the 9th for The First Movie and the 16th for the second and third) for $14.98 each. While the descriptions do make reference to the theatrical shorts, they also appear to be placeholders and it is not known for certain if the discs will contain these or any other special features. It is also not known if these movies will be coming to Blu-ray or digital distribution in the US, though the recent trend of releasing the 8th, 9th, and 17th movies digitally suggests that possibility for these films.

The first three Pokemon movies have been out of print in the US since the 10th anniversary of their original US theatrical release dates, the result of an apparent expiration of Warner Bros.'s rights to distribute them. Since then, they have made occasional appearances on television and the Pokemon TV service, and were released on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia earlier this month. These new US releases come very shortly before the 20th anniversary of the original Pokemon games' release in Japan.

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