Bebop Blazes to DVD

After a brief and limited North American theatrical run, the long-awaited Cowboy Bebop – the Movie is at last available on DVD today. The film is based on the popular Bandai anime series of the same name, which made its Japanese debut in 1998 and went on to become a hit on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block.

Directed by series helmer Shinichirô Watanabe and penned by series scribe Keiko Nobumoto, the movie takes place between episodes 22 and 23 of the 26-part show about a rag-tag band of intergalactic bounty hunters who operate out of a spacecraft dubbed the “Bebop.” When a catastrophic terrorist attack nearly wipes out an entire city, it’s up to the Spike, Jet, Faye and Edward to find the culprit and bring him to justice … but for a price.

The DVD features the theatrical trailer, six behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the film, music videos for “Ask DNA” and “Gotta Knock a Little Harder,” conceptual art galleries, storyboard comparisons and in-depth character profiles. This Columbia Tri-Star release lists for $26.95. Amazon.com is offering a package deal with The Animatrix for $38.20.

For a behind the scenes look at Cowboy Bebop – The Movie, see the March issue of Animation Magazine.

Also hitting home video shelves today is Warner Bros.’ live-action/CG screwball comedy Kangaroo Jack. Directed by David McNally, the movie features a computer-generated marsupial who causes big problems for friends Charlie and Louis when he runs off with $50,000 dollars of mob money.

DVD extra features include commentary by Kangeroo Jack himself; commentary by actors Jerry O’Connell, Anthony Anderson and Estella Warren, director David McNally and visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman; animal casting sessions; gags and outtakes; Jackie Leg’s dance grooves; and the featurettes Behind the Gas and Marsupial Magic. This Warner Home Video release lists for $27.98 DVD and $22.99 VHS.