Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releasing in November



Bandai Namco Arts, the anime/music production and distribution subsidiary of Bandai Namco Group, has announced the home media release of Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash will be November 26, 2021. Initially a limited Blu-ray set was released to theaters to coincide with the theatrical release of the film.

In the film’s first week, 53,674 copies were sold at 215 theaters, including 34,222 copies for the limited edition and 19,452 copies for the regular edition. In twenty-four days, the Blu-ray had sold 90,683 copies, with 52,989 units for the limited edition and 37,694 for the regular edition.

The limited edition Blu-ray is priced at 9,900 yen and will include:

  • Main BD: 100 minutes (95 minutes of the main story + 5 minutes of video extras) + Special BD: 171 minutes
  • BD: Dolby Atmos, Linear PCM (Stereo) / AVC / BD50G / 16:9 <1080p High Definition
  • Special BD: Linear PCM (Stereo) / AVC / BD50G / 16:9 <1080i High Definition
  • Japanese, English, French, Korean, Thai, Traditional Chinese (Taiwan and Hong Kong), and Simplified Chinese subtitles
  • Original soundtrack CD by Hiroyuki Sawano
  • Special bonus disc
    • GUNDAM FAN GATHERING – “Hathaway’s Flash” Heirs to GUNDAM-.
    • GUNPLA EXPO 2020 “Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash” Special Stage
    • Hiroyuki Sawano / Project【emU】”MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UNICORN” suite
  • Special booklet (16 pages)
  • Video extras
    • Trailer / Special report video 1 / Special report video 2 / Teaser PV / Trailer 1
  • Audio commentary
    • First half: Kensho Ono (Hathaway Noa), Reina Ueda (Gigi Andalucia), Junichi Suwabe (Kenneth Sleg)
    • Second half: Kensho Ono (Hathaway Noa), Souma Saito (Lane Aime), Naohiro Ogata (Sunrise Producer)
  • Sleeve case by Pablo Uchida

The normal edition Blu-ray is priced at 5,000 yen and will include:

  • Main BD: 100 minutes (95 minutes of the main story + 5 minutes of video extras) + Special BD: 171 minutes
  • BD: Dolby Atmos, Linear PCM (Stereo) / AVC / BD50G / 16:9 <1080p High Definition
  • Special BD: Linear PCM (Stereo) / AVC / BD50G / 16:9 <1080i High Definition
  • Japanese, English, French, Korean, Thai, Traditional Chinese (Taiwan and Hong Kong), and Simplified Chinese subtitles
  • Special booklet (16 pages)
  • Video extras
    • Trailer / Special report video 1 / Special report video 2 / Teaser PV / Trailer 1
  • Audio commentary
    • First half: Kensho Ono (Hathaway Noa), Reina Ueda (Gigi Andalucia), Junichi Suwabe (Kenneth Sleg)
    • Second half: Kensho Ono (Hathaway Noa), Souma Saito (Lane Aime), Naohiro Ogata (Sunrise Producer)
  • Sleeve case by Pablo Uchida

The DVD is priced at 4,000 yen and will include:

  • 100min (95min for feature film + 5min for video extras) / Dolby Digital (5.1ch stereo) / Double layer on one side / 16:9 (Squeeze) / Vista size / With Japanese and English subtitles (can be turned on and off)
  • Special booklet (16 pages)
  • Video extras
    • Trailer / Special report video 1 / Special report video 2 / Teaser PV / Trailer 1
  • Audio commentary
    • First half: Kensho Ono (Hathaway Noa), Reina Ueda (Gigi Andalucia), Junichi Suwabe (Kenneth Sleg)
    • Second half: Kensho Ono (Hathaway Noa), Souma Saito (Lane Aime), Naohiro Ogata (Sunrise Producer)
  • Sleeve case by Pablo Uchida

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is priced at 7,000 yen and will include:

  • 100min (95min for feature film + 5min for video extras) / Dolby Atmos Linear PCM (Stereo) / HEVC / 100G / 16:9<2160p Ultra High Definition>/ With Japanese and English subtitles (can be turned on and off)
  • Special booklets (16 pages)
  • Video extras
    • Trailer / Special report video 1 / Special report video 2 / Teaser PV / Trailer 1

Those that pre-order any of the aforementioned Hathaway’s Flash releases at participating stores will receive a newly drawn A4 size illustration by the film’s concept artist and character designer Pablo Uchida. The reservation period is from September 10 to October 19.

Purchases from certain retailers will include a bonus item.

First in a trilogy of anime films helmed by Shukou Murase, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash or Hathaway is the official sequel to the 1988 Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack movie. The project was announced in November 2018 to celebrate the Gundam 40th anniversary, adapting the Yoshiyuki Tomino-penned novel series of the same name. The novels were originally released from 1989 to 1990, as a follow-up to Tomino’s Char’s Counterattack: Beltorchika’s Children novel, published by Kadokawa’s Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint.

Opening to Japanese theaters June 11 the Hathaway film has earned record box office sales with 2.17 billion yen in revenue, with over 1.07 million tickets sold, becoming the second highest grossing Gundam film. Hathaway sits behind the 1982 Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space as the highest earning film in the Gundam franchise, sitting at 2.3 billion yen in box office revenue.

While the film is screening in Japan, streaming giant Netflix is exclusively releasing the Hathaway film internationally. The film is dubbed with eight language options and thirty subtitled language options, available to 190 countries worldwide.

As of June 2021, producer Naohiro Ogata confirmed the second installment was in production, tentatively titled, Sun of Bright (also read as “Son”). Producer Ogata addressed there would be changes from the novel’s 2nd volume as Yoshiyuki Tomino previously expressed his reservations to Ogata about adapting it. The story is said expand on rival Gundam pilot Lane Aime’s role in the film series and would be focused on Gigi Andalucia.

Story

The year is U.C. 0105. Twelve years have passed since the end of the second Neo Zeon War (Char’s Rebellion). The anti-Earth Federation Movement “Mafty,” has taken a stand against the corruption of the Earth Sphere. Mafty carries out fierce acts of terrorism, assassinating high officials of the Federation government one after another, but it gains a certain level of support from the populace who are growing more opposed to the Federation government. The movement is led by Hathaway Noa, under the name “Mafty Navue Erin”, the son of Bright Noa, a famous officer of the Earth Federation Forces who once participated in the One Year War. With firsthand knowledge of the ideals and ideologies of Amuro Ray and Char Aznable, he has become a warrior following in their footsteps. His destiny, however, is drastically altered as he encounters the Federation Forces officer Kenneth Sleg and a mysterious young beauty named Gigi Andalucia.

Source: Gundam-Hathaway

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