Due to an unexpectedly strong box office performance, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has changed the DVD and VHS release date for Osamu Tezuka's METROPOLIS to April 23, 2002. The film was previously scheduled to debut on home video on March 12. METROPOLIS has earned $446,810 in five weeks of limited release. It is currently playing on 13 screens in the U.S. and over the weekend of February 22, 2002 grossed an average of $2,425 per screen. The DVD will be a 2-disc Special Edition and feature fold out packaging, "The Making of Osamu Tezuka's METROPOLIS," an interview with director Rintaro Katsushiro, two animation comparisons, history of the "Metropolis" comic book, theatrical trailers, production notes and more. The release will feature a newly subtitled version of the film along with the dubbed version. 2-Disc Special Edition DVD (Widescreen & Full Screen) suggested retail price: $27.96.
Fred Patten discusses Osamu Tezuka's METROPOLIS, a landmark film which cleverly straddles the past and the future to depict a tragic tale in a sprawling city where individuals struggle to assert their identities and freedom.