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‘B: The Beginning Season One’ Available on Blu-Ray and Digital October 6

‘The Ultimate Collection’ limited edition also being released features 160-page hardback series bible, soundtrack CD, special portfolio and the pilot film that inspired the series; watch the trailer and unboxing videos now!

Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Anime Limited, has announced the upcoming release of its gripping and edgy crime procedural series, B: The Beginning Season One this fall. Packed with bonus content, B: The Beginning Season One arrives on national home entertainment shelves at Walmart and for digital download to own on October 6, 2020.

Watch the official trailer for the home entertainment release:

Also arriving on the same day is B: The Beginning – The Ultimate Collection. The limited-edition set comes housed in a visually striking slipcase, with three art cards and a 160-page hardback book. The book is a comprehensive series bible, packed with information about every element of B: The Beginning’s world and story, taking fans behind the scenes of its production with staff interviews, character designs, background artwork, location information and more. The deluxe disc portfolio includes the Blu-ray of the complete first season; the pilot film that inspired the series; a special interview with director Nakazawa; and the original soundtrack on CD (featuring 21 tracks, including the previously unreleased “Farewell to the Black-winged King”). 

Watch the unboxing video of B: The Beginning – The Ultimate Collection:

B: The Beginning hails from the renowned animation powerhouse Production I.G. (Psycho-Pass, Ghost in the Shell, Attack on Titan) and director Kazuto Nakazawa (Parasite Dolls, animation director of Kill Bill: Vol. 1). The action suspense anime series is directed by Nakazawa and Yoshinobu Yamakawa (Little Busters!); this gripping, character-driven crime procedural uniquely blends the visual marvel of anime, dystopian sci-fi supernatural fantasy, and gritty mystery narrative in equal measures. The series music is composed by Yoshihiro Ike (Blood: The Last Empire, Tiger & Bunny), with the theme song provided by former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman. Hailed by anime enthusiasts and worldwide fans for its distinctive genre-bending storytelling, B: The Beginning Season One debuts for the first time on North American home entertainment shelves. The Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) collects all 12 episodes (both versions – the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub), a mini-poster, two art cards, and insightful bonus content featuring the pilot film that inspired the series,  a special video interview with director Kazuto Nakazawa, and more. The English dub boasts a popular voice cast of Johnny Yong Bosch, Allegra Clark, Ray Chase, Brianna Knickerbocker, among other notables.

Series Overview

The tiny city-state of Cremona has been shocked by a string of gruesome murders. As only vicious killers are being targeted, and from an enigmatic mark left at each crime scene, people call this mysterious executioner, “Killer B”.  When former detective Keith Kazama Flick is called back on duty after an eight-year-long hiatus, a new team assembles at the Royal Investigation Service with the purpose of putting an end to the bloodshed.  But Keith appears burdened by too many ghosts from his past.  And as much greater and ominous scheme starts emerging, he will need to come to terms with them all.

Created by Kazuto Nakazawa and Production I.G.
Screenplay: Katsunari Ishida 
Directed by Kazuto Nakazawa and Yoshinobu Yamakawa
Character Designer and Key Animation Supervisor: Kazuto Nakazawa
Music: Yoshihiro Ike
Animated by Production I.G.

Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD), Limited-Edition of The Ultimate Collection, and digital download to own, B: The Beginning is now available for pre-order.

Bonus Content for B: The Beginning Season One Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)

  • Series presentation in the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and English dub
  • Pilot film that inspired the Netflix series
  • Clean Opening - Clean Ending
  • Interview with Kazuto Nakazawa
  • A mini-poster
  • Two art cards

Bonus Content for B: The Beginning – The Ultimate Collection (Limited-Edition)

  • Series presentation in the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and English dub
  • Pilot film that inspired the Netflix series
  • Clean Opening - Clean Ending
  • Interview with director Kazuto Nakazawa
  • 160-page hardback book - a comprehensive series bible, packed with information about every element of B: The Beginning's world and story, taking fans behind the scenes of its production with staff interviews, character designs, background artwork, location information and more.
  • Original Soundtrack on CD (featuring 21 tracks, including the previously unreleased “Farewell to the Black-winged King”)
  • Three art cards

1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Original Japanese and English Dub
Subtitles: English
Runtime: 300 minutes

Source: Shout Factory!

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