Picture from Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis
Overall C-

Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis unveils a well-crafted and meticulously detailed futuristic skyscraper capital based on his successful 1940s Japanese comic.

Violence D+
Sexual Content A
Profanity C+
Substance Use D+

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis

The most recent home video release of this movie is April 23, 2002. Here are some details…

DVD Release Information:

  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Production company: Columbia Tristar
  • Package type: Keep case
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1 Full Screen standard - 1.33:1
  • DVD encoding: Region 1
  • Available audio tracks: Japanese & English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (DTS), French (Dolby Digital 2.0).
  • Available subtitles: English, French, Spanish.
DVD Extras:
  • Production notes
  • The Making of Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis
  • Interview with Director Rintaro Katsushiro
  • Animation comparisons
  • History of Metropolis comic book
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Osamu Tezuka biography
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Storyboard/Scene comparisons

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