Gantz is based on a manga series by Hiroya Oku, published in the US by Dark Horse, and stars Japanese actors Kazunari Ninomiya (Letters from Iwo Jima) and Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City).
The Blu-ray combo pack has a suggested retail price of $29.99, while the DVD is listed at $24.92. The unrated movie is described as featuring “both English and Japanese dialogue options and a bonus disc with an exclusive director’s interview and film trailers”. The DVD set is 2 discs; the Blu-ray, 3, since it also includes the movie on DVD.
If you’re in the San Francisco area, there are two special events around the same time you may want to check out. Gantz is showing on Friday, August 26, at New People Cinema in Japanese with English subtitles. The ticket bundle, $30 for Blu-ray or $25 for DVD, will get you admission, a copy of the movie, and a poster, or just see the movie for $10. Gantz II: Perfect Answer, the sequel, will also be showing at New People on August 27 and 28; tickets are $12.
Gantz is a sci-fi action movie about two dead friends resurrected to fight aliens. Gantz II continues the story with various fighters trying to score 100 points to break out of the game. It’s promoted as having “an intensely gripping storyline yet to be known to the manga audience!”