Just as it is with Reel Anime 2012, Reel Anime 2010 showcased four anime theatrical releases – Evangelion: 2.0, Redline, Summer Wars and King of Thorn. While over the last two years three of the aforementioned had received DVD and Blu-ray releases, King of Thorn had not. With Funimation Entertainment’s release of the film headed for North America later this month, you may be wondering when Madman Entertainment would be releasing it to Aussie audiences.
Current plans are for a release in December 2012 for both DVD and Blu-ray and featuring a Hybrid (English and Japanese) dub. As with most of their film releases, it is set to come with a nice set of extras including interviews, trailers / tv spots, footage from a talk event at Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro and a pilot film.
Panic spreads worldwide as the Medusa Virus – a fatal pandemic that solidifies the body to stone – threatens to wipe out the human race. One-hundred and sixty infected individuals are selected to be cryogenically frozen while a cure is developed. Kasumi is one of those chosen for the experimental program. Forced to enter without her twin sister, Shizuku, her distress multiplies when she awakens to find the facility overrun with thick, thorny vines and ravenous monsters. As Kasumi and six others fight a losing battle to escape this labyrinthine nightmare, questions cloud her distorted mind. Where is her sister? Why did their only salvation mutate into a deathtrap? If they survive, how much longer do they have to live?
The film is based on the manga series (King of Thorn - いばらの王 Ibara no Ō) written and illustrated by Yuji Iwahara.