Last year was a great year for Venus Wars fans as Bandai Visual brought out a new Blu-ray release for it where it looks like it was a remaster based on a new HD negative scan. We learned in November 2020 that Sentai Filmworks made their pickup of the classic film with plans for a release in the US, Canada, and Mexico where they gained the rights to it. They’ll be doing both a home video release and a digital release as well with dates and pricing to come.
With the set scheduled for a February 23rd, 2021 release date, Sentai has now updated to reveal that this is getting an all-new dub for it and that it will come with a 96-page booklet. The new dub has Mike Haimoto as the writer and director – his first directing gig – on it with a new translation by Sawa Matsueda Savage.
The English cast includes:
- Adam Gibbs as Hiro
- Maggie Flecknoe as Susan
- Luci Christian as Maggie
- David Matranga as Will
- Christine Auten as Miranda
- David Wald as Donner
- Seán Patrick Judge as Kurtz
- John Gremillion as Gary
- Mark Allen Jr. as Rob
- Scott Gibbs as Jack
- Blake Jackson as Kenny
- Mike Haimoto as Tao
- Christina Kelly as Cathy
- Rob Mungle as Col. Simms
- Jay Hickman as Bartender, Adjutant
- John Swasey as General, Maggie’s Dad
Additional cast includes Andrew Love, Benjamin McLaughlin, Blake Jackson, Blake Weir, Chris Patton, Christine Auten, Courtland Johnson, David Lascoe, Jay Hickman, Joe Daniels, John Gremillion, John Swasey, Josh Morrison, Kyle Colby Jones, Mike Haimoto, Rob Mungle, Scott Gibbs, and Ty Mahany.
Discotek Media picked up the title in 2012 while prior to that, it was last released in 2003 from Central Park Media, though it also got a 1998 release from them as well as one of their first titles not solicited through NuTech Entertainment. The film was originally released in 1989 from Bandai Visual based on the manga of the same name which was released in the ’80s by Dark Horse Comics in floppy form. The film was written and directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko who was also behind the manga, giving it a solid feel and the proper adaptation that still holds up well today, both in story and animation.
Produced by Triangle Staff (Serial Experiments Lane), Venus Wars is directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the film’s original creator who also serves as the film’s scriptwriter and character designer. The film stars Katsuhide Uekusa as Hiro Seno, Eriko Hara (City Hunter 2) as Susan Sommers, Yuko Mizutani (Sorcerer Hunters) as Maggie and Koichi Yamadera (Cowboy Bebop) as Jeff.
Plot Concept: In the 21st century, mankind lives on two planets: Earth and the now terraformed Venus. People from Earth have colonized the formerly hostile world and have thrived for four generations. But along with those humans came their failings and the dark sides. Now Venus is about to become hostile again.
Hiro Seno, a popular hotshot motorcycle racer, caught up in a war he would rather avoid, witnesses the first strike on his country Aphrodia from the malevolent nation of Ishtar. Before his very eyes, he sees the Ishtarian war machines lay waste to his city, and despite his opposition to war, Hiro soon finds himself fighting for his life on the front lines!
Meanwhile, Susan Somers, a spunky journalist from Earth, gets caught up in the whirlwind of Venutian political intrigue and espionage that brings her face to face with the deadly leader of the Ishtar himself.