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Urban Vision Anime Company

A bit of info about Urban Vision.

Company Overview

Urban Vision is a small company born in 1996, in the late VHS era; thanks to a relationship with the famed Japanese studio Mad Mouse, they have several high-profile, big-budget films under license despite their size. You can usually expect a lot of violence in their releasees, and they also have a live-action branch, AsiaVision, that focuses on the same sort of themes.

Their Catalog

Most of Urban Vision's catalog consists of big-budget films and a few OAVs, heavily focused on gothic horror and violent films. Almost all of their back catalog--several OAVs, mostly--is out of print, and most never even made it past the VHS release.

Nonetheless, out of the half-dozen or so titles still in print, they have the cult classic movie Vampire Hunter D and it's big-budget sequel, Bloodlust; other big-budget titles still available are Wicked City, the two Golgo 13 movies, and the Ninja Scroll TV series.

While they originally had a couple of more kid-friendly shows available--notably the Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals OVAs--they're all out of print now. They also had a brief, weird experiment with a kids' label, "Lil' Vision"; the only title released under it was half of the Strange Dawn TV series, which isn't really a kids' show anyway. Frustratingly, they never finished releasing the series, with their site even having a FAQ entry stating that it's on indefinite hiatus.

What Their Releases Are Like

Urban Vision's releases are bilingual, with the exception of VHD: Bloodlust, which had English for the original dialogue, and doesn't include the later Japanese dub. Their DVDs are polished, with quality transfers and in most cases plenty of extras, with prices a little on the expensive side.

In the VHS era they did release both subtitled and dubbed versions of their tapes, though they never bothered with DVDs of the majority, which is a little sad.

They haven't yet announced any Blu-ray discs, although their feature-film-centric catalog is ripe for the high-definition treatment.