Monday, September 12, 2011

The long, long wait for Redline

Don't know what Redline is? Don't know why I'm waiting for it? Let me show you a trailer to get you hyped up!

Seriously, how awesome does that anime look? It's absolutely gorgeous, it features top-notch productions values and it looks like it's jam-packed full of off-the-wall action. It looks like one of those anime experiences that you have to see to believe, and I've been waiting quite some time to see it!

Believe it or not, Redline was in production for 7 long years before it was set to debut. That debut was lined up for 2009! Yes, a 2009 debut and we still haven't seen the official release in North America or Europe. Usually when a project moves past 5 years from first announcement to a non-release, I believe it to be canceled altogether. Thankfully that wasn't the case with Redline, but it has suffered from numerous setbacks.

The biggest tearjerker with this title is the number of false starts that it had. I can't even remember all the release date announcements/delays that we've gone through. Every time I get read for the film to debut in theaters or release to DVD/Blu-ray, we're smacked with another delay. What's the official reasoning for all these failures to launch? We don't have all the details on that one, but distribution deals seem to be the culprit.

So the waiting game for Redline continues. The latest information I have is that the film will be hitting retail on November 14th, 2011 in both the UK and North America. I'd love to believe that date considering how close it is, but with the way previous release dates have gone and gone, I'll believe it when I see it. The thing is, when I do see it, I know I'm going to love it.

Good things come to those that wait, they say. Well, Redline fans have been waiting quite a long time to see this baby, so hopefully the final product will be well worth all those years of patience.