Anchor Bay Gears up Redline and First Squad Blu-rays for January 2012

First Squad: The Moment of Truth (2009) Movie Image

It’s been a while since we posted the trailers for the incredible looking anime “First Squad: The Moment of Truth”, back when Anchor Bay first announced that they had acquired the film for domestic consumption. The latest news on that anime, and a new title called “Redline” has Anchor Bay scheduling both titles for release on DVD and Blu-ray January 17, 2012, with “Redline” hitting theaters in limited release earlier. Refresh your memory for “First Squad” below, then dip into some “Redline” racing action.

Directed by Yoshiharu Ashino, FIRST SQUAD: THE MOMENT OF TRUTH is set during the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front. Its main cast of characters is a group of Soviet teenagers, each with extraordinary abilities. The teenagers have been drafted to form a special unit to fight the invading German army. They are opposed by a Schutzstaffel (SS) officer who is attempting to raise from the dead a supernatural army of crusaders from the 12th Century Order of the Sacred Cross and enlist them in the Nazi cause. FIRST SQUAD: THE MOMENT OF TRUTH was produced by Eiko Tanaka, Misha Shprits and Aljosha Klimov.

Redline (2009) Movie Image

REDLINE is a racing film created by studio Madhouse (Paprika, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars). REDLINE is about the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe. Only held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame, including JP, a reckless dare-devil driver oblivious to speed limits with his ultra-customized car – all the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Amongst the other elite rival drivers in the tournament, JP falls for the alluring Sonoshee – but will she prove his undoing, or can a high speed romance survive a mass destruction race?