Naruto Shippuden: Blood Prison Making It’s Way to North America

Posted on November 13, 2013

Viz Media, through a press release (below), has revealed the fifth Naruto movie, Naruto Shippuden: Blood Prison, is making it’s way to North America on both Blu-ray and DVD on February 18, 2014. As always, Viz Media’s releases have both English and Japanese audio tracks, with the option for English subtitles.

To the delight of fans, Viz Media has been shortening release times since the first Shippuden movie came out. The gap between the first and second movies was over a year and the release between the fourth and fifth is just five months! Who knows, North America may officially get Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie by the end of 2014, if we are lucky!

Naruto Shippuden the Movie – November 10, 2009
Naruto Shippuden the Movie 2: Bonds – October 25, 2011
Naruto Shippuden the Movie 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire – October 23, 2012
Naruto Shippuden the Movie 4: The Lost Tower – September 17, 2013
Naruto Shippuden the Movie 5: Blood Prison – February 18, 2014

Naruto Shippuden: Blood Prison will also be bundled with the 10-15 minute short special “Chunin Exam on Fire! Naruto vs. Konohamaru!” Pre-orders for the Blu-ray version of Blood Prison are now open at Amazon.

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced that presale orders are now being accepted for its latest NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime feature film. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BLOOD PRISON will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 18th, 2014. Presale orders are available at select retailers. The movie will also be released the same day in a Download-to-Own edition; platform information is forthcoming.

The latest domestic home video release of the venerable ninja action property carries a rating of TV-14, a DVD MSRP of $19.98 U.S. / $24.98 CAN and Blu-ray MSRP of $24.98 U.S. / $27.50 CAN. Each version also contains a special full-color variant O-card that will have different artwork than what is featured on the actual Amaray cases.

Bonus material for the DVD and Blu-ray editions includes a special animated short film, Chunin Exam on Fire! Naruto vs. Konohamaru!, as well as a production art gallery and the original Japanese theatrical trailers. The Blu-ray edition additionally features a video message from NARUTO creator Masashi Kishimoto and an interview with Junko Takeuchi, the Japanese voice of Naruto Uzumaki.

In his new adventure, Naruto is convicted of a serious crime he didn’t commit and is sent to the inescapable prison, Hozuki Castle. The warden, Mui, quickly seals away Naruto’s chakra to prevent him from rebelling. Refusing to give up, Naruto plans his escape while also befriending his fellow inmates Ryuzetsu and Maroi. But he can’t help but wonder what their ulterior motives are…

“In this exciting new film release, the world’s most popular ninja is falsely sent to a notorious prison for attempting to assassinate the Raikage, the leader of the Hidden Cloud Village, and fans are invited to secure their copies now during this preorder period,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Manager, Animation Marketing. “Someone is out to end Naruto’s life and he will have to stay alive long enough to prove his innocence and uncover the truth before time runs out for him and his friends!”

Created by Masashi Kishimoto, NARUTO was first introduced in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan in 1999 and quickly became that country’s most popular ninja manga targeting tweens and teens. The manga series (rated ‘T’ for Teens, in print and digital editions) and animated counterpart (NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN both rated ‘TV-14’) are some of VIZ Media’s most successful properties and have captivated millions of fans across North America, Europe and South America.

Subtitled episodes of the NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime series may be streamed on the company’s own VIZAnime.com and Hulu. In addition, Download-To-Own dubbed episodes are available for purchase through iTunes®, PlayStation®Network, Xbox Live®, Amazon Instant Video, and the Google Play store.

Here are the trailers for Naruto Shippuden: Blood Prison. These are for the Japanese versions of the movie, which was released July 30, 2011 in theaters and April 25, 2012 on DVD. Again, the North American version will be released straight to Blu-ray and DVD on February 18, 2014.