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Japanese Specials and Oddities Releases

Below is a chronological listing of every Japanese release of Patlabor related videos that don't really fit into any other category on every format they were released on. Note: Please do not ask me where bootlegs and/or downloads can be found. If you email me regarding bootlegs or downloads, don't expect any response.

Patlabor Contact 1

Patlabor Contact 1 CDV Cover Company: Warner Pioneer
Format:
NTSC CD Video, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
4:34 (Video Segment Only)
Catalogue Number:
24VL-7
Release Date:
25 February 1988
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: A very odd release. CD Video is different from a Video CD. It contains a video segment and a separate audio segment. Contains the music video for "Miraiha Lovers" by Hiroko Kasahara, as well as the Kenji Kawai instrumentals from the Patlabor soundtrack; "Alphonse", "SV2", "The Shadow of Babylon", "Patlabor", "Then, Daybreak", "SV2 March", "Megalocity Police" and "Interface" all of which were later released on the "Interface" soundtrack. The "Miraiha Lovers" video was also released on the "Mobile Police Patlabor LD Box", "Patlabor on Television Series 2" DVD Box and the "Patlabor Music Collection" DVD.

 

Mobile Police Patlabor Vol. 1: Trends and Countermeasures

Mobile Police Patlabor Vol. 1: Trends and Countermeasures VHS and Beta Cover Company: Warner Pioneer
Format:
NTSC VHS and Beta, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
7 minutes
Catalogue Number:
01PV88 (VHS), 01PX88 (Beta)
Release Date:
June 1988
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: A short video magazine which provided a sneak preview of episodes 2 to 6 of the original OVA series. This video was also later released on the "Mobile Police Patlabor LD Box".

 

Patlabor Contact 2

Patlabor Contact 2 CDV Cover Company: Warner Pioneer
Format:
NTSC CD Video, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
3:48 (Video Segment Only)
Catalogue Number:
24L6-5601
Release Date:
10 August 1988
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: A very odd release. CD Video is different from a Video CD. It contains a video segment and a separate audio segment. Contains the music video for "The Glorious SV2 ~ Eikou no Tokushatai" by Kenji Kawai, as well as the Kenji Kawai instrumentals from the Patlabor soundtrack; "Prevision", "Ingram", "Steel Arrow" Tragedy of L", "Escape", "The Longest Day of the SV2" and "Believe Yourself Again" by Hiroko Kasahara all of which were later released on the "Intercept" soundtrack.

 

Mobile Police Patlabor Vol. 6: Kawaraban

Mobile Police Patlabor Vol. 6: Kawaraban Laserdisc Cover

Mobile Police Patlabor Vol. 6: Kawaraban VHS and Beta Cover

Company: Warner Pioneer (LD Single), Emotion [Bandai Visual] (VHS, Beta)
Formats:
NTSC Laserdisc Single, VHS, Beta, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
20 minutes
Catalogue Numbers:
30L6-8018 (LD Single) BES-257 (VHS) BEB-257 (Beta)
Release Date:
19 December 1988
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: Yet another weird release. The video itself contains a digest of the Patlabor OVA series as well as a preview of the then forthcoming "Patlabor the movie" with footage of Mamoru Oshii, Kazunori Ito and photographer Haruhiko Higami location hunting for scenery that would appear in the film. The video is hosted by Hiroko Kasahara and Yutaka Izubuchi, who are both dressed in SV2 uniforms for the entire time. The Laserdisc version of this release is truly unique. The LD release was in fact a 20cm LD Single. It came with an adaptor (some LD players required the adaptor to play the disc as it wasn't as thick as regular 30cm discs) with line art from the series. This video was later released on the "Patlabor LD Box", "Patlabor Early Days Volume 2" DVD and the "Patlabor DVD Memorial Box".

 

Shonen Sunday All Stars: 30th Anniversary Video

Shonen Sunday All Stars: 30th Anniversary Video VHS Cover Company: Shogakukan Video
Format:
NTSC VHS, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
Unknown
Catalogue Number:
Unknown
Release Date:
April 1989
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: Contains footage from the Patlabor OVA series as well as an interview with Masami Yuuki. The video also contains a production meeting with Rumiko Takahashi and the staff of the "Ranma " TV series staff, a preview of the series itself and footage of other promotional events with other manga artists who are published in "Shonen Sunday". The packaging itself is an oversized box which contains three mini-posters for three of the top titles from the magazine; "Patlabor", "Ranma " and "Touch".

 

The Making of Patlabor the movie

The Making of Patlabor the movie VHS Cover Company: Emotion [Bandai Visual]
Format:
NTSC VHS, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
23 minutes
Catalogue Number:
Unknown
Release Date:
August 1989
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: A special mail-in "making of" video of "Patlabor the movie" available from Shonen Sunday magazine. As far as I can tell it does contain interviews with all of the Headgear members and Miina Tominaga. The video is extremely rare and I've only seen it for sale once on an auction site.

 

Mobile Suit SD Gundam's Counterattack

Mobile Suit SD Gundam's Counterattack Laserdisc Cover

Mobile Suit SD Gundam's Counterattack VHS Cover

Company: Emotion [Bandai Visual]
Format:
NTSC Laserdisc (CAV format), VHS, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
25 minutes
Catalogue Number:
BEAL-314 (LD) BES-378 (VHS)
Release Date:
25 October 1989 (VHS), 25 November 1989 (LD)
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: Contains a two part film; "The Storm-Calling School Festival" which is a parody of the Universal Century Gundam universe and "The Tale of the SD Warring States: The Chapter of the Violent Final Sky Castle", which contains scenes with Super-Deformed AV-98 Ingrams. This film was shown in cinemas with "Patlabor the movie".

 

Mobile Police Patlabor Vol. 7: "After the Movie"

Mobile Police Patlabor Vol. 7: "After the Movie" VHS Cover Company: Emotion [Bandai Visual]
Format:
NTSC VHS
Runtime:
30 minutes
Catalogue Number:
BES-429
Release Date:
8 December 1989
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: A "Making Of" video of "Patlabor the movie". Released in conjunction with the video release of the film.

 

The Road to Voice Acting: Mobile Police Patlabor ~ Assemble Insert

The Road to Voice Acting: Mobile Police Patlabor ~ Assemble Insert Laserdisc Cover

The Road to Voice Acting: Mobile Police Patlabor ~ Assemble Insert VHS Cover
Company: Warner Pioneer
Format:
NTSC Laserdisc (CAV format), VHS, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
30 minutes
Catalogue Numbers:
WPLL-8076 (LD), WPVL-8076 (VHS)
Release Date:
24 January 1991
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: Contains interviews with the voice actors from Patlabor and the OVA series "Assemble Insert" as well as footage from both series.

 

The Road to Sound Creation: Mobile Police Patlabor ~ Ultimate Superman R

The Road to Sound Creation: Mobile Police Patlabor ~ Ultimate Superman R Laserdisc Cover

The Road to Voice Acting: Mobile Police Patlabor ~ Assemble Insert VHS Cover

Company: Warner Pioneer
Format:
NTSC Laserdisc (CLV format), VHS, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
41 minutes
Catalogue Numbers:
WPLL-8129 (LD), WPVL-8129 (VHS)
Release Date:
January 1991
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: Contains interviews with Hiroko Kasahara, Chiba Shigeru, Kenji Kawai and others involved in the production of music and sound effects from Patlabor and the OVA series "Ultimate Super Man R" as well as footage from both series.

 

Patlabor Music Clips

Patlabor Music Clips Laserdisc Cover

Patlabor Music Clips VHS Cover

Company: VAP Video (Laserdisc), Emotion [Bandai Visual] (VHS)
Format:
NTSC Laserdisc (CLV format), VHS, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
45 minutes
Catalogue Numbers:
VPLY-70198 (LD) BES-689 (VHS)
Release Date:
23 July 1992 (VHS) 5 August 1992 (LD)
Availability:
Out of Print
Track Listing:
1. One Day of Noa Part 1
2. Condition Green
3. Miraiha Lovers
4. Schaft!
5. One Day of Noa Part 2
6. Patlabor Phase III
7. Long Silence
8. One Day of Noa Part 3
9. Mamoritaino
10. The Sunset of Ancient Times
11. One Day of Noa Part 4
12. Sonomamano Kimide Ite
13. Yakusoku no Tochi e
14. One Day of Noa Part 5
15. Namida wo Sagashite
16. My Way My Pace

Notes: Video clip compilation. All the clips were created especially for this video release and mostly include footage from every Patlabor release including the original OVA series, TV series, New OVA Series and the first movie. The exception in this collection of videos is "Namida wo Sagashite", which is live performance by Kenji Kawai's band with Noa's voice actor, Miina Tominaga, on vocals. This was recorded live 5 May 1992 at Tokyo Yomiuri Hall and the full concert appears on the video "Patlabor Concert '92" (see below). Of note on this video clips collection is the five part "One Day of Noa" segments between the music videos. These are brand new animation created especially for this release. The segments show Noa going through a regular day. There is no dialogue during these segments, only background music. This video was also later released on the "Patlabor New OVA Series Memorial LD Box", "Patlabor New OVA Series DVD Box", the "Patlabor DVD Memorial Box" and the "Patlabor Music Collection" DVD.

 

Patlabor Concert Tour '92

Patlabor Concert Tour '92 Laserdisc Cover

Patlabor Concert Tour '92 VHS Cover

Company: VAP Video (Laserdisc), Emotion [Bandai Visual] (VHS)
Format:
NTSC Laserdisc (CLV format), VHS, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
85 minutes
Catalogue Numbers:
VPLQ-70203 (LD) BES-835 (VHS)
Release Date:
23 September 1992 (VHS), 5 October 1992 (LD)
Availability:
Out of Print
Track Listing:
1. Backstage and Rehearsal
2. Night Stalker
3. Patlabor Phase III
4. Feel the Future
5. Bud's Theme
6. Interview: Yutaka Izubuchi
7. NOA
8. Special Vehicle Section No. 2
9. If You Wanna It
10. Sadness City
11. Sea Side Highway
12. Interview: Hiroko Kasahara
13. Yuuki o Tsubasa ni Shite
14. Interview: Miina Tominaga
15. Namida o Sagashite
16. Mamoritaino
17. Heavy Armor
18. Police Force
19. Black Destroyer -Griffon-
20. Love Like Ours
21. Schaft!
22. Asahi no Nakae
23. Smile

Performed by Kenji Kawai Band, Miina Tominaga and Hiroko Kashara with special guest Yutaka Izubuchi.

Recorded live 5 May 1992 at Tokyo Yomiuri Hall.

Notes: Live concert recording of the songs from the Patlabor TV series, by Kenji Kawai and his band, Miina Tominaga and Hiroko Kasahara, with a special appearance by Yutaka Izubuchi. This video contains no animation at all. This video was also later released on the "Patlabor New OVA Series Memorial LD Box", "Patlabor New OVA Series DVD Box", the "Patlabor DVD Memorial Box" and the "Patlabor Music Collection" DVD.

 

Patlabor 2: "Access the Movie"

Patlabor 2: "Access the Movie" VHS Cover Company: Emotion [Bandai Visual]
Format:
NTSC VHS, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
30 minutes
Catalogue Number:
BES-906
Release Date:
1 July 1993
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: Contains "Making of" featurette. Released in conjunction with the theatrical release of the film.

 

WXIII Patlabor the movie 3 Tickemaga (Ticket Magazine DVD)

WXIII Patlabor the movie 3 Tickemaga (Ticket Magazine DVD) Cover Company: Emotion [Bandai Visual]
Format:
NTSC DVD, Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
47 minutes
Catalogue Number:
Unknown
Release Date:
1 August 2001
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: A pre-purchase movie ticket (Ticket/Magazine - Tickemaga) which came with a DVD which has features on "Minipato" and the movie itself as well as the movie's trailer in 5.1 Dolby sound and the opening animation to "Minipato". A 16 page booklet and mini-poster with art by Akemi Takada is also included.

 

Patlabor Movie Archives

Patlabor Movie Archives DVD/Book Cover Company: Emotion Plus [Bandai Visual]
Format:
NTSC DVD, Region 2,  Japanese Dialogue Only 
Runtime:
93 minutes
Catalogue Number:
BCBA-1847
Release Date:
25 February 2004
Availability:
In Print

Notes: DVD and book set. The DVD contains "After the Movie Remix - Making of Patlabor the Movie", "Making File Remix - Making of Patlabor 2 the Movie", "WXIII - Supplemental Movie Digest", "Minipato - Supplemental Movie Digest". The book is 240 pages long and contains an explanation of all of the plots of the Patlabor movies including "Minipato", reproductions of movie programmes, republished interviews with Mamoru Oshii, Kenji Kawai, sound director Shigeharu Shiba, Ryunosuke Ohbayashi (Kiichi Gotoh) and Yoshiko Sakakibara (Shinobu Nagumo) as well as key animation sketches.

 

Patlabor OVA + TV Archives

Patlabor OVA + TV Archives DVD/Book Cover Company: Emotion Plus [Bandai Visual]
Format:
NTSC DVD Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
100 minutes
Catalogue Number:
BCBA-1848
Release Date:
25 February 2004
Availability:
In Print

Notes: DVD and book set. The DVD contains "The Future of Tokyo - Outlook of Patlabor's World", Patlabor trailers and every opening and closing animation and "SV2 Characters" featurette. The book is 240 pages long and contains the history of the development of the Labor, maps and explanations of where the story takes place, reproduction of a 1992 concert programme, a look at real world robots of today, the development of the Patlabor concept, reprinted interviews with Masami Yuuki, Yutaka Izubuchi, Kazunori Ito, Akemi Takada, storyboards for the "Early Days" pilot film, synopses for every episode for both OVA series and the TV series as well as staff and cast lists, interviews with Kenji Kawai, Naoyuki Yoshinaga and Michiko Yokote and reprints of the "P-Club" booklets that came with the video release of the TV series.

 

Mobile Suit SD Gundam Collection Box

Mobile Suit SD Gundam Collection Box Cover Company: Emotion [Bandai Visual]
Format:
NTSC DVD Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only (4 discs)
Runtime:
440 minutes
Catalogue Number:
BCBA-3144
Release Date:
23 November 2007
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: Limited release containing every SD Gundam OVA and movie on four DVDs including "Mobile Suit SD Gundam's Counterattack", which features cameos from SD Ingrams.

 

Mobile Suit SD Gundam First Part (Rental Version)

Mobile Suit SD Gundam Part 1 Company: Emotion [Bandai Visual]
Format:
NTSC DVD Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
81 minutes
Catalogue Number:
BCDR-2098
Release Date:
23 November 2007
Availability:
Not for retail sale

Notes: Rental version of the first disc in the "Mobile Suit SD Gundam" Collection Box. Contains the shorts "Mobile Suit SD Gundam", "Mobile Suit SD Gundam Mark II" and  "Mobile Suit SD Gundam's Counterattack", which features cameos from SD Ingrams.

 

Kenji Kawai Concert 2007 Cinema Symphony

Kenji Kawai Concert 2007 Cinema Symphony DVD Cover Company: Pony Canyon
Format:
NTSC DVD Region 2 (2 discs), Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
Unknown
Catalogue Number:
PCBP-51547
Release Date:
19 March 2008
Availability:
In Print

Notes: This two disc DVD set does not contain any Patlabor animation, but instead contains a Kenji Kawai concert which features music from the first two Patlabor movies. Filmed at a 7 November 2007 performance at the Yokohama Pacifico, with a full orchestra and guest performances from Miu Sakamoto, it includes live performances of "Heavy Armor" and "Into the Morning Sunshine" from "Patlabor the movie", and "Unnatural City II" and "Theme of Patlabor 2" from "Patlabor 2 the movie".

 

Patlabor Music Collection (Emotion the Best)

Patlabor Music Collection (Emotion the Best) Company: Emotion [Bandai Visual]
Format:
NTSC DVD Region 2, Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
200
minutes
Catalogue Number:
BCBA-3980
Release Date:
22 December 2010
Availability:
In Print

Notes: Contains both the "Patlabor Music Clips" compilation and "Patlabor Concert Tour '92" video. As a bonus, it also contains TV commercials for the video releases of the Patlabor TV series, the video from the 1988 "Contact 1" CD Video disc, Telephone Service audio clips, "The Day After" audio drama, and the "Koyasai Sanbonjime" (a sanbonjime is a Japanese clapping ritual done to honour the close of an event) video. Designated as episode 48, this was a bonus collection of staff and cast interviews that was done after the final recording session for the series and was never aired on TV, and originally appeared on the P-16 Patlabor on Television laserdisc and VHS tape.

 

G-Selection - Mobile Suit SD Gundam Collection Box

G-Selection - Mobile Suit SD Gundam Collection Box Company: Emotion [Bandai Visual]
Format:
NTSC DVD Region 2 (4 discs), Japanese Dialogue Only
Runtime:
389 minutes
Catalogue Number:
BCBA-4105
Release Date:
22 July 2011
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: Limited release containing every SD Gundam OVA and movie on four DVDs including "Mobile Suit SD Gundam's Counterattack", which features cameos from SD Ingrams. This reissue contains a 24 page booklet, "Mobile Suit SD Gundam Festival" theatrical trailer and new box artwork.

 

Mobile Police Patlabor Reboot Theatre Edition

Company: Emotion [Bandai Visual]
Format:
NTSC Blu-ray Disc, Region Free, Japanese Dialogue with English and Japanese Subtitles
Runtime:
8
minutes
Catalogue Number:
BDOT-0242
Release Date:
15 October 2016
Availability:
Out of Print

Notes: 8 minute short originally screened as an extra feature as part of the "Screening of Go Go Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition" compilation film of Japan Animator Expo (aka Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition) short films in October 2016. This edition of the film could only be bought at screenings of the film or online at the Bandai Visual Club website. This version comes with a book of character designs and other setting materials by Naoyuki Asano, a special outer box plus 40 minutes of on disc extras including theatrical trailer, TV commercial, isolated score, staff roundtable discussion, staff audio commentary, soundtrack CD, a 50 page storyboard and setting material book and a 20 page pocket edition post recording script.

 

Mobile Police Patlabor Reboot

Company: Emotion [Bandai Visual]
Format:
NTSC DVD Region 2, Japanese Dialogue with English and Japanese Subtitles
Runtime:
8
minutes
Catalogue Number:
BCBA-4805
Release Date:
26 October 2016
Availability:
In Print

Notes: 8 minute short originally screened as an extra feature as part of the "Screening of Go Go Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition" compilation film of Japan Animator Expo (aka Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition) short films in October 2016. This version comes with 40 minutes of on disc extras including theatrical trailer, TV commercial, isolated score, staff roundtable discussion and staff audio commentary.

 

Mobile Police Patlabor Reboot

Company: Emotion [Bandai Visual]
Format:
NTSC Blu-ray Disc, Region Free, Japanese Dialogue with English and Japanese Subtitles
Runtime:
8 minutes
Catalogue Number:
BCXA-1191
Release Date:
26 October 2016
Availability:
In Print

Notes: 8 minute short originally screened as an extra feature as part of the "Screening of Go Go Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition" compilation film of Japan Animator Expo (aka Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition) short films in October 2016. This version comes with 40 minutes of on disc extras including theatrical trailer, TV commercial, isolated score, staff roundtable discussion, staff audio commentary, soundtrack CD, a 50 page storyboard and setting material book and a 20 page pocket edition post recording script.

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