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Shout! Factory, GKIDS Set Home Dates for Anime Feature ‘Pompo the Cinephile’

Shout! Factory and GKIDS have announced home release dates for the acclaimed animated feature Pompo the Cinephile.

The film will make its home entertainment debut on digital platforms June 28 and in a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack on July 12.

An entertaining yet heartfelt story about the joys and heartbreak of the creative process, Pompo the Cinephile comes with numerous bonus features including audio commentary by the director and crew, feature-length storyboards, a character design gallery and more! Fans can place advance orders for the film at ShoutFactory.com or GKIDS.com.

Based on the popular manga series by Shogo Sugitani, Pompo the Cinephile made its North American premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival (where it was nominated for the Satoshi Kon Award) and screened at the Sitges Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival, and the Animation Is Film before being nominated for Best Independent Feature at the 49th Annual Annie Awards.

In the film, Pompo is a talented and gutsy producer in “Nyallywood,” the movie-making capital of the world. Although she’s known for ‘B’ movies, one day Pompo tells her movie-loving but apprehensive assistant Gene that he will direct her next script: a delicate drama about an aging and tormented creative genius, starring the legendary and Brando-esque actor Martin Braddock, and a young actress seeking her first break. The production heads toward chaos and Gene has to do everything in his power to rise to the occasion.

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