Arcane hitting 4K Blu-ray for people who never want it to leave Netflix

A method to make sure that a favourite present or film never disappears from streaming rotation? Purchase a bodily copy. On Monday, the animation distributor GKIDS introduced that followers of Netflix’s League of Legends sequence Arcane would quickly have that likelihood, with Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray releases deliberate for later this yr.

Whereas Arcane carved out backstories for recognized League of Legends characters Vi and Jinx, the animated sequence triumphed on Netflix thanks to a tenuous connection to recognized lore and an emphasis on fashionable motion and dramatic character work. Produced by the French animation studio Fortiche for Riot Video games, the sequence was a serious hit for the streamer, clocking over 34 million hours of viewership in its first week. And based mostly on Netflix’s current report of 2023 stats, the sequence is nonetheless discovering tens of millions of viewers two years later as people wait and/or catch up forward of Arcane season 2, due out in November.

Picture: Netflix/GKIDS

Particulars are mild on what GKIDS would possibly pack right into a bodily launch, however the preliminary announcement guarantees “a full product array later this year, ranging from digital to premium editions, including a 4K version exclusive to the home entertainment release.” However in a uncommon tone for a Blu-ray licensing settlement, the parents at GKIDS appear over the moon to be making a bodily version of the sequence doable. The information broke out of the Annecy Worldwide Animation Competition, the place the place the distributor additionally acquired rights to Science Saru’s anime Dan Da Dan and a 4K restoration of Mamoru Oshii’s masterpiece Angel’s Egg.

“We are MONSTER fans of [Arcane],” mentioned GKIDS founder and CEO Eric Beckman in an announcement, “and our team is having a blast collaborating with the creatives at Riot and Fortiche to put together an amazing package for the fans. This project was dreamt up on the lawn by the lake at Annecy, so we are extra happy to be able to announce this collaboration at the festival and true home of animation.”

There’s no phrase on when Arcane season 1 will hit Blu-ray, however GKIDS guarantees extra bulletins to come later this yr.

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