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Out This Week: Flee, The Batman, Haibane Renmei and More

In our weekly round-up of new releases, fresh from its historic nomination in three categories,  Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s part-animated documentary Flee arrives on US Blu-Ray. For a major change of pace, Warner Bros release the complete boxset of 2004 animated series The Batman, which shares a name but is otherwise unconnected with Matt Reeve's live-action movie which opens in cinemas on March 4.

Early 2000s cult classic anime Haibane Renmei hits Blu-Ray in the UK for the first time in a Collector's Edition. US anime fans this week can also pick up new releases Drop Idol Fruit Tart and the gloriously monikered Is The Order A Rabbit? Bloom.

In this week's deals section, RightStuf spotlights The Digital Realm in their weekly specials.

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UK Releases For February 28, 2022




Haibane Renmei Collector's Edition (MVM, 12) "A dream of falling from the sky...and then birth. Rakka is born from a large cocoon into the Old Home, greeted by a group of females with small wings on their backs and shining halos above their heads. Soon Rakka's own wings grow, a halo is placed on her head and she is told that she must work in the nearby town of Grie. She soon realizes that the town and the entire world they live in are confined behind the Wall, a tall, impenetrable wall that none except the mysterious Toga are allowed to exit. " 




US Releases For March 1, 2022



The Batman Complete Series (Warner Bros, ) " In Gotham, a metropolis where shadows run long and deep, lives The Batman. He's in his mid-twenties and just finding his way as protector, defender and Caped Crusader, while maintaining his public persona as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne. This animated series picks up a few years after the conclusion of the theatrical film, Batman Begins. This younger Batman confronts updated versions of familiar foes, meeting each member of his classic Rogues' Gallery for the first time. With the likes of Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Riddler and Man-Bat, among others, the Dark Knight takes his war on crime to the next level, employing a new arsenal of experimental Bat-gadgets and amped-up Batmobile, all operated and linked by an advanced remote-controlled invention he dubs the "BatWave." Join the most complex and intriguing character in comic book history for action-packed super heroic adventures that test the limits of this legendary character's extraordinary physical prowess and super-sleuthing skills." 
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital 

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Drop Idol Fruit Tart The Complete Season (Funimation, TV-14 ) "Sakura Ino’s first day as an aspiring idol is full of surprises—not only will she be living with three unpopular performers, but their dormitory is slated for demolition! There’s only one thing to do: form an idol group called Fruit Tart to save the day!" 
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital


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Flee (Neon, PG-13) "Forced to leave his home country of Afghanistan as a young child with his mother and siblings, Amin now grapples with how a secret he’s kept for over 20 years will affect his future in Denmark. Amin looks back over his life, opening up for the first time about his past, his trauma, the truth about his family, and his acceptance of his own sensuality. Told brilliantly through the use of animation, Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s FLEE is a poignant story of belonging and the search for identity. "  
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray 

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Is The Order A Rabbit? Bloom (Sentai Filmworks, TV-PG) "It's said that the best times always seem to fly by, and that's certainly been true for Rabbit House waitress Cocoa Hoto. It seems like only yesterday that she arrived at the unusual restaurant/boarding house and made it her goal to become an "older sister" to the owner's young daughter, Chino, and now Chino and her friends Megumi and Maya have nearly finished middle school and are trying to decide what high schools to attend! Of course, there are tons of other events that will take place before those momentous occasions, and Cocoa, Rize, Syaro, and Chiya have plenty of adventures of their own to look forward to. From making it through busy holidays like Halloween, to just plain hanging out with best friends, the good times will always multiply like you know what in Is the Order a Rabbit? BLOOM!" 
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray




Naruto Set 6 (Viz Media, TV-14) "Naruto and friends find themselves in all manner of sticky situations as they continue their quest to save Sasuke! First, it’s Naruto to the rescue when Sakura faces the slithery Orochimaru! Then the menacing Mizuki escapes from prison and plots his revenge. Desperate to find Sasuke, Naruto gambles on a long shot and uses the rare Bikochu beetle. Finally, fear spreads through the Land of the Birds as legends of the Cursed Warrior come true!" 
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

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Scooby-Doo: Where Are You? (Warner Bros, TV-G) "The world's most lovable, mystery-solving dog, along with his best friend Shaggy and the rest of the gang, stars in a spooky and laugh-filled collection of classic cartoons featuring the one and only Scooby-Doo. Scooby, the clumsy and cowardly canine, instinctively runs from things that go bump in the night. But this globe-trotting Great Dane solves monstrous mysteries and unravels ghostly goings-on like no one else. And even in the middle of the scariest situation, Scooby and Shaggy find time to satisfy their craving for their favorite food--pizza! So, watch out villains! Scooby-Doo is on your trail, and he always captures his quarry and solves the puzzle. But there's nothing puzzling about finding fun and excitement--just sit back, have a Scooby snack and enjoy the zany animated antics of the wacky dog detective. " 
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

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Upcoming Releases

All Release dates are subject to change. Listed Dates are for US release unless stated otherwise. Digital releases may be earlier.

Adventure Time: Distant Lands (WB) Blu-Ray March 8
Sing 2 (Universal) Blu-Ray, DVD  March 22
Mega Zone 23 (AnimeEigo) May 10
Millennium Actress STEELBOOK (GKIDS) Blu-Ray March 22
Spirited Away Collector's Edition (StudioCanal, PG) March 28 (UK) [Amazon Exclusive]
Only Yesterday Collector's Edition (StudioCanal, PG) March 28 (UK) [Amazon Exclusive]
Lupin The 3rd The Mystery Of Mamo (Discotek) Blu-Ray March 29
Rick and Morty Seasons 1-5  (WB) March 29
Demon Slayer The Movie Mugen Train CE  (Funimation) Blu-Ray April 4 (UK)
Flee (Curzon Artificial Eye) Blu-Ray, DVD April 11 [UK]
Only Yesterday STEEBOOK (GKIDS)  Blu-Ray April 19
The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya STEELBOOK (GKIDS)  Blu-Ray April 19
Knights Of Sidonia Love Woven In The Stars (Funimation) Blu-Ray April 12
Heavy Metal/ Heavy Metal 2000 (Sony) 4K+Blu-ray April 19
Haibane Renmei (Standard Blu-Ray) (MVM) April 25 (UK)
Cats Eye: The Complete First Series (Discotek Media) Blu-Ray April 26
City Hunter 91 (Discotek Media) Blu-Ray April 26 


This Week's Best Deals

All prices are subject to change and do not include postage or delivery costs, plus any additional taxes in the US. Titles are Blu-Rays unless otherwise stated.
(Valid until Saturday, March 5)
AD Police $29.98 $17.99
Akira 4K UHD   $29.98   $17.99
Bubblegum Crisis $39.95 $23.99
Ergo Proxy  $69.98 $41.99
Ghost In The Shell 4K UHD $22.99  $18.39
New Game! $69.98 $41.99
Paprika  $19.99 $15.99
Psycho-Pass Season 1 $69.98 $41.99
Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale  $49.98 $39.98
Epic £4.56
Tangled £5.30
El Hazard $26.13