It is also the sequel to the 2004 Appleseed film, similarly directed by Shinji Aramaki and was produced by Hong Kong director and producer John Woo.
It was released on October 20, 2007 in Japan and made its American premiere at the Jules Verne Adventures Film Festival in Los Angeles on December 15, 2007.
The MPAA has Appleseed Ex Machina rated PG-13 for action violence and brief strong language, though the first film was rated R for some violence.
It was released in North America by Warner Bros. Pictures on March 11, 2008, for DVD and Blu-Ray, and released for HD DVD on April 1, 2008.
It was released in Europe on May 30, 2008 on DVD, with HMV releasing a 2-disc DVD special edition box set in Ireland and the UK, while Blu-Ray edition was released on June 2, 2008.
In July 2008, the film was released theatrically in Australia with other films such as Vexille and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
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