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Adieu Galaxy Express 999

4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Tetsuro Hoshino was once a boy willing to give anything to board the Three-Nine, including a promise to accompany a mysterious woman named Maetel to the other side of the Galaxy, if only to fulfill a vow to avenge the cruel death of his mother at the hands of the villainess Count Mecha. Now, two years after the events of Galaxy Express 999, Earth has become a battlefield, and Tetsuro is summoned to board the Three-Nine once more.

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  • Directors: Rintaro
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Eastern Star
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RIACBS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,111 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This review will closely follow the review I wrote for Galaxy Express 999. The video and audio pretty much match the Galaxy Express 999 closely, so why rewrite the review?

There is a potentially large caveat to this release for some. As someone who owns the original Japanese TV series box sets, on official Japanese DVDs and also the original movies on their original DVD release, I have the unique potential for comparing video from pretty much every release. What some are unaware of is that when Galaxy Express 999 and Adieu were released on Blu Ray in Japan (which I also own), they went and ran the video through a remastering process, along with a denoise/grain removal process that has, in effect, made animation from 1979 look like digital animation. Unfortunately for me, this is the video Toei provided Eastern Star for this DVD release. The original Japanese DVDs contain the noise/grain and none of the detail is removed. In this set you actually lose some outlines and so on due to this process.

So given what some will declare to be a glaring problem, why five stars? Because personally I can look past this, as it is what Eastern Star was provided. I guess for me, something is better than nothing and nothing would be the only other option. If you don't agree with my viewpoint here, continue to read the review and see how many stars potentially you drop.

I am, for better or worse, a Galaxy Express/Ginga Tetsudo 999 nut.

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Picture quality is amazing clean and crisp. Voice acting on the English dubs is perfect. If you are a fan of the Galaxy Express story or classic anime in general you will not be disappointed - I highly recommend this film. This re-mastered version is truly exceptional, not any extra's really but the audio and video quality could not be better.
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I have to preface this by saying I loved the original Galaxy Express 999. That was a great movie. Now, I don't ask for a lot of logic from my movies about trains in space. I'm willing to cut Leiji-verse movies quite a bit of slack. What they lose in logic they tend to make up for in awesome! That said, Adieu Galaxy Express 999 is just about the most pointless, moronic film I have had the displeasure of wasting my time on in recent memory. It says nothing that wasn't said in the first film, and the rest winds up being a snore fest of purposeless violence and about a dozen sub plots that make no sense and resolve into pure paradox and nothingness. Without spoiling the film, I can only say that the entire point of what the main character is doing is rendered completely moot by the end, and you are left wondering what the heck you just watched for 2 hours and 15 minutes of your life that you will never get back. If, that is, you are finished sputtering over the pure idiocy of the climax with its painfully telegraphed "plot twists" that go nowhere and serve no purpose whether dramatic or symbolic. The whole thing boils down to a bad joke, a parody of what a good movie it could have been.

Do yourself a favor. Avoid this drivel like the garbage it is. Stick to the original. Not only is this sequel a totally unnecessary time waster, it's such a slapdash tack-on it's insulting and I can't believe no other reviewer has mentioned this little detail yet.
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Before this film came out in Japan (1981), Galaxy Express 999 had been a manga, TV series and feature-film. This film feels like more of a re-telling of the previous film than a sequel to it (boy gets on train... 2 1/2 hours pass... then a machine planet is destroyed). But the feel of this film is different. The film seems a bit more harsh and dark, even in the colors on the screen. The animation is a bit of a step up from Galaxy Express 999.

With this DVD you get:
* The film, uncut and restored. The colors are quite sharp.
* The Viz dub from 1996 is used. Japanese audio and subtitles are also available.
* A short image gallery
* A trailer for Galaxy Express 999, the same one as on the Galaxy Express 999 disk.
* A trailer for Adieu Galaxy Express 999, the same one as on the Galaxy Express 999 disk.
* The "Sayonara - love light" song is used in the menus.

It's been 15 years since this film was released on VHS by Viz. It's nice that a clean copy of this film finally made it to DVD.
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I first saw this animation on the Sci-fi channel when Apollo Smiles was hosting a one week Japanese Animation in the late 1990's. The quality of the DVD was superb. It is clean and had added scene that I did not see on television.
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Notice: Spoiler Alert!!!

I like Rintaro, and I really wanted to like this effort better than I do. While it does conclude the story arc begun in GE 999, it is nowhere as creative as it could/should have been. Instead of the 'shocking' explanation for everything that went on we are treated to a warmed-over stew
of elements from Star Wars + Soylent Green. The whole 'father figure' schtick was done better by Lucas. Since they ripped the Mech's food capsule source from Soylent Green, the capsules should have been green colored. And where did all the humans being processed into energy capsules come from? Were the Mechs excavating the frozen bodies on Pluto? Who knows.

Prior to the GE 999 stories there was a novel by Michael Coney titled "The Celestial Steam Locomotive". Interesting how similar the concept and the book's cover graphics are to GE 999.

As I said earlier, I like Kintaro's work. I loved the first GE movie and hoped for an equally stellar follow up. Sadly, while this was enjoyable, it just didn't arrive on time.
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