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Afro Samurai: Resurrection - Director's Cut (2010)

Samuel L. Jackson , Lucy Liu  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Lucy Liu, Mark Hamill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LXDGQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,230 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Afro Samurai: Resurrection - Director's Cut" on IMDb

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The feature film Resurrection amps up the adventures of Afro Samurai, the Black warrior who debuted on Spike TV in 2007. Taciturn and deadly, Afro (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) wanders through an anachronistic, post-apocalyptic world, accompanied by motor-mouth Ninja-Ninja (also Jackson). This time, his nemesis is not the maniacal Justice from the series, but Sio (Lucy Liu), an embittered beauty who hates Afro for nearly killing her brother Jinno. She has Professor Dharman (S. Scott Bullock) recreate Afro's father from a jawbone stolen from his grave, a scheme that leads to the ultimate Oedipal showdown. The original series was rendered primarily in brooding grays, accented by spatters of red blood; Resurrection uses brilliant blues, oranges, and reds to underscore the conflicts. Hiphop artist RZA contributes another eclectic, moody score. But the over-the-top action can't disguise that the icy, silent Afro is a very limited character: he lacks the humanity that redeems the equally deadly swordsman Kenshin Himura in Rurouni Kenshin. Resurrection is clearly intended as an installment in a ongoing franchise. Afro kills the warrior Shichigoro (Liam O'Brien) in front of Kotaro (Zachary Gordon), his adopted son. At the end of the film, Afro sees Kotaro clutching his father's sword, tells him, "Anytime you're ready," and walks into the distance. Although the many extras stress that Afro-Samurai: Resurrection was a Japanese-American co- production, the film is presented only in English. (Unrated, suitable for ages 17 and older: graphic violence, violence against women, profanity, sexual activity, grotesque imagery, nudity, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

Product Description

Afro Samurai (Academy Award ® nominee Samuel L. Jackson) avenged his father and found a life of peace. But the legendary master is forced back into the game by a beautiful and deadly woman from his past. The sparks of violence dropped along Afro’s bloody path now burn out of control – and nowhere are the flames of hatred more intense than in the eyes of Sio (Lucy Liu: Kill Bill). She won’t quit until Afro is schooled in the brutal lessons he dealt those who stood in his way.  There’s no such thing as final vengeance. The cycle of bloodshed spinning around the Number One Headband must roll on. Featuring the voice of Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and fresh production from The RZA (Wu-Tang Clan), the saga that began in the best-selling anime DVD of 2007 continues in Afro Samurai: Resurrection.

The Director's Cut features:

  • A limited edition art book featuring forwards from the RZA, Bob Okazaki (creator) and Fuminori Kizaki (director) as well as never before seen images from the anime and the original manga.
  • Over an hour of exclusive behind the scene featurettes including the making of the anime, the making of the video game, interviews with the cast and crew, RZA in the studio, commentary from the creators and much more!

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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Coming for my dad February 4, 2009
    Format:DVD
    Afro Samurai has found vengeance, and has sworn off fighting. You didn't think that would last, did you?

    Nope, it didn't. And the past catches up to the silent afroed warrior in a big way in "Afro Samurai: Resurrection" -- a wildly stylized, bloodsoaked, wildly anachronistic tale of what will happen after you get your gory revenge. And Samuel L. Jackson fits into the quiet, butt-kicking titular character like a hand in a fine leather glove.

    Afro now lives in a temple where he meditates, carves little statues of Buddha, and thinks on his bloodsoaked past (cue wild flashback scene involving crazy ninjas and a river of blood).

    That would make for a boring movie, so suddenly Kumo and the sexy, sadistic Sio appear, and steal both Afro's No. 1 headband and his father's remains. With his sword reforged, Afro sets out to reclaim the No. 2 headband so he can challenge Sio, and stop her from resurrecting his father (just so she can torture him).

    But regaining the headband leads to a terrible cost -- a kindly man with a little son, haunted by the headband's bloody legacy. And the path to Sio's lair is riddled with grotesque henchmen who are very interested in seeing Afro dead -- and Sio herself plans to use a terrible weapon to destroy the man she hates above all else.

    Like "Samurai Champloo," "Afro Samurai" is a stylized story that wears its hip-hop trappings and period Japanese flavour like badges of honor. Or headbands. Whichever. The actual story is rather thin, but it carries a heavy message about revenge -- one you get it, it will haunt you like a bloody ghost forever and corrupt others along the way. Ninja Ninja provides a little humor ("I'm gonna die, man! Or at least have a stroke... I HATE HEIGHTS!") but it can't lighten the storyline.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but nowhere near as good as the first one. February 7, 2009
    Format:DVD
    If you could compare the original Afro Samurai to a innovative new game, Resurrection is more of an expansion pack than a sequel. It opens up with a cliched depowering of the hero Afro and rehashes the original's plot with some twists. The quality of the animation is superb as well as the art. The music is good, but doesn't seem to be as good of an effort as the first one. Afro really doesn't go through any significant character development and by the end of the movie is right back where he was at the end of the last movie. Its fun for a rental but I regret buying it. Make sure you watch till the end of the credits for a teaser scene.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Blu-ray
    The top samurai with the afro is back for another round of slicing and dicing galore. Okazaki's "AFRO SAMURAI" returns with the animated film "AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION" that is action-packed and poetically violent.

    The popular anime and manga series is created by mangaka Takashi "Bob" Okazaki and produced by world renown Japanese animation company STUDIO GONZO ("Full Metal Panic", "Vandread", "Gantz", "Samurai 7' and many other anime) that brought us the popular five-episode series (aired on SPIKE TV back in 2007) made its return returned with a film in 2009.

    VIDEO & AUDIO:

    "AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION" is an anime that looks absolutely gorgeous on Blu-ray. One thing is clear, the film just looks so much better than the TV series and the film showcases its vibrant colors during daylight scenes, its darkness during the night and most of all, impressive detail in the backgrounds courtesy of its 1080p High Definition (16×9) transfer. The film just looks great!

    It's also important to note that "AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION" has quite a bit of talent involved with the look of the film such as character designer and animation director, Hiroya Iijima ("Gantz", "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" and "Black Cat"). Also, art direction from Shigemi Ikeda ("Gantz", "Gasaraki", "Inuyasha", Infinite Ryvius, "Black Cat" and many of the "Mobile Suit Gundam" TV series and films).

    The picture quality really brings out the detail of the surroundings, including the rocky cliffs to the disembowelment of several characters. And color from the lush green painted backgrounds, blue skies and huge clouds, villages and buildings to the action sequences which showcases a lot of blood.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars I'm coming for my dad January 31, 2009
    Format:DVD
    Afro Samurai has found vengeance, and has sworn off fighting. You didn't think that would last, did you?

    Nope, it didn't. And the past catches up to the silent afroed warrior in a big way in "Afro Samurai: Resurrection" -- a wildly stylized, bloodsoaked, wildly anachronistic tale of what will happen after you get your gory revenge. And Samuel L. Jackson fits into the quiet, butt-kicking titular character like a hand in a fine leather glove.

    Afro now lives in a temple where he meditates, carves little statues of Buddha, and thinks on his bloodsoaked past (cue wild flashback scene involving crazy ninjas and a river of blood).

    That would make for a boring movie, so suddenly Kumo and the sexy, sadistic Sio appear, and steal both Afro's No. 1 headband and his father's remains. With his sword reforged, Afro sets out to reclaim the No. 2 headband so he can challenge Sio, and stop her from resurrecting his father (just so she can torture him).

    But regaining the headband leads to a terrible cost -- a kindly man with a little son, haunted by the headband's bloody legacy. And the path to Sio's lair is riddled with grotesque henchmen who are very interested in seeing Afro dead -- and Sio herself plans to use a terrible weapon to destroy the man she hates above all else.

    Like "Samurai Champloo," "Afro Samurai" is a stylized story that wears its hip-hop trappings and period Japanese flavour like badges of honor. Or headbands. Whichever. The actual story is rather thin, but it carries a heavy message about revenge -- one you get it, it will haunt you like a bloody ghost forever and corrupt others along the way. Ninja Ninja provides a little humor ("I'm gonna die, man! Or at least have a stroke... I HATE HEIGHTS!") but it can't lighten the storyline.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    It's a good buy.
    Published 1 month ago by Curtis McBride
    5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what I ordered.
    So I ordered this because my former roommate by accident grabbed my original copy so I got a new one for him because he didn't have his own copy. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by TheDoctorWes
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
    The cover was a lil worn... but the movie rocks no scratches 5 stars but the kid cant watch ... need to make a clean a version
    Published 3 months ago by duane Rivera
    5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!
    This is dope! I am happy that African Americans are included in the genre of Anime. The creators made a risky move but I think this is something special! Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Taurean Washington
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Anime Movie
    I purchases the movie before seeing the animated series.

    - Character voices are amazing, Lucy Liu and Samuel L. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Elmo
    5.0 out of 5 stars Guess Who's Back?!!!!
    Bought this for myself & for a friend as a Xmas gift. Totally love Afro Samurai!! And my friend was quite pleased as well
    Published 6 months ago by Mz. Lovelady
    3.0 out of 5 stars The original was better.
    This is not as good as the original "Afro Samuari". we were left with a cliff hanger where Kuma/ Jino and Afro at the mountian ready to battle it out again, in... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Innes B. Stroud
    5.0 out of 5 stars Afro continues..
    Part two of the Afro Samurai series.. This one was almost better than the first which dosent happen alot. The plot is not lacking a thing and I loved the new charecters. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Aaron Fogl
    4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    The video was excellent quality and the graphics were great. The story is awesome and its a must if youre a animation
    lover. I reccomend it .
    Published 17 months ago by Jose l casillas
    5.0 out of 5 stars Afro is back
    Starting off where we left off in the series, Afro loses his place as best fighter. He then works his way back to the top.
    Published 20 months ago by M. Schnackenberg
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    Difference between Dirictor cut and Spike version?
    The Spike version removes the rough profanity, such as the S, F, and MF word.
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    The "season 2 dvd" of Afro Samurai is the movie. Resurrection = Season 2
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