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Appleseed: Alpha


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Korean
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2017 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00J5LXS8G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,850 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

From the creator of Ghost in the Shell and the director of Appleseed comes the intense post-apocalyptic prequel, Appleseed: Alpha. Left to survive in a post-World War society, two mercenary soldiers - Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos – are sent on a mission on the outskirts of their war-torn city. During the operation, they run into Iris and Olson, two citizens from the utopian city of Olympus, who might have a way to save the world but the ruthless Talos and the scheming warlord Two Horns have their own plans. It’s up to Deunan and Briareos to safeguard their newfound contacts and help save humanity’s last hope.

Customer Reviews

I...just didn't like it.
Jesse livingston
Highly recommend it for Appleseed fans.
EL KEVO
Great action sequences and story.
armando reyes

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joey F. Kolber on July 21, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
Appleseed Alpha is the prequel to Appleseed, the long running, post apocalyptic series that focuses on the characters Briareos and Deunan. Formerly SWAT members, and who would eventually become ESWAT members in the eutopian city of Olympus, this tale focuses on their adventures previous to their lives in Olympus. Taking place in the ruins of New York, the two work as mercenaries, primarily paying off a debt to crime lord Two Horns by doing various jobs for him. However, they find their true calling when they encounter Iris and Olson, two others on a secret mission.

To start off, this is easily the best animated of the series. Starting with the film in 2004, these have all been CGI animations, including the 2011 series. The CGI animation here is incredible and Deunan and Briareos have never looked better. Likewise, the action here is fantastic, wonderfully choreographed and entertaining. The two characters themselves are well developed and the fact that Shinji Aramaki himself returns once again to direct is very much welcome. The other characters here are decent, the standouts being Iris and Olson who prove to be a great matching pair for Deunan and Briareos. My main complaint lies with the villains, primarily the main villain who seems to be about as cliche as they come. His motivations are typical and he is typically evil, flanked by evil henchmen obeying his every order. The movie also spends a lot of time getting to it's point, where we tag along with our main duo at least a third of the film before we get to the meat of the story. Two Horns ends up over staying his welcome and becoming a needless part of the story with a twist that seems somewhat unwarranted.

While the story isn't quite as polished as it could be, leaving some to be desired, the action most certainly is.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rich(アニメとゲームが優先!!) on July 19, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
While the previous two movies were cell shaded cgi animated movies this is the first full CGI animated movie with great detail throughout the movie. The story is great and the english cast did a superb job and it's appreciated that the two main characters voice actors renewed their roles and of course a great job on the japanese voice acting cast. The video quality is great very sharp and clear and the audio is also clear and sharp no distortions at all.

It's not necessary to have the previous movies but I do suggest getting them for the overall entertainment value they have. As for those who already have the previous movies then getting this one is a no brainer.

Update: Should have given more detail on one part of the release, while you can watch the movie online with the Japanese subbed cast unfortunately the dvd only comes with Japanese commentary and not the Japanese subbed audio track which is highly unfortunate. Really wonder on Sonys move on this since they did this with the two Resident Evil CGI movies too.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J.E. Dugas on July 18, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Appleseed finally goes full CG, and does it ever look good! The setting is spot on, though some of the English voice cast isn't quite as sharp as the previous titles. There's a few quirky animations and the music doesn't seem well matched, but it doesn't take much away. As a CG artist myself, AsA is as much a great film to watch as it is to study.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 22, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
It was (for me) the more enjoyable of the three movies by far. Fairly generic plot (with lots of the usual peculiarities typical to the Appleseed universe), but the dialogue was clever and the voice-acting was better than before.

The one thing to me, however, that are two glaring plot holes---made even worse by who wrote the script and who directed it.

This is supposed to be a prequel. In the FIRST Appleseed movie, we learned that (unless something really significant was lost in translation) Briareos was still 100% human while he and Deunan were together DURING the war. When they were separated, and she continued to fight, she had no knowledge of Briareos being injured to the point where the only way to save him was to make him the hulking cyborg that he is today. That makes their reuniting in "Appleseed" so tragic. In "Appleseed: Alpha", Briareos is a full-on cyborg, and the war has been over for an unspecified time; still a long enough time for the war's end to be frequently alluded to as at least 10 or more years in the past (re: the young character Iris' statements that she doesn't remember what it was like before the war). "Appleseed" also states that the war has been over for a while, but "Appleseed: Alpha" seems to try to push it back even farther.

Umm... Huh???

Nevertheless, I think it's a shame that this movie has come out when it did. I think the rest of the Appleseed movies would have been better crafted had they started off this way, and worked forward towards their discovery of Olympus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By albionphoto on October 18, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is a prequel to Appleseed made by a new studio but with the same director (Shinji Aramaki) as the earlier titles. This is a full motion capture animation and it looks gorgeous. Deunan and Briareos come to life as never before. Since this is a prequel it starts at the end of the world war and has Briareos and Deunan trying to survive in a ruined New York City. Deunan dreams of Olympus but doesn't know if it's real. Briareos is just trying to get by. They work for another cyborg called Two Horns. This is a new character voiced by Wendel Calvert. In many ways Two Horns makes the movie. The plot is relatively simple but the action is gripping (there are echoes of Star Wars too). I found that I preferred this to the original Appleseed since the characters are better resolved and more sympathetic compared to Appleseed and the plot and dialogue are more coherent. I enjoyed this a lot and hope they are able to make the beta, gamma, etc versions too.
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