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Appleseed Ex Machina (DVD) (Limited Edition)

Additional Features

The second disc contains two jittery documentaries: The Apple Seed Chronicles: The Definitive History of this Anime Phenomenon and East Meets West: Similarities and Variations in How Different Cultures Enjoy the Art Form. Chronicles includes printed quotes from Shirow, but no appearance by the reclusive cartoonist; East Meet West juxtaposes commentary from such knowledgeable authorities as Roland Kelts ("Japanamerica"), Giles Poitras ("The Anime Compantion"), and Carl Horn ("Japan Edge") with self-styed "Anime Addicts." Lacking appropriate visuals, the filmmakers clutter with screen with images of toys, simple graphics, crudely drawn cartoons, and amateur actors mugging for the camera. --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Luci Christian, David Matranga, Illich Guardiola, Shelley Calene-Black, Allison L. Sumrall
  • Directors: Shinji Aramaki
  • Writers: Kiyoto Takeuchi
  • Producers: John Woo, Sumiji Miyaki, Terence Chang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Limited Edition, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 159 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010358D0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,769 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Appleseed Ex Machina (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

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The sound quality is fantastic.
JVosh
I will say the only thing I didnt like about the movie was the villian and zombish way they had everythhing go down but other then that its characters look awesome!
David
OUTSTANDING animation, OUTSTANDING action, OUTSTANDING graphics with a very good story line.
Ricky

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Poboy on March 4, 2008
Format: HD DVD
The visuals are nothing short of stunning, especially in HD. It's worth the download just to check out how beautifully the cg animation is rendered. The action scenes are tight, with Matrix-esque slow motion shots, crazy camera angles and an emphasis on heavy gun play, indicative of producer John Woo's style. One drawback on the cg animation though is that when characters interact with each other physically it seems awkward. They don't feel like they are touching. I imagine that when you make something with animation like that you'd run into clipping issues when the characters intereact heavily. In fact, it reminded me of cut scenes from Eternal Sonata, a video game using similar animation techniques but on a bigger scale obviously.

The story is an upgrade from the first movie, although the main antagonist borrows heavily from classic Star Trek villain, the Borg. There's even a Borg like cube of sorts that serves as it's foundation. The subplot consists of a triangle between Deunan, Briareos (the main protagonists from the first movie) and Tereus, a biroid created mostly from Briareos's DNA who becomes Deunan's new partner after her lover falls in battle.

If I were to make a criticism I'd say that the main antagonist was revealed a tad too late, making the final resolution a little anti-climactic. At a runtime of about an hour and 40 minutes I felt like another 20 minutes would have been justified. When it was over, I couldn't quite believe it at first. Also, and this may be a good thing, events from the first movie go almost completely without mention. This means that you won't have to have seen the first one to appreciate this, but at the same time there is a lack of continuity for those that did.

All in all though, it's a good film and worth a watch.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By W. Scott Heitman VINE VOICE on April 8, 2008
Format: Blu-ray
The first Appleseed film (from 2004) was quite a treat. The cell-shaded CG graphics looked very good for the time. Complementing this obvious standout aspect was an intriguing story and an excellent soundtrack. It's worth noting that the story, in particular, felt like a genuinely original re-animation of sci-fi concepts.

Fast forward to today and we have the sequel, Ex Machina. It's pretty simple to separate what works and doesn't in Machina:

GRAPHICS:
The level of detail in the graphics has improved dramatically, and characters look less like geometric objects with textures painted on and more like genuine people. The cityscapes are even more impressive. Furthermore, the action is more frequent and looks even slicker.

My two gripes with the visuals are these: First, in what is all too common in action movies like this, the best scene is the first one. Hands down. I don't understand why so many directors feel the need to frontload their movies. I will say that the movie is less guilty of this than its predecessor. Second, movement outside of action scenes still looks a bit jerky. Some might fault mo-cap technology, but for my money, Final Fantasy: Advent Children boasted some mighty believable movement.

STORY/WRITING:
Here's where Ex Machina falls apart. The story here isn't anything you haven't seen executed better in anime/other entertainment. Compared to the plot of the first movie- which created a unique sci-fi framework, this one felt like a filler episode. The villain was cliche, the story far less complex/meaningful than the first, and any intrigue or mystery the story might yet have held was ruined by the horrible writing.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Woopak VINE VOICE on March 23, 2008
Format: DVD
Appleseed Ex Machina is a sequel to 2004's Appleseed; produced by John Woo and directed by Shinji Aramaki, the duo comes with an entertaining futuristic thriller adapted from the manga by Shirow Masamune (Ghost in the Shell). The revolutionary CGI animation is astonishing, combined with awesome action sequences reminiscent of John Woo movies, Appleseed Ex Machina looks very promising. Thankfully, you do not need to see the 2004 film to appreciate and comprehend this new film's premise. The plot itself lacks depth, it is so predictable that everything is laid out for the viewer; this animated feature is more about CGI and action than anything else. It definitely feels to be geared to international audiences than to Shirow's native land.

The year is 2133, civilization is recovering from the global war that almost devastated the world. Utopian cities are on the rise, technological advancements are dominating the world and humans have a fresh new attitude to match their new surroundings. Cyborgs are very common, machine parts are used to replace severed limbs and body parts. Bioroids are being cloned from humans to use as soldiers that lack human emotion and violent tendencies that often get humanity in trouble. Quoted as " incapable of hate and anger, will only fight and kill when absolutely necessary..." or are they? The passive bioroids are intended to keep order so that the world can maintain the peace without the hostile influences of hatred and rage.
Special forces specialist Deunan and Briareos are partners from the days that Briareos was human. Briareos is a special case, since he is the only human being who managed to survive being 100% cyborg without going insane. When Briareos was injured (or damaged), he becomes replaced by Tereus, a bioroid cloned from his human DNA.
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