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Appleseed (Widescreen) (2004) (2005)

Ai Kobayashi , Jrta Kosugi , Mary Elizabeth McGlynn , Shinji Aramaki  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ai Kobayashi, Jrta Kosugi, Yuki Matsuoka, Asumi Miwa, Akimoto Tsubasa
  • Directors: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Shinji Aramaki, Steven Foster
  • Writers: Haruka Handa, Masamune Shirow, Tsutomu Kamishiro
  • Producers: David Del Rio, Eiichi Takahashi
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007OY31G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Appleseed (Widescreen) (2004)" on IMDb

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  • Encoded directly from HD master
  • Commentary from the director and producer
  • Music and scene cues
  • Staff profiles
  • Geneon previews

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Earth's last city, Olympus, rose from the ashes of a global war on the backs of Bioroids, artificial clones who make up half the city's population. Under the strict guidance of a supercomputer, humanity's last survivors enjoy an idyllic peace, but only on the surface Human terrorists within the military seek a return to power and clash with the government's ESWAT forces lead by the legendary soldier, Deunan Knute, and her boyfriend who is 75% machine. Retrieving the Appleseed will end the conflict, and Deunan alone holds its secret. The outstanding feature film based on the manga by SHIROW Masamune (Ghost In the Shell), directed by Shinji ARAMAKI (Bubblegum Crisis), and produced by SORI (Ping Pong) features a soundtrack by Boom Boom Satelites, Paul Oakenfold, Basement Jaxx and more and will be available from TOFU records. The DVD will feature high quality video encoded directly from the HD master in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen with 5.1 English Dolby Digital and DTS audio as well as the original Japanese 2.0 stereo and 5.1 DTS Dolby Digital soundtracks! This DVD also features commentary from both the director and the producer!

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give this Appleseed a chance! April 11, 2006
Format:DVD
This is my first review for Amazon. I've always felt that the reviews that I read were adequate to represent the movies and anime that I liked. Not this time.

I have an extensive collection of anime. Everything from the really silly stuff, filled with fan service, to the very serious classics that so many fans rave about. I'm not really into the mecha thing, though I do have a lot of it. It's the animation first that drives my interest, then its the story and the character development are close seconds.

Appleseed has all that I'm looking for in an anime, and in Spades. Great characters, a well crafted plot, and some of the best animation I have ever see. To say, as some reviewers have, that the movement in this version are unnatural,is more than unfair, it's just not true. All action is extremely lifelike, and the action scenes are the best I've ever seen. I actually found myself reversing the disc to rewatch some action repeatedly, something I never do.

I've owned this version of Appleseed a few weeks now, and I have watched it at least five times, and am looking forward to another veiwing soon.

I have relied on Amazon reveiws to decide whether or not to buy anime in the past, so I hope that this reveiw is helpful. There is a lot of good anime worth investing in, and this one is near the top of my list.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Boiroids don't kill other bioroids." November 12, 2005
Format:DVD
Close to the beginnings of my anime reviewing here I saw the 2001 Final Fantasy release. This set a standard for CGI that may very well never be equaled without a significant technology breakthrough. Another notable film of the period was the original Ghost in the Shell, had outstanding animation. Appleseed has much in common with both films. It shares the heavy use of CGI, and some interesting bits of underlying philosophy with Final Fantasy. And, like Ghost, it was created from a manga series from Masamune Shirow. If you're familiar with Ghost in the Shell you may very well see the world of Appleseed as that post-apocalyptic version of Ghost's, which was already unraveling.

Here the world is mostly ruined, other than a small colony composed of humans and bioroids - androids whose primary function seems to be to balance humanity's tendency to self-destruct. They are indistinguishable from humans other than that they lack the ability to breed, and cannot feel anger. Yet all this is apparently to no avail. With no outer war to distract them mankind has opted for inner violence, and Olympus is torn by human fear of the bioroids.

Into this comes Deunan Knute, a deadly woman warrior who is the daughter of a woman who helped create the first bioroids, and, in the company of Briarius, and old lover who has become more machine than human, Deunan is Olympus's hope for the future. Buried within her mind is the key that will complete the bioroids, and give them the capability to love and have children. The events trigger an Armageddon like confrontation.

The story is almost successful, despite it's somewhat simplistic characterization. Director Shinji Arimaki fails to provide some needed continuity, though.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Appleseed recieved a ton of hype prior to its DVD release, and for good reason. Using a new technique called 3D live action CG, the original story has been given an amazing upgrade. The story involves Deunan Knute, a beautiful but deadly soldier, who after World War III is taken to the city of Olympus (which is supposed to be a Utopia). In this city, humans coexist with the Bioroids, an advanced human clone form whose purpose is to make human existence more peaceful. When the balance of this relationship is threatened, Deunan and Briareos are the only hope to save the city of Olympus (from what I wont say). I can say that this movie is action-packed throughout, and there was never a slow moment to me. Another reviewer said that this was not a deep philosophical anime like Akira or Ghost in the Shell, and that is true. But who needs that when you have something that is so visually impressive? One complaint is that the story is too rushed. I thought it was excellent, and it has been said that a sequel is in the works. But anyway, the bottom line is that this is the most impressive CG feature I have ever seen. The characters are very easy to relate to, the action will surely please any fan that wants action in an anime, and the soundtrack in the movie is awesome.

So I bought the two-disc version in the LE tin. If you have more money the Briareos figure is a very cool thing to have. As far as the tin goes, it is high quality featuring great artwork from the movie. It is not metal like some others I have bought, and it is hard to explain. Very nice though and a must for anime fans and collectors.

There are some great extras in this loaded set compared to other anime movie releases (most come with little or no insight into the making of the film).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Next Level April 28, 2005
Format:DVD
I just had the privilege of watching an advance promo copy of this new version of Appleseed, and I am deeply impressed.

Simply put, it is beautiful. Hands down, the animation in Appleseed is some of the best I've ever seen; a stunning combination of computer rendering and cell animation, with mind-blowing results. It puts pretty much every other animated movie I've seen recently -- from "Final Fantasy" to "The Incredibles" -- to absolute shame. Those movies wish they looked this good.

The soundtrack, featuring Paul Oakenfold and Ryuichi Sakamoto among others, is also excellent. The music provides counterpoint to key scenes, but is never over the top.

The story is a solid one, peopled by believable characters and a steadily-moving plotline. Action sequences are paced nicely, and the dialogue is simple but works. My one complaint (a minor one) is that I wish that they had gotten better voice actors for some of the parts. The actress for Deunan was fine, but better actors for Briareos and Hitomi I think would have carried it a little better. Nevertheless, this was but a minor distraction in an otherwise outstanding film.

If you're a fan of Japanese animation, or animated films in general, then you must see this movie. This could well be the first in the next generation of animated movies -- which would be quite fitting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars go it in good time haven't look at it yet but I have ...
go it in good time haven't look at it yet but I have other appleseed dvd and thare good to watch
Published 13 days ago by trail camping
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good anime movie great concept
Published 15 days ago by Armando Ocasio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Second Best Appleseed movie ever, aside from the prequel & the sequel, of course!
Published 15 days ago by Mario Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Appleseed
One of my favorite movies
Published 20 days ago by TwoToes
5.0 out of 5 stars Shirow Masamune is just soooo good..
And... this completes my "Appleseed" collection. You just can't beat Shirow Masamune. If you're an "Appleseed" fan then this is an integral part of your collection. Read more
Published 21 days ago by MaNgA MaN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What got so far has been great and always on time if not early.
Published 27 days ago by Daniel Nerlinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful animation, sort of a mix of cgi and ...
Beautiful animation, sort of a mix of cgi and hand-drawn. Entertaining action and a few powerful moments of character development. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Charles P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent anime and the animation is superb!
Published 1 month ago by Sergio
1.0 out of 5 stars What zone is this?
Supposed to be zone one, but cannot be played on my PSP (that supports zone one UMDs).
Published 1 month ago by Kneeoh76
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I think that the action is great. I could follow the story and could not wait to see what was going to happen next.
Published 2 months ago by Tracy
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