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Birth: A War of Two Worlds! (2004)

Mîna Tominaga , Kazuki Yao , Shin'ya Sadamitsu  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mîna Tominaga, Kazuki Yao, Ichirô Nagai, Kaneto Shiozawa, Fuyumi Shiraishi
  • Directors: Shin'ya Sadamitsu
  • Writers: Junki Takegami
  • Producers: Ahmed Agrama, Frank Agrama, Lowell Bartholomee, Shûichi Onodera, Toshihiro Nagao
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00029NMIQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,576 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Birth: A War of Two Worlds!" on IMDb

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Planet Busters wasnt that bad February 2, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
to previous reviewer:

i found the original dub of Planet Busters to be one of the most entertaining english dubs I have ever heard. After finally getting Birth i was a little dissappointed in the original japanese diologue in comparison. The animation in this feature has a lot of quirky elements and I felt that the planet busters english language edit brought out that quirkiness the best. However, planet busters edit cut out a good amount of scenes from the feature (to presumably move the story along) however the story/plot is often convoluted because of this. So I am happy that when I viewed Birth I saw alot of new animated sequences and even certain elements to the story are different (some good, some bad differences). Of course the English dub on this ADV release is horrendously unwatchable (as usual), I was really hoping the english language version would be the Orion Planet Busters cut (maybe some day).

So overall: this feature is a hidden gem of action packed and interesting animation (as previous reviewer stated), and it is different cut than the Orion Planet Busters release (which is my favorite and i will always have a spot in my heart for). Still this release is quite a unique cartoon that any animation buff should check out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really funny stuff August 22, 2007
I watched this OVA for the first time when I was around 10 and I found it hilarious. It kept on my mind ever since and I was able to watch it again now that I'm 27 and have a big "anime maturity". So what do I have to say about this? It's still hilarious, although I can add some more things like "insanely hilarious". Nevertheless, don't expect top of the notch story here, this is something more of a scene by scene with not much content behind it stuff. Anyhow, it has some great animation and graphic quality -keeping in mind is anime from the 80's- So, if you're looking for a great lough, simple-plot (and sometimes even a litte disconnected story-line), neat animation with great graphics, sci-fi anime with cool actions scenes, here's your answer.
Oh, great character design as well
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing an Ending March 4, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This story starts well. The artwork is highly reminiscent of the 60's stuff by Ralph Bakshi with smooth lines and women drawn impossibly sexy. The real problem is that the DVD starts to faulter about 2/3rds of the way through in a manner that suggests that they never had a story to begin with and so never had an ending that made sense. In the end you're left high and dry feeling had by the producers.

Nevertheless it is an interesting production as long as you don't get the idea that there's going to be a story in there somewhere. The artwork and the animation are pretty highly evolved for a DVD of this sort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this dub July 31, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
I liked this dubbed verson WAAAAYYYY better then the newer one on BIRTH,though essentialy the same movie but the newer one has different dubs,effects and restoration,it all looks and sounds great but I really prefer the older one better.It just sounds more natural and best of all Talon has the voice of Rick hunter from the robotech series lol
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Area88
Birth also known as Planet Busters or The World of Talisma, due to previous English dubs from Harmony Gold and Streamline pictures on VHS. This is a 1984 anime and is credited with being the very first direct to video released in Japan. Luckily ADV released this from the remastered Japanese print used on the R2 DVD release and the results are stunning. The colours literally jump off the screen.

The back story is Aqualoid was once a prosperous planet, but an attack from a mysterious life force, the Inorganics, transformeed it into a post-apocalyptic shell of its former self. When Nam finds a mysterious sword, he is suddenly the object of a planet-wide chase. With the Inorganics closing in, will Nam and his friends discover the secret of the sword and save their world? Or will they destroy Aqualoid in favor of a new Birth?

Birth was an ambitious, high production, experiment and is a must for any fan of vintage animation. The story is actually pretty good, it just takes time for it to unfold. At 80 minutes it's defintly worth picking up a copy up for a couple of dollars. One of the most memorable scenes is right at the end when the characters are in space and they talk to these deity beings about the meaning of life, only you hear no dialogue because human ears are not evolved enough to understand it yet.

Rating - A
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definetely a Must Have April 1, 2011
By Hector
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw this movie when I was a kid, but did not understand the story...Now more than 10 years later, I can see why...There is almost none, as some Japanese animations do. Still the animation itself, directed by Kanada is superb in many aspects. Any fan of good animation will love this movie. This DVD lacks the ending dialogue!!
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