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Blassreiter: Part 1 (2009)

Todd Haberkorn , Eric Vale , Tyler Walker  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Todd Haberkorn, Eric Vale
  • Directors: Tyler Walker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 288 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KD9C2C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A blood-born plague races across Germany, giving life to mechanized monsters who are hell-bent on making a bloody mess out of anyone in their path. Known as Demoniacs, these creatures have the perverse ability to meld with technology and wield it as an extension of their uncontrollable cyber rage. Standing in their way is civilization’s last hope for a savior. Joseph Jobson – the mysterious blue rider – fuses with the unreal technology of his battle-tested motorcycle to defend man against machine. But the same tainted blood that carries his strength, threatens to devour his soul - leaving him nothing more than a murderous demon. The future of death is now, and it refuses to be stopped.

The title of the sci-fi adventure Blassreiter (2008) means "Pale Rider," a standard translation of the description of Death in the Book of Revelation. Motorcycle champion Gerd Frentzen suffers traumatic injuries when a weird mecha attacks the riders during a major race. A mysterious woman offers him a pill that will restore the use of his legs, but nano-machines in the pill turn Gerd into an Amalgam, a human/cyborg that can fuse with machinery. Gerd struggles to prevent himself from transforming into a creature similar to the one that attacked him, but it's a losing battle. The contagion spreads, both through contact with Amalgams and through the pills the woman offers. Malek, a misanthropic teenager, takes a pill to avenge a friend who was bullied into committing suicide. Fighting the Amalgams are the officers of the paramilitary XAT, including Amanda, who adopted Malek. Disentangling the convoluted story line of Blassreiter is a real challenge: characters who appear to be protagonists fall into comas or drop dead as the focus of the narrative shifts to someone else. The shots of speeding motorcycles and battling cyborgs provide some excitement, but they're repeated so often, they lose their punch. The filmmakers also shift tone abruptly, going from mawkish sentiment to murderous violence. The pseudo-religious mumbo-jumbo about a "Chosen One" can't disguise that similar nano-plague plots have been used many times before and to better effect. (Rated TV MA; suitable for ages 17 and older: brief nudity, considerable violence, violence against women, sexual situations, profanity, grotesque imagery, potentially offensive religious imagery, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. Prelude to Despair, 2. The Price of Glory, 3. The Infection Spread, 4. Under Siege, 5. The Disdained, 6. The Song That Pities the Demon, 7. At the Ends of Hatred, 8. Weak No Longer, 9. The Price and the Meaning of Power, 10. Inside the Conspiracy, 11. Prelude to Apocalypse, 12. Judgment Day)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Slick Visuals & Lots of Bloody Action October 14, 2009
It's not everyday you encounter a horror/ science fiction anime property set in Germany with blood laden cover art and a German title that translates to "Pale Rider" in English. I just finished FUNimation's forthcoming release of Blassreiter The Complete Series Part 1 and came away quite surprised with the sheer "coolness" of the show's concepts and melding of several well-established genres.

Released across two discs, Blassreiter The Complete Series Part 1 comes packaged in a pair of thin packs within an outer cardboard slipcase and consists of episodes 1-12. The show comes in at a total runtime of 288 minutes and wears an appropriate TV MA (mature, 17+) rating due to violence and gore.

Language options are standard sub & dub with both an English dub and original Japanese soundtrack (either in Dolby 5.1 Digital Surround) & the choice of English subtitled if so inclined to turn them on.

Extras include a commentary by the English cast over Episode 12, Japanese promotional videos (with English subtitles), textless opening and closing songs, and a host of fresh Funimation trailers on the second disc.

The story goes something like this: In a fictional German city, an apparent outbreak of biomechanical creatures named "Demoniacs" rises from human corpses with an appetite for violence and destruction. Unlike your typical zombies however, the Demoniacs display the ability to merge with nearly any technology (which often includes cars, busses, bikes and so on), which not only gives them control of said machine but also enhances their own abilities. In a very real sense it's zombies meets Transformers with a bit of Mad Max thrown in for good measure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good But Also Generic Sci-Fi Action Anime August 24, 2010
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The series is a pretty good blend of Guyver/Aquarion/Gundam anime storyline basis and while the animation and soundtrack as well as action fight scenes are very good and entertaining the characters are pretty much the same we've seen with most of these kinds of series, and while the characters are very likable and grow on you there not very original either. One point to this is you have the misunderstood brooding loner anti-hero through an unexpected mishap in a battle is now hunted by another person who swears vengeance on said anti-hero, and than we have the usual busty female main character who grows feelings for our wayward anti-hero and also has her own personal issues to deal with. Again the characters in the series grow on you and you do care what happens to them which is a big plus in my book, but you pretty much expect what happens to them in the series as well and when it does happen it doesn't really come as a surprise. If you don't like the religious story-lines mixed into your series you might want to pass this series over as it does draw deeply on the morality and the conceptions of humanity, what truly makes a person human, and the beliefs and actual questions of a supreme being and ultimate destiny for humanity. Still the series is very good and entertaining when I watched it so regardless I think most people will still find the series very enjoyable to own for their anime collection....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just..amazing August 24, 2010
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Well, what can I say? This is simply one of the best animes I've had the pleasure of watching. The animation is wonderful, the storyline hooks you in, the characters are likeable and fairly well developed. It's pretty easy to get into, and definately worth the time to watch. It does have it's violence and death scenes, definately not for the kiddies, but if that's your type of thing, as it happens to be mine, you must see this anime. The action scenes are very well done, and there's just enough violence and fight scenes without it being overdone, leaving plenty of room for storyline and character development. It's one of those that you'll definately want to watch again instead of gathering dust on the shelf. I've actually been wanting to watch it again myself, but sadly haven't had the time. Overall, as I said, it's simply one of the best I've seen, and I'd definately reccommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed in GoHastings February 21, 2014
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the only time ive ordered something and it never came, this was supposed to be a valentines day gift, wrote them and alls they could do was refund my money i mean at least i got my money back but that was the least they could do seeing how i spend anywhere between 2 and 3 grand a year in dvds as an enthusiast, really just poor business
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