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  • Actors: Yûki Kudô, Saemi Nakamura, Joe Romersa, Rebecca Forstadt, Stuart Robinson
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
  • Writers: Katsuya Terada, Kenji Kamiyama
  • Producers: Akira Sato, Mamoru Oshii, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Ryuzo Shirakawa, Yukio Nagasaki
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NG6U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,747 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blood - The Last Vampire" on IMDb

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  • "The Making of Blood"
  • Original Japanese Trailers
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BLOOD:LAST VAMPIRE - DVD Movie

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The animation, and story are very good.
KevinB
I think it is a hidden jewel of a movie, I will say that you should rent it before buying it to decide if it is worth spending on.
Slade A. Eide-Ettaro
It feels like the ending just got tacked on to make it seem like it's "deep" although it's actually not.
Jesse Blough

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 6, 2002
Format: DVD
In 1966, the Yokota Air Force Base in Japan is busy with the tense job of supporting the U.S. war effort in Viet Nam. Suddenly, in the surrounding town, several suspicious suicides have been reported and students at the base school are behaving strangely. Enter Saya, a mysterious swordswoman who works for a secret organization dedicated to hunting down Chiropterans - demons who subsist on human blood and are the basis for our legends of vampires. All we know is that Saya is 'The Last Remaining Original' and that her powers are considerable.
Disguised as a schoolgirl, Saya investigates the school and discovers the presence of three of the horrific creatures. In the middle of the school Halloween party, Saya desperately tries to hunt them down and kill them before they can escape or enter hibernation. If unchecked, the creatures could endanger not only those at the base, but the entire war effort.
'Blood' is beautifully made, with a careful blend of three-dimensional CGI work and classical anime illustration. This is an experimental approach that, for the most part, works quite well, heightening the viewer's sense of realism. The film gains its noir effect from very skilled use of light and shadow, and has surprising color range for having very little direct light.
Both plot and characters are minimalist in style. Nothing is allowed to interfere with the steady increase in tension and pace of action. Thus, the feature length film seems to run by like a single episode of other anime. Even so, the work is so atmospheric, and Saya so strong a character that it develops surprising levels of meaning. I picked this up expecting a pleasant vampire concoction, and I feel I got much more than that. Worth looking for.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on July 28, 2002
Format: DVD
When this movie was first released I heard a lot of good things about it and wanted to see it for myslef, but when I did I was extremely disappointed. First of all, there's no real storyline here, sure there's an over-all plot, but they don't take the time to get into the characters. Take Saya for example, I'm sure she could've been a very interesting character, but with the film being only 45 minutes, there's no chance for her to develop. They leave many questions unanswered, like if she's the last original vampire, then why does she work for the government to kill her own kind? And for that matter, how did vampires turn into the dumb beats we see in the film, and yet she remains looking like a human?
The film being so short also takes away from the quality, but when you watch the trailer for it, you notice that there are several scenes shown that aren't in the film. For example, we see that agent Louis shooting at one of those monsters in some kind of warehouse, and we also see helicopters chasing after the plane that the last monster was trying to jump on to at the end. I know this film had a lot of potential, but because of the way it was made and edited there's a lot left out that could've made it ten times better. I'm not sure if it came out the makers had hoped, but I found it very disappointing. The only thing that saves it is the animation and sound effects, both of which are pretty flawless. But if you're looking for a more detailed vampire related manga that delivers, try out Vampire Hunter D or it's sequel Bloodlust.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Blough on March 15, 2002
Format: DVD
What struck me most about this film when I was watching it was how much better it _could_ have been. I found myself just enjoying the animation and the horror aspect of it, but disliking the lack of back-story and in-depth characterization. In short, this anime looks amazing at times, but it's rather shallow. It seems like the people who made this were more interested in making a good-looking anime rather than a well-written anime. For instance, most of the time the characters remain silent and do battle against each other. You'll find yourself wanting to know _why_ they're doing this, but they never tell you. Why is Saya fighting them? How did she get involved with this? What are her feelings about doing this? Just who are they? Since hardly any of the characters reveals his or her emotions about certain things, they'll start to resemble nothing more than cardboard cutout, static characters. They're only there to move the story along. This anime has too many questions and not enough answers.
Another negative point is the ending. I felt like they were trying to put some vague concept behind it... Something about war? What does vampires vs. demons have anything to do with the battles between men? It feels like the ending just got tacked on to make it seem like it's "deep" although it's actually not. You can't have a deep movie without knowing the characters, which we don't. It just doesn't work.
It's sad... If the makers of this anime would have just added, say, 20 more minutes and put in some back-story, characterization, anything that would have shown what made the characters tick, this film would be excellent instead of just merely good. Don't get me wrong, though, this is still an incredibly enjoyable film for anime and horror buffs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greg on October 20, 2005
Format: UMD for PSP
I bought Blood: The Last Vampire because I'm not a huge Anime fan, but really appreciate this movie's beauty and story. Seeing it on DVD, I knew the video would look great on the PSP screen, and for that most part, that's true. Also, the movie is about 45 minutes long, so the PSP is a great outlet for it as opposed to a painfully long feature film (I prefer to watch TV shows and shorter films on the PSP because I rarely have long spans of time to devote to PSP-filmwatching).

The bad news is related to the video quality itself. The studio converted the video to UMD as a matted-widescreen version (not sure of the technical term), so when you first play it, you get a small widescreen picture with "black bars" on ALL FOUR SIDES. You must use the "Zoom" option under the PSP display menu for the picture to fit right. A minor annoyance, but worth mentioning.

Also, the black-level is washed out. I've found that watching the UMD at the lowest brightness setting on the PSP screen is most accurate color-wise, but with such beautiful animation, it's sad to see the contrast couldn't be nudged up some. I don't know if this represents studio laziness, but I understand this is common on UMDs.

Ultimately, entertaining and a great flick for the UMD format, but not perfect.
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