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Blood: The Last Vampire [Blu-ray] (2000)

Youki Kudoh , Hiroyuki Kitakubo  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Youki Kudoh
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
  • Format: Animated, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,638 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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At the Yokota Air Force base in Japan, a nervous American military is on the brink of the Vietnam War. But a greater threat exists within the walls of the heavily guarded compound: Vampires. A team of top-secret undercover agents dispatches a mysterious young woman to destroy them…she is the last remaining original. Featuring brilliant character designs, top-notch animation and a stunning musical score, “Blood: The Last Vampire” is a breakthrough in digital filmmaking, taking anime to a whole new level.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hiding in the Shadows December 6, 2002
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Top quality animation, but lacking storyline July 28, 2002
By Daniel
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not Great March 15, 2002
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Some good news, some bad news. October 20, 2005
By Greg
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
great movie! this film puts the anime series to shame, take the action of the series mixed with a serious overtone with a feel of blade
Published 15 days ago by gregorio
4.0 out of 5 stars Saya is an awesome heroine!
I only wish this was longer! I love this version of Saya's story, and I will eventually be adding to my Saya collection with other Blood titles. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karlie Laumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome and speedy delivery
Published 2 months ago by Bradford Uyeda
3.0 out of 5 stars Not like I remember, but better then i would have hoped.
Not like i remember but not bad either. Short and kinda boring is the true problems with this movie.
Published 3 months ago by MR. Wolfman313
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in translation?
I love the movie for all the reasons everyone else does but there is one giant problem for the Blu-ray edition.

NO SUBTITLES!!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Borat's Bad Brother
4.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced?
Its this movie cool? Yes
Does this movie have great animation? Yes
Is it worth more than 30 dollars? Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mosquito007
3.0 out of 5 stars An Animated Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Fans have complained that Blood: The Last Vampire was a promising enough movie but was short and it ended abruptly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. J. Murdock
2.0 out of 5 stars Polish a turd, it's still a turd (Jeff Dunham)
It was short compared to many anime movies. Did a nice job on voice acting and action was really good. Although there isn't much on story or any type of development. Read more
Published 16 months ago by H. Huang
3.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This movie was a bit of a let down. I like the series by the same name, but this movie just doesn't seem to do justice to the name. It's like part of an onging series, not a movie. Read more
Published 17 months ago by K Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars great
hard to find the blue ray for this anime. I was able to find it and purchase. added to the live movie, and box sets to blood + and blood + part 2
Published 18 months ago by Ricardo Gonzalez
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The series is called Blood+.

Blood+ (pronounced "Blood Plus") is an anime series, produced by Production I.G and Sony's anime production arm, Aniplex, and is a continuation on the 2000 animated film, Blood: The Last Vampire.
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