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Cowboy Bebop - The Movie (2003)

K˘ichi Yamadera , Unsh˘ Ishizuka , Hirokazu Yamada , Hiroyuki Okiura  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: K˘ichi Yamadera, Unsh˘ Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Beau Billingslea, Melissa Fahn
  • Directors: Hirokazu Yamada, Hiroyuki Okiura, Ikuro Sato, Kunihiro Mori, Shinichir˘ Watanabe
  • Writers: Akihiko Inari
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JMBJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,554 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cowboy Bebop - The Movie" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Making of Cowboy Bebop: 6 behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Music videos for "Ask DNA" and "Gotta Knock a Little Harder"
  • Conceptual art galleries
  • Storyboard comparisons
  • In-depth character profiles

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

As special editions go, this Cowboy Bebop DVD isn't that loaded. The bulk of the extras are six featurettes--about 35 minutes of material--consisting of interviews with the key talents including creator Shinichiro Watanabe and the vocal talent (both Japanese and American). Because the Bebop DVD series was void of any design extras, fans should eat up the 100 or so production drawings and a dandy storyboard presentation. Listed as "music videos," the two songs are essentially clean opening and closing animation cuts (without credits). Fans will also appreciate that the film is presented in both original Japanese language and English in Dolby 5.1. The film lost its subtitle, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," from its American theatrical run for the DVD. --Doug Thomas

Product Description

Voice talents of Steven Blum, Beau Billingslea. The bounty-hunting Bebop crew sets out to find the villain who blew up a tanker truck that released a deadly biochemical virus on planet Mars in year 2071. Based on the hit TV series, the crew seeks to save lives and, of course, claim the reward of 300,000,000 woolongs. In Japanese with English audio & subtitles. Animated. 1998/color/115 min/R/widescreen.

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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick with the DVD, pass on the blu ray July 4, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I love this movie. It's a long Cowboy Bebop episode and as such it's just fine. It has the humor and drama that one can expect from Cowboy Bebop and our beloved bounty hunters are back and in fine form and the stakes are higher than ever.

My review isn't so much about the movie itself but about the blu ray transfer. The video is very nice, better than the DVD, and the new font they used for the subtitles is very clean and I thought easy to read. The main menu is VASTLY different and does not use music from the movie like the DVD's menus do. It's rather nice and simple to navigate. Those are the positives.

Now for the negatives:

This blu ray only has 2 channel sound while the DVD has 5.1 surround.

This blu ray is missing all extras, not even trailers. If you want the interviews and the storyboard comparison, stick with the DVD.

In at least two places, the subtitles takes perfectly good translations and makes them wrong. I speak enough Japanese to be able to tell the difference, but one of them I verified with a native speaker. In several places near the beginning of the movie the subtitle is at the top of the screen. A couple of those relocations made sense, but the rest were inexplicable. If you watch it subtitled, stick with the DVD.

I only gave this 2 stars for my massive disappointment in the blu ray release. It would have been better if they charged a bit more for it and gave it parity with the DVD. The product description DOES say that there are no extras, but it doesn't tell you that the audio is only 2 channel.

I've watched this movie at LEAST a dozen times and I expect I'll watch it another dozen times, but it will be the DVD. The blu ray will gather dust if I don't sell it.
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Just a humble bounty hunter, ma'am." March 6, 2004
Format:DVD
Based on the very popular and successful TV series, "Cowboy Bebop: The Movie" is one entertaining thrill ride that really shows how effective anime can really be when it is done correctly. It's hard to think of a cartoon being so action-packed and involving, but this movie does a splendid job of doing just that. You're plunged right into the nail-biting action that will have you glued to your seat until it is well over.
The movie revolves around a bunch of outlaw bounty hunters. In Mars, there's a suspected terrorist running around with a virus that could very well wipe out the existence of human beings. Spike and company decide to take the case, as there is a large reward that will be given to the person or persons who catches the madman. The only trouble is that Spike and the gang have stumbled onto something that is much more than a simple bounty and end up discovering a big conspiracy that will throw their lives into ultimate danger. The action and excitement never ends until the shocking finale.
I watched the movie TWICE in one day. Right after I had seen it for the first time, I had to immediately watch it again. You know a movie is powerful when it has that kind of effect on you. Very rarely do I run into movies that make me want to watch it again right then and there. When you're watching "Cowboy Bebop," you really don't view it as an animated feature, but as a real living and breathing film. It is done that well. And, the great thing about this movie is that you do not have to have seen the show before. I watched this without seeing any of the shows and was able to follow it without any problems. Of course, chances are that you will want to watch the series after viewing the movie. The story is well thought out and appropriately structured.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll LOVE this movie! April 5, 2003
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Spike, Jet, Faye and Ed go after a Bio-terrorist worth a LOT of money. Good music from start to end (stay for the credits), with lots of humor and the characters are the same ones we love from the series, no changes like they do with other anime characters when they put them onto the big screen. Lovely camera shots, good quality work and you can tell they spent a lot of time working on the details. When the DVD comes out with lots of extras and both subtitles and dubbing in the English, you can BET your life I'm going to buy it. If you can't wait the DVD is already out from Japan (English subtitles only).
Try to see it on the big screen first. Not only does it seem to live, to reach out and touch you, but you're with other fans of Cowboy Bebop. How can you lose?
Even Ein has a few good scenes!!!
Go see it!
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70 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cure for Bebop Withdrawal May 7, 2003
By Chon-ny
Format:DVD
This movie has been described as an extended-length episode of the clever and well-shot Cowboy Bebop series; an unfair comparison. Knockin' On Heaven's Door, which assuredly takes place somewhere in the middle of the series, follows bounty hunters (or cowboys) Spike, Faye, Jet, Ed and Ein in pursuit of a tremendous 300,000,000 wooloong bounty by the name of Vincent, who has the capacity and drive to remove everyone from the face of the planet. It does sound like just another episode, with raised stakes, but the movie offers more than just that. The art and "camera" movement are much more polished than the series, and the fight scenes (which may be the among if not the best hand-to-hand-to-broom-to-coffee maker combat scenes caught in ink) also reach a higher level of activity and smoothness. The plot isn't convuluted; you'll enjoy it a lot more if you watch at least five or six episodes of the series, but the movie is easy enough to follow and self-supporting.
"_____ the Movie" efforts often take on their own lives, and offer nothing toward the originating series, but Heaven's Door is an exception. The tale perhaps provides some insight into Spike's invulnerability and willingness to enter death or death situations; gives some more color to the "Julia" storyline; and just provides more interaction among the main crew of the Bebop.
Expect many beautifully shot moments to appropriate music, similar to the first Vicious-Spike encounter in the series.
Can't go wrong with it, and is at the least, worth your money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It was good
This is one of my favorite anime shows and I had been looking for the movie. It came really fast and was in perfect condition.
Published 13 days ago by Chelszer
5.0 out of 5 stars great service
I got exactly what I order. It was in good condition and it works perfectly fine. I would recommend the to anyone who is looking the purchase this kind of item.
Published 17 days ago by Victor Torres
1.0 out of 5 stars Where the umd
Get the package on 4/5/2014 and it was sealed. But no umd just a case not cool, never doing ordering from these ppl again.
Published 17 days ago by jay arbelo
5.0 out of 5 stars I give it two thumbs up.
I have been a fan of this series since 2001. It is a great show and a must have on bluray.
Published 26 days ago by Phillip Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is the best of the whole series
Indeed, this movie is the best of the whole Cowboy Bebop series. The producers take the most memorable characteristics of all the characters and generates a unified and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like the anime series only longer!
This anime movie has an intriquet story and some great action sequences. My favorite scenes are near the end of the movie so keep watching if you think the story is going slow and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bebop is cool
Bebop is somewhat predictable but a typical Cowboy romp. Let's see how many jams we can get into and then get four people, who on the surface don't get along, save each other only... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Voris
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Buy!
I ordered the DVD over the blu-ray disc because I heard it had special features. The special features didn't disappoint. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Emile Dufraisne
5.0 out of 5 stars Of course....
It's Bebop: what's not to like? Anyone who's seen the series knows that NOTHING has to make any sense, nothing has to follow any particular order, and it will be one helluva ride. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brent Roorda
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Awesome
This movie is so damn good it's stupid. Buy it. Watch it. Love it. So so wonderful. My only complaint is that Spike is not a real life person. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gina
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Blu-ray version .. ?
It was in Japan. I read somewhere that in June it will be release in France. They haven't announced a release in the states which I don't understand since Cowboy Bebop is EXTREMELY popular here.
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