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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, Ikur˘ Sat˘, Kunihiro Mori, Shinichir˘ Watanabe
  • Writers: Akihiko Inari
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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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  • 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 (364 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JMBJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,246 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

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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.

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

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112 of 116 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
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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great choice for my very first anime experience November 20, 2003
My review is aimed primarily at those unfamiliar with Cowboy Bebop and of the world of anime itself, as Cowboy Bebop: The Movie represents my first baby step into a cinematic style I have been curious about for some time. Obviously, I can't compare this film to others of its kind, nor can I comment on how well this movie ties in to the original Cowboy Bebop series. I can only say how much I enjoyed the movie and offer my own comments, for whatever they are worth, about the format of the presentation.
This was a new kind of viewing experience for me, and while I enjoyed the movie a great deal, parts of the storyline took a while to sink in or missed me altogether; I'm sure this is because I have no familiarity with the original series. Spike Spiegel is certainly an interesting character; I would not call him an antihero, but he is certainly a hero of a different stripe, as is his whole gang of fellow bounty hunters. Spike can be cryptic at times, and he spends a lot of time sleeping. When the time for action comes, however, he is up and at 'em, doing superheroic things in spectacular fashion. Then there is Faye Valentine, a partner who pretty much does her own thing and looks good doing it. She and Spike almost seem to be working at cross purposes at times, but their own paths converge eventually; the relationship between the two is a mystery to me. Former policeman Jet Black is the general of the bunch, but his arguments for slow, methodical action are rarely acknowledged by Spike and Faye. The most unusual character, particularly for a Cowboy Bebop neophyte such as myself, is young Edward, apparently some kind of hacker savant who oftentimes speaks in a child-like language all her own. Lest I forget, I should also mention the wunderdog Ein.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Series GREAT Movie
This movie had a lot to live up to and was not only good but, in my opinion, was better than the series.
Published 5 days ago by Michael Grenier
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like the series
For fans of the anime series this is a must have; its basically an extended episode. Same voice acting as the anime, same level of quality in the actual animation, and the same... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Dillon Fields
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Anime of All Time
Beautiful imagery, great storyline. So glad they gave fans a little extra!
Published 14 days ago by Batcee
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
I bought this movie according to the reviews. This is not my kind of movie. Maybe for a demented teen.
Published 19 days ago by WAYNE GUIDRY
4.0 out of 5 stars Good condition
Entertaining movie, talks about nanotechnology and viruses.
Published 21 days ago by juancarlos
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bebop
Dont care if the subtitles are accurate. The english version is great. Its the usual cowboy bebop but a longer episode. And I'm not saying it in a bad way. Read more
Published 29 days ago by D. Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars and they both love it.
I am not into this, but I got it for my son and my sweetie, and they both love it.
Published 1 month ago by LibraryRose
4.0 out of 5 stars ... seen any of the anime from the series but enjoyed the movie
I'd not seen any of the anime from the series but enjoyed the movie.
Published 1 month ago by miss-doona
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I enjoyed the s*** out of this Movie.
Published 1 month ago by theguff
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!
I am a huge fan of the anime and now a huge fan of the movie. This product was in very good condition.
Published 1 month ago by William Lewers
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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.
Jun 1, 2008 by Joe |  See all 6 posts
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