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Cowboy Bebop - The Movie (2003)

Kôichi Yamadera , Unshô Ishizuka , Hirokazu Yamada , Hiroyuki Okiura  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Beau Billingslea, Melissa Fahn
  • Directors: Hirokazu Yamada, Hiroyuki Okiura, Ikurô Satô, Kunihiro Mori, Shinichirô 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 (350 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JMBJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,747 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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89 of 93 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 57 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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Marathon Completer
I own the complete series, but it doesn't include the movie. What series is complete without all elements of it? This was a must buy. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars May Be The Best Anime Movie Ever
Cowboy Bebop the Movie was probably the best anime movie I've ever seen. Great Story,Animation and Interesting Characters kept me entertained from beginning to end! Read more
Published 11 days ago by Demitrius
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best anime
Great movie, with they would bring back the TV show. All your favorite characters are here and a couple new one of course. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Roger S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love getting physical copies
I saw this movie on streaming sites a while ago but it is great to own a physical copy of this movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joel
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesnt Like the Cowboy Bebop TV Series and Movie...
What can I say, I am a Cowboy Bebop movie fan, I use to stay up at night to watch them on the TV....
Movie *and* Series deserves *5* stars.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
This film is great for anyone who loved the series. It's action-packed, and it doesn't digress from the plot of the anime.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Master control1
one of my favorite anime, Spike S. is always cool and one of the very few exception when i like english dub in an anime its a good watch
Published 1 month ago by Nero
4.0 out of 5 stars Put A Bounty on Bebop
An excellent companion piece to the series, this movie features the full crew of the Bebop before the events at the end of the series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alan Giorgio
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy Bebop!
I love this series. Happiest memory to this movie. Bets buy ever. Would definitely recommend to other fans. Thanks again.
Published 1 month ago by Hed
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd read the reviews before I ordered.
I should have read the reviews. The DVD has better audio and extras. The Blu-ray does not. It said multi-format, but that wasn't a Blu-ray and DVD combo. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bruce C.
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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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