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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie [Special Edition] (2001)

Steve Blum , Beau Billingslea , Shinichiro Watanabe  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Blum, Beau Billingslea
  • Directors: Shinichiro Watanabe
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (355 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00441GYS8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cowboy Bebop: The Movie [Special Edition]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Making of Cowboy Bebop: 6 Behind-the-Scenes featurettes
  • Music video for "Ask DNA" and "Gotta Knock a Little Harder"
  • Conceptual Art Galleries
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • In-Depth Character Profiles
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Animated Menus
  • This DVD defaults to Japanese, please go into the 'audio setup' section and choose English

  • Editorial Reviews

    Mars. Days before Halloween 2071. Villains blow up a tanker truck on Highway One, releasing a deadly virus that kills hundreds. Fearing a bigger, even more devastating biochemical attack, an astronomical reward is offered for the arrest and capture of the person behind the destruction. On the spaceship "Bebop," Spike Spiegel and his crew of bounty hunters (Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Ed and Ein) are bored and short of cash. But with the news of the reward everything changes. Based on the wildly popular TV series, Cowboy Bebop, the big-screen smash COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE pits Spike and Co. against their deadliest adversary ever. Featuring stunning, state-of-the-art animation, this action-packed sci-fi adventure builds to a breath-taking, nail-biting climax, guaranteed to keep you hanging on the edge of your seat.

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    92 of 96 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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    18 of 18 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 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 4 days ago by William Lewers
    5.0 out of 5 stars VERY RAD
    Not much of an anime head, but this movie was FRICKIN SWEET. I was completely sleeping on this series.Became an instant fan. Highly recommended
    Published 12 days ago by Count Dabula
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I love it. It is exactly what I needed. Thank You!
    Published 14 days ago by JordanTRobinson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price, Great Movie
    While this release in particular isn't anything special -- it's cheap, it's got the movie: great picture, great sound... it's perfect. Read more
    Published 16 days ago by thirteenthDoc
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
    Great movie!
    Published 28 days ago by Casey
    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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months ago by Robert Pylant
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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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