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Death Note Re-light #1: Visions of a God (2009)

Shidou Nakamura , Brian Drummond , Tetsuro Araki  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Shidou Nakamura, Brian Drummond, Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Kappei Yamaguchi
  • Directors: Tetsuro Araki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Viz Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,724 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Death Note Re-light #1: Visions of a God

The dark fantasy series Death Note (2006) proved so popular that audiences refused to let it end: two rewritten and re-edited versions of the ending were broadcast in Japan in 2007 and 2008. The story has been adapted into three live-action films, and Re-Light, a two-hour TV special, aired in 2009.

Except for the opening and closing bookends of the bored, alienated Ryuuk talking with another Shinigami (god of death), Re-Light consists entirely of re-cut footage from the TV series. Brilliant high school student Light Yagami finds the Death Note, a notebook Ryuuk drops into human space. If anyone writes a person's name in the notebook, that person dies. After testing the Death Note's powers, Light launches a grandiose vigilante campaign: he will rid the world of criminals to create his version of a perfect society. The most exciting parts of Death Note pit Light against the eccentric but brilliant investigator known only as "L." But cutting the 37-episode series into a two-hour special reduces the plot to so much animated coleslaw. Characters and subplots appear and disappear: the filmmakers include part of the sequence in which L has himself handcuffed to Light, but they don't explain why he does it or why they're unchained in later scenes. Fans of Death Note who want to see more of Light and L will have more fun with the live-action features Death Note, Death Note Movie II: The Last Name, and Death Note 3: L Change the World. (Rated T+ Older Teen: suitable for ages 15 and older: grotesque imagery, violence, violence against women, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
The "DEATH NOTE" anime series was simply magnificent.

I first caught "DEATH NOTE" the animated series on television. I've heard so many impressive things in regards to the storyline and also saw the series featured on NPR. To get the critical acclaim that it has worldwide, this series must be special.

And special is what "DEATH NOTE" truly is. From beginning to end, this series has just grabbed my attention because of its well-written cat vs. mouse storyline.

"DEATH NOTE" is a 37-episode TV series that was created by Studio Madhouse and featured on Japanese television in 2006-2007 and featured in the US in 2007-2008 (the whole series is available in two box sets from Viz Media/Shonen Jump Home video). The series has spawned a popular manga series, a novel, three live action films and has captured the attention of anime and non-anime fans worldwide.

After the series was completed, a new special (the first of two) was released on television in August 2007 titled "DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God" which features the whole series condensed into a 130 minute episode. But unlike recap specials aired in Japan, this special would be a retelling of the story in the point of view of Ryuk (Light Yagami's Shinigami) who is telling a story of his experience on what happened when he was on Earth and a story he is explaining to another Shinigami who is bored in the underworld.

"DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God" features new scenes and an ending that may or may not shock "DEATH NOTE" fans.

The series focuses on the character of a very smart high school student named Light Yagami.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I hate to say it, but... June 20, 2009
...I was quite disappointed w/this DVD.

First, the good stuff: The animation of the new scenes is lovely; the colors & design are brighter and crisper than in the original anime. It's really the only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 2. The extra scenes are interesting, but don't add that much to the original series.

OK, now the bad stuff: This is basically a clip show, following just over halfway thru the anime (where a particularly lovable character dies). It's framed by Ryuk telling the story to another shinigami. But that's about it.

I'd had high hopes for this DVD (given the description), but, alas, they were dashed [siiiiigh].

I'd recommend this for (a) Death Note completists, or (b) someone who doesn't want to invest the time in watching the entire first half of the original anime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death Note Relight....Not So Bad July 15, 2011
By Jordan
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I've just watched the DN Relight DVD and I have to say it's actually not so bad. Besides, I already knew the story to it after watching the entire series show on the Internet. I knew the characters, the story and everything. It was a little disappointing at first when they had to shorten it into a 2-hour movie, but then again it was fascinating to see the deleted scenes through out the movie. L of course was awesome to watch, even though I already got to know him through out the series, and as usual, I cried when he died. This dvd was quite fun to watch if your a Death Note fan and already know the story, because to those who think it sucks are missing out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you have the series don't bother March 25, 2013
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If you have the series don't bother. The movies are just the series in a compact version. Although if you want to save some money and see the series this is a good option.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars incorrect September 20, 2013
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it was basically a recap of the first part of the series with only one small change near the end that actually could not have happened. Severely disappointed.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The description of this DVD basically implies the "re-telling" of the Death Note series through the Shinigami's, Ryuk, perspective. In actuality it is nothing more than a "movie version" of the first 20 episodes of this 37 episode anime. There are some brief original footage with Ryuk "conveying" the story to another seemingly disinterested shinigami, but the bulk of the footage comes directly from the episodes.

For people who have already seen this anime or have the full 37 episode anime series this DVD is simply a waste of money. I would only recommned this DVD and it's sequel to those individuals who are interested in this anime, but do not have the time to invest into watching the complete anime series; roughly 13.5 hours.

While the basic premise is provided, a lot of the nuances of the anime have been stripped out of this version, thus rendering the end product to be a sterile rendition of the original. In the end, this is a falsely advertised product since the story is not really retold from Ryuk's perspective (Product description: "See through the eyes of a shinigami...").
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth The Extra Scenes February 10, 2010
By Anne
This contains the extra scenes of L's funeral, and a few more interactions between L and Light during the show. There are other, less important scenes that were also added.

Between this and the second condensed release, there is actually a great deal of extra footage added. If you can get this cheap (or free), then it's certainly worth a watch.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For Diehard Fans Only June 24, 2009
I was very excited when I noticed that this was coming out- and pre-ordered as soon as that was an option.

Unfortunately, it was not what I was expecting. From the description, it sounds as though it is a retelling of the story from the eyes of Ryuk- that is only partially true.

The short version of my review is this; you are getting the entire first half of the series boiled down to about two hours.

Basically, the first few minutes of the film set up that Ryuk is telling the story of what happened when he had an exciting time on earth. As soon as that short scene is over, we are treated to a retelling of the entire first 15 episodes or so using footage from those episodes. From what I could tell, they had not changed very much either. Only one scene during this part of the movie stood out as something I hadn't seen but I know I'd missed an episode or two so that could have already been included in the original series. Unfortunately, this is not even a very good tool for those interested in learning what happened without needing to watch the 37 episodes- because retelling each 30 minute episode in a 10 minute frame means that you're leaving out much of the development of the story, and had I not seen all the episodes I probably would have been confused.

The ending does not appear to be anything that was included in the series though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Extented Look
This is a wonderful, dark series from Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata. The animation is beautiful, & the story is gripping. Worth it for hard-core Death Note fans!
Published 10 months ago by Scarlet
5.0 out of 5 stars season 1 in one movie
if you want to see deathnote season 1 and some of season two quickly then this is the movie for you. some of the side story is missing but the bones of the story is there. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Charity Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie.
I like Death Note, keep me on the edge of my seat, but this movie help me not to have to watch the whole season.
Published 13 months ago by Luke
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
When I bought this DVD, I thought it was what it said in the box, the story of Light from Ryuk's point of view, but it is not that way, it just Ryuk in the beginning saying he will... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Manuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a great move that goes good with the series. I love it very much. I watched it along with the series.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
this anime is really freaking cool! my ex has it though so i'm bummed:( cause it's just really freaking cool:)
Published 18 months ago by elizabeth loftis
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Note Re-Light, Vol. 1 - Visions of a God
I love anything Death Note and I love this dvd!
I've seen every episode, watched all three movies and now I have the Re-Light. Read more
Published 18 months ago by thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but watch the show
I've seen the show plenty of times and love it very much but if you are a first time watcher of the show I suggest watching the show first so you know whats going on... Read more
Published on September 19, 2011 by Kat_Otaku
2.0 out of 5 stars series compressed into a movie...
I really hate it when they take half of a series compress the hell out of it add a new opening and closing scene, and market it as a new movie. Read more
Published on November 22, 2010 by Will and/or Caroline C.
1.0 out of 5 stars Death Note: Re-light, Vol. 1 -Visions of God
I came across this DVD in my search for a volume i did not own. I had heard about this from a friend who had informed me that this would be in the perspective of Ryuk, elated, i... Read more
Published on February 10, 2010 by DarkDraven81
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Death Note Re-Light
Right Stuf does indeed show that the release will have both japanese and english languages as well as english subtitles. I am inclined to side with Right Stuf on this as they specialize in anime/manga and related items. Furthermore, this release is from VIZ Media and everything I own from them... Read More
Jun 15, 2009 by Ryan Allen |  See all 5 posts
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