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  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001R10BDC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,860 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Albert is a young man of privilege in Paris, but the trappings of his aristocratic birth leave him bored and unsatisfied. Seeking adventure, Albert’s restless spirit leads him to a festival on the moon – and to the Count of Monte Cristo.

An enigmatic man of charm and wealth, the Count of Monte Cristo’s charisma and sophistication captivate Albert. The fascinated youth invites the nobleman to mingle within the upper echelons of Parisian society, and the Count is soon courting the favor of France’s most powerful families. Little does Albert know, as his new friend walks the ornate halls of the highest class, the Count of Monte Cristo wants only to bring them crashing down through vengeance.

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Customer Reviews

I REALLY liked this anime a lot, and let me tell you, I am VERY CRITICAL of anime.
Just Some Guy
It is beautifully written, the drama is heartfelt, the music is awesome, the graphics are great, and the characters are just amazing!
Taylor J. Huston
Franz, like in the book, is a calm and very intelligent character, in many ways being the exact opposite of Albert in the anime.

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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Aion on February 8, 2009
Format: DVD
Gankutsuou, my favourite anime series. I enjoyed it enough to read the 1250 page novel it's based on (The Count of Monte Cristo) after finishing the series, and I'm far from an avid reader. In the end, not only did Gankutsuou become my favourite anime, it also helped me find my favourite book.

I decided to start collecting the series after watching it. It wasn't an easy task to accomplish with me living in the UK and Geneon being dead in the water, but I'll save you the details and simply say that I'm now the happy owner of the art box and all 6 volumes of this truly fantastic series.

Plot: 9.7/10

Not having read the novel prior to starting this, I had no idea what to expect. I knew about certain vague details, such as a young man becoming fascinated with the Count of Monte Cristo, but that's all. But, as a result of having no expectations, I was blown away by the story of Edmond Dantes; The Count of Monte Cristo.

In a nutshell, Gankutsuou is a fairly simple revenge story that's executed extremely well: a young man called Edmond Dantes loses his freedom, his love and almost his life because of the greed, jealousy and pride of three men. Then, after many years, he returns, posing as the Count of Monte Cristo - a rich 'noble' who appears out of nowhere and sends shockwaves through Paris with his riches - and puts into action his plan to get the ultimate revenge on the men who destroyed his life. After spending many years suffering, he doesn't simply want to kill them: he wants to destroy them, throwing them in the pits of despair.

In order to add mystery to Edmond's character, the story is not told from his perspective (unlike in the book).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lee D. Owens on January 22, 2008
Format: DVD
Gankutsuou is the Japanese anime interpretation of Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo. Although nothing can surpass Dumas' original story, this interpretation is very fulfilling. Gankutsuou is a futuristic retelling of the story that focuses on Albert and the relationship with his best friend Franz and the mysterious Count. The story can get confusing at times, so it helps to be familiar with either the original story or the film adaptations. The animation style is truly unique. The background art is extraordinary, but what sticks out is the use of matted patterns as decorations and costume. The music is also very good. The opening theme seems out of place at first, but is eventually woven into the story. Fans of Classical and ambient pieces will enjoy the music within the context of the story. The story itself is very emotionally gripping. You will become attached to these characters over the 24 episode arc. This is probably the best work that GONZO animation has produced. It is very much a cerebral anime, so fans expecting tons of action should look elsewhere.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By ONENEO VINE VOICE on April 29, 2009
Format: DVD
Never let it be said that modern anime is particular about where it draws its inspiration. The concept of creating a series based on a novel written in 1844 then setting it in the year 5053 sounds like a far stretch for any production staff and yet somehow, someway Mahiro Maeda (the director of Blue Submarine No. 6) manages to pull it off in Gankutsuou with style. The novel of course is none other than Three-Musketeer's author, Alexandre Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo (in case you somehow missed this series' title).

Here in the United States, this is a re-release by Funimation of an earlier Geneon DVD release of basically the same name. Side note: Geneon typically labeled the show Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo while Funimation flips the order to The Count of Monte Cristo: Gankutsuou. Other than that the only difference is that rather than spreading the 24 episodes across six discs, Funimation manages to do it in four (packaged in a pair of beautiful thin packs within a subtle cardboard outer case). The source material comes to us via the brilliant minds of Japanese anime studio Gonzo; who themselves bring a long list of unique, thought-provoking titles to the table (such as their 2007 anime adaptation of Romeo and Juliet).

This set, as has been the trend of late, contains virtually no extras to speak of although the language options are thorough (English dub and original Japanese with or without English subtitles).

The story is setup to appeal to fans of the original work and those with no prior exposure alike as it retains all of the key plot points but adds a few new elements and tells it from a totally different perspective (kind of like what John Gardener's novel Grendel does to the classic Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By trashcanman VINE VOICE on April 6, 2008
Format: DVD
Wow. This is the initial impression one gets upon stumbling onto this masterpiece of animation. The visuals of this television series are on par with anything I've ever seen anywhere in any format. Stylish, otherworldly, beautiful, and unique are just a few of the adjectives that I'd use to describe the look of this show; a retelling of the classic vengeance tale in a first-rate science fiction setting. In this version of Dumas' legendary story, the lust for vengeance is literally a malignant parasitic entity, Paris is the seat of earthly power, duels are settled in the most Japanese way possible (giant robots with swords!), and corrupt officials with falsified titles(and skeletons in their closets) tear each other to pieces grabbing at money and power. My kind of show.

Not enough can be said about the art and animation of this show. Colors go from muted to vibrant depending on the scene, CG is integrated seamlessly in truly creative ways, the character designs are among the finest I've seen in anime, even the backgrounds are outstanding. You could spend an entire show marvelling at any one aspect of the art design: the character's hair and costumes, their faces, the settings. Magnificent. But visuals alone don't make for a great show. Thankfully, the Gankutsuou universe is filled with endearing characters with well fleshed-out personalities, plenty of personal drama, and -as I mentioned- some serious skeletons hiding in their closets. The Count himself is an outstanding protagonist/sympathetic villain who carries himself with all the predatory charm of a suave vampire and even in his most heartless moments forces you to admire him. Pleasant and debonair one minute, sorrowful the next, and utterly menacing at other times, this is a great character, period.
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So what's the difference?
Nope, no differences. Funimation will repackage the set in two thin packs (each containing two discs) within a cool carboard slip case. Otherwise the Geneon (Gonzo) classic untouched.
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