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Gunhed

Brenda Bakke , Mickey Curtis , Alan Smithee , James Bannon  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Brenda Bakke, Mickey Curtis, James Brewster Thompson, Kaori Mizushima, Doll Nguyen
  • Directors: Alan Smithee, James Bannon, Masato Harada
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Adv Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00062J0CQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,896 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Four stars for the movie; two stars for the DVD release January 11, 2012
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We all have our guilty pleasures. I saw "Gunhed" back in 1989 when it opened in Okinawa City, Okinawa. I had seen a huge write-up in NEWTYPE magazine and having been a fan of Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot since childhood, I just had to see this "giant robot" movie. Some buddies and I went on a quest to find it, and I was thrilled that we made the effort. I've seen the Japanese version of Gunhed numerous times, and I have to admit that I still don't understand the logic of Kyron's scheme to take over the world. I don't get why Seven's mouth glows, or why she needs to stand over the vial of Texmexium when the clock runs out. But that's okay. Gunhed satisfied my urge to see a kick-butt big robot movie. That half the dialogue was in English with Japanese "side-titles" was a bonus.

ADV Films' Gunhed DVD (2004 release) was something I'd anticipated for, literally, years. And although I was disappointed about the initial information I'd managed to glean about the DVD (full frame, English dub), I was nevertheless encouraged because I was really impressed with how well ADV did with--and how much work they put into--the new Gamera Trilogy. But from the very first seconds of the DVD, I knew something had gone terribly wrong.

The source print is terrible; the picture is too bright and the colors are desaturated. The transfer is blurry, as if you're watching through a dirty window. (My 20-year-old VHS copy of the original Japanese laserdisc far surpasses this DVD.) The title credits are jumpy and smeared. Also, the name "Alan Smithee" has obviously been superimposed over director Masato Harada's name.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Loosely-based on the manga books by Kia Asamiya, the basic premise of this film is that a gang of scavengers lands on what they think is a deserted island that was used to build war machines by automation, with the hope to find a treasure trove in abandoned military hardware that they can resell on the black market.

Unfortunately they don't know that the island is not only still alive with activity, but it is well-guarded by the previous inhabitants, and the survivors end up having to enlist the services of a Gun UNit/Heavy Elimination Device (GUNHED) battle robot in order to fight back against the forces left on the island.

This reminds me a lot of the Toho movies like Godzilla or such. Except instead of giant mutated monsters you have giant autonomous weapons. One thing that was really fun about watching this movie was the amount of effort that was put into the set design. You really get the feeling that the characters have stepped into a large factory that has danger at every turn. The Gunhed robot itself has a real sense of scale, and there are some funny dialogue interchanges between the pilot and the GUNHED AI computer.

There are a couple of scenes which could have been done better, and some of the script is muddled at best. Many of the characters aren't given much development time either, so you wonder if they were needed at all or if somehow they had larger roles but due to budget constraints, they couldn't be given more screen time (as such, they are given quick exits, conveniently provided for by the environment).

In short, if you like Japanese robot design, model robot building, or sci-fi action in general, you might like this film. There is only one volume of this DVD by the way, and this is the complete movie itself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars GUNHED returns November 14, 2004
I didnt know there was more than one of these. But the DVD is called Volume 1 here. Its a so-so giant robot film from Toho that was released in 1988.

The so called "robots" really just move like stiff tanks on stubby legs, so dond expect anything like a Mechagodzilla in this film. The story is set in that same

dark and dirty technological noir future seen in films like Blade Runner and Aliens.

I guess this was cutting edge at the time, but this film didnt make it stateside until the mid '90s. American films from this period such as Robocop and Robot Jox are far more satisfying, as this movie is snail paced and somewhat hard to follow, possibly because of the dubbing. Not a horrible movie but its not in league with Toho's best. Buy Returner instead.
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