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King of Thorn (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2012)

Sendai Eri , Kana Hanazawa , Kazyoshi Katayama  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sendai Eri, Kana Hanazawa, Jamie Marchi, Toshiyuki Morikawa
  • Directors: Kazyoshi Katayama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008D1RCKY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,758 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Kazuyoshi Katayama, the director of Appleseed and the Big O series unleashes a violent survival film in which the distinction between dream and reality dissolves. Panic spreads worldwide as the Medousa Virus-a fatal pandemic that solidifies the body to stone-threatens to wipe out the human race. 160 infected individuals are selected to be cryogenically frozen while a cure is developed. Kasumi is one of those chosen for the experimental program. Forced to enter without her twin sister, Shizuku, her distress multiplies when she awakens to find the facility overrun with thick, thorny vines and ravenous monsters. As Kasumi and six others fight a losing battle to escape this labyrinthine nightmare, questions cloud her distorted mind. Where is her sister? Why did their only salvation mutate into a deathtrap? If they survive, how much longer do they have to live?

Adapted from the manga by Yuji Iwahara, King of Thorn (2009) is a violent science fiction adventure that plays off the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty." In late 2012, humanity is attacked by what appears to be a deadly microbe: Acquired Cellular Induration Syndrome, usually called the Medousa [sic] Virus, because its victims turn to stone. Three years later, 160 mismatched people are flown to a computer-controlled cryogenic facility in a Scottish castle, where they will sleep for up to a century--or until a cure is found. When they awaken 48 hours later, the castle is a ruin engulfed in brambles and stalked by deadly monsters. Four survivors fight and scramble their way through the castle, trying to discover the source of the terrors that surround them: British military ace Marco Owen; Katherine Turner, a woman mourning her lost son; Timothy, a boy who's a video game ace; and Kasumi Ishiki, a Japanese teenager. King of Thorn offers a plethora of elaborate CG effects but little in the way of coherent storytelling. There are Raptor-like monsters, flying creatures that suggest Pokémon Zubats gone bad, and miles of spikey vines that metamorphose into an enormous dragon. Director Kazuyoshi Katayama apparently believes if one special effect is good, two effects must be better, and six better yet. Floors and walls crumble, vines whip after the people, squadrons of skeletal creatures attack, and floods repeatedly sweep through the castle. How all these horrors relate to the virus, which is really an entity from outer space, Timothy's video game, and/or the fantasies of Kasumi's twin sister Shizuku, is anybody's guess. Viewers will either cheer King of Thorn as an intriguing thrill ride or dismiss it as an incomprehensible gore-fest. (Rated TV MA: profanity, graphic violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Astounding! July 13, 2013
By Abby
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I have never heard of this, but I saw a trailer, and instantly bought it on a whim, and I have to say I am very happy with my purchase! It is a great movie, the animation is flawless and very artsy with some CGI put into it. The story is very in-depth and the characters are unique and pull the story along quite nicely. Anyone looking for a strange, creative, fantastic, anime to jump into should definitely buy this, it will not disappoint you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars King of thorns (combo) April 20, 2013
By Vandrek
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This is a good anime that is entertaining to watch.
animation if very good, and the story well thought out.
Happy to have added it to my collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better then expected. April 18, 2013
By Sam
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The movie it self was well made and I did enjoy that I was not able to completely predict the plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing April 18, 2013
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It was great, had some amazing twists. And the animation was great, the story kinda confuses you alittle. because it moves so fast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot, but not much of a re-watch January 2, 2014
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The animation was fine and the story was interesting, with a provocative twist at the end. But having seen the ending I can't imagine sitting through it over and over again. We watched it once and then sold it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie August 23, 2013
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This is one of my favorite anime movies by far the art and animation are amazing not to mention the story line kept me hooked through out the whole movie. This movie is definitely not for young children because of all the blood scenes but its not gore. The ending got a little confusing at first but then it all worked out in the end a 9.5/10
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Dissapointing January 5, 2014
By Rod
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I got this on the strength of the good reviews and awards conferred. I found the movie to be completely incomprehensible and not the least bit entertaining.

Not my cup of tea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie and a Better Manga. June 7, 2014
By Kimmy
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I really liked this movie. The suprises were refreshing because they caught me off guard instead of them being cliche and predictable. This movie is based off of a manga and after watching it I read the manga to see if they were different. The manga is much better in comparison but that was not a suprise because of the differences in length. I thought the movie did a good job of using the story in the manga and editing it to suit its needs. This is not to say that they didn't edit quite a bit because they did but, I liked both forms of this story. I would reccommend watching the movie and then reading the manga so you are not dissappointed with the changes that were made to the movie's story because you will probably love the manga as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars if you loved the movie read the manga ;)
I bought the movie because I love the manga! The movie is very similar but the manga goes deeper into the story line and the order of events are different. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Adrianne
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok movie the plot not good.
Published 19 days ago by jim christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
This was a gift for our daughter and she loved it good quality and fast shipping
Published 2 months ago by Steven W. Fidler
4.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT CONDITION! I really like the movie
PERFECT CONDITION! I really like the movie, though the ending did confuse a bit, I advise people to buy this :)
Published 2 months ago by Chapel Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a lot going on in this movie.
I enjoy getting my mind tossed around a couple times and stomped on and having to rewatch movies again to completely understand them. This movie was perfect for that. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Damara Gregory
3.0 out of 5 stars it did not live up to its manga counter part but still a good movie
i read the manga and watch this and i was a little disappointed. but as a movie by itself, it was really good. i recommend it to any anime fan/collector.
Published 7 months ago by Travis Phoebus
4.0 out of 5 stars King of Thorn (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
I like the artwork and story of the film. I will
tale my friends to buy it.

I love it.
Published 7 months ago by Stephen Gonsalves
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Movie!
This is a really interesting movie but the voice acting to me was terrible! i should have watched it in subtitles but besides that, i thought it was still a great movie, Plus was... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brittany ancrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to watch twice to get it
I watched it twice as after the first I knew I missed some of the story or sub-stories or something. I'm still not sure I get it all, but was a good watch.
Published 8 months ago by jda
5.0 out of 5 stars King of Thorn
An a way it was a sify but contemporari with all the things we hear now days .
I loved the story and the characters the art it is not a run of the mill anime and those are the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by E.B.
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TV-MA covers a huge range - Darker Than Black is TV-MA yet has hardly any profanity. I suppose it's just a choice the translator/director made.
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