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Paprika [Blu-ray] (2007)

Megumi Hayashibara , Tôru Emori , Satoshi Kon  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Tôru Furuya, Kôichi Yamadera
  • Directors: Satoshi Kon
  • Writers: Satoshi Kon, Seishi Minakami, Yasutaka Tsutsui
  • Producers: Jungo Maruta, Masao Takiyama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Korean
  • Dubbed: Cantonese, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VWYJ5Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,648 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Paprika [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Filmmaker Commentary
The Making of Paprika
A Conversation about the "Dream"
The Dream CG World
The Art of Fantasy
Storyboard Comparisons

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Prepare to enter the realm of fantasy and imagination -- where reality and dreams collide in a kaleidoscopic mindscape of sheer visual genius. The magical tale centers on a revolutionary machine that allows scientists to enter and record a subject's dream. After being stolen, a fearless detective and brilliant therapist join forces to recover the device -- before it falls into the hands of a "dream terrorist" in this gripping anime thriller from acclaimed director Satoshi Kon.

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96 of 104 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In dreams September 26, 2007
It's no secret amongst fans of intelligent, adult sci-fi that some of the best genre films these days aren't originating from Hollywood, but rather from the masters of Japanese anime. Films like "Akira " and "Ghost in the Shell" display a quality of writing and visual imagination that few "live action" productions (post "Blade Runner") can touch.

One of the most adventurous anime directors is Satoshi Kon. In previous work like his incredibly dense and ambitious TV miniseries "Paranoia Agent", and in several feature films, Kon has displayed a flair for coupling complex characterization with a neo-realistic visual style that tends to make me forget that I'm watching an "anime". Most of Kon's work up until this point has drawn on genres that one does not typically associate with anime: adult drama ("Tokyo Godfathers"), film noir ("Perfect Blue"), psychological thriller ("Paranoia Agent") and character study ("Millennium Actress").

Kon's latest film, "Paprika" is actually the first of his animes that I would categorize as "sci-fi"... and it's a doozy.

A team of scientists develops an interface device called the "DC mini" that facilitates the transference of dreams from one person to another. This "dream machine" is designed primarily for use by psychotherapists; it allows them to literally experience a patient's dreams and take a closer look "under the hood", if you will. In the wrong hands, however, this could potentially become a very dangerous tool.

As you have likely already guessed, "someone" has hacked into a "DC mini" and started to wreak havoc with people's minds.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful

Paprika is simply the most compelling work of anime and science fiction I have seen in a long time. It may not be easily understood. But it's so amazingly animated and imaginative it has become my personal favorite.

The story is based upon a new invention, the DC Mini, that allows people to enter and experience each other's dreams. The idea is for therapists to enter a patient's dreams to aid with analysis and treatment. But the invention falls into the wrong hands and causes an epidemic. Psychotherapist Atsuko Chiba uses her alter-identity, Paprika, to investigate the nightmare and track down the abusers of the DC Mini.

Most of the story takes place within people's dreams, which allows for some amazing "Alice in Wonderland" type dream imagery. It all ties in with the story. Anybody who has ever read a book on dreams or tried to figure out their own will get a kick out of this.

One thing that I really liked about the story is that it's both playful and grown up at the same time. They resist the need for unnecessary emphasis on sex that is often used in many anime films. Several of the main characters are women, but they wear real clothes. There is almost no nudity to speak of, the only exception being a dream sequence that ties in with the story.

Music is used minimally. There is some cool Japanese electro-pop that plays at a few select points in the background. Still, there could have been a lot more music in the movie. The moderate use of music seems to have been done to make you focus on the images, and the effect is a good one.

Sony Pictures Classics has done an amazing job with the DVD transfer. The images are beautiful and crisp.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
So the psychologists have invented a "DC-Mini" machine that lets the therapist enter another person's dreams. The only teensiest problem is that it also lets the dreams OUT of the dreamer's mind. And once outside, the dreams coalesce in vivid colors and shapes and then run around loose on the streets of Tokyo. Fortunately for civic order and sanity, Paprika, the flirty and delightful goddess of the Dreamtime, comes along too...

It's a good thing she does, because the Bad Guys have stolen three DC-Mini machines, which - bad planning, this - don't have access controls. So Dr. Chiba, the woman psychologist, and her co-worker, Dr. Tokita, who invented the contraption to begin with, have to chase down the thieves. But they have help from Detective Konokawa, provided he's not dreaming that he's Tarzan swinging through the vines carrying Dr. Chiba, and the two bartenders of a bar located somewhere in the Dreamtime, done with cameo voice acting performances by Satoshi Kon, the director, and Yasutaka Tsutsui, the author of the original novel. Meanwhile, outside - well, it's not really clear what "outside" means anymore - the dreams are bringing dolls, refrigerators, umbrellas, mailboxes, vending machines all to life in a vast and enthusiastically noisy procession through Tokyo. And, as the Bad Guys start gaining control, people commit suicide too, because sometimes dreams are nightmares.

Paprika herself simply runs away with the film. She and Dr. Chiba are alter-egos - which is *not* the same as saying that Paprika is merely Dr. Chiba looking a bit dreamier. Paprika really is a goddess - "kami" in Japanese - of the Dreamtime, and the ending alone is worth the price of the film.

But don't expect psychobabble from "Paprika.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed by all in the family
Very interesting movie, enjoyed by all in the family.
Published 5 hours ago by alfonso cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very imaginary.
Published 2 days ago by Julianne M Bach
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie is great and will make you laugh a it's playfulness.
Published 19 days ago by Candice Havel
3.0 out of 5 stars Style, and some substance
I bought this on word of mouth and being a fan of media such as Ghost in the Shell I figured it was a worthwhile gamble. Read more
Published 21 days ago by mjk280
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan of Satoshi Kon!
Love this movie! And what can I say, this is one of the best movie that you need to be a fan of!
Published 23 days ago by Fan reader
4.0 out of 5 stars What a trip!
Paprika is an enjoyable movie, but not a good introduction to anime. Unless your favorite movies are The Yellow Submarine and Eraserhead.
Published 1 month ago by Randomnerd
5.0 out of 5 stars A cartoon with a Matrix twist
Wow this movie actually was worth watching and had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing how it will end. Read more
Published 1 month ago by d2f
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good product recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Carlos Ramirez
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully animated but without a particularly satisfying plot
The movie is very artistic and definitely a sight to see, but I was a bit confused about what point it was trying to make. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gil Caspi
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST Anime Films!
If there's someone in your life that hasn't been introduced to anime yet, this is the way to do it. This movie is the epitome of all things Japanese animation is at its finest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Megan
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Product info wrong. There really are four audio tracks.
Here are the Blu-ray specs:

Video: 1080p, 1.85:1
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, Chinese Mandarin/Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH,... Read More
Oct 5, 2009 by Ender84 |  See all 4 posts
black bars on left and right sides?
Mine fills up the whole screen.
Jul 16, 2011 by F. Hamel |  See all 2 posts
I can't believe Amazon allow this kind of seller exist...
I wonder why this listing even exists. Was there supposed to be a re-release of Paprika on BluRay that got cancelled?

As for the seller. You know the old saying, "A fool and his money are soon parted."
Jan 4, 2010 by C. Fox |  See all 3 posts
Anime is dead!
Don't feed the troll.
Jul 22, 2010 by Jackie Lee |  See all 4 posts
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