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From critically-acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell). At the dawn of the millennium in Tokyo, advanced robotic vehicles called Labors are heavily relied upon to build fortifications to project Japan from global rising sea levels. A maverick team from the Metropolitan Police led by Noa Izumi and Azuma Shinohara uncover a devilish scheme to infect Tokyo's 8,000 Labors with the BABEL virus. As a powerful typhoon approaches Tokyo and the apocalyptic vision of a dead man begins, the team must locate and destroy the source of the virus, the giant Babylon Project Tower in the heart of Tokyo Bay, before 8,000 Labors go berserk!

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  • Actors: Toshio Furukawa, David Jarvis, Doug Erholtz, Mîna Tominaga, Briony Glassco
  • Directors: Mamoru Oshii
  • Writers: Kazunori Itô, Masami Yûki
  • Producers: Makoto Kubo, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Shin Unozawa, Taro Maki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • 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: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E5LF0A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This is one of the best anime i have ever seen.
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The movie is fantastic, with a great plot and excellent animation quality.
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Came in on time and no problems with the packaging.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Cowden on April 27, 2006
Format: DVD
This is the way "Patlabor 1" _should_ have been treated in an English-language release. This film is the foundation of Mamoru Oshii's signature style, which would be perfected in "Patlabor 2" and then reach international attention with the later "Ghost in the Shell" and "Innocence" features.

The new translation of the dialogue offers far more detail than the old version from the late '90s by Manga Entertainment, Bandai Visual USA seems to have really wanted to make a mark with this first release for the new company, and they achieved this.

The film itself is a classic Oshii blend of philosophy and action, based upon the characters he helped introduce with the "Patlabor: The Original Series" OVA, but turning the focus of the show from the adventures of the Patlabor cast to an introspective look at where Tokyo (and humanity in general) was heading. Many elements were far ahead of their time; today threats of killer computer viruses are common; all of us deal with them in our email accounts, but in 1989 the internet was in its early public infancy, and the idea of someone creating a virus to spread death and destruction was a fantastic concept. The fact that humanity's inventions could so easily be taken from their pure helpful purposes and turned to nefarious ends was a relatively new idea, one which challenged the prevailing viewpoint that humanity would only be helped and assisted by its new technological creations.

This release sets a new standard for how high-profile titles should be released, and I hope that it is a precedent that will be followed commonly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ZombieHunter02 on June 17, 2013
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I became addicted to this series after watching the original ova on it blu-ray release recently and i cant believe what I've been missing! This is one of the best anime i have ever seen.Ghost in the shell has always been a master piece and i had no idea that this was what its roots were in. This series is slowly passing gundam as my favorite mech anime. This edition of the film is a must own at the current price point of sub-$20 as it is amazing. the extras are more than are found with most $150 game special editions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jae on March 26, 2014
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The animation itself is a worth watching over and over and appreciating as a classic.
Plus the Conti booklet and Color Archive booklet is quite enjoyable indeed.
It would have been totally much better if the Archive booklet was on a large magazine size print which has been published with the same contents in different countries.
But it's still very good and it's a steal at this price.
Personally, Patlabor 2 is my recommendation if you're new to Patlabor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. on January 23, 2013
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I wasn't expecting much, but this anime surprised me.
The animation is good (for the time) but it is pretty good in other respects (writing, pacing, plot).
I highly recommend it to people who've enjoyed Ghost in the Shell or the other Stand Alone Complex anime.
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So much has already been said about how great this movie is, I don't feel I have much to add there. It is indeed a must-see. I have just recently discovered the Patlabor series and I am hooked. It is one of the best series ever.
I am going to concern my review, then, with a quick comparison of the audio/video between this release and the Manga Video release. First off, the audio. (I am speaking purely about the Japanese audio; the English dubs for all Patlabor releases have been so excruciatingly awful that they are best simply ignored.) If you are looking to watch the movie in its original Japanese soundtrack, you are out of luck. What you have here (and in ANY 5.1 surround audio version of this film) is a Japanese track that was recorded years later, specifically so the DVD could have 5.1 sound. It's not bad, and in fact is the exact same original Japanese cast, but I am simply trying to make fans aware who may wish to know about these things before they buy. It is, in fact, a very well-done dub and in most cases is pretty close to the original, although there are lines that are noticeably different in their delivery (one that is nearly shouted as opposed to delivered more casually in the original, for example). It would have been nice if they'd included the original Japanese stereo soundtrack, and there is plenty of unused space on this DVD, so data size is definitely not the issue. If you are looking for the original Japanese soundtrack, the only US DVD release you can find it on is the now out of print Manga Video edition.
As for the video: yes, the remaster looks fantastic on this release, but in comparing it to the Manga release one thing becomes glaringly obvious. The new remaster gives the movie a very washed out look, colour-wise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taltos on December 29, 2013
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This is not only a decent movie, but a great set. I love the additional materials and have loved reading them. A nice addition to supplement the movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe on February 26, 2014
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Bought it mostly for the books that came with it. Always loved Patlabor and there's a lot of interesting material there, all translated.
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