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Revolutionary Girl Utena - The Rose Collection/The Movie Boxed Set


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A surreal coming-of-age fairy tale from the Director of Sailor Moon. Utena is a spirited schoolgirl with an unusual dream: to become a heroic prince who saves damsels in distress! Although it seems impossible, her goal is closer than she can imagine. When Utena befriends a shy girl named Anthy, she unlocks a hidden word of swordfights, enchantment and danger!

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  • Actors: Leah Applebaum, Roxanne Beck, Sharon Becker, Crispin Freeman, Yuriko Fuchizaki
  • Directors: Akihiko Nishiyama, Hayato Date, Hiroaki Sakurai, Katsushi Sakurabi, Kunihiko Ikuhara
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Software Sculptors
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001EQIJ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,998 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Revolutionary Girl Utena - The Rose Collection/The Movie Boxed Set" on IMDb

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dematrah on May 22, 2006
This boxed set comes with the first thirteen episodes of the series and the movie. In the episodes, we start out differently from the original story in the manga, but it does tend to run parallel with it. The movie is a whole different story, almost literally. With stunning visuals and beautiful animation, The Adolesence of Utena offers a different approach to the whole story itself. The characters have obviously grown in different ways, but haven't changed completely. To some, the movie seems "weird", "stupid" and "unnecessary", but the very basic of ideas is to follow the symbolism, just as in the series. The movie explains some of the things that may have not been so clear in the series, and adds more to it in its own way (or continues an idea, such as Nanami!Cow). I've seen some personal reviews with their own ideas and explanations of the meaning of all the symbolism, and most of them thankfully add just that much more to the story.

On a personal note, I love the music throughout the series, but absolutely adore the movie soundtrack. I thoroughly recommend the manga, episodes, movie, and sountracks.

To add any and/or all of these to your current collection(s) is a very good idea, to those who aren't opposed to a few new (and open-minded) ideas...
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Erin McPherson on April 10, 2005
I think that the beginning of the series, included here, is the most widely liked portion of this anime. Later on the series becomes darker and (it is possible) stranger, and less appropriate for younger audiences.

I also loved the movie, but understand that those people who haven't seen the series seldom understand or like the movie. The reason is that here the movie is essentially the entire series metaphorically presented in less than two hours. If you don't know what's going on, you're not going to get it from the movie. That said I thought it was a fantastic (graphically and otherwise) way to present the story. It doesn't add to the storyline, nor does it try to do a full arc of the series in coherent movie format, it just presents it differently. (I also loved the car-thing, what a great way for her to rescue Anthy!)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "phleeds" on May 17, 2004
Utena is a fabulous series with great animation, music, characters and plot. The Rose Collection is a bargain especially the Limited Edition Movie that comes with it. Utena is very unique and individual, no other anime compares to this entirely. Highly Recommended.
For complete reviews on Utena, check out AnimeOnDVD.com for a full analysis.
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This set includes two DVDs of episodes of the Revolutionary Girl Utena anime series, and a disc with Adolescence of Utena (the Revolutionary Girl Utena movie).

I enjoyed the episodes of the anime series in the set. However, I was extremely frustrated by the fact that there are no chapter marks for the episodes. The special features on the disc really weren't very impressive. "The Cast" features six of the characters; when you select one of the characters, you just see a brief scene featuring that character. Personally, I thought this feature was rather pointless.

On both discs of episodes, you can also see the songs from the English dub of the anime of the various duels. This was a nice idea in theory, but it doesn't work very well. The dialogue for the duels is left in, which already makes it hard enough to hear the songs. But the audio quality for most of the songs in this feature is rather low and muffled, which makes this feature almost unlistenable.

When it comes to movie, I really didn't care for it. A number of changes were made to the characters, whether it was in their design or in their backstories. I ultimately have to look at Adolescence of Utena as a kind of "warp speed, alternate timeline" movie.

Overall, this is a decent collection if you enjoy the series.
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By P. Suber II on February 13, 2005
This movie explains everything that Utena is about - how could you call it unnecessary? I thought the movie was really important to understanding all of the themes and symbolism in the show! I don't think there was any way to have explained it better. And I really liked the car part, even thought EVERYONE seemed to hate it. I thought the car scene was well animated, like the rest of Utena. I guess becuase of everyone else's reviews, I had low expectations for the car scene. I was pleasantly surprised by it once I finally did see it. Plus, along with the beginning of Utena, this is a good package. But again, I have to stress some of the other reviewers' points when they say that Utena is an adult show with themes that would be wasted on children under 17. Great, if you have an open mind.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Vargo on March 14, 2007
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Of all the anime that exists, Utena is definitely not among the more normal types. The same themes that exist within others of gender-bending, reclassifications and relationship twists exists within this series as well. Another commonality is the awesome animation, storyline, and abundant creativity involved in creating this unique series. Each set is watchable on its own. But the best experience comes from watching all of them. This is the start of the adventure.
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