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Spriggan (Special Edition) (2001)

J.D. Hawkins , Chris Patton , Hirotsugu Kawasaki  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: J.D. Hawkins, Chris Patton, Kevin Corn, Ted Pfister, Andy McAvin
  • Directors: Hirotsugu Kawasaki
  • Writers: Hirotsugu Kawasaki, Yasutaka Itô
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000767QRW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,233 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spriggan (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Monstrous half-human cyborgs face off against Earth's ultimate defenders, the secret organization known as ARCAM and their elite agents, the Spriggan in an epic duel with the future of our species as the prize! Will we become slaves to these cyborgs or will freedom prevail?

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action movie--but ONLY an action movie September 17, 2005
By oldcrow
Spriggan is a fast-paced action story with beautiful animation. However, that's ALL it is. If you're looking for an entertaining story filled with lively and well drawn fight scenes, then this is for you. However, characterization is limited, and in some cases non-existent. The plot is simple and leaves areas outside the main plotline almost completely unexplored. There is also no romantic angle to it.

In other words, this movie is good at what it is, which is a pure shoot 'em up adventure film complete with everything from car chases to gun battles to knife fights. It doesn't pretend to be anything other than that.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Animated Action Movie April 23, 2002
This anime is exactly like your typical action movie, only animated. It's got your stereotypical characters - super soldier, psychic kid, evil government branch, old scientist dude and some French guy. There are many explosions! It is very well animated and fun to watch, but the plot will leave you a little confused on the details and has a high corniness quotient. The ending especially was like a string of cliches, while at the same time not making a lot of sense.
The one feature that makes it stand out is the dub sounds great! I hardly ever watch dubs because they usually do not begin to compare to the Japanese version, but all the actors in the Spriggan dub did a wonderful job!! The voices fit the characters (perhaps better than the originals), and the acting was on the mark.
I do have a complaint about the DVD menus, which is the text is so small I had a difficult time reading it. My tv is of a decent size, so I have no idea why they chose to make the writing so tiny. Besides that, the extras were ok, but there wasn't much of them.
This was fun to watch once, but I doubt I will watch it again. It's a nice rental. If you enjoy action movies even if they are a little cliched, you will probably have fun watching this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FIGHT FOR HUMANITY BEGINS HERE! August 13, 2008
Back in 1998, "SPRIGGAN" was an anime hyped for it's beautiful animation, based on a very successful manga series and of course, the people behind it.

"SPRIGGAN" was directed by first-time director Hirotsugu Kawasaki and supervised by Katsuhiro Otomo (the creator of "Akira") and is based on a manga "Striker" by by Chu Takasige and Ryoji Minagawa which appeared on the publication "Shonen Sunday".

Suffice to say, the anime made headlines when there was a major bidding war over the rights to make the movie.

With Otomo and Kawasaki at the helm together with the animators of Studio 4°C, "SPRIGGAN" was a film to utilize traditional cel animation with computer animation which was very significant at the time.
As for the story behind "SPRIGGAN", athe top of the world, the ancient artifact known as Noah's Ark has been uncovered.

It is said that the artifact elevates its keeper to the status of a god or it can be used to eliminate mankind from the Earth in seconds.
The race is on as two secret organizations go to battle in their efforts to recover the lost artifact - one seeks to destroy it, and the other wants enslave the human race!

It is a battle between the half-human cyborgs versus the secret organization known as ARCAM and their elite agents, the Spriggan in an epic duel for the future of humanity.

The original DVD release of "SPRIGGAN" from ADV Films was back in 2001. In 2005, a special edition has been released which features a new DTS soundtrack, the original CD soundtrack and two audio commentaries. One by the ADR director and engineer, the other by two of the English voice actors (Chris Patton and Kelly Manison).
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No pretense April 11, 2002
Spriggan is an excellent work in the super soldier anime genre. Based off the manga by Takashige and Minagawa (who are now making the best selling manga "Arms"), Spriggan has some subtle themes but by no means is challenging. The story is pretty fast paced with a fight scene punctuating every 5-8 minutes of plot development. A nice touch is that the good guys aren't really all that good ^_^
The ending is a little hokey but the combat scenes are unparralleled! Highly detailed, incredibly articulated and dynamic animation. As some one who's worked at some US animation shops I can say this is some of the best stuff I've seen in the past few years (in terms of the motion)...think Cowboy Bebop level of quality.
The non-action stuff is also beautiful compositionally. Kawasaki, the director, keeps his pallette very desaturated so it has a slighlty melencholoy feel to it. The soundtrack is also worth mentioning as it is very, very good. Maybe one of the best action movie soundtracks I have ever heard. I saw this on the big screen in Japan when it came out and saw it a few times since at various festivals (subtitled). I have enjoyed every screening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many holes to story... November 29, 2002
This movie was lacking a couple of things. It was a great concept and story, but really need some filling to make it a worthy anime. I liked the "ark theory," that was a rather creative concept. The English dub over for the weird bubble boy did a nice job. However, there was just too much jumping around in the story. One minute you were viewing the main character leaving a room and the next minute he was on a plane with no indication when, where and why. It almost got to a point where you did not care. And leave it to anime writers to come up with some sort of cheesy method to make a young teenager have super human strength. But I guess that is pretty typical anime.
Regardless of all the negatives, I would casually recommend this anime. Watch it to experience it. The big explosions may make up for the small story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Spriggan movie
I do love this movie; it's a bit on the gruesome side at times, but somehow I still love it. It's slightly strange anime at some of it's grittiest (try Akira if you want something... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Trish the Fish
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Classic! I was looking for this for the longest time. Went to Suncoast and they said it is out of print. I was pretty bummed when I found that out. Read more
Published 11 months ago by VIc
5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy!
This is one of the greats a must own for anime lovers and animation experts alike. Heavy action, beautiful visuals and crazy good story! A follow up would be greatly welcome.
Published 14 months ago by Cash A. Echevarria
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
couldnt download off internet so i bought it. good condition even comes with OST cd even though i wont ever use it
Published 17 months ago by aaron smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Was there a show too?
If there was a show to go with this movie then... it is awesome. The action is sweet and the animation is freaking sweet. the story is... good?. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rory B Bellows
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I was very satisfied the product and the speed I received it I would do business with them again, I was very satisfied
Published 20 months ago by Jerry L. Wescott
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this classic
I have been waiting a long time to get this feature and it was well worth the wait. The story, while not bad, may not be to everyones liking, but was totally enjoyable to me. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Eye0000
2.0 out of 5 stars "Enough is enough."
This is probably one of the few times that a DVD cover illustration gave an accurate indication of what the movie inside was like; in this case a frantic, sprawling, mishmash of... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Manga at it's best
Great desing and imagination.Good story, action and personalities.Hope there were more anime like this.Still waiting on a sequel. Shipping great and quick.
Published 21 months ago by Eloy A Gonzalez Cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars Spriggan
This is a really cool film, and the fight scenes are sweet. I hear the animator or creator of this was the one who did Akira too. Read more
Published 22 months ago by joe
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