Spriggan (Special Edition)
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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.
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.
"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).Read more ›
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.
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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Outstanding anime, one of the best I ever watched. People slept on this one.Published 12 months ago by Miguel Wilder
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 morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Trish
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 morePublished on November 21, 2013 by VIc
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 on August 4, 2013 by Cash A. Echevarria
couldnt download off internet so i bought it. good condition even comes with OST cd even though i wont ever use itPublished on May 14, 2013 by aaron smith
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 morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I was very satisfied the product and the speed I received it I would do business with them again, I was very satisfiedPublished on February 16, 2013 by Jerry L. Wescott
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 morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Eye0000
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 morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Einsatz
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