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The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu

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His impact on Manga and Anime is impossible to measure. It was his work that changed the evolutionary path of Japanese animation that today sets it apart from all else. Anime Academy

Known as the god of manga and the father of anime, Tezuka Osamu (1928 1989) has created hundreds of comics, dozens of films, and even some television series (including such internationally beloved shows as ASTRO BOY and KIMBA THE WHITE LION.) His pioneering, unparalleled career is without rival for its extraordinary range of visual styles. Included in this set are some of Osamu s most legendary works, including Pictures at an Exhibition and Legend of the Forest. The former combines 10 individual short vignettes to create stunning visual riffs on classic fine art. But the 30-minute Legend of the Forest is the animator s masterpiece. An epic of forest faeries, sprites, wizards, and animals defending themselves against greedy industrialists bent on destroying nature, the film stylistically traces the evolution of animation from 19th-century etchings, to Disney and Fleischer cartoons, to contemporary anime. The animation in Legend of the Forest is as ravishing and inventive as anything seen in Disney s Fantasia. Kimstim and Kino are proud to release this astonishingly imaginative collection of Osamu s 13 most innovative pieces, many of which are the master s own personal favorites.

1. Tales of the Street Corner / 1962 / 16:9 / 39:04 / English Subtitles
2. Male / 1962 / 4:3 / 03:09 / English Subtitles
3. Memory / 1964 / 4:3 / 05:40 / English Subtitles
4. Mermaid / 1964 / 4:3 / 08:17 / No Dialog
5. The Drop / 1965 / 4:3 / 04:18 / No Dialog
6. Pictures at an Exhibition / 1966 / 16:9 / 32:56 / No dialog
7. The Genesis / 1968 / 4:3 / 04:02 / English Subtitles / B&W
8. Jumping / 1984 / 4:3 / 06:22 / No Dialog
9. Broken Down Film / 1985 / 4:3 / 05:42 / No Dialog / B&W
10. Push / 1987 / 4:3 / 04:16 / English Subtitles
11. Muramasa / 1987 / 16:9 / 08:42 / No Dialog
12. Legend of the Forest / 1987 / 16:9 / 29:25 / No Dialog
13. Self Portrait / 1988 / 0.13 / No Dialog

Also includes: Interview with Tezuka / 1986 / 4:3 / 18:19 / English Subtitles

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  • Directors: Tezuka Osamu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kimstim
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002B9Z51W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,624 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Berlinale on September 24, 2009
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A collection of thirteen animated films by the famed, so called, father of anime, these experimental films show what a prolific and creative stylist Tezuka really was. This is a must for any serious fan of animation. Legend of the Forest, a 30 min. epic on man vs nature if worth the price of the DVD alone. Astonishing is an understatement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TSOJ on March 19, 2014
This DVD has an 18-minute interview with Tezuka, back when he was still alive, on his views of experimental short animation (subtitled in English). This is what you should watch first. His view was that Japanese anime was hitting a wall in the 80's by focusing only on the domestic market, and that anime studios should be shooting for more of an international audience. Since that wasn't happening, he'd decided to be the one entering international festivals and start winning awards to show what anime can really accomplish. From his point of view, all of his TV work was specifically for raising money for his privately-funded festival entry works.

The one anime short that he talks about the most is Jumping (1984), which was the first one I'd seen by him. It's still my favorite. The animation is top-grade and the gag pieces are still funny after 30 years. Many of the shorts have an environmental theme, as well as showing "man's inhumanity towards his fellow man". His messages continue to ring true today.

If you like animation of any kind, then you owe it to yourself to get this DVD. I'd give it 5 stars, but the timing on the subtitles from kimstim is really, really off in several of the shorts.
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