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  • Actors: Mitsuru Miyamoto, Steve Blum, Akiko Yajima, Motomu Kiyokawa, Tesshô Genda
  • Writers: Chiaki Konaka, Hajime Yatate, Kei'ichi Hasegawa, Masanao Akahoshi, Shin Yoshida
  • Producers: Charles McCarter, Chieo Ôhashi, Eiji Sashida
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NX1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,450 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Big O, Vol. 3" on IMDb

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  • Testless opening
  • Staff interviews

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Life gets more and more interesting everyday for Paradigm City's top negotiator. But when Dorothy finds a stray cat and brings it home - it makes everyone happy, until an older couple shows up claiming to be the parents of the cat - the cat isn't really a cat at all... but a boy! When the cat/boy is kidnapped, Roger and Dorothy come to the rescue and discover that someone has been genetically engineering these creatures. How does Roger go from rescuing kidnapees to becoming a kidnapper himself?!

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"Negotiator" Roger Smith uses his giant robot, the Megadeus, to fight crime in the amnesiac world of Paradigm City. A mad scientist tries to re-create a kitten from human tissue in "Missing Cat." A screechy kidnapper bedevils Roger in "Beck Comes Back," and Smith's former boss, Major Datsun, is haunted by a spectral image that may be a lost memory or an illusion in "Winter Night Phantom." In the latter episode, the filmmakers appropriate images of Jacqueline Kennedy and John-John at JFK's funeral--an egregious lapse of taste. This popular mecha detective series suffers from a visual discontinuity: the designs of Roger and the other regular characters display an art deco elegance, but the villains and minor characters are drawn in a more cartoony style. The results are as incongruous as pitting the Archies against Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop. Rated 13 Up: Violence, minor profanity, alcohol and tobacco use. --Charles Solomon

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The overall plot concerns Roger Smith, a freelance negotiator who settles disputes for a fee.
Andy Tatnall
A great episode overall, if only because of the increased character development, interaction (chemistry) between Roger and Dorothy, and some exquisite dialog.
Strategos
The music is elegant and haunting, and the voices are simply marvelous and lend worlds to the characters.
Adrian Black

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Tatnall on August 14, 2001
"The Big O" volume 3 contains acts 8-10 of this (far too short) 13-episode series. In my opinion, these three episodes are some of the best in the series, including "Missing Cat" which gives some of the best insight into the Roger-Dorothy relationship. It's annoying that Bandai couldn't put more than 3 episodes on this disc considering that there's not much in the way of extras, but the series is worth it anyway.
The overall plot concerns Roger Smith, a freelance negotiator who settles disputes for a fee. His ace in the hole is Big O, a giant "megadeus" robot he pilots when his wits alone aren't enough. The setting is Paradigm City, the last civilized place left in the world after a planetwide catastrophe 40 years in the past that left the earth in ruin and caused all the citizens of Paradigm to lose their memory. Since no one really knows what happened, the city lacks any history, and people get by merely by trying not to think about it. It's a fascinating plot device that Roger ponders many times throughout the series.
If you haven't picked up the first two volumes of this series, I definitely recommend giving them a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Strategos on May 4, 2005
The third dvd in the Big O's first season is quite possibly the best of the four, and it's easy to see why. While the first two discs have us action, style, and mystery, the character development didn't really kick in fully. Now we finally get some REAL insight into the characters of Roger and Dorothy... and a certain Military Policeman who's caught in the stuggle to keep order in a city constantly under attack.

The first episode starts with Dorothy finding a stray cat (a rare and valuable creature in Paradigm City), and it seemingly unlocks memories from inside of her. She starts showing affectionate behavior toward the cat, and starts whistling a tune and speculating about what her life means. The great thing is that both her and Roger start thinking about whether the memories that seem to be surfacing are hers... or come from the dead girl she was modeled after. All that is just preparation for another mystery to be solved and another maniac to stop however, as it is revealed that the cat was created by a gene-manipulating madman psychopath (who proceeds to kidnap Dorothy). A great episode overall, if only because of the increased character development, interaction (chemistry) between Roger and Dorothy, and some exquisite dialog.

The second episode is all about everyone's favorite greedy kidnapper, Beck. This time he's after the millions of a rich old man who loves his son dearly (and has a few secrets to hide). The cat and mouse game between Beck and Roger is great stuff, but the story really moves up a notch when we discover the reason why the rich old man wanted to keep everything so hush-hush.
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It goes without saying that pretty much everyone who sees the Big O series adores it...so on to the content!
This DVD had some of my favorites on it. "Winter Night Phantom" is on the same par of excellence as the Cowboy Bebop episode "Ballad of Fallen Angels". Characters that would be clumsy and tripping in other anime resonate with a fierceness that reaches out and gives you chills as you stare it straight in the eye.
Dorothy reminds me of a snarky version of Data. Her other side is express more vibrantly, more beautifully, in "Missing Cat". Dorothy reminds me very much of the Asimov stories indeed. The same human without being human is there. The point is not unobserved that, in many ways, she is in fact more human than Roger.
The episode with Beck didn't do as much for me, but it was still very good. All in all, a great collection indeed.
The DVD was nice too; crisp images and sound, even on my relatively "old" (going on 2 years now) player. The music is elegant and haunting, and the voices are simply marvelous and lend worlds to the characters. This occurs both on the Japanese track as well as the English version -- the latter being no small miracle in and of itself.
So if you're a fan of the show, pick this baby up. If you're not, give disc one a whirl and you'll be rushing back here in no time, I guarantee it.
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By "victoryleo" on November 24, 2001
Big O vol. 3 is definatly the best of the 4 DVDs simply because it contains three of the best episodes. Missing Cat is the most twisted episode in the series, featuring a level of violence previously unseen and a villian that brags about how he has become God. Overall quite a disturbing episode, but thats the charm of it. Next is Beck Returns. I only thought it was average but most other Big O fans like it because Beck is in it and he's a psychopath. Then comes Winter Night Phantom, the most emotional episode of the series in my opinion. Stars Major Dan Dastun, for a change, and his attempt to stop a terrorist bomber as he has flash backs of a movie(which turns out to be a very crutial to the plot). A tear jerking episode filled with plot twists, especially the last sceen.
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