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Mamoru Oshii Cinema Trilogy Collection (Talking Head/Stray Dogs/The Red Spectacles) + Soundtrack CD

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Mamoru Oshii has created and directed some of Japan’s most celebrated motion pictures including highly acclaimed movies like ‘Ghost in the Shell’, ‘Patlabor’, and ‘Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade’. Now available for the first time outside of Japan are three of Oshii’s early live action theatrical features: ‘Talking Heads’, ‘Stray Dogs’, and ‘Red Spectacles’. These are the stories of of men whose lives are forever changed by deceit, betrayal, and murder and whose sole purpose is either to live as wolves or to live as sheep. Prepare yourself for a cinematic collection that delves into the mind of one, Mamoru Oshii.

From one of the premier directors of Japanese Cinema - Director Mamoru Oshii
Filmography includes - director 'Ghost in the Shell', creator 'Jin-Roh', director 'Patlabor'
Live Action Theatrical Feature
Anamorphic Widescreen
Mamoru Oshii's Cinema Collection Contains an EXCLUSIVE original CD Soundtrack from the features
DVD Features:
Interactive Animated Menus
Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Japanese Language
English subtitles option
EXCLUSIVE Original CD Soundtrack
DVD Extras:
Mamoru Oshii Text
Theatrical Trailers

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Shigeru Chiba, Machiko Washio, Hideyuki Tanaka, Hideyo Amamoto, Tesshô Genda
  • Directors: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Mamoru Oshii
  • Writers: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Mamoru Oshii, Kazunori Itô
  • Producers: Daisuke Hayashi, Shigeharu Shiba
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 316 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CG8AS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,983 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mamoru Oshii Cinema Trilogy Collection (Talking Head/Stray Dogs/The Red Spectacles) + Soundtrack CD" on IMDb

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
These movies certainly won't appeal to everyone, but I personally found them refreshingly different, interesting and very enjoyable. Whether or not you will enjoy them depends not only on personal taste but also what you intend to get out of seeing movies. If you've dismissed movies such as David Lynch's "Eraserhead" or "Lost Highway" as 'arsty pretentious rubbish', these won't be the films for you. The directing draws attention to itself (especially in "Talking Head"), which means if you just want to be told a story, you're already missing the point. These can be seen as 'experiments' in movie-making, and the results are very interesting, provided you're into that sort of thing.
Understandably, some people may be interested in these movies because of the connection to the Oshii-written anime "Jin-Roh". Don't expect a similar film, or much relation to it. At first, these films seem to have little relation to each other, let alone other films. Don't expect action, either. There are occasional action scenes, though if that's why you're watching the film you're once again likely missing the point.
It occured to me that "The Red Spectacles" is, in a way, a parody of itself. Any event or aspect of the storyline that may have been slightly far fetched, silly, or seen as a mistake in a normal film, is made very deliberate, exaggerated and displayed in an over-the-top manner that is somewhat remeniscent of comedic anime.. yet it doesn't feel out of place. It seems to fit right into the world Oshii has created in the film.
"Stray Dog" is a mellow, aesthetically beautiful film, rich in color, which is a startling contrast to the schizofrenic "Red Spectacles", which was predominately in black and white, and generally far from mellow.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 2004
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I loved these movies and the soundtrack that came with them. Mamoru Oshii is a genius but there were quite a few flaws that kept me unsatisfied. I wouldn't recommend these for everyone but only for those who like Oshii and anime. If you do it's a definate buy!
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9 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Castorena on February 16, 2004
Format: DVD
These movies flat out suck. For one thing, the box art and movie trailers will show you that these movies are action packed (by showing constant gun fights, and armored soldiers running around), when in fact they are not. My main reason for buying this set was because I loved Jon-Roh, as well as Ghost in The Shell. So I figured a live action version would be awesome, but it's not. In Jon-Roh, there was quite a bit of action involving the awesome looking armors the soldiers wear. In the live action movies, you barely see this at all. At the start of the films you see a tiny bit of action, and then for almost an hour and a half later, it's nothing but slow pacing footage of people wondering what's going on.
In Red Spectacles, a former Kerberos soldier comes back to Japan to find his team mates he left behind, and goes to find out what's been going on ever since he left. He finds out what happens to his buddies, but the ending leaves you questioning if he did in fact find out anything at all. The Movie starts off in color, but the rest of it is in black and white, which gives the movie an odd look. Also, instead of being a serious film, the characters end up trying to be comical like in anime, but it's never funny because trying to do cartoon gags in live action never turn out right because live action films never get the timimg right.
In Stray Dogs, most of it is serious, but at times they will go off doing stupid gags that never work (again, because the timing is off). And just like Red Spectacles, we never see any action except towards the end. In Stray Dogs, a former Kerberos soldier is released from prison, and he leaves japan to search for his master. The pacing in this movie is too slow as well. Most of the movie is just wandering around, not really doing anything.
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