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  • Actors: Kaneto Shiozawa, Michael McConnohie, Steve Bulen, Kirk Thornton, Yoshiko Sakakibara
  • Directors: Carl Macek, Toyoo Ashida
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dubbed, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Urban Vision
  • VHS Release Date: January 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (692 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003BDZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,785 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Vampires

From the Back Cover

From the back cover:

The long-awaited re-release of the original animated horror classic is finally here!

In the year 12,090 AD, the Earth has fallen into the clutches of ruthless Vampires - Humans are enslaved by a corrupted feudal system. Only one being has dared to challenge the cruel authority of these arrogant immortals - the mysterious Vampire Hunter called "D".

A beautiful young villager, Doris, has been targeted by Count Magnus Lee and his clan for the harsh doom of belonging to the Count. In desperation, Doris promises herself to the enigmatic hunter in exchange for the extermination of these tyrannical monsters. Before "D" can execute his plans, the Count abducts Doris, forcing "D" to forge into the bloody reign of the House of Lee.

Cult classic by any standard, the sophisticated blend of horror and futuristic science fiction elevates Vampire Hunter D far beyond the stereotype of being a mere "cartoon". The bizarre imagery and exotic characters help to fully realize the tone of the film, confirming its status as an exceptional work.

Not Rated:
Warning: Contains scenes of extreme violence and brief nudity.
Recommended for mature audiences.

Customer Reviews

Very action packed, well animated, and a good story.
John
Like I thought I enjoyed this one just as much as the first film, I don't know what it is but I just love this series.
fmwaalex
This has to be the best anime and best vampire movie I have ever seen.
Josh

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By shivatrance VINE VOICE on October 25, 2000
Format: DVD
Vampire Hunter D. . . this is a film in which I tend to judge other anime films against. Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, and Vampire Hunter D are the Fab Four of the Anime Universe. You simply cannot go wrong by buying this film. Lots of futuristic action with a major Goth theme to it. You would swear that this was taking place in the dark ages during some parts of this film, but then you see the technology that they have in the future. . . WOW. That's all I can say. WOW. Do yourself a huge favor: See this movie! And with it coming out on DVD, how could it possibly get any better? By the way, even if you don't fully apreciate Japanese animation, this is still one of the greatest vampire action movies of all time. If you want to see an example of what great japanese anime is all about, then there are just a few films that you truly must see: AKIRA, Princess Mononoke, Ghost in the Shell, and Vampire Hunter D. This is truly a classic film. Enjoy.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Jason N. Mical on April 7, 2002
Format: DVD
Vampire Hunter D (from the Kikuchi Manga) is one of anime�s most venerable titles. The original movie helped define what was to be expected of Japanese animation, and its influence was felt through titles like Akira and Princess Mononoke. So, when the sequel was announced, fans began to drool all over themselves in anticipation, and for good reason � everything is improved in this movie (actually the THIRD installment of the Manga), from the animation to the handling of the story, and it�s a true pleasure to watch on anyone�s home theater.
The main character, D, is a half-human, half-vampire whose dark legacy affords him near-supernatural qualities. He uses his abilities to fight evil, and is considered the best vampire hunter in the land. His next prey is Meier Link, a gentleman vampire who has kidnapped a rich businessman�s daughter. His competition is the Markus brothers, a group of mortal vampire hunters who, together, equal D in power, cunning, and skill. With the help of his symbiotic Hand (a wisecracking mouth that gives D advice and offers comic relief), D sets off to find Link, only to discover that things are not what they seem.
The animation is top-notch, fluid and vibrant, and the painstaking detail on the backgrounds puts the viewer smack into D�s world. Crosses are everywhere, and each gothic spire serves as a reminder of the constant threat of vampires � and of the heroism of D and his kind. The DVD transfer leaves nothing out, coming off clean and sharp all through. The DD 5.1 soundtrack is amazingly aggressive � easily one of the best digital tracks available � and Bloodlust could serve as a decent demo disc to show off a new home theater system.
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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Chris on August 7, 2006
Format: DVD
A good portion of the not so positive reviews for this film are due to the authors' preference of the 16 year in coming Vampire Hunter D film, entitled "Bloodlust". I understand that the aforementioned film is quite beautiful, with some of the most stunning visuals I've ever seen in anime. Therein lies the problem, however, because viewing "Bloodlust" first usually leads to a bias; people then usually see the first one and claim that "Bloodlust" has so much going for it besides just a gorgeous presentation (it's almost formulaic how it happens).

Many people fail to see the potential of this 1985 classic (based on Hideyuki Kikuchi's first in a series of japanese novels), and instead they complain that the animation is "dated". What people fail to see is the very compelling (albeit familiar) story and unique characters. Most of all, the few underlying themes within the film. The film (set in the year 12,090) is about a victimized yet strong female character named Doris who lives in a rural area and looks after her younger brother Dan without the help of any family (the only one that can care for both of them is the local doctor, Ferring). Humanity lives in a time where after a nuclear holocaust, they coexist with mutants, monstrosities, and vampires (the latter of which is seen by themselves and others as "nobility"). During a routine hunt, Doris's horse is viciously (and graphically) killed by the werewolf of the local 10,000 year old vampire count, Magnus Lee. Lee then bites Doris, and intends to take her as his wife. Doris encounters the very stoic, very strong and dark vampire hunter, named D. The movie follows D's efforts to storm Lee's castle, deal with his many monstrous henchmen, and kill the count, in order to save Doris from becoming a vampire.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 2, 2002
Format: DVD
My fascination with anime grew out of an old hobby of mine, painting miniature figures. One day I discovered a Japanese magazine, called 'Replicant,' and literally, a completely new world opened up to me. One of the first figures I saw in those pages was a sculpted rendering of Yoshitaka Amano's Vampire Hunter D images. The demonic beauty of that figure haunted me, even though I could only guess at what story was behind it. At that time, American access to anime was still largely undeveloped.
Now, of course, the opposite is true. There is no excuse for not seeing Director Yoshiaki Kawajiri's production of the novel written by Hideyuki Kikuchi and strikingly realized by Amano. For the film, For the film, Yutaka Minowa based his character designs on Amano's work, and, if anything, has gone one level better than the originals. Simply put, this film is visually stunning. The illustration is finely detailed and graceful, whether in repose or furious action. This is true for characters, artifacts and scenery. Often, while watching, the sense of dimensionality is so strong that you will find yourself looking twice to make sure that all this is still animation.
The plot is as complex as the artwork. Set in 12090 AD, the story is about D, who is a Dun Peal - a rare vampire human hybrid shunned by both races. In this future world, vampires, once the cruel lords of the Earth, are finally on the run. Few are left, and they are frequently hunted down for bounty. D is hired by a family to recover their daughter Charlotte, who has been kidnapped by Meier Link, one of the most deadly of the surviving vampires. Charlotte's family does not completely trust D, and have also hired the Markus Brothers for the same task.
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