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Vexille (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

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2067: Isolation. Japan seals herself off from the eyes of the world in the face of unilateral international policy setting strict limits on the use of robotic technology. The island nation exists only behind a veil of seclusion. No soul shall enter. No soul shall leave.

2077: Revelation. The veil is breached. Japan is infiltrated by agents of the organization S.W.O.R.D., a fighting force operating outside of the protection of the United States and her allies. Their mission: Determine if the Japanese are developing banned robotic bio-technology, forbidden due to its threat to humankind.

In the battle between machine and man, humanity stands to suffer most.

Includes 2 hours of special features:

  • Opening Comments from the Locarno Film Festival
  • Following Sori's Work as an Animation Creator
  • Voice Acting Footage
  • Creating the Cities in VEXILLE
  • 2007 Tokyo International Anime Fair Event
  • Sori's Guest Lecture at Digital Hollywood Tokyo
  • An Old Friend Pays Sori a Visit
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage of ICHI
  • Creating VEXILLE's 3D Animation
  • Creating the Music in VEXILLE
  • Sori's Closing Comments
  • The Secrets of VEXILLE
  • Original TV Spots and Previews
  • Additional Features

    The Blu-ray release of Vexille includes numerous extras that were only available on the Limited Edition (Director's Cut). These extras include: Opening Comments from the Locarno Film Festival, Sori's Work as an Animation Creator, Voice Acting Footage--Voice of Vexille, Creating the Cities in Vexille, 2007 Tokyo International Anime Fair Event, Sori's Guest Lecture at Digital Hollywood Tokyo, Voice Acting Footage--Voice of Leon, An Old Friend Visits Sori, Behind-the-Scenes Footage of ICHI, Creating Vexille's 3D Animation, Voice Acting Footage--Other Cast Members, Creating the Music in Vexille--Part 1, Creating the Music in Vexille--Part 2, Vexille 's Premiere, Sori's Closing Comments, The Secrets of Vexille, Original TV Spots and Previews, FUNimation Trailers. ("Sori" refers to director Fumihiko Sori.) The extras, which were prepared for Japan, are standard making-of hype, loaded with superlatives. The one real relevation in the material is that Mori was shooting a live action film in tandem with Vexille. Although he talks about wanting to make Vexille appear life-like, he never explains why realism should be the aim of animation. The clarity of the Blu-ray disc brings out the details in the backgrounds and the mecha in the film, but it also makes the weakness of the character animation even more obvious. (Rated PG-13: violence, violence against women, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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    • Actors: Meisa Kuroki, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Travis Willingham, Shosuke Tanihara, Christine M. Auten
    • Directors: Mike McFarland, Fumihiko Sori
    • Format: Animated, Color, Special Edition, Widescreen, Subtitled
    • Language: Japanese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
    • Studio: FUNimation
    • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
    • Run Time: 105 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B001ECQK8E
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Vexille (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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    As a fan of Asian cinema, I've often wondered why I haven't reviewed more Japanese anime. Traditional anime has very complex storylines that can put most movies to shame. "VEXILLE" (a.k.a. Vexille 2077 Nihon Sakaku, Isolation) is from the same folks responsible for Appleseed and Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C.. Director Fumihiko Sori and writer Haruka Handa's latest is a blend of traditional 2 dimensional animation and 3-D effects that gives us a vision of a futuristic world. People who saw Appleseed may notice the similarities to Masamune Shirow's futuristic designs since they both worked on the 2004 hit animated film.

    The story in "Vexille" begins as Daiwa Industries leads Japan in technological advancements as an attempt for Imperial Aspirations (recalls Japan in WWII). Daiwa began experimenting in extreme cloning, bio-engineering human tissue to combine with machine parts. Enraged with these experiments, the U.N. orders Japan to cease all activities. In retaliation, Japan sanctions a rule of total isolation from the rest of the world, and the country even goes as far as generating a magnetic force field around its borders.
    After 10 years, American intelligence intercepts information that Japan has developed a procedure that can turn humans into cyborgs. A black ops group called "S.W.O.R.D." is sent to infiltrate isolated Japan to find the truth of this matter and stop it if necessary. Vexille, one of the commando units sent to Japan soon finds herself the lone survivor who may be able to stop Daiwa with its sinister plans. She hooks up with Maria and her gang of renegades to infiltrate Daiwa. But is Maria more than what she seems? The shocking secret may be more than they bargained for....

    I've read that "Vexille" wasn't such a huge hit when it came out in Japan.
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    29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 22, 2008
    Format: DVD
    After reading a short synopsis and the Japanese version trailer of this movie (when looking for something to go see one evening), I figured I'd check it out. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of Japanese anime, though some of it is cool, and I'm not normally a big fan of animated drama/action in general, but WOW was Vexille a pleasant surprise! If I had to compare it to something, I would say it's Final Fantasy meets Titan A.E. and maybe a little bit of the Matrix.

    The animation style was just beautiful! The mix of cartoon with computer-generated animation was a brilliant sight to behold. The scenes in this movie had fantastic dimension, color, style, and a totally mesmerizing quality. It definitely made it very easy to find myself drawn into this futuristic world.

    The story is great too! Good character development and a sci-fi element that is at least partially believable (and certainly, if nothing else, entertaining). Set in the year 2077, the technology is slick, clever, and cool - yet not so far fetched that you can't imagine the possibilities suggested. Unplug and buy into the fantasy and you'll have a great time. The movie has a bit of a Matrix quality in that (aside from its obvious political elements) there is the strong sense of an underlying (almost spiritual) theme driving the story but it's just far enough removed from the surface story that you can dig for messages if you want to or just enjoy the ride without getting into the philosophy of the film. I like movies that have multi-faceted elements like this. It made me want to see it again to try and draw more out of it.

    In short, the movie is great!
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    20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JBizzle on May 22, 2008
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    I'm not a huge Anime fan, I used to be during the first real big boom here in the States, but quickly got tired of it as alot of it all kinda seems the same to me. Don't get me wrong, I still love the classics such as "Ghost In The Shell", "Ninja Scroll", "Fist Of The Northstar", "Guyver", "Neon Genesis", "Gundam", "Robotech", anything from Miyazaki/"Studio Ghibli" & (of course, my very favorite of them all) "Macross Plus", but I don't know. It just kinda seems that production started going downhill & people were just eating up anything so long as it was a cartoon with characters with big eyes & spikey hair coming out of Japan. There just wasn't anything impressive or exciting anymore for me to oogle at.

    I'll be honest & start by saying the main problem I have with most Anime is that they're almost all always soooooooooooooooooo over dramatic. I wind up getting put to sleep by the 1st 20 minutes of lovey-dovey crap before they get to the 5 minutes of big cool robot eye candy action part. Otherwise they're usually way to kiddie/cutesy/cuddley for me. The other thing that winds up bothering me is that the voice acting doesn't always transfer over well when done in English. The other option there is to watch it with the original Japanese language & then just read the subtitles, but it kinda takes you out of the movie having to read everything. In some case it's worth it (for me at least), but that's not always the case. Well, "Vexille" doesn't suffer from any of this at all, in fact it's AMAZING!!!

    "Vexille" is from the creators of Anime classic "Appleseed", so right away you should know you're getting into something of quality. It's done in the same style as "Karas" from 2007 & the newer "Appleseed" titles with equal parts of both CGI & traditional animation.
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