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Death Note Re-light #1: Visions of a God

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Death Note Re-light #1: Visions of a God

"See through the eyes of a shinigami… Light and L have battled to the bitter end over the Death Note-but what does the story look like from Ryuk's point of view? When rogue shinigami Ryuk deliberately drops his Death Note in the human world out of boredom, he has no idea how far the human who picks it up will take his newfound power. With the Death Note in hand, brilliant high school student Light Yagami vows to rid the world of evil, and when criminals begin dropping dead one by one, genius detective L steps in to track down the elusive killer known as Kira. An epic battle of wits pitting one brilliant mind against another unfolds-with the very future of humanity at stake! Ryuk's not bored anymore… Go back to where it all began and watch the epic battle from a new perspective-through the eyes of the one who started it all! "

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The dark fantasy series Death Note (2006) proved so popular that audiences refused to let it end: two rewritten and re-edited versions of the ending were broadcast in Japan in 2007 and 2008. The story has been adapted into three live-action films, and Re-Light, a two-hour TV special, aired in 2009.

Except for the opening and closing bookends of the bored, alienated Ryuuk talking with another Shinigami (god of death), Re-Light consists entirely of re-cut footage from the TV series. Brilliant high school student Light Yagami finds the Death Note, a notebook Ryuuk drops into human space. If anyone writes a person's name in the notebook, that person dies. After testing the Death Note's powers, Light launches a grandiose vigilante campaign: he will rid the world of criminals to create his version of a perfect society. The most exciting parts of Death Note pit Light against the eccentric but brilliant investigator known only as "L." But cutting the 37-episode series into a two-hour special reduces the plot to so much animated coleslaw. Characters and subplots appear and disappear: the filmmakers include part of the sequence in which L has himself handcuffed to Light, but they don't explain why he does it or why they're unchained in later scenes. Fans of Death Note who want to see more of Light and L will have more fun with the live-action features Death Note, Death Note Movie II: The Last Name, and Death Note 3: L Change the World. (Rated T+ Older Teen: suitable for ages 15 and older: grotesque imagery, violence, violence against women, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon


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  • Actors: Shidou Nakamura, Brian Drummond, Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Kappei Yamaguchi
  • Directors: Tetsuro Araki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Viz Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VLBDBC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 27, 2009
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The "DEATH NOTE" anime series was simply magnificent.

I first caught "DEATH NOTE" the animated series on television. I've heard so many impressive things in regards to the storyline and also saw the series featured on NPR. To get the critical acclaim that it has worldwide, this series must be special.

And special is what "DEATH NOTE" truly is. From beginning to end, this series has just grabbed my attention because of its well-written cat vs. mouse storyline.

"DEATH NOTE" is a 37-episode TV series that was created by Studio Madhouse and featured on Japanese television in 2006-2007 and featured in the US in 2007-2008 (the whole series is available in two box sets from Viz Media/Shonen Jump Home video). The series has spawned a popular manga series, a novel, three live action films and has captured the attention of anime and non-anime fans worldwide.

After the series was completed, a new special (the first of two) was released on television in August 2007 titled "DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God" which features the whole series condensed into a 130 minute episode. But unlike recap specials aired in Japan, this special would be a retelling of the story in the point of view of Ryuk (Light Yagami's Shinigami) who is telling a story of his experience on what happened when he was on Earth and a story he is explaining to another Shinigami who is bored in the underworld.

"DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God" features new scenes and an ending that may or may not shock "DEATH NOTE" fans.

The series focuses on the character of a very smart high school student named Light Yagami.
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...I was quite disappointed w/this DVD.

First, the good stuff: The animation of the new scenes is lovely; the colors & design are brighter and crisper than in the original anime. It's really the only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 2. The extra scenes are interesting, but don't add that much to the original series.

OK, now the bad stuff: This is basically a clip show, following just over halfway thru the anime (where a particularly lovable character dies). It's framed by Ryuk telling the story to another shinigami. But that's about it.

I'd had high hopes for this DVD (given the description), but, alas, they were dashed [siiiiigh].

I'd recommend this for (a) Death Note completists, or (b) someone who doesn't want to invest the time in watching the entire first half of the original anime.
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I've just watched the DN Relight DVD and I have to say it's actually not so bad. Besides, I already knew the story to it after watching the entire series show on the Internet. I knew the characters, the story and everything. It was a little disappointing at first when they had to shorten it into a 2-hour movie, but then again it was fascinating to see the deleted scenes through out the movie. L of course was awesome to watch, even though I already got to know him through out the series, and as usual, I cried when he died. This dvd was quite fun to watch if your a Death Note fan and already know the story, because to those who think it sucks are missing out.
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WATCH THE ANIME FIRST! I highly recommend watching the anime before diving into this expecting to enjoy it, you will be confused if you try to do that. I love death note and ive read some of these reviews and I dont think these people understand that the scenes they added to this movie change the story completely! I mean it doesn't change anything, but it provides us with some what of an after story. Did you notice how the other shinigami walked, did you notice his coat, the red tie that he now uses as a headband..Its LIGHT!! The goggles he wears represent that he never accepted the eye deal meaning he doesnt have shinigami eyes even as a shinigami. Ryuk even refers the shinigami as light at the end of the movie. But, of course this is just my opinion. I dont see why the writers would even bother putting a new introduction and a nameless shinigami in the show if there wasnt a purpose behind it.
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if you want to see deathnote season 1 and some of season two quickly then this is the movie for you. some of the side story is missing but the bones of the story is there. even if you have seen the series this movie shows the anime from ryuuks point of view.
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When I bought this DVD, I thought it was what it said in the box, the story of Light from Ryuk's point of view, but it is not that way, it just Ryuk in the beginning saying he will tell the story and thats pretty much it, its like a resume of the series, from the beginning till L's death, and 2 or 3 different/new scenes, but thats all... in my opinion, its not worth it, if you already have the anime box sets then this is not going to be a whole new thing, its just like a very long "previously on death note" with nothing new on it
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I love anything Death Note and I love this dvd!
I've seen every episode, watched all three movies and now I have the Re-Light.
I even have a death note of my very own.
my life is complete!
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