Gantz (BD+DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
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Kei Kurono and his childhood friend Masaru Kato attempt to save a man who has fallen onto the train tracks but are run down by an oncoming train. However, rather than finding themselves dead, they are transported to a strange apartment in which they find a mysterious black orb known as 'GANTZ'. Along with others there, they are provided weaponry and sent on missions to battle alien beings. Is this world, which tests your will to survive, a game or reality?]]>
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The thrust of the anime series was mainly on the characterization of all the people drawn into Gantz battles. As such there was a LOT of back story, but was a good run-down on how life or death situations would affect non-military type people. This movie cuts out a lot of that and so the focus shifts to the Gantz situation and the battles themselves. It also cuts out the soft-core hentai sex scenes. Since the film is only two hours long, the battles are really truncated. This shortening results in a tighter emphasis on the battles, for those who are action, and not talk oriented. This movie covers the first three of the four trips through Gantz battles in the anime.
I watched the show with subtitles, which I prefer. The blu-ray disk didn't give me any problems, and the detail was terrific. This also meant that all the blood-spattering was in a lot more detail, so be forewarned. This isn't any Robo-geisha with bleeding buildings, but very realistic and easily comparable to any Hollywood production.
In the Gantz I movie, it still tries to follow how Kei's feelings about killing things changes over time, from abhorring it, to thinking he is a hero, to trying to protect his friends. If you want to see a lot more in-depth of things like this for All the characters watch the anime. In fact, watch the anime director's comments on the anime disk before you watch the show, since it will help you catch the detail in the Gantz storyline.
You'd perhaps be better served if you hadn't yet read the manga or seen the anime version of Hiroya Oku's GANTZ. Because this cinematic live-action adaptation comes watered-down. Hiroya Oku was trying to illustrate a point with GANTZ by making it such a depraved read. In the manga, the lead character, Kei Kurono, is a perverted person who gradually, so gradually, becomes a better person. The movie portrays Kei Kurono as a decent guy from jump, and so it right away loses depth and resonance and what would've been intriguing character conflict. We're left with watching shallow characters playing out their parts onscreen; it becomes a chore to invest in them.
When college student Kei Kurono and his juvie pal Masaru Kato rescue a drunk who'd collapsed onto the subway tracks, they become fatal victims of a hurtling train. But instead of the expected dirt nap, Kei and Kato find themselves in a room occupied by an enigmatic black sphere and other confused persons resurrected from the dead. The black sphere is the Gantz, an alien entity who issues the room's occupants hi-tech black suits and weapons and then deploys them to kill other and malevolent aliens. Gantz seems to treat this as a game, alloting a time limit to the missions and afterwards awarding points to the players based on its own whim.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The movie had potential but it ended up as a bore. There are action sequences but then they are interrupted by some kind of awkward drama acting moment. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DK
On its own, it's a pretty enjoyable movie. As an adaptation, it left me wanting more.
Kei Kurono isn't the jerk he was in either the anime or... Read more
Gantz on Blu-ray? YES, I'm in. I was floored by the first film in the series. I am a fanboy of the manga and had high expectations. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Zachary 'SabaacSolo' Smith
I watched this movie because it was referred by a friend. It was awesome! I loved it. Such an original plot line and a great character development.Published 13 months ago by Red
Most notable scene is onion boy.
Radio Robot was ok.
Rest of the movie was stupid and/or boring.
Gantz 2 was horrible. This is a masterpiece compared with number 2.
I love the gantz Manga and Anime. So when I heard they were making a live action movie I was a little more than excited. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Hunter Talbot
This is a crowning achievement in Japanese cinema, and one of the best (if not the best) manga adaptations I have ever seen. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Manuel A. Saez