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ADV Films' Gunhed DVD (2004 release) was something I'd anticipated for, literally, years. And although I was disappointed about the initial information I'd managed to glean about the DVD (full frame, English dub), I was nevertheless encouraged because I was really impressed with how well ADV did with--and how much work they put into--the new Gamera Trilogy. But from the very first seconds of the DVD, I knew something had gone terribly wrong.
The source print is terrible; the picture is too bright and the colors are desaturated. The transfer is blurry, as if you're watching through a dirty window. (My 20-year-old VHS copy of the original Japanese laserdisc far surpasses this DVD.) The title credits are jumpy and smeared.Read more ›
Unfortunately they don't know that the island is not only still alive with activity, but it is well-guarded by the previous inhabitants, and the survivors end up having to enlist the services of a Gun UNit/Heavy Elimination Device (GUNHED) battle robot in order to fight back against the forces left on the island.
This reminds me a lot of the Toho movies like Godzilla or such. Except instead of giant mutated monsters you have giant autonomous weapons. One thing that was really fun about watching this movie was the amount of effort that was put into the set design. You really get the feeling that the characters have stepped into a large factory that has danger at every turn. The Gunhed robot itself has a real sense of scale, and there are some funny dialogue interchanges between the pilot and the GUNHED AI computer.
There are a couple of scenes which could have been done better, and some of the script is muddled at best. Many of the characters aren't given much development time either, so you wonder if they were needed at all or if somehow they had larger roles but due to budget constraints, they couldn't be given more screen time (as such, they are given quick exits, conveniently provided for by the environment).
In short, if you like Japanese robot design, model robot building, or sci-fi action in general, you might like this film. There is only one volume of this DVD by the way, and this is the complete movie itself.
Live action anime but not cheesy.
So So effects & acting better than most garbage put out now a days.
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I have been looking for this movie, Gunhed, it's a bit to long in spots, the story was very simply but I still was not dissappointed, after buying it it arrived very quickly.Published 16 months ago by Buddha D. Poitras
Fun, overblown production design and Toho's usual level of 'special' effects should be a lot more entertaining than this.
The story is simple and goofy. Read more
This is one of the more disjointed Live Action Japanese SciFi movies you'll ever see... and for those of you familiar with their efforts in this genre, you know that's sayin'... Read morePublished on November 23, 2004 by C. Blietz
I didnt know there was more than one of these. But the DVD is called Volume 1 here. Its a so-so giant robot film from Toho that was released in 1988. Read morePublished on November 14, 2004 by A. C. Cronvich
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