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Legend of the Millennium Dragon (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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A spectacular journey of an unwilling young hero thrust into a mysterious past full of monsters, dragons, and strange hidden powers. Through a series of out of this world battles and adventures, Jun, a shy middle school boy, is transformed into a hero destined to battle evil and ensure harmony and tranquility in the world.

As Legend of the Millennium Dragon begins, Jun Tendo, a normal-seeming middle school student, finds himself transported a thousand years into the past, to the Heian period, where a ferocious war is being waged between the Nobles and the Oni. As a descendant of the Magatama clan, Jun "the Young Savior" can unseal the mighty dragon Orochi--and decide the conflict. The Oni are an ecologically minded people who fight in masks that give them the appearance of the oni, or demons, in traditional Japanese stories and art. The Nobles seeking to destroy them are led by Gen'un, a powerful and power-hungry monk. Everything rests on Jun's decision. Legend of the Millennium Dragon boasts handsome backgrounds and flamboyant special effects that suggest monsters, fire, water, and lava. But it lacks a coherent story. Characters appear and disappear before the viewer has a chance to get to know them or care about what happens to them. Even Jun remains underdeveloped and far less interesting than his counterparts in numerous other anime films and series--as does Mizuha, his romantic interest. The results are like watching a play through thick glass: its intriguing qualities feel distant and lack any sense of immediacy. (Rated PG-13: violence, grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Andrew Beckham, Shidou Nakamura, Kensho Ono, Satomi Ishihara
  • Directors: Hirotsugu Kawasaki
  • Format: Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, German, Hindi, Finnish, Swedish, Korean, Arabic, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Thai, Spanish, English, Danish, Greek, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Thai, Spanish, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00570XV86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,042 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Legend of the Millennium Dragon (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)" on IMDb

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By Anja Rebekka Schultze on June 10, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Millennium Dragon is about a young boy in modern day Japan who get dragged through time to the Heian period where he is told he is the only one who can save the peaceful nation from the dreaded Oni, monsters who fight with magic and kidnap children in their beds. Our young hero happens to be the only one who can control the powerful eight headed dragon who is the last hope for humanity. Millennium Dragon's story is told in a clumsy way, the phasing is very off and some parts which had needed time is rushed through and other parts drag on forever. The motivations of the characters are never that explored and I found myself getting bored which this movie quite often, which is quite a feat since I am a fanatic about dragon tales.

In the middle of the story Millennium Dragon takes a twist which is a good one, and which do make the story allot deeper, but this twist is very clearly heavily inspired by Princess Mononoke and I constantly found myself wishing I was watching that movie instead. I do think that fans of Princess Mononoke will like Millennium Dragon, but be aware that Millennium Dragon is nowhere near as good.

Now you might think that I hated Millennium Dragon from what I have been saying about it this far but that is not correct. Many of the characters are good, the visuals are stunning most of the time, even if they to suffer form a bit of the same hit and miss problem that plague the storyline. What I am trying to get at is that when Millennium Dragon is good, then is is really good, at those moments it is all you could want from an epic fantasy movie, however those amazing moments are sadly far between, most of the time though you can marvel at stunning visuals and animation.
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Roman Martel, DVD Verdict --Legend of the Millennium Dragon is one of those anime movies that is really pretty to look at but lacking in the substance department. If you are familiar with the whole "insecure young man is declared a savior and must overcome his fears to save the world" storyline, the plot holds no surprises. Once Jun is introduced, you know how the whole thing is going to play out. Luckily, the movie does have something else going for it.

The animation is impressive, specifically the backgrounds and battle scenes. The opening sequence with Gen'un and his men facing down the army of Oni is a perfect example. There is depth and detail in the surrounding countryside, the small village from which the Oni emerge, and the enormous statue of Buddha that forms the climax of the scene. The action is full of motion, from the rampaging Oni to the spear wielding foot soldiers. And the magic looks great; when Gen'un unleashes his powers, it's quite a sight.

Sony's release is solid. We get a lovely picture 2.35:1/1080p high def image, showing off all the detail of the backgrounds, as well as colorful magic effects. The audio tracks comes in multiple flavors. I viewed the film with the Japanese DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio and it sounded excellent, balancing sound effects, dialogue, and music perfectly. The subtitles were easy to read and flowed well. A quick sample of the English dub was just as good. The lone extra is a concept art gallery which shows off much of the detail work that went into the backgrounds. We also get a standard def DVD copy of the film.

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It is surprising that they have released "Legend of the Millennium Dragon" (original title "Onigamiden" literally meaning "Demon God Chronicle") outside Japan. When the film was theatrically released in Japan back in April 2011, it was not a big hit (it missed the top 10 box office chart) and if I remember correctly, the film was not well-received. I saw it in Kyoto (where the film's story is set) and was not impressed because of the dull storytelling and rather some dated artworks, especially the character designs. I have seen it again on DVD and my opinion remains the same.

The animated film follows the story of a timid 15-year-old middle school boy Jun Tendo, who is attacked by a strange creature while walking down the street of Kyoto. He runs into a nearby temple for shelter, where he meets a mysterious monk called Gen'un. Gen'un seems to possess special powers and Jun is whisked to the ancient city of Kyoto of the Heian era (794-1185), where humans are fighting fierce battles against the "oni"s or "demons."

The story (based on the novel by Takahumi Takada) looks like an amalgamation of two Hayao Miyazaki films - "Spirited Away" and "Princess Mononoke" - but without Miyazaki's compelling narrative and memorable characters. The background drawings of "Legend of the Millennium Dragon" are fine (including the locations of the modern-day Kyoto) and so is the design of the "orochi" (or a dragon) by Katsuhiro Otomo, but everything else is uninspired. The story is told in a dull way. Principal characters are lackluster. Most secondary characters are forgettable. Perhaps most disappointingly, those characters' designs (faces in particular) look dated.

Not a terrible film, I admit, but still "Legend of the Millennium Dragon" lacks creative edge and imagination.
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