Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
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|Format||Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled|
|Contributor||Hiroki Touchi, Andy McAvin, Norito Yashima, Megumi Hayashibara, Hilary Haag, Susumu Kudo, David Matranga See more|
|Number Of Discs||1|
In a futuristic society, a 15-year-old prostitute named Rune Balot is rescued after being nearly killed. She is subconsciously given the choice to continue living due to an emergency ordinance to preserve life called Mardock Scramble 09. Turned into a cyborg, Balot is then given the choice of assisting the investigations against the man who tried to terminate her. He is part of the powerful October corporation that is stealthily conducting illegal activities.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Director : Susumu Kudo
- Media Format : Subtitled, Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour
- Release date : September 27, 2011
- Actors : Megumi Hayashibara, Norito Yashima, Hiroki Touchi, Andy McAvin, Hilary Haag
- Subtitles: : Japanese
- Studio : Section 23
- ASIN : B0057O6IN2
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #280,246 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Now many of you might think that this is going to be a person ranting about how poor American dubs are. This is not that. While the American voice acting is not the greatest in the world, it gets the job done for those who insist on watching it that way. What I do have a problem with is that this is a censored edit. While the reasoning for it is understandable, the character Balot is only 15 after all; showing her naked on screen having sex is an extreme taboo here in America. But, having seen the original version, I spent the entire time distracted by all the edits that were made.
I am personally against censorship, and seeing how the movie was re-edited was a huge disappointment. This is not the product I thought it was going to be.
Don't let this stop you from buying it though, because it is an amazing heart felt story. Just know that this is a censored version. I wish I knew that before I bought it.
As other reviewers have noted the film stops suddenly in the middle of the climax. The ending is incredibly sudden and unfulfilling.
The film is very short (approximately 60 minutes) but the running time listed is 125 minutes. It appears that they combined the running time of the director's cut and the theatrical cut to get this number. I am unfamiliar with the rest of the story (I haven't read the manga and the second and third films have yet to be released) but I am sure that releasing this as two films instead of three would have made for a less jarring experience.
The movie as it currently exists is good, and I'm glad I've seen it, but I cannot recommend purchasing it unless the price comes down or it's sequel becomes available. As it is now it's like watching a movie in a theater only to have the film break halfway through. No matter how much you may have been enjoying the film up until that point the experience isn't going to be a positive one.
This movie is the first of three, and it's very impressive. This movie is one of the most well animated films I've ever seen. Some of the shots of the city honestly look real. The star voice actress is Hilary Haag, and she is very good. Her voice is muffled part of the time b/c the characters vocal cords were destroyed in her accident. This movie isn't for kids there is a lot of graphic nudity and violence. Even so it isn't a lowbrow at all. This anime really delivers. I really enjoyed it, and I hope you do too.
It should be noted that the affected scenes do not actually affect the plot anyway and are basically just added nudity, sex, and fanservice. They may also make some viewers uncomfortable as the main character can appear to be underaged to some. If you feel this may bother you, then this version may be your best bet.
As for the home video version, it is being released on DVD and Bluray in March 2012. You can currently preorder it here on Amazon and other sites.
Top reviews from other countries
The film is definately not for the faint hearted amongst you and is really rather violent.
The characters develop well through the film and by the end you can truely understand there predicaments.
The art style used is beautiful and the gore is well drawn.
This release includes the directors cut (no English soundtrack) which is much darker than the theatrical release.
The only reason this film did not recieve a 5 star rating is from the immense cliff hanger ending.
I would recommend this film to anyone who likes sci-fi anime such as ghost in the shell.
Disk contains two versions.Don't even bother to watch the American one,since all the Hentai-scenes in it were painstakingly removed,
while the original Japanese still contains all of them.