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Brace yourself for a totally new experience in cutting-edge animation. Based on the classic comic created by Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy), written by Japanese anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and directed by Rintaro (Galaxy Express 999), Metropolis is a spectacular film featuring stunning imagery and unforgettable characters. In the industrial, tri-level world of Metropolis, Duke Red is a powerful leader with plans to unveil a highly advanced robot named Tima. But Duke Red's violent son Rock distrusts robots, and intends to find and destroy Tima. Lost in the confusing labyrinth beneath Metropolis, Tima is beginning a friendship with the young nephew of a Japanese detective. But when Duke Red separates the two innocents, Tima's life - and the fate of the universe - is dangerously at stake.
The 3 1/4-inch "pocket DVD" includes production drawings, two scenes in various stages of production, and a short biography of Osamu Tezuka, the "god of manga," who was instrumental in creating both the animation and manga industries in Japan. The interesting but often frustrating making-of featurette focuses on director Rintaro, screenwriter Katsuhiro Otomo, voice actors Yuka Imoto (Tima) and Kei Kobayashi (Kenichi), and composer Toshiyuki Honda. Curiously, Rintaro and Otomo agree that Tezuka would never have given them permission to film this early manga; Rintaro adds that he fears being haunted by Tezuka's ghost. Honda explains why he needed to create a memorable theme song for the film, but not why he used a New Orleans jazz idiom. Although they include brief remarks from the computer graphics crew, the documentarians neglect the artists who designed the dazzling art deco skyscrapers that dominate the title city--and the film. --Charles Solomon
- Two disc set including first ever "pocket DVD"
- Animax Special: The Making of Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis
- Exclusive Featurette: Interview with Rintaro Katsushiro
- Two Animation Comparisons
- History of the "Metropolis" Comic Book
- Theatrical Trailers
- Biography of Osamu Tezuka
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The DVD I received wasn't new, but had a tag listed as "used-good". The box corners are worn a bit, but the DVD was in perfect shape with no scratches. It's probably impossible to find an actual new copy these days anyway.
The audio comes in 5.1ch Japanese, English and Spanish with subtitles in many languages (English, Spanish, French, Japanese, etc.) so you can either watch it with the original Japanese soundtrack with English titles, or just go straight for the English dubbed version.
There is also a second mini-DVD which includes some extras, including a "making of" video (in Japanese only with English subs).
As an animated movie by itself, absolutely supurb! Very true to the style and characteristics you would expect from the original written story Metropolis, presented in a very Japanese and culturally accurate plot to modern times, and despite being dated the CGI and other graphics are extremely well made even by today's standards in CGI. The music of choice by Toshiyuki Honda is perfect in creating a very authentic New Orleans style of jazz/rag-time music. And needless to say in the final scene when they played "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Ray Charles I was officially hooked and sold.
I'm not a good movie critic when it comes to analyzing and criticizing every detail and acting like my opinion reflects the true worth of a production. But there are times when I come across something made so well it becomes an instant classic and to me this is one of them. It will never be seen by as many eyes as Avatar let alone make as much money, but you can bet I'll dig this one out of the bottom of my collection before I even consider most movies I've seen.
I've seen a great deal of movies of all kinds and out of a list of about 10 of my personal all time favorites, this is among them along side others such as Second Hand Lions, Avatar, Read or Die, The Illusionist, Meet Joe Black, Toy Story .... and several others I can't think of right now
Great movie, it's anime is tight, the plot is engaging. The animation is smooth, great colors, and the voice acting is wonderful. The movie is seamless. It is there to provoke what it is to be human, do we live as we are or rise up and claim equality. I have seen this movie many times and will see it again, every time I notice something new. No matter how old this movie is it is still relevant. It is a wonderful nod to the original but stands on its own, both are loved by me.