Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis
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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.
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I wouldn't be so opposed to this except amazon uses (it seems) consumer grade equipment to do this rather than a more professionally "pressed" disc. I have no idea if this effects the film's picture and audio quality at all, but it certainly won't last as long.
Second, the picture quality is marginally better than the DVD version. I think they did a digital transfer of the old film assets rather than some kind of digital intermediate. Then they didn't bother to do much in the way of restoration. The result is an often dark, grainy, soft image.
All that said, if you've never seen this film, your interested, and have no other way to see it. Go for it. The film is one of the best Japanese animated films ever made in my opinion. It's also a great reminaging of Fritz Lang's classic.
Metropolis is one of the most influential anime films to come out. Its an excellent adaptation of Fritz Lang's masterpiece and carries it on its own
with dazzling animation, music and characters. Its too bad this film will be released on a burned blu ray format. Shows how much Sony doesn't care about their catalog titles. It will not play in some players and the lifespan is considerably shortened. This film deserves a quality release, new transfer, special features and a booklet.
Thankfully Eureka Entertainment has released a limited edition Steel book that you can order from Amazon UK right now! A standard release will follow in March. The film will be presented in 1080p and be a legitimate pressing on what I assume will be BD-50 discs. If you haven't invested in a multi region player, I suggest you do right away. UK companies have released some stellar blu rays, some even topping the standard ones here.
In this day in age where physical media is making its mark once again, the studios tend to not care as much Only their biggest releases get the premium treatment. I'm happy we have some awesome companies such as Eureka and a handful of others preserving and releasing
these films with respect and not to make a quick buck. Sony makes more money than god, there's no excuse for this burned method, I can imagine them losing much more money investing in cheap production rather than a quality release.
A company that's worth over a billion dollars has no excuse for this.
Metropolis is one of the best films you should watch, just don't buy this release.
To start off, this is a "burned" Blu-Ray disc - it's part of SONY's Choice Collection which allows them to release titles that may not otherwise get a blu-ray release, by offering a burn-on-demand limited run.
Despite what others say, the disc DID play on my PS4 Pro (using current software) without any issues.
The disc comes in a normal Blu-Ray case with very nice cover art. The audio is presented in English and Japanese DTS HD-MA 5.1 audio. Video is 1080p and 1.85:1 ratio.
The disc itself is basic, a white label with the title on it and (without using a computer, just judging by the data on the bottom of the disc) appears to use about 90-95% of the capacity of the disc.
Features on the disc include a Filmmaker Interview (this appears to be from a DVD and is low quality. There is also a theatrical trailer).
The video quality on the disc is GOOD. It's nice and sharp, but has a fair amount of noise throughout. It's a definite improvement over the DVD release and the noise appears to be from the film itself. Small details/words can easily be read and the colors are also good. I was expecting a bit more, but I assume that's more due to the master than the fault of the disc.
I do wish the release were a bit cheaper. At 27 bucks, it's fairly pricey.. but its also the only US release of the film on Blu-Ray.
You can import it for about the same price, but I wouldn't expect too much of a difference in quality.
The movie itself is very good -- you're best off watching a trailer for it or reading the reviews from the DVD Version to see about the movie itself. I owned the DVD years ago and loved it - I'd put it up there with a lot of the other titles like Akira and Ghost in the Shell as a very enjoyable Anime. It's much different from a lot of the modern day series' you see and has a very classic look mixed with some more recent technology like CGI.
"Eureka Entertainment has released a limited edition Steel book that you can order from Amazon UK right now!"
Yes, I did so, and this 2017 release is light-years better than the previous Columbia Tri-Star 2-disk release that I bought about a decade ago. Maybe only a couple other of of the 700+ Blu-ray disks I own has such subtle coloration and incredible resolution - NONE of which was visible at all in previous editions. A classic release of an anime classic.