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- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 8.32 Ounces
- Item model number : hd13
- Director : Satoshi Kon
- Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 21 minutes
- Release date : March 26, 2019
- Actors : Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Shout Factory
- ASIN : B07L5DTDLG
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,416 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This is more like a Brian De Palma movie than your typical anime, and the irony of its re-release by GKIDS (a distributor better known for the Studio Ghibli Collection) is as freaky as PERFECT BLUE itself: what with the nudity, film-within-a-film rape scenes, and death by icepick, this ain't no kids' movie.
Now that we've gotten used to super-slick computer animation, this hand-drawn film looks its age, but the story will drag you in -- and drag you under -- so quickly you'll barely notice.
For reference, my favorite anime of all time is Angel's Egg, at the other end of the spectrum, so I do have a preference for the more fantastical in style and storyline.
The strangest part of this film is that the director/writer makes you feel sympathy with the worst of the characters he draws for you. Not at first, of course. At first, you are thoroughly repulsed and sickened by these people. But slowly, as you watch what they do and how and why they think as they do, you cannot help but feel a twinge of compassion. They are just as much victims of an ugly, twisted system as those who are openly exploited.
I was under the mistaken belief that this turned out to be the last film made by Satoshi Kon, the creator who made Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers, besides other impressive films. In fact, Millennium Actress, from 2019(?), was, I believe, his last film. These all are outstanding works of art, not just "cartoons". You get the feeling with his work that had he the funds, he would certainly have made live-action versions of his stories. But, budgets being what they are, he had to settle for anime. Still, his work is just as masterful and important as anything coming out of Ghibli. It's just a shame that this man had to die so young. I suspect we've been robbed of some truly unique and powerful films. Oh, well. That's life -- such as it is.
Again, I must emphasize that this film is rather deceptively simple. By the time you've gotten half-way through the story, you are absolutely hooked. Several times, I was rather surprised to realize that my mouth was open in shock at what I was seeing. The power of the sound and images he created is simply overwhelming. You quickly forget that you're watching a film; you are pulled, intellectually, emotionally, totally, into the story this man is telling. And even though the scenes you witness seem to be exploitative, the truth is that he is actually showing you exactly how the entertainment industry exploits the people it sucks into its web.
I'm certain he intended this to be an indictment of the Japanese entertainment industry. But we all know that the world-wide entertainment industry operates along the very same lines. In fact, truth be known, it is far, far worse than any of us suspect. Only recently have some brave individuals been able to come out publicly and reveal just how perverse this industry truly is. Yes, we have whistle-blowers in every industry. But the entertainment industry operates at a truly depraved level of exploitation only recently being revealed. Fascinating how this anime director, twenty-some years ago seemed to be one of the first to sound the alarm. Sad, of course, how no one was really listening.
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Simply put, Perfect Blue has never looked this good before. The animation is obviously of its time as it was made in 1997 and not given the typical budget of an anime feature film, but it has nevertheless cleaned up impressively well. Having watched it on a 42 inch 1080p display I can confirm that it looks much, much better than the DVD release from 2000. As far as audio goes, this version has been furnished with the lossless Japanese tracks, however if you are after the English dub, I have heard that due to the originals being lost, the English dub track is lossy. I do not personally have an interest in the dub, but if this bothers you I give you my condolences, but unfortunately it was not something Anime Limited could do anything about, as the loss of the dub was the fault of the Japanese licensor, and not anything to do with the guys on our end in the UK. The special features on disc are much the same as they were on the initial DVD release from 2000, with interviews with several actors from both the English and Japanese tracks, as well as an interview with the director himself, along with footage from recording sessions. It should be noted that these are presented in 480i like the ones on the DVD, as unlike the movie they have not been remastered.
As far as packaging and presentation go, the version I have is the limited edition steelbook released in 2016 (although I am aware there is both an original collector's and a standard edition). so that is the one I am going to be reviewing here. I wasn't sure how to feel about the artwork for the steelbook when looking at it on the site, and all I can say is that it looks really, really good when you have it in your hands. As far as the contents go it is simple, simply containing the disc and also several art cards which were included in the original collector's edition. It does fall into the trap that the majority of steelbooks have, in that the disc can be very hard to remove, but I am not going to deduct a star for that since it is pretty much the case with all steelbooks. Obviously the comments I have made on the Blu-ray itself apply to all three editions.
All in all if you are already a fan of Perfect Blue then I would strongly implore you to take the plunge and upgrade to the HD version, as quite honestly, this is the best Perfect Blue is ever gonna look, and the fact we have been given the option to have it at all by the lovely people at Anime Limited is almost a miracle in itself. As of the time of writing the standard edition Blu-ray can be bought for a mere £15, so I would suggest to anyone, whether they are a longtime fan looking for an upgrade, or an intrigued newcomer, to buy this edition while you can, because as many anime collectors know, sometimes stuff can go out of print with little warning
If you are tossing around the thought of watching this I say watch it alone. Its not a family movie and for some parts with my girlfriend there and her mother you'll just end up feeling awkward. Seriously get a microwave dinner and kick back its the kind of movie you need to focus on. All in all I say give it a go.
My only minor problem is how flimsy the information card is that wraps the case (made from paper rather than card). But it not bad enough to reduce the score.