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Robot Carnival [Blu-ray]
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March 27, 2018
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|Genre||Anime & Manga|
|Contributor||Bob Bergen, Hidetoshi Oomori|
|Runtime||1 hour and 30 minutes|
Robot Carnival is an anthology collection of nine short films, many done by animators before they got their feet wet in directing. From funny to dramatic, artistic to entertaining, each story reaches towards the furthest corners of time and space to bring you a tale of robots, and the people who make them. Whether you have a love for great hand-drawn animation, an appreciation for fine storytelling, or just like robots, this anthology a visual treat for the eyes as well as the mind! *Region Code: A, B, C.
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.45 inches; 2.86 Ounces
- Audio Description: : English, Japanese
- Director : Hidetoshi Oomori
- Media Format : Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Release date : March 27, 2018
- Actors : Bob Bergen
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Discotek Media
- ASIN : B079F9NCK8
- Number of discs : 1
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Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2021
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Over the years, Robot Carnival has been released in a variety of formats, with the Streamline Pictures Laserdisc sitting at the top of the pile as the definitive edition for decades. Just before I bought this collection (fall 2019) I was seriously mulling whether to spend a few more dollars to get the Laserdisc version instead because I thought that might be an experience more in keeping with 90's anime, back when the only way it made it across the ocean was if someone was passionate enough to take a huge risk on it. In the end I decided to go with this Blu-ray release because it would be easier to lend out - funnily enough most of my friends don't have Laserdisc players for some reason.
Well, as it turns out I needn't have worried at all, as this Blu-ray release actually contains the Streamline Laserdisc version of the content - including the Streamline logos, streamline audio and everything, just in crystal clear lovingly transferred high-definition. Seriously, there's a menu option that lets you select between the original Japanese release and the "Streamline Laserdisc". Either version lets you select between the original Japanese audio and the Streamline Laserdisc English audio. The main differences between the versions are the intro and credits sequences and the order the segments are presented in.
What was particularly awesome to me was the interviews and documentaries, learning the story of how Robot Carnival was conceived and why it was made took my love for this composition even further.
If you're a fan of Robot Carnival already, you won't be disappointed by this treatment - it was done with loving care by people who are clearly passionate about it. The audio and video are clean and clear and gorgeous. This looks like a new hi-def transfer and not an upscale. There's a ton of detail here that was much harder to notice in the earlier standard-definition releases.
If you haven't seen Robot Carnival before, this is the best way to see it.
I wholeheartedly recommend this release.
I owned the DVD version of this previously, which offered a bare bones transfer that was not much better than a VHS copy, but this upgrade provides a bit more color vibrancy and clarity to these beloved short cartoons.
The overall theme of the series of shorts is similar to that of the modern Love, Death, and Robots netflix series in that Artificial Intelligence is the ongoing theme running beneath all of the stories. This collection features different animation styles as well, but I would argue that the weakest of them still holds up better than most modern anime, and can see the absolute attention to detail and realism as this sort of animation is a treasure to behold.
Update: got a replacement copy and plays great. First one I got had production issues. Happy Customer.
I first saw a home video VHS release about a year after the film had hit the theatres, and thought at that time that was the best anyone would get in home video short of going to the theatre, but this 2K bluray presentation is outstanding. It is in fact a reconstructed print complete with titles that were redone, and with English credits for us non-Japanese heathens.
I saw this when I was in college, and I'm sorry it took so long to get a really excellent copy to the mass media home video market, because the film really is one of the great works of anime. As per the producer's comment in the documentary this is an anthology, and anthologies are hard for some people (probably most, I'm guessing) to take, but if you're wanting to experience Japanese animation (anime), then you could do worse than to rent or buy a copy of this very wonderful film.
The image is super sharp, and I'm seeing details in this film I've never noticed before, and I've seen this film time and again since it was first released on home video way back in the 80s. Seeing this bluray is like seeing this film for the first time ever all over again. It's really that spectacular.
Please do yourself a favor and give this film a look. You won't regret it.
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Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on December 12, 2019