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Mamoru Oshii Cinema Trilogy Collection (Talking Head/Stray Dogs/The Red Spectacles) + Soundtrack CD

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Mamoru Oshii has created and directed some of Japan’s most celebrated motion pictures including highly acclaimed movies like ‘Ghost in the Shell’, ‘Patlabor’, and ‘Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade’. Now available for the first time outside of Japan are three of Oshii’s early live action theatrical features: ‘Talking Heads’, ‘Stray Dogs’, and ‘Red Spectacles’. These are the stories of of men whose lives are forever changed by deceit, betrayal, and murder and whose sole purpose is either to live as wolves or to live as sheep. Prepare yourself for a cinematic collection that delves into the mind of one, Mamoru Oshii.

From one of the premier directors of Japanese Cinema - Director Mamoru Oshii
Filmography includes - director 'Ghost in the Shell', creator 'Jin-Roh', director 'Patlabor'
Live Action Theatrical Feature
Anamorphic Widescreen
Mamoru Oshii's Cinema Collection Contains an EXCLUSIVE original CD Soundtrack from the features
DVD Features:
Interactive Animated Menus
Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Japanese Language
English subtitles option
EXCLUSIVE Original CD Soundtrack
DVD Extras:
Mamoru Oshii Text
Theatrical Trailers

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Shigeru Chiba, Machiko Washio, Hideyuki Tanaka, Hideyo Amamoto, Tesshô Genda
  • Directors: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Mamoru Oshii
  • Writers: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Mamoru Oshii, Kazunori Itô
  • Producers: Daisuke Hayashi, Shigeharu Shiba
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 316 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CG8AS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,235 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mamoru Oshii Cinema Trilogy Collection (Talking Head/Stray Dogs/The Red Spectacles) + Soundtrack CD" on IMDb

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By A Customer on May 24, 2004
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These movies certainly won't appeal to everyone, but I personally found them refreshingly different, interesting and very enjoyable. Whether or not you will enjoy them depends not only on personal taste but also what you intend to get out of seeing movies. If you've dismissed movies such as David Lynch's "Eraserhead" or "Lost Highway" as 'arsty pretentious rubbish', these won't be the films for you. The directing draws attention to itself (especially in "Talking Head"), which means if you just want to be told a story, you're already missing the point. These can be seen as 'experiments' in movie-making, and the results are very interesting, provided you're into that sort of thing.
Understandably, some people may be interested in these movies because of the connection to the Oshii-written anime "Jin-Roh". Don't expect a similar film, or much relation to it. At first, these films seem to have little relation to each other, let alone other films. Don't expect action, either. There are occasional action scenes, though if that's why you're watching the film you're once again likely missing the point.
It occured to me that "The Red Spectacles" is, in a way, a parody of itself. Any event or aspect of the storyline that may have been slightly far fetched, silly, or seen as a mistake in a normal film, is made very deliberate, exaggerated and displayed in an over-the-top manner that is somewhat remeniscent of comedic anime.. yet it doesn't feel out of place. It seems to fit right into the world Oshii has created in the film.
"Stray Dog" is a mellow, aesthetically beautiful film, rich in color, which is a startling contrast to the schizofrenic "Red Spectacles", which was predominately in black and white, and generally far from mellow.
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By A Customer on May 12, 2004
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I loved these movies and the soundtrack that came with them. Mamoru Oshii is a genius but there were quite a few flaws that kept me unsatisfied. I wouldn't recommend these for everyone but only for those who like Oshii and anime. If you do it's a definate buy!
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