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2001 Nights (Fumihiko Sori's TO) [Blu-ray]

Fumihiko Sori    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Fumihiko Sori
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004W7D4MI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,028 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Join the acclaimed director, Fumihiko Sori (Vexille, Ichi) and the producers of Appleseed and Halo Legends for an epic journey to the stars told across two stunning sci-fi fables. A crew returns home after 15 years in space. While they have only aged by two years, everyone they know is now fifteen years older. One hundred years have passed and mankind presses on ever deeper into the solar system. But far from establishing a new world order in space, man has brought the same old rivalries and conflicts with him. A war erupts as the race to colonize a new Earth intensifies.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not as bad as the other reviews say! 20 Jan 2013
By A. Frej
Just adding this review to counter balance the bad mouthing of initial reviews. I don't know where or what you have seen but CGI in this movie is excellent and crisp - proper blu ray quality. The stories are good, I liked especially the first one. The animation is on a very high level. Rating this a 1 out of 5 is very misleading. It may not be the top class, but it definitely deserves a positive rating!
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4.0 out of 5 stars CG animation - the Final Frontier 12 Sep 2011
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
The original manga 2001 Nights by Yukinobu Hoshino, published in English translation by Viz in 1990, was a collection of science-fiction stories based around the expansion of humanity into space following a technological Great Advance. Although each of the stories were standalone, collectively they considered the necessity of humanity leaving behind old beliefs and attitudes in order to flourish in a new environment, face the possibility of extraterrestrial life, colonise new worlds and face other unknown challenges. It takes a while for humanity to adapt, but the insights gained, the ideas explored and the discoveries made through the stories managed to be intelligent as well as thrilling space adventures.

Adapting only two of the dozen or so stories, 'Elliptical Orbit' and 'Symbiotic Planet', Fumihiko Sori nonetheless manages to faithfully capture the flavour of Yukinobu Hoshino's original series in 'To'. The two stories don't perhaps give a sense of some of the more ambitious themes of the stories relating to religion, antimatter and the seeding of planets, but as an introduction, the two stories adapted here have a good balance between ideas and SF action. Originally drawn in a much more realistic style than the typical manga series, it's appropriate also that Sori brings the 3D CG and motion capture techniques used in Appleseed and Vexille to 'To', the detail of the vast spaceships, the creation of planetary landscapes and the fluid movement of animation all working perfectly with the deep space settings.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ideas let down by flat characters. 24 Jan 2012
This is a title I expected a lot from - adapted from a well received Manga and directed by Fumihiko Sori who was involved with acclaimed Anime films such as Appleseed, I was hoping for a thought provoking and immersive Science-Fiction story. Unfortunately though it didn't quite deliver.

This is a condensed version of the manga, rather than containing all 19 of the original stories it picks out 2, each lasting around 45 minutes. The first story looks at a strained reunion between Dan and Maria, they are old flames who have become distanced by age. Maria has been biologically 'frozen' as she travels, the result is that she is remains quite young whereas Dan has aged. This was an opportunity for an exploration into the effects their differences have had on how they feel about each other, set to a backdrop of a terrorist attack there is even more scope for an involved story - but it never happens. It feels like lazy story-telling, it never really delves below the action of what you see other than some cursory on-screen tension. The second story has more success but is still far from great sci-fi. Set some years beyond the first, spores on a newly discovered planet are found to have unexpected qualities and again, there is a difficult romance which is occasionally quite moving.

As this is set in space you expect space-craft and thankfully that is one area where 2001 Nights excels itself - they look spectacular and as they turn or the viewpoint sweeps across, the 3D animation renders the physics of the movement well and they look almost photorealistic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars stay away 17 July 2011
I saw this at an all-night anime showing in Londond in April, it bings me no pleasure to say that this is one of the worse animes I have ever seen. The cg visuals are basic and uninteresting, marginally better than Dead Space aftermath (just). It looks amateur at best. I am aware that this is based on a manga series of short stories i haven't read them but I can only hope they are better the anime. The stories are nothing really new but i think they would work better as a manga it doesn't come across well in the anime. Stay away from this it isn't worth the time or money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars OMFG -.0 27 Jun 2011
By Nils
I've bought the US release of this "movie"(in fact there are two 35min OVAs on the discs) and only watched the first OVA, that one was so horrible that I didn't even bothered watching the second one. The animation, modelling etc. looks like they were done by a bunch of amateurs. Oh well, maybe even amateurs could have done an better job in this ultra low budget production and don't get fooled by the trailer, they already picked the best scenes for it.

The stories were loosely picked from Yukinobu Hoshino 2001 Nights mangas. 2001 Nights is a collection of short stories that look to mankind's exploration of space, and examine the possibilities that we could face when we decide to take those first fateful steps into the unknown. This sounds interesting and might work in the mangas (haven't read them), but it doesn't in this "movie". Stay away from it!

If you like more realistic space anime get Planetes or Moonlight Mile and if you like CG try Vexille or Appleseed ExMachina, both of them are good and were directed by SORI, that's why i had high expectations in "TO Movie".

Don't know what the Manga UK release will look like.

The Funimation US release comes in a standard DVD case, that holds a Blu-Ray and two DVDs (which you can give to some you don't like, fix an always wiggling chair or use them as coasters). Funimation wrapped the whole mess with their "new" "cheap" slipcase, they are using on their Anime "classic" line.
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