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Appleseed - Ex-Machina [DVD] [2007]


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  • Directors: Shinji Aramaki
  • Producers: Terence Chang, Joseph Chou, Hidenori Hosono, Naoko Watanabe, John Woo
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Danish, English, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00166MB54
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,227 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Producer John Woo's updating of the Japanese anime series. In the year 2133, the Third World War has devastated mankind, and has led to the creation of a utopian society in the hi-tech city of Olympus. Deunen is a female warrior from the scorched wastlelands who meets her long lost boyfriend, Briareos, who has been transformed into a half-machine cyborg. The pair's partnership is tested when Jude Tereus, a 'battle bioroid' joins their ESWAT team. Even more worrying is the fact that Tereus was constructed using Briareos's DNA, causing him to have feelings for Deunen. As Olympus gets ready to hold a global trade summit, the city is hit by a wave of terrorist cyborg attacks. With an increasing number of cyborgs rebelling, Deunen finds herself having to partner Tereus as the terrorist campaign intensifies.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Carline on 11 Sep 2009
Format: DVD
I'll keep my review brief as I can add little to many of the comments made. I personally loved the animation and the storyline. I'm not =familiar with John Woo, so I can't really compare his work and also he only produced it, he didn't direct it. That was done by the same guy who directed the opriginal Appleseed film.

Where I am annoyed and disapointed, and why I have only given it it 4 stars is the lack of the original Japanese soundtrack. I have a lot of Japanese Anime and all, but this one, have the original soundtrack. I can only think that Warner Brothers had something to do with this. The original Appleseed was done by Optimum Asia.

The japanese had taken so much trouble with the lipsink, it's ashame we cannot completely appreaciate it now the Japanese soundtrack is missing!

Thank you Warners!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
One of the more underdeveloped storylines from "Appleseed" was the relationship between Deunan Knute and her cyborg love, Briareos.

Well, "Appleseed Ex Machina" more than makes up for that. In fact, this CGI action flick boasts upgrades in every area -- a tighter plot, more complex conspiracies, and more lifelike animation. It's a stunning experience with loads of fiery, spinning action scenes, albeit with a slightly improbable villain.

Olympus has a new threat -- brainwashed cyborgs that are kidnapping officials, and disrupting planetary peace. During a rescue mission, Briareos is injured and hospitalized for awhile -- and Deunan introduced to her new partner Tereus -- a warrior bioroid cloned from Briareos' DNA. She's furious, Briareos is depressed, and all three are confused by Tereus' similarities to Briareos.

But when President Athena calls an international conference, E-SWAT only narrowly stops an attack force -- of cyborgs and ordinary humans who have somehow been possessed by a mechanical goo. Their message: "I am Halcon... all will be one." And worst of all, Briareos is somehow being affected by the baddies, so he decides to do some investigating on his own. Now Deunan, Briareos and Tereus must join forces despite their tension, and stop a malevolent conspiracy that threatens the entire world....

While the first "Appleseed" movie had a rather simple plot, "Appleseed Ex Machina" tends toward complexity. Everything is bigger -- the conspiracies, the mad scientist stuff, the potential warfare, and even the love story. And despite its fuller plot, the sequel actually manages to cram in some quiet moments between robot battles and personal scuffles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hadesfallen on 15 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
Appleseed - Ex Machina [2007]
First off i have to say i thought this movie wasn't half as bad as some of the reviews make out. I think from japanese anime genre point of view it offers absolutely nothing new, but i have got to the point whereby its what i expect now. Thats not to suggest its a bad thing because chances are if you buy the dvd your an anime fan and you buy anime because the style and the genre are what interest you. The story itself which does take a while to warm up does at least make an admiral attempt at introducing more of the love interest between Deunan and Briareos which does maintain the continuity of the previous film. Deunan herself although at times firey during the film movie does seem quite abit more fragile than what you would expect and Briareos well same old. Unfortunately everyone else characterisation wise are kinda sidelined and the film doesn't want to explore them at all. I thought Hitomi in particular was woefully neglected. Although they did momentarily touch on the relationship between Briareos and Aeacus which although short lived was done well. The so called Briareos clone "Tereus" who played the typically cold, hard but so wanting to get with the girl excuse me if you've heard this before cliche is best left unmentioned. Animation is good but noticeably different from the first, i actually thought it was more akin to original anime styling than the previous film which seemed to go out of its way to dazzle you with the cg element and for this its big thumbs up, i think it worked well, sure there were times when background design, animation could be abit lacklustre but generally it was good throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harbour Street on 19 Jan 2010
Format: Blu-ray
The plot is set more than 100 years into the future, after a world war which killed a lot of earth's population. This was already revealed in the prequel "Appleseed". As a consequence, genetically altered humans, the bioroids, have been created who lack undesired traits of character, like hatred. The prequel, Appleseed, deals with the problems created by humans still in power (certain military figures) who resent losing their influence to the bioroids, who gradually take over government - at least in the leading utopic nation with the capital Olympus.
In principle, this is an interesting and not unlikely scenario.
Appleseed ex machina shows the world a few years later when essentially all government (and apparently many of the top management) positions in Olympus are run by bioroids. Well, it seems that they are all beautiful women and that the unengineered politicians from other nations are set-in-their-ways, grumpy old men. The further plot has already been discussed elsewhere. It seems that the bioroids are doing quite a good job at running the show. It would indeed be nice to have politicians like Athena and Nike, including flashy outfits.
It is one of the problems of japanese manga that certain things are all too obvious, like ideas which were borrowed from JFK's funeral and the Matrix trilogy. And there is a strong similarity to Ghost in the Shell.
On the other hand, the themes presented are well worth exploring and I do not think that the depiction of our future is all too far-fetched. What I like most is the increasing mastery of computer graphics. The figures still move a bit wooden, the small and fast movements are missing, but the shape of things to come, the lifelike and realistic depiction of fantasy worlds and especially of actors, is clearly visible in this movie. Wow!
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