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Appleseed: Ex Machina [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

Shinji Aramaki    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Shinji Aramaki
  • Producers: Terence Chang, Joseph Chou, Hidenori Hosono, Naoko Watanabe, John Woo
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese, French, German, Cantonese Chinese, Dutch
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016LSFD6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,760 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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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Following the non-nuclear war that killed half the world's population, the city-nation of Olympus stands as a beacon of hope in a world of chaos and conflict. The utopian metropolis is governed by Gaia, a vast artificial intelligence, and administered by genetically engineered humanoids known as Bioroids, whose designer DNA suppresses strong emotions. With Bioroids being half of its population, peace and order are easily maintained. Deunan, a young female warrior, and Briareos, a veteran cyborg-soldier, are both partners and lovers. As members of E.S.W.A.T., the elite special forces serving Olympus, they are deployed whenever trouble strikes. The two fighters find their partnership tested in a new way by the arrival of a new member to their ranks - an experimental Bioroid named Tereus. Created by Gaia using DNA from Briareos, Tereus uncannily resembles Briareos before the wartime injuries that led to his becoming a cyborg. Not only does this trouble Deunan, but Briareos's DNA gives Tereus more than top-notch fighting skills; this battle-ready Bioroid is like Briareos in another way - he has also strong romantic feelings for Deunan!


  • Actors

Ai Kobayashi, Kouichi Yamadera, Yuji Kishi, Miyuki Sawashiro & Naoko Kouda

  • Director

Shinji Aramaki

  • Certificate

12 years and over

  • Year


  • Screen

Widescreen 1.85:1

  • Languages

English - Dolby Digital (5.1)

  • Additional Languages

Japanes ; Cantonese ; Dutch ; French ; German

  • Subtitles

English ; Complex Chinese ; Dutch ; French ; German ; Korean

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why No Japanese?! 11 Sep 2009
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
4.0 out of 5 stars You're my partner 25 Mar 2008
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, thats all 15 Jan 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appleseed Ex Machina 20 Mar 2008
Masamune Shirow's best Manga gets the treatment it deserves with the latest incarnation Appleseed Ex Machina. Quite possibly the best Anime' movie released to date with stunning visuals to boot! If you like Anime you will love this film great action set pieces produced with John Woo's input to ratchet up the action to a level not usually found in an anime' movie. In addition there's some great extras on the blu ray including a history of appleseed with a rare series of comments from Masamune Shirow himself.
I cannot recomend buying this movie enough with no region coding on the Blu ray disc it lit up my PS3 & LCD like no other Anime' movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel Appleseed Film. 7 April 2013
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I remember seeing the original Appleseed film and loving it when I was in high school, even though the original was only on for an hour. Well I have to say this new version is fantastic. The new CG artwork is amazing and will completely blow your mind if your new to this type of animation, or even if your already a Manga fan you will love this. Quite along film as well which is great and that makes it worth the money.

This sequel is also as great as the 2004 remake. Well worth watching and adding to a good Manga collection.

Buy the way, make sure you buy this on Blu-ray as its worth seeing the HD artwork detail in full
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5.0 out of 5 stars Appleseed - Ex-Machina
Bought this for my son who loves specific anime and likes Appleseed. He already had the other Appleseed dvd's but not this one and he also has the complete Robotech Series too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless
The first Appleseed movie sparkled with colour and inventiveness. This one looks like it's been filmed through porridge on a too cheap budget. Don't waste your money
Published on 27 Nov 2010 by SkatertnyP
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent 3D CG anime
Appleseed Ex Machina is the sequel to the 2004 CG anime film Appleseed based off of the 80s manga Appleseed that was writen by Masamune Shirow, better known for his other series,... Read more
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