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Appleseed Ex Machina (DVD) POSTEN! Min: 100DD5.1WS [Import germany]

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  • Language: German, English
  • Subtitles: German, English, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: German, English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: WARNER HOME
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019BSC4K

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John Woo und Shinji Aramaki werfen ihr Talent in die Waagschale, um gemeinsam einen futuristischen Thriller nach der beliebten japanischen Manga-Serie von Shirow Masamune (Ghost in the Shell) zu schaffen. Deunan, Briareos und Tereus sind Soldaten in einer Spezialeinheit - ihre Aufgabe: im Stadtstaat Olympus für Ruhe und Ordnung zu sorgen. Doch dann verwandelt ein urplötzlicher Angriff von Fanatikern die Stadt in eine gefährliche Kriegszone. Mit revolutionären Computeranimationen, atemberaubender Action und einer detailfreudigen Story stürzt dieses fantastische Abenteuer die Menschheit in den Kampf gegen die Maschinen - es ist ein Duell auf Leben und Tod!

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Carline on 11 Sept. 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EA 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harbour Street on 19 Jan. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. R. S. Wilson on 20 Mar. 2008
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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 By *-[ROB]-* on 30 Dec. 2008
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
To my mind, the original movie adaption of Shirow Masamune's "Appleseed" manga series was pretty disappointing and needed remaking. And now it has.

Director - Shinji Aramaki
Producer - John Woo

In case you didn't know, Shinji Aramaki designed a number of the original Transformer and Robotech toys back in the day, and pretty much pioneered the now-iconic Japanese powered suit/exoskeleton look. Therefore, if you think any of the gear in this movie looks derivative, seriously think again.

I would say John Woo needs no introduction.

So.... With that kind of creative muscle behind the wheel of this project, the result could only have gone one of two ways, and luckily it went the right way. This movie works really well as what it is designed to be, and that is top-grade anime action.

Content summary:
* Engaging characters and storyline, although not as deep as (say) a Miyazaki production
* looks gorgeous
* soundtrack very well conceived
* impressive audio options
* actually quite interesting extras

Bottom line:
This blu-ray edition movie sets production standards that other sci-fi anime should surely follow.
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