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Avalon [DVD]

Malgorzata Foremniak , Wladyslaw Kowalski , Adam Szyszkowski    To Be Announced   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Malgorzata Foremniak, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Jerzy Gudejko, Dariusz Biskupski, Bartlomiej Swiderski
  • Directors: Adam Szyszkowski
  • Producers: Kenji Kawai
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Bluelight
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000646752
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,416 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A virtual reality thriller set in a near-future cyberpunk wasteland. Ash, a highly-skilled player of the addictive computer game 'Avalon', moves back and forth from actual and virtual realities with ease. On screen contact with Avalon character 'Ghost' has left players terminally damaged. Only when Ash confronts this deadly 'Ghost' will she discover the true nature of reality.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Avalook 6 Feb 2005
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I really enjoyed this film. It comes across as a very profound meditation on the nature of being and the authenticity of reality (themes not a million miles away from Ghost in the Shell). It gets increasingly complex towards the resolution but you will get out of the film's ideas what you put into them. It is visually striking and the music is painfully beautiful at times. A real work of art- highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great thoughtful movie 4 Sep 2005
I really enjoyed this film, beware tho if your expecting full on action blaster you may need to look elsewhere, the film although having some great action scenes focuses more on the main character and the empty life she leads possibly due to her involvement with Avalon the game. If your a fan of open ended films which leave you asking questions then you will enjoy this.
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Mamoru Oshii's (of Ghost in the Shell [DVD] [1995] fame) Avalon is the logical extension of the concept, in an only lightly hypothetical world but this time with a real cast of Polish actors (as opposed to it being an anime).

Avalon is a computer game, which in a not too far-fetched manner takes over the lives of many of the players. Ash - a super successful single player that was formerly a member of a team that seems to have been betrayed by one of the members - is the female protagonist, trading her successes in the game for tokens that allow her to live 'in the real world' (an existence that seems to contain little apart from her dog Beszamel).

The movie follows her in search of a secret special level, which depending on your view could be a new reality, or the complete abandonment of one.

It is certainly not something for viewers looking for a clear cut ending and certainty in interpretation but I found it very intriguing and thought provoking. Getting submerged in a gaming experience to the extent pictured, whether as a result of a dystopian environment or due to some deeper fascination / addiction is definitely something worthwhile exploring in my opinion and the portrayal is fairly convincing.

As expected, the special effects are pretty spectacular for the age and the transition from the sepia world into one of full colour in the special level is fairly well done. While not action packed overall, the few scenes included are fairly well conceived and done, so it satisfies on that level, too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "I left my love in Avalon" - Al Jolson's 1920 10 May 2006
It is the dismal looking future and one thing that is forbidden but to intriguing to resist is the virtual reality game of "Avalon" it may prove to be fatal. Ash (Malgorzata Foremniak) an independent player was once a member of a team. Some one chickened out and called a reset. Now the one whom we assume is the culprit must get to the "A" level to free the old team leader Murphy (Jerzy Gudejko) from a vegetative existence.

Naturally nothing is what it seems in this perilous adventure. And reality is what we chose it to be.

Beautiful Music by the Warsaw Philharmonic.
Bishop is played by Dariusz Biskupski. 'Biskup' is Polish for bishop.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The generation we live in today has let technology control their lives instead of enhancing them; People are obsessively and sedated by Apple's i products and online video games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. They say that these games have made their lives better, having a virtual persona online with players around the world but are they starting to loose their grip on reality?

Welcome to Avalon, a live action film by fantastic filmmaker Mamoru Oshii(GITS,Patlabor etc)who has taken on this subject matter. the Story is about Ash; a loner who's only companion is a pet dog but when she's hooked up into the video game Avalon she is a professional and highly skilled soldier. She makes a living by trading her score points for credits and as the film progresses she goes in search of her former comrade who vanished into the forbidden areas of the game.

The first thing that has to be said is that the visuals are absolutely amazing; l even had to pause the film a few times to fully appreciate the sepia imagery. The direction is superb as always from Oshii showing us stunning action sequences, great meditaive scenes and his trademark symbolism.

And as everyone has mentioned the soundtrack by regular composer Kenji Kawai is just compelling and outstanding. It fits the movie together like chicken and rice. The polish actors themselfs have done a great job; Malgorzata Foremniak's character is quiet similar to Major Motoko Kusanagi, the movie does have similarities to Ghost in The Shell but it doesnt fail to be one of the most original and greatest Sci-Fi/Cyberpunk movies ever made (unlike The Matrix's attempt)

I highly recommend you witness this film's fantastic visuals and brilliant cultural & poetic story that will leave you asking questions about what reality and generation is their going to be next.
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