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Blood - The Last Vampire [2000] [DVD]

Yki Kud , Saemi Nakamura , Hiroyuki Kitakubo    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Yki Kud, Saemi Nakamura, Joe Romersa, Rebecca Forstadt, Stuart Robinson
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
  • Writers: Katsuya Terada, Kenji Kamiyama
  • Producers: Akira Sato, Mamoru Oshii, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Ryuzo Shirakawa, Yukio Nagasaki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Portuguese
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Manga
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MAGM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,339 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Blood the Last Vampire brings a moody atmospheric quality all of its own to the Japanese animated film tradition. In a few short enigmatic scenes, we learn of the young girl Saya who is working for nameless government agencies and is sent, after one of her killings, to pose as a new pupil at an American school on an air force base. The Vietnam War is underway, but this does not concern her--she is involved with a far older war. All we ever find out is that she is not quite human, and that two of her schoolmates (and a whore in the mean streets adjacent to the base) are something yet again. Much of what ensues--gore and metamorphosis and nightmare chases--is all the more confusing for being seen through the eyes of a schoolteacher who never learns very much. This is a dreamlike film which does not have to make entirely literal sense, far more so than the creator's more famous Ghost in the Shell. It is also a memorable stage in the development of digitised animation. --Roz Kaveny

Product Description

A deadly secret lies hidden within the walls of the high security Yokota Air Force Base. It has become home to a monstrous subspecies of vampires who are causing havoc in 1960s Japan. But the secret services are fighting back, and now they have sent an agent to finish the job. She is Saya, the last of the original vampires.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but great vampire anime 20 Aug 2007
By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film was the first thing I watched that I was aware of as anime and I enjoy it now as much as I did then. The, admittedly light, story sees a young girl working for a secret organisation infiltrates a school on an American airbase to find and kill the vampires that are there. The vampire that the main character hunts aren't the usual western style vampires but their more demonic eastern counterparts and this could leave some vampire fans a little underwhelmed. This is a brilliant anime with great animation and is exciting to watch. The main problem with this film is its short length, at a little over forty minutes this does mean that things are rushed slightly in places but Blood remains enjoyable nonetheless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Amazing film.. yes its only 45 mins long but my god, what a 45 mins it is....

For any fan of animation or art of any kind this is for you.. a must see piese of moving image of thge very highest calibre...
Anyone giving this s bad review is an idiot who probably thinks 'Ice Age' is a great film!!!! ...they are philistines...you have to see this film.. simply stunning!
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Despite the claim on the front that this film is by the 'makers of Ghost In The Shell' it's a statement that's only half true. The director of G.I.T.S assembled this team of exceedingly talented young animators and has helped them produce this stunning piece of work. But to be honest such name-dropping on a title this magnificent is needless.
The story is bare-boned. Not because there is none...but because it is clear that we are only witnessing a small part of the story. This isn't the beigging, and it certainly isn't the end, and refreshingly the film never apologizes for its lack of a begginning/middle/end with the standard ridiculous manga excuses. We don't need to know why there's a vampire (possibly the last) working for the government (possibly?) tracking down demons masquerading the earth as humans. We've heard all the stupid explanations before and they never stick, so it's nice to just be given the piece of art as it is. And it is a piece of art.
As you've probably already read-this has been toted as the first anime to use full digital animation. Again-another half-truth. It is in fact a dizzyingly perfect mix of traditional cel animation/cgi/and stunning digital special fx. The director can fully explore the surroundings of the characters in a way they never have been able to in anime. The camera sweeps and jutters thru' the gorgeously painted cityscapes and never resorts to the boring traditional techniques of animation. This is a film where finally animation is being used to its fullest as we see things we could never see in celluloid cinema.The colourization and sharp/yet grittness of the charactors is astounding, and those odd moments in the best of anime is in constant flow here as every scene dazzles the senses with detail and depth.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars short but so sweet 21 Jan 2002
Format:DVD
well, you have to balence the good and the bad, wieghing in at less than 50 minutes with very little extras (dvd) would normally make it hard to recommend.
But, as short as it is, this is an amazing peice of animation. the first five minutes of film had my jaw crashing to the ground, the movement was so sweet, pity there was only another half hour or so of it!
the plot is 'ok' but the charecters are good... a nice change from the usual 15 year old school girls in skirts.
in the trailer on the dvd i noticed footage that wasnt in the movie...
so i think it was cut!!! it would explain the short length!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Tad Disappointed 11 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
I am a tad dissapointed because I bought this after watching the series Blood+ revolving around the same character. The animation in this movie was very good but there was no way on the dvd for me to make it all japanese. I like to watch japanese anime in japanese, but this animation is half in english, half japanese which was a little frustrating. On the whole I am still pleased I bought it, but am a little puzzled because I believe the movie was meant to be longer. I have seen footage of Saya runninhg through Vietnam, half-crazed killing everything in her path. I expected that to happen in the movie, but now I am not sure. I am aware that there is an original 3 - parter japanese animation of Blood. Then this was made, then Blood+ the series. That is my understanding.However, I do wonder if there is more to this movie. I am confused, and as I said, a tad disappointed.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film with stunning animation 19 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This film is very good, despite it short length it has a story that quickly pulls you in and characters who really capture your imagination. The animation is excellent and the combining of the animation and computer effects was seamless.
This film is a must see for all anime/manga fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars She's the last original 11 Sep 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Your basic vampire is perfectly suited to anime -- beautiful, seductive, and opulant.

Well, most of them, anyway. Things are a bit different in "Blood: The Last Vampire," an anime movie that bravely throws out most of the vampire preconceptions, as well as plot exposition. It's not a total success storywise, but it's an effectively dark, moody piece of bloody action.

As the movie opens, we see a mysterious young girl, Saya, on a train. When the lights go out, she savagely attacks a man at the other end of the train with a sword.

It turns out the man was a Chiropteran -- a sort of bat-vampire. When her coworkers arrive to clean up the mess, Saya learns that the Chiropterans have infiltrated the general public -- and she has to go undercover at a girls' high school near an American military base. She isn't happy about it, but goes anyway.

Saya begins snooping around for evidence of Chiropterans, and finds it -- a pair are disguised as ordinary high school girls. But when she corners them, a timid nurse accidentally gets involved in the bloodbath that ensues -- and a deadly cat-and-mouse game between the mysterious Saya and her monstrous prey.

"Blood: The Last Vampire" is one of those movies where the plot isn't the overwhelming force. In fact, the actual story isn't much -- it feels like tuning into an episode of a weekly TV show, without much explanation for who Saya is and what is going on. And after the first third, the movie is pretty much entirely devoted to "Saya hacks and slashes her way through the school while the nurse screams a lot."

But the visual presentation is stunning -- every scenes is saturated with shadows and vague, pale light.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
Maybe it is because I have watched so much really beautiful anime with great story lines that I was disappointed with this one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr. A. Killingback
4.0 out of 5 stars blood -the last vam
this is a good DVD and zoverstocks is a good place to get your DVD from they have a quick turn around from the time you pay to the time you get your goods i buy a lot from them and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by paul hemming-binks
4.0 out of 5 stars headline
good movie - too short
Blood, the last - original - vampire, works for the f.b.i. or something, goes to hongkong or somwhere and has to kill vampiers.
Published 14 months ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars The thing I love about `Blood (the last vampire)'
The animation is amazing. I mean - creative - the work that has gone into this 48minute film is impressive. Read more
Published 23 months ago by R. E. Pears
5.0 out of 5 stars The thing I love about `Blood (the last vampire)'
The animation is amazing. I mean - creative - the work that has gone into this 48minute film is impressive. Read more
Published 23 months ago by R. E. Pears
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood -The Last Vampire ( Blu-rey) (2000)
In a American military base in japan . A great threat exist within the walls of the heavily guarded compond. vampires. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by Lars-Gran L
2.0 out of 5 stars Too short
This was ok, but wouldn't watch again & wish I hadn't bought. It was very short also. I would not recommend this film at all.
Published on 10 Mar 2011 by Blackorchid
1.0 out of 5 stars Long episode, not worth it
This is not a movie, it's juat a long tv episode; so if you are not fAmiliar with the series it will only be visually ok episode of a vampire series, but it will lack content or... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2011 by RFont
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood
James Cameron said: "...change the animation movie-making technology."
Bit short but very astonishing movie with great caracters.
Published on 29 Oct 2010 by D. Varga
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Brilliant!
a revolution in modern anime, but i cant go any furthr, the product is very reliable and fast. the sale made this affordable. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by dr feelgud
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