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If you were ever a fan of Battle of The Planets, Ulysses 31 and their ilk then the animated content of Interstella 5555 will suprise and delight; that the musical input works perfectly with the unfolding storyline is a complementary joy. And any suspicions that the animation would be budget-constrained soon evaporate: Daft Punk chose one of Japan's best anime teams to work with and it shows. The characters are appealing, the backgrounds beautifully drawn and the intensely psychedelic flavour of the whole film is spot-on.
The storyline is also surprisingly easy to follow, despite the total lack of dialogue. Sure, there are some of the traditional 'what the?' moments that come with any anime movie, but these add to the fun. And the package as a whole works to remind you of how great Discovery is as an album and how great Japanese cartoons are too.
Well worth buying.
Sitting back on the friday morning I got it, with the curtains drawn, i immersed myself in a world of music, other worlds and evil cults. The film was AMAZING, and although the narrative isn't something necessarily new, the marriage of such beautiful audio and visual is absolutely stunning.
As i purchased the special edition, i also recieved a copy of Daft Club, the remix album of Discovery, which although I already owned, was a pleasent suprise. This is excellent value, as anyone not owning the Daft Club CD will be doubly grateful. I suggest you check out the Cosmo Vitelli remix of "Face to Face", a new spin on an already classic track.
Overall, i'm finding it very difficult to put into words the sheer gorgeousness of the film. everything about it, from its audio brilliance to its colourful, exotic visuals, is just sublime. Even if it were 40 quid, it'd be a bloody bargain! Buy It!