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Mardock Scramble - The First Compression [Blu-ray]

Megumi Hayashibara , Norito Yashima , Susumu Kudo    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Megumi Hayashibara, Norito Yashima, Hiroki Touchi
  • Directors: Susumu Kudo
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2012
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,966 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

In a futuristic society, a 15-year-old prostitute named Rune Balot is rescued after being nearly killed. She is subconsciously given the choice to continue living due to an emergency ordinance to preserve life called Mardock Scramble 09. Turned into a cyborg, Balot is then given the choice of assisting the investigations against the man who tried to terminate her. He is part of the powerful October corporation that is stealthily conducting illegal activities. Contains both the Director's Cut and Theatrical Cut.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, dark and thoroughly intriguing 17 April 2012
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I hadn't seen Mardock Scramble before buying the BD release, so purchasing this was something of a gamble - and having now watched the film, I can say it was a gamble worth taking.

An engaging story of despair and retribution set in a dark, futuristic world, Mardock Scramble is visually fantastic. From the initial scenes of an almost Tron-like city, to a brief but frantic car chase, onto gun battles in near total darkness, the animation is constantly top-notch and the high definition picture on the BD really makes for stunning visuals.

The audio is good, having only watched the movie with the Japanese audio track, I can't comment on the quality of the English dub. The Japanese voice actors all do a great job, particularly those of some of the more grotesque characters that the film presents. The soundtrack fits well without having any standout moments, but generally adds depth and atmosphere throughout the picture.

My only slight complaint with the movie is that it is only just over an hour long, and with the story ending on a cliffhanger, I found that the film cut off just as I was really getting into it.

The BD features the theatrical release, and the Director's Cut (though this is only available with Japanese audio and English subtitles), with the theatrical release being best for anyone who does not want to be subjected to some of the film's more explicit sexual content. Other extras include trailers and TV spots, though these aren't particularly fascinating.

Overall, aside from the short length, this is a great anime movie and one that I would definitely recommend to anime fans. If you are a fan of series that feature gun toting action, such as Hellsing or Hellsing Ultimate, then Mardock Scramble might be right up your alley.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Anime - bit too short 3 Sep 2013
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Good Anime - i deffinately want to watch the second one the problem is that for the money its a bit short - Probably the publishers fault really.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting title 17 Jun 2012
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The title of First compression appealed to me and the idea of a resurrected being to exact revenge.I'm a sucker for female protagonists and,at first,resisted the temptation to buy this,but,well,I like anime and it just might be good,so I bought it and was pleasantly rewarded as I consider it a reasonable story.It's naff at times when a supposedly strong character is easily shaken or overpowered,but I guess that's just to show her vulnerability.I think I might have been comparing her to Canaan.Her controller or creator is interesting as he pairs her up with a data entity and tells her to be careful and sends her off into the big,bad world.It's pretty formulaic with the person brought back to life in a pod at some point in the future and has to make sense of and come to terms with the differences and changes one would expect of a brave,new world.Would I buy the second compression ? Difficult to say.I rate this at 7/10 so there's room for improvement but I'd have to watch the next disc to see if that happened,So,it's not all bad but also it's not all good.The 18 certificate is because there is reference to prostitution which is the premise for the revenge.It's not all serious and contains some humour.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastically Twisted Classic 3 Jun 2012
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The back of the blu-ray case states that this film is on par with other cyberpunk greats like "Ghost in the Shell" and "Blade Runner". Usually, I find these kind of statements rather baseless, but in this case, I have to agree.

As you have probably guessed from the product description, "Mardock Scramble: The First Compression" is no K-ON! or Studio Ghibli; it deals with a pretty heavy and dark subject matter, yet manages to do so tastefully. It's worth noting that the main theatrical feature is actually a 15 certificate - the 18 certificate comes from the director's cut, which features explicit sex scenes. However, these scenes are not there for titillation - the way they are shown detaches us from them, leaving only distaste and sympathy for Rune Balot.

Rune is definitely the most likeable anime protagonist of recent history. She is a woman of few words (which are actually spoken through a mechanical voice) but when she does speak we are allowed to see a fragile young girl who finds it hard to trust anyone, yet is willing to cling onto anyone who gives her any kind of positive words. Throughout the film you just want to hug her and tell her that everything will be okay.

In my title, I mentioned that the film was twisted in a sense. However, this does not come from the story, which as I said earlier is done rather tastefully - it comes from the characters. Dr. Easter is one of the most tame, yet proudly exclaims that a morgue of 800 corpses would be like a playground for him. Let's just say that there are some characters who like to transplant some people's body parts onto really unusual parts of their bodies.

As expected from a high definition theatrical feature, the animation is superb - this is definitely a film to buy on Blu-ray.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good animation 4 Feb 2014
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This is a story about a resurrected girl, who hands out her revenge in a proper manner. I really like this kind of animation and can't wait watching the second compression.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy 26 Sep 2013
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The description of the product was exactly as listed. Really good quality and was delivered really fast as well, product arrived with in 2-3 days. Ive had no issues with this purchase and i am very pleased with it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Film
I'm a big fan of cyberpunk but this film is terrible!

The visuals I have to say are stunning and I like the city, lighting and mood of the film. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Grozom
5.0 out of 5 stars Mardock Scramble - The First Compression [DVD]
This could quite easily be a story line from Ghost in the shell Or any of the other Cyber punk series.
Great animation and stunning action.
Published 14 months ago by D. G. Slade
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
Having read magazine reviews and watched trailers for this film I was very interested in seeing it.
However, having been bought it for Christmas I was very disappointed. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Abi
4.0 out of 5 stars Part 1 better then the Book
This is the first film of a trilogy based on a Novel that was released a few years ago. So the film only tells a 3rd of the story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Goldust22
4.0 out of 5 stars Mardock Scramble - The First Compression
Mardock scramble the first compression is a brilliant sci-fi anime. It features some really dark and disturbing scenes on what life might be like for prostitutes in the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by felly117
4.0 out of 5 stars The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo Meets Tron!
This movie is...ok. It's not the best start too a trilogy (aparantly), but it is pretty darn good.
The film is about a girl named Rune Balot who is rescued after nealy being... Read more
Published on 25 April 2012 by Joshua15
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese Blade Runner? You bet
I first saw Mardock Scramble: The First Compression at Scotland Loves Animation 2011, along with it's sequel "The Second Combustion", on a big screen. Read more
Published on 21 April 2012 by Misterbadguy
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