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Metropolis [DVD]

Rintaro    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Rintaro
  • Producers: Iwao Yamaki
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CMV1I0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,043 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Anime retelling of Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis'. Ruled by the despotic Duke Red, ultra-futuristic city Metropolis is a playground for its rich citizens, but is serviced and kept going by an underclass of Robots toiling below ground. The Duke who lost his biological daughter is consumed by the desire to create a robot version of her, much to the chagrin of his adopted son, the belligerent loner Rock. Arriving in the poorer side of the city are Kenichi and his uncle, who are in search of missing scientist Dr. Laughton. But Dr Laughton is the genius behind Duke Red's robot-building centre and also mastermind of the part-human, part-robot replacement daughter the Duke has requested, known as Tima. Ever more jealous of his father's interest in the Tima project, Rock attempts to kill the Doctor and Tima just as Kenichi and his uncle arrive. However, Kenichi and his uncle rescue Tima and Rock pursues them through the robot underworld. Tima then starts to learn what it's like to be a girl and promptly falls in love with Kenichi. But it soon transpires that she has a special place in the Duke's plans and things go from bad to worse as the Duke plugs her into the robot grid, elevating her to serene leader of all Metropolis with disastrous results...

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great anime movie 22 July 2010
If you already love anime movies, then your love will be confirmed when you see this great masterpiece. The drawing concept mixing with CGI is superb. The music score is delightful and the plot is amazing. You will feel sympathy with the characters, they are so alive with well defined personalities. I warmly recommend this movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Noir-esque Anime 19 Oct 2011
Metropolis is a fantastic anime based on the manga of the same name, created by japanese comics legend Osamu Tezuka.

Part steampunk, part sci fi, part noir detective story, Metropolis is wonderfully animated and dubbed in its original Japanese with a very apt little jazz score. Its a visual and audio treat for any anime fan. The subtitles are extremely well done and the story, while nothing hugely original nowadays, is gripping and heartwarming.

It is said Fritz Langs 1927 silent masterwork Metropolis served merely as inspiration for Tezuka in the original manga but the anime takes it a little further, flirting with themes from that work. (the class divide and humanity vs robotics to name a couple.) However this is a plot unto its own with great characters you can really care about.

The climactic finale, with a splendiferous 1960s' rock n roll ballad sung by Ray Charles, almost brought a tear to my eye the first time I watched. And Ive re-watched several times since as its just such a nice comforting world to visit from time to time.

A pleasure everytime :D
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Superb tribute to "The God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka (1929-1989) by director and former colleague Rintaro.,
Loosely based on the 1950's Comic Book trilogy "Lost World"/"New World"/"Metropolis"(No intentional connection or link to "Fritz Langs" 1927 version. Although director "Rintaro" seems to have borrowed/fused together certain plot aspects?.)This 2001 production contains several of Osamu Tezuka's famous charactors from his original 1949 comic book ("Kenichi"/"Higeoyaji"/"Rock") who appeared in several of the original comics including "Astro Boy".
("Full English Soundtrack" may be accessed from the main "Audio options menu")
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Edition v. 2002 R1 Columbia Ed. 1 Aug 2009
If you have the 2002 R1 Columbia/Tristar edition of Metropolis (and you also have a region-free DVD player) replace the former with this one! The R1 Ed is a terrible transfer, w/missing scenes.
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Wow and I really mean Wow, never have I experience so much Brilliance in one anime feature film. Combined with classical music, intense story, romantic relationship between a Human and Artificial heart, sad and sorrow, and playful and comical then I bring you - Metropolisu inspired by my Fritz Lang's all time classic from 1921 Metropolis.

In a distant future a City populated by machines and humans and ruled by Duke Red, the city is named Metropolis. Metropolis is the biggest advanced technology city in the world where Robots do all the dirty work to clean up the town but that leave 100s of people unemployed and half of the population have to live in underground, hate for the machines has increased. Kenichi a young Japanese boy travels with his uncle to Metropolis to investigate and bring a fugitive who happen to work for Duke Red. When Kenichi accidently stumble across a burned factory he meets a Robot Girl name Tima, they get along together and become friends, then it wont be long till they discover Tima is being hunted but Duke Reds step son Rock who has a hatred for Tima because Duke Red made her to be a portrayed of his long lost daughter.

Metropolis is an epic Movie with beautiful combination of new Orleans jazz music and classic Japanese anime. As always in a Japanese movie big focus is the Characters like for example Rocks relationship with his step father Duke Red, he just want to accepted but Red just treat him as a soldier, and you can feel how jealous he is when he see a Robot version of Reds long lost daughter Tima.
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