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Metropolis [DVD]

Shuichi Hirata    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Shuichi Hirata
  • Producers: Toshiyuki Honda
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, Hindi
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2002
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWUY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,613 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A stunning piece of Japanese animation, Metropolis (2001) gets much of its visual look as well as its storyline less from the Fritz Lang classic than from Osamu Tezuka's comic book adaptation of it. In a style a reminiscent of Little Nemo and TinTin, Lang's dystopian fantasy is tweaked into the story of the doomed robot girl Tima and her love for Kenichi, nephew of a visiting Japanese detective. The city's ruler, Duke Red, needs her to complete his super-weapon, the Ziggurat, and has built her to resemble his dead daughter; the Duke's adopted son Rock is jealous and possessive of his father; and Tima's builder Laughton has agendas of his own. There are chases, riots, conflagrations and duels in the snow; unusually for Japanese animation the backgrounds are as inventively characterised as the characters who move through them. Screenwriter Katsuhiro Otomo and director Rintaro have deservedly moved from cult status to the mainstream on the strength of this film, which merits the epic tag so often attached to less interesting animations. --Roz Kaveney

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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By J Baker
I first saw this film with friends one day after we were at the rental shop trying to figure out what to get. I think we were first drawn to this because of the original 1927 film by Fritz Lang which this is loosely based.
Moving to the present day, I now own the DVD and the soundtrack and love every minute of this film. Its beauty is only overwhelmed by its shear ingenious and plot twists.
The story unfolds in the three levelled world of metropolis, set in a future Japan where world superpowers still battle out for supremacy. In the development for an ultimate weapon an artificial intelligence is needed to control it, enter Tima.
Tima is the pinnacle of design, practically indistinguishable from a human she becomes lost in the sub levels below metropolis after her masters jealous son becomes enraged. Here she is discovered by Kenichi the young nephew of a private investigator new to the city. Together they escape her master's ploy to recapture her until fate catches up with them.
There are so many great things about this film, and so few bad it is hard to recommend it more highly.
The CG is outstanding and sees some of the best from the Japanese Anime world come together to craft this masterpiece. From the director Rintaro (Galaxy Express 999) and written by the legend that is Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) this film began life in the best hands.
The Soundtrack is also sublime, seemingly presenting you with a world set in a future version of the 1930's, a mix of anime styles with a bit of Ray Charles "I Can't Stop Loving You", thrown in for good measure.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metropolis DVD 24 Nov 2003
Having only just rekindled my interest in anime I decided to buy Metropolis, due to Katsuhiro Otomo's involvement. I loved AKIRA for its character design, beautiful detailed city scapes and cool plot (if a little confusing to most) and I still think it stands as one the greatest animated films to date.
Metropolis is just a sublime piece of film. It may take 10 minutes for the viewer to get used to the big contrast you notice between the 40's (taken from Osamu Tezuka’s original manga Metropolis) style cell animated characters fused into the ultra modern backdrops using CGI for the most part, after that period it just gets better and better. The inspiring score sets the mood perfectly with 20's swing music, the odd splash of jazz and the song 'I can't stop loving you' at the climactic conclusion is just a heart braking sequence.
The characters are brought to life with fluid animation to rival Disney and pretty good voice acting, which all gives you a great affiliation with the characters. Watching the extra's you can see the care and attention that has gone into this project from Otomo’s screenplay and Rintaro’s direction, who was a big fan of Metropolis creator Tezuka and admits this could not have been made if he were still alive.
Metropolis is a classic piece of modern anime, watch it, love it, and watch it again!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Based on the classic manga by the late Osamu Tezuka (Atom Boy) , written by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and directed by Rintaro (Galaxy Express 999), Metropolis is a visual feast combining cel animation with CGI and all the time maintaining a retro look which remains faithful to the original manga.
The original manga was inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1926 film masterpiece of the same name, but the very few similarites. As you will see.
The film introduces you to the tri-level world of Metropolis, the most advanced place in the world, also to the place robots play in this society. This is all controlled by Duke Red who has instructed a scientist to build the most advanced robot ever to succed him and have the power to control the entire world. The awakeing of the robot, Tima, is interrupted by Rock - Duke Red’s adopted son – who will not have a robot follow his ‘father’ and will stop at nothing to destroy Tima. He destroy the place and scientist which created Tima, but Tima survives and is found by the Kinichi-San – the young nephew of a Japanese detective. The pair quickly become friends but are constantly pursued by Rock and Duke Red.
The animation of Metropolis is incredible. The combination of old and new provide a unique look that is stunning throughout. One of the stand-out moments is when it starts snowing in Metropolis. The effect caused is nothing short of breathtaking.
The conclusion is one that you will never forget. I won’t give anything away, but it will stay in your head for a long time. It’s moving and the film’s message of humanity comes across.
This film is by far one of the best anime ever made. It’s right up there with Akira and Princess Mononoke in my opinion and destined to be in top ten lists.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That magic feeling! 5 Aug 2004
It's a shame that so many people have looked down at anime's as just 'cartoons' or comics...the visual style,themems and story in Metropolis should break the mould in some peoples heads when they first come to see it as a first in anime films.
Those who are fans of anime or just watch it from time to time will enjoy the transversion of such a story into a visual world that they have come to love, the comic has been transformed into a very dramatic and compelling story of friendship, hardship and redemption. It gives the same 'lesson' as any of the modern sci-fi films out today, from hollywood, this film having themes about Human building technology beyond their control.
The voice acting is good, although you notice that the characters in Metropolis are meant to be completely genuine and realistic, so for any one who is expecting the mad, outgoing, and outrageous people that you sometimes find in Japanese and chinese work, may be a little dissapointed. But thats not to say the story doesn't feature some good characters, they are all individual and build up to the climax well.
Metropolis is a film that should give you a feel of that 'magic journey' as if you have gone to the tallest mountain and dropped to the bottom of the shall not dissapoint fans of anime and the genre, see first before you buy, it is not without its minor faults!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One awesome movie.
This movie was epic,hell yes and very good stranded worked very well hell yes no problems there plus I thought I would watch it a few times before I got back to you Manley because... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Fast Shipping
I was impressed with the speed at which it was sent. The title was in excellent condition and as advertised.
Published 10 months ago by Japester
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Sad Anime Movie, But Very Awesome, Really Good Buy!
This is a very sad movie about a robot girl called Tima who falls in love with a boy called Kenichi. The leader, Duke Red, is planning to use Tima to sit on his throne. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2011 by Simone
4.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd.
I really liked the film, language options in both English and Japanese (subtitles and spoken).
A very nice storyline too. Read more
Published on 29 April 2011 by Sinbad Sausage
1.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack - but overhyped pretentious and boring
A pretty empty story, ultimately lacked the guts to say anything proper, far too obsessed with being stylish to commit to anything substantial. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2009 by S. J. Newton
4.0 out of 5 stars directionless beauty swirls about
Rintaro anime, seems peculiarly storyless. The art style is strangely varied throughout the film, ranging through combinations of truly beautiful, psychedelic, kitsch, drab and... Read more
Published on 7 April 2009 by C. R. Semmens
4.0 out of 5 stars good but a bit violent
A good movie but a bit violent for kids, robot killing and some gun firing
not a bad movie for anime fans
Published on 11 Dec 2008 by Robin E. West
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent film, let down only by the doll-like faces
This only bears a passing resemblance to the original Metropolis film, and is much more similar to Bladerunner. Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2008 by Dr. Mike Goldsmith
Ladys and Gentlemen this film is seriouse and severe garbage,the kind of garbage that can knock a man into a coma. THE REVEIWERS HERE ARE LIARS!!!! BIG FAT LIARS!! Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2008 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
I can't place my finger on it, but there's something lacking in this film. The animation is beautiful, the selection of music is brilliant (I read a comment someone else had made... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2008 by Andy Taylor
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