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Origin - Spirits of the Past [DVD]

Keiichi Sugiyama    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Keiichi Sugiyama
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00198QRJK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,484 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The rebirth of the future from the ashes of the past... It has been 300 years since mankind s interference with the environment left Earth in ruins. Now, the remnants of humanity are divided as never before. The crumbling remains of vast cities stand in tenuous coexistence with the encroaching forest, and humans live on both sides of this brewing conflict. Young Agito, the son of an aging hero, inadvertently sets in motion a series of catastrophic events when he wanders into a forbidden zone of the forest. He stumbles across a cryogenic stasis tube containing Toola, a girl who has a vital mission entrusted to her from the past... It is an unsteady peace in an unnatural time. Only by searching their souls and examining the past will Agito and Toola understand the origin of all things and unite mankind with the forest.

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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Origin Spirits of the Past 19 July 2008
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I was so looking forward to this film that I had to put it in the DVD player as soon as it dropped through my letterbox; and from the powerful and beautifully animated opening credits, with evocative music and stirring imagery, I knew I was going to be in for a treat. This film has excellent post apocalyptic and environmental themes that infuse it with a sense of drama and excitement, as soon as you've watched fifteen minutes you'll be hooked to the very end. The tag line on the cover says 'the most impressive looking anime movie to come out since Steamboy' and I'm inclined to agree. The film is beautifully rendered and the animation is lush and detailed. If you like ghibli and more modern manga and anime then this film will be right up your street. This film is superbly dubbed into English and you get none of that cheesy dubbing from past anime films i've seen. The story was reminiscent of 'Nausicaa' in places, what with the forest fighting back, but it comes from a genetic modification angle, that ties the film into advances in science since that film and the perceived dangers associated with them. At just under 90 minutes this film is a perfect length and will easily keep your attention for the duration. A top anime film that comes highly recommended.

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The age of the triffids. 20 July 2008
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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When a girl is revived from cryo-stasis she is told how trees hold power over the world, even going as far as controlling how much water is made available. This convenient explanation fills us in on the back story and explains the reasoning behind the incredibly impressive opening sequence. And it really is impressive, the dramatic music and the slick animation show the advancing of the plants from the moon, burning through the Earth's atmosphere - an event which eventually led to the dystopia we see on screen.

The age of technology has passed and humanity exists against a ravaged backdrop of ruined cities. A blend of hand-drawn and computer animation work well, and the backgrounds are beautifully drawn to give amazing detail - almost photographic in some cases!

I have seen many films which deal with forest spirits (Princess Mononoke (Special Edition) and My Neighbour Totoro being two studio Ghibli examples) but the idea of genetically modified plants with their own intelligence feels like a clever alternative.

The ensuing adventure/battle between those who want the trees to be obliterated and those who want harmony introduces the familiar anime themes of environmentalism, giant mecha constructions, and the desire to finish off a father's work.

In a nutshell: staggering animation with a plot which should have been better but sometimes simply dragged. I'd give this 3.5 if I could, but I can't. So I'm opting for 4. I enjoyed this, and it's a 'must watch' for anime fans, if just for the visuals alone.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Humanity Vs Nature Yet Again 20 July 2008
By Fantasy Lore TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I'd added the region one version of this DVD to my Amazon wishlist over a year ago, after I'd seen `Afro Samurai' and been so impressed that I sought out other animated features from the same studio that created it- Gonzo. I don't know why it's taken this long for the movie to be released on region two, but I was really looking forward to discovering whether or not it had been worth the wait...

Japanese cinema (and Japanese culture in general I suspect) shows an intense fascination with the ecological story, especially with the idea of Mother Nature striking back against humanity as we develop ever-evolving technologies to aid us in making our mark on the natural world. Usually the counter-attack from natural forces manifests itself in the most outlandish form possible; fantasy role-playing games and films in the Studio Ghibli catalogue are littered with examples of the natural world mutating new species as a means of combating humanity's increasing technological might. So does `Origin' manage to make it's own mark on an extremely common theme? Yes and no...

The opening music is absolutely majestic (by Kokia) and the perfect accompaniment to a gripping sequence that sets the foundation for the story about to be told. Also I'd have to comment on a superb score, it's absolutely spot-on throughout. Unfortunately the story descends into all the predictable clichés; an ordinary young boy just waiting for the chance to prove himself and a gifted young girl from another world meet under unusual circumstances, their fates intertwine and before long they're embarking on separate journeys that will culminate in their reunion as they come face-to-face with a hideously over-the-top baddie hell bent on destroying the world as they know it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lacks a certain charm, but quite fun! 25 Sep 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
i'm a huge hayao miyazaki fan. when i heard that this film had elements of his storytelling genius along the lines of his earlier works i thought: ''Hey! I like that idea! someone finally taking on the big boy by playing at his own game!!''

now i wasn't expecting this to be quite as brilliant as his work, but i was expecting a certain level of originality. the story had elements of practically every ghibli fantasy i've ever seen, and i felt the characters were so wooden and tired looking i didn't really care. but i did really enjoy this film! it was big, dumb and fun! like michael mann taking on a hayao miyazaki film, this looks the part, but storywise, its formulaic dribble. a volcano moves for goodness sake! ON WHEELS!!!

but the opening five minutes was pure entertainment. the music and animation was incredible, and it continued at that high level of quality throughout the film. five stars on artistry. i found certain plot elements interesting: i was intrigued by the flashbacks and completely taken by the creepy forest setting. sadly, these story elements weren't really taken to the max, and the potential for this film to be amazing is sadly so obviously clear.

i showed this film to someone who had never seen a japanese anime, and they were enthralled. so as a starting point in japanese anime, this is a good place to begin. for those that love this medium, its mildly diverting storywise, but artistically, its the kind of film everyone should see on a really, REALLY big screen!

also, towards the end when the hero (whose name escapes me) turns into one of the white haired people (forgot what they're called, sorry again!) i thought the animation was in a league of its own. when the heroes tree father was shown, i found it creepy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Origin - Spirit Of The Past" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues On The...
You may have noticed most reviews are for the 'DVD'.

But if you're a British fan of "Origins - Spirits Of The Past" - please note that the 'American' Funimation... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I am great fun of 'studio ghibli' so I wanted to see other work. This has great potential but something is still missing, the warmth and more but it is on its way.
Published 1 month ago by Mclaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
I really enjoy the theme of this film, the theme of forest destruction reminded me of Ghibli films, but with a whole new twist being set in the future! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Erica Massey
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Studio Ghibli... bit disappointed!
I purchased this as a Chrimbo pressie for my step son as we love Studio Ghibli films. Sorry to say this is not Studio Ghibli! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Miss L J Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars loved
I didn't know whether this would be good or not as there was mixed views on it, but i took a chance and didn't regret it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by samantha evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Origin
Well, This Movie Starts In A Sci-Fi kinda style.

However You Would Never Regret Buying This.

You Will Always Have it in your memory. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ling
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
I got this as I've been into studio Ghibli stuff for a while and this looked pretty good for the price. Read more
Published 7 months ago by I Like Stuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Environmental balance
Charming and beautifully illustrated story about the aftermath of a world altering war. In the future a balance must be found between factions to work with mother nature and move... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Art21
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - cheap - fell asleep
This is ok... i did fall asleep watching it but it is cheap and does have some beautifully drawn scenes and ideas
Published 7 months ago by Mr C J Puncheon
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
The film was brilliant I bought as family is into these types of film have recommended to the rest of family
Published 7 months ago by Miss K. Clarke
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