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Patlabor Wxiii: Movie [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089UBU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,187 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By Mr. G. Sturdy on 1 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
Under-rated part of the Patlabor saga. This is the third movie which concentrates, unusually, on detectives Kusami and Hata. It's more of a monster movie that mech also. But don't let that put you off. It's very nearly as good as the first two movies - now considered classics. And the development of the two characters is well done. Give it a try - you won't be disappointed. The box set includes 2 more dvd's - disc 2 being MiniPato cartoon shorts originally shown alongside the movie. Disc 3 is loaded with tons of supplemental material.
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Very good film, & whilst not as good as the first one, which i think is a classic, it is very good & well worth buying.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Different but interesting view of Patlabor 30 Mar. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
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True, it is a slow-pace movie. However, that aspect is major part of the story. In this movie, action is not the genre. So if you assume this is another mech action flick, it will disappoint you so badly and make you say it aint worth to buying or even watching. Because unlike other 2 movies and TV episodes, camera focuses on two detectives not 2nd team of labor department to lead.
1. Beautiful and stuning visual
2. Nice study of biology
3. Detail background of both surroundings and characters
4. Great story line
1. No memorable music score
2. Mixed genre to may confuse most American audiences
3. Less action than any other
I waould say this is another master piece from Patlabor saga, and give it 5 stars without any question.
This review is based on theatrical release.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Strange and surprising 11 Sept. 2005
By Rich Stoehr - Published on
Format: DVD
This movie is quite different from the previous two Patlabor films, which featured thick plots and excellent characterization against a backdrop of just-in-the-future Tokyo, where giant robots (known as "labors") do most of the work. In Patlabor 3, however, the giant robots are all but forgotten and the primary story is that of a police investigation which takes an extremely dark turn.

The familiar characters, the Mobile Police team, make only a quick appearance in this movie, and their Special Vehicles patrol labors don't really seem to have much to do even then. Most of the film centers around two detectives investigating why certain labors are being attacked near the shores of Tokyo. Just as their search seems to be leading nowhere, they make a dark discovery in the bowels of a building which opens everything up, and suddenly anything seems possible. I have to say, I started to watch this movie expecting something similar to the other two Patlabor movies, and I was quite surprised at the turns it took away from that angle -- surprised in a good way.

The odd thing is that, despite this, Patlabor 3 still feels like a Patlabor movie. The slow, mood-setting shots of industrial Tokyo, the strikingly beautiful animation, the skillful creation of suspense, and the soft musical score all hearken back to the other two films. There's not a lot of connection in the story, but there's still a great deal of connection in how the story is told.

And, taken on its own merits, it's an excellent movie. Lots of twists and turns lead you through a complex sequence of events to what turns out to be a very personal, even moving ending. The denouement of the film lacks the epic, world-shaking quality of the other two movies, but opts instead to leave the viewer thoughtful and sad, as the last few discoveries play against a tragic scene of destruction and death. It left me quiet and introspective as the credits rolled.

This is not the same Patlabor story that I've seen before, and it's definitely not quite what I was expecting. But it's still a fine anime movie, and well worth watching.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Classic Anime Returns 23 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
It's been a long decade since the last Patlabor movie, but the wait was worth it. While Production IG's latests works are more theatrical and original, this film is strictly for fans. WXIII is a new twist on an old trick.
WXIII (or Wasted 13) starts out with a new detective called Hata working for public security. Hata teams up with the lovable old Kusumi from the last film to take on a an investigation involving the murder of several people who were piloting Labors. As with the last film, the main characters of the TV series, Division 2, gets pushed aside for most of the film. However, Goto does show up often to make some funny jokes. Sadly, no one from Division 1 or the mechanics in Division 2 make an appearence in this film, which might turn some people off. Despite all those short comings, that little magic that makes Patlabor so good is still here and has not withered away at all. The story might be different from the past movies, but it is still an interesting one. I'd go deeper into the story, but if you've seen past Patlabor features, you already know it's very complex.
Mini-Pato: Mini-Pato is a parody of the the original Patlabor TV series that was made not too long ago. Warning: You MUST see the original TV series in order to understand the characters in these bits. The show uses a new type of animation called digital puppets. In other words, it's like claymation, except it's done with cardboard and 3D software. Very inventive. There are three individual 15-minute episodes on the disc. Captain Goto explains the Patlabor gun, Shiogi explains the history of mecha animation and Nagumo talks about the underground controversal matter of (if you've seen the TV series, you'll love this) the Gobi food conspiracy.
Supplemental Matterials: This should be helpful to some who don't know much about Patlabor or just want to know more. First off there are three documentaries. One on WXIII, one on the history of Patlabor and one on the Japanese vocal cast. Other extras include a storyboard gallery complete with the original Patlabor radio drama, Say Young 21. Sadly, there are no subtitles for it so you're left on your own to translate it. There is also an art gallery with two tracks from WXIII in 5.1. And lastly is the two minute pilot film.
All in all, if your Patlabor fan, I highly recommend this box, reguardless of what others say. If your not a fan, you may want to see the original series and then watch this. Otherwise the film won't make much sense.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Marginal Patlabor, but intriguing 27 Nov. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
Like other reviewers, I agree that this anime is only marginally Patlabor, but that is not to say that it is not intriguing. A typical concept about the evils of genetic engineering is given a spin. A mother's love for her dead daughter leads to the creation of a horrifying genetically engineered creature, with the added angst of a young police detective who is attracted to the woman but has to finally confront the unavoidable fact that his object of attraction is responsible for a scourge of death and horror.
Design wise, this film can take its place with some of the best of modern anime. Camera angles, movements once again, make one forget that this is animation. One of my hallmarks of good anime is that the story, design, animation and music draws one into the STORY. Those of you who like me, love the Special Vehicles Group, might be disappointed that they dont make an appearance until the climax, but give this anime a chance. One more note, the music score can take its place with the first two films, some really beautiful cues are simply heartbreaking make this another winner. As I only have the import DVD, i cannot say who does this score, but its sounds mighty like Mr Kawai, who also did the first two films score. If you are the cautious type, by all means, rent this before buying.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Superbly Animated 29 Feb. 2004
By JL1984 - Published on
Format: DVD
This edition to the Patlabor saga adds a well-crafted, visually striking, and throught-provoking look at two detective's case on a biogenetically constructed monster who is on the loose and is destroying submarines and airplanes left and right. The movie is very slow-paced, and will leave some viewers shaking their heads at the lack of action and violence, however it must be noted that this edition of the Patlabor saga is not for the hardcore fan of nonstop action which previous episodes may have accustomed them to seeing. The action, though not nonexistant, is sparse and often short in its duration. However, to fully appreciate the beauty of this masterpiece one must break out of the need to have action and look at the deeper aspects of the movie.
The psychological problems that a mother of a recently deceased daughter and husband endures propels her to use some of child's cancer cells in order to "revive" her daughter into the form of a monster capable of regenerating its body parts. One of the lead detectives investigating the monster's rampage has trouble believing this paradox at first, but soon realizes that her isolation has pushed her to the brink of insanity towards the end of the movie. This, in turn, leads to the cataclysmic ending in which we see some startling revelations as well as the final confrontation between the monster and the police who're trying to stop it.
Throughout its entirety, the movie is extremely realistic. I was pleased to see that the characters actually resemble Japanese people with a darker skin tone rather than a bleach white color. The fact that the movie most completely revolves around the investigation makes it a little boring, however this only adds to its climax and can fully be appreciated and recognized as a mature anime. In sum, this edition to the Patlabor saga ultimately has to be the finest of them all. The caliber of its animation and the way in which the director was able to keep the storyline realistic while using a bit of fiction with the monster really helped to deveop a top-notch plot. For those looking for a great anime minus the forced humor via sexual puns and overly exaggerated emotions, then by all means check this out.
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