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One Piece Movie 8 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Charles Baker , Troy Baker , Takahiro Imamura    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Charles Baker, Troy Baker, Anthony Bowling, Luci Christian, Leah Clark
  • Directors: Takahiro Imamura
  • Writers: Eiichiro Oda, Hirohiko Uesaka
  • Producers: Gen Fukunaga
  • Format: Animated, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Feb 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010X8NL4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,661 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Funimation Prod presents "ONE PIECE - THE DESERT PRINCESS & THE PIRATES: ADVENTURES IN ALABASTA" (3 March 2007) (90 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- Sail with Luffy and his crew in The Desert Princess and The Pirates -- Adventures in Alabasta, a One Piece Film --- What if I told you all that stands between total destruction and salvation is six pirates --- Swashbuckling pirates at their best come to the rescue with outstanding storytelling with great animation.

Under the production staff of:
Takahiro Imamura - Director
Eiichiro Oda - comic
Hirohiko Uesaka - screenplay
Gen Fukunaga - executive producer
Mike McFarland - adr director

Our story line and plot, The flow of the story is slightly different --- battles are much more massive and the drama is loaded with plenty of suspense --- The locations and backgrounds are richer --- The drama has a bit more suspense --- Only difference is that this film only shows you the important events and side stories in alternate way --- Let's take a trip to a place during the Alabasta Arc. when the Straw Hat Pirates help out Vivi (a valiant princess) save her kingdom from the Baroque Works' conspiracy plot --- The Kingdom of Alabasta is a desert island that hasn't had a drop of rain for 3 years --- King Cobra (Vivi's father) has tried everything to help his people and kingdom from falling --- unsuccessful promises of rain now the locals --- will the villagers plan to start a war against the kingdom itself --- Those who like to see Luffy fight Crocodile will enjoy this in an entirely different light.

Great job by Toei Animation in alternating this story with illuminating artwork --- This truly could have been a masterpiece if it included more events and characters that were left out -- but this would have been a much longer epic --- To all of the "One Piece" fans, this movie is a must have.

Total Time: 90 mins on DVD ~ Funimation Prod ~ (2/19/2008)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT NOW!!! O_o 10 April 2008
Format:DVD
This is the best thing from Funimation in a long time! While its not the best movie in the world, it does serve as a great preview for what Funimation have in store for us anime fans when they redub the Alabasta arc and sell it on DVD.

I absolutely loved this movie to bits and I am so glad I imported it from the US. The film is rated PG-13 in the US so it would be around a Certificate 12 in this country I'd guess, still though I think younger kids would love this!

In Japan One Piece is a kids anime from Shonen Jump (Shonen means Young boy in Japanese), so this would also be a kiddie anime in my opinion. When I become I parent someday I'd probably show the One Piece dubs by Funimation to my kids all the time.

Anyways, to sum up...

BUY THIS MOVIE NOW AND SUPPORT FUNIMATION, SHONEN JUMP AND ODA-SENSEI!!!

Oh, and destroy all 4kids versions of One Piece merchandise ^_^
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5.0 out of 5 stars COME TO THE UK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! T.T 28 Jan 2008
By SuperN
Format:DVD
OMG! Please say this movie is going to come out over here as well!

Although it's not the best of the One Piece movies, it's the first one to be dubbed by funimation! Plus it's going to be uncut!

So, no Zolo instead of Zoro, and no more replacing Luffy beating Croc wi huis sweat instead of his blood!
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  69 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The wacky and delightful adventures of superhero pirates on a quest to save a desert kingdom 11 Mar 2008
By N. Andersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I don't know anything about the Manga upon which this is based and have never had the chance to see any of the episodes of the popular television series featuring the characters from One Piece -- but all that really isn't necessary to enjoy the eye-poppingly enthusiastic animation and delightful story of how a mismatched group of super-powered pirates rally behind a desert princess to save her kingdom from the dangerous fiend Crocodile.

I suppose this ought to be classed under the heading of guilty pleasure (for me) since its target audience seems to be teenage boys and girls -- though I understand that manga and anime have a much larger adult audience in Japan than comics and animation have in the US. The animated women are all voluptuous and not afraid to use their feminine charms to disarm an enemy, and there is lots of blood and violence -- though it is certainly not to the point of being gory or pornographic, the film does "earn" its PG-13 rating. Still, the film remains playful and inventive in its approach, somewhat like Pirates of the Caribbean, and would be hard to describe as offensive (my wife and I saw this together and both of us smiled through it).

While the characters and story are lots of fun, the real delight in this picture is the animation. It is endlessly inventive, over-the-top, and gorgeously rendered. The images strike a very nice balance between the lush style of visuals associated with the most artistic of anime productions, such as the work of Hayao Miyazaki, and a cartoonish and playful style that is closer to Pokemon, with visual jokes and excess that could have been contributed by Mad Magazine enthusiast (here the limits of my knowledge of anime show themselves, since there has to be a better Japanese analogy for the combination of slapstick, adventure, mild sensuality, martial arts and swashbuckling violence and fantasy that is on display here). It is really quite exciting to watch, since not only the story but the visual style is unpredictable without overwhelming the cohesiveness of the whole.

All I can say is that I wish we had stuff like this when I was a kid -- though I can't say I'm ready to introduce it to my own kids yet. It's probably better for them to find it on their own when they are no longer taking my suggestions. If you end up taking my suggestion to check this out, and find yourself or your kids or your parents becoming hooked on the delightful characters and style, and are impatiently waiting for more of the series to make it overseas, don't blame me.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Awesome 10 Feb 2008
By Marty Kingsley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
How my ratings work:
5 - I really liked/loved it
4 - I liked it
3 - Could've been better/worth a look
2 - Just didn't live up to the potential
1 - Simply awful

I just saw this movie today with my friends. I've been a fan of One Piece for a good while. I've yet to read the manga, but I plant to read it some day. This movie has everything you could want: action, comedy, drama, intense battles. I don't need to go into the plot since it's mentioned above. The voice cast is outstanding, and it's cool to see it all uncut (I've mainly seen it on tv). If you love One Piece, you'll love this. If you're a fan of anime, movies, and pirates, you should love it in general.
39 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst One Piece Movie (But That's Besides The Point) 26 Feb 2008
By Kevin T. Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The release of "One Piece The Movie 8 - The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta" (let's see how much paragraph space I can waste just by typing that) is a significant release for fans of the hit Japanese TV show "One Piece," which is one of the biggest hits in Japan since "Dragon Ball Z." Here in America though it's the most popular series since "Shaman King," another series that is also less popular then it deserves to be. All things considered, "One Piece" should be more popular then it is. Ever since Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies were released, pirates have been the thing. So a series about pirates, even one that feels more Tex Avery then Johnny Depp, should have been a sure thing.

Though I don't want to get into the whole history of the show, it was basically bought by a company called 4Kids Entertainment (makers of "The Cabbage Patch Kids") and run through the editing machine so thoroughly, that it showed up on kids TV in a form that made it almost unrecognizable to it's fans. One of my friends calls "One Piece" his favorite show of all time, and this includes epic masterpieces like "Star Trek" and "Seinfield," and his reaction to the editing of the show was "I now know what a woman must feel like when she gets raped." Yeah, that comment may be extreme, but so were the changes to the show. Recently the rights of "One Piece" were given to a company called Funimation Productions, the most known (ironically enough) for making "Dragon Ball Z" popular in America.

Though the company had eight movies to pick from, they decided to start with "One Piece The Movie 8 - The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta" over the first movie. I think the reasoning for this was more political then it was just because it was the latest movie to be made. People are watching Funimation, expecting their first release of "One Piece" to be nothing short of perfection. This movie is actually an odd duck of the movies. It's simply a retelling of one of the best arcs in the TV show, with better animation and music. Though intentions are good, this makes it feel pretty out of place. It's useless to newcomers who won't get whats going on, and fans of the show may appreciate the better animation, but will want to stick with the TV episodes for being more fleshed out.

For America though, this may be the release Funimation needed to show the fans what it was going to do differently. As chance would have it, the arc that this movie retells was one of the last arcs to air on 4Kids TV. It was also the worst edited, changing what was one of the emotional climaxes of the show into slush that would embarrass the writers of Barney. The final fight was especially noted for turning one of the shows most intense battles into nothing more then mindless chatter. "One Piece The Movie 8 - The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta" takes what was already an intense story of the show and pumps up the intensity and the violence well above what could even be shown on Japanese TV.

In this sense, it releasing this movie would not only show how different Funimation's translation of "One Piece" is going to be, but it would also give people who may have only seen the edited TV showing something to compare it to. To prove this point even more, Funimation submitted the movie to the MPAA, where the movie received a PG-13 for "violence and some sexual content." And violent it is. People who have only seen "One Piece" on TV will notice a difference in the action right away. How much more intense it is. How much blood is spilt. How the characters not only get cut up, but how the comic relief character even gets his skull smashed in with a metal bat. The widescreen adds a bonus to the movie in that the fights are now given more depth and visuals, and it makes the action a highlight of the film.

That said, this is easily the worst "One Piece" film of the bunch. While most of the other "One Piece" movies are stand alone stories, taking one of the most loved story arcs of the TV show and dwindling it down to ninety minutes is a tragedy. The story and characters aren't developed enough to get emotionally connected to, and we are only truly entertained near the very end of the film, where Luffy has his epic fight with antagonist Crocodile. On top of the shallow condensing, the movie has this annoying habit of stopping the movie with oil painted frames of the same scene. Which...admittingly, looks cool, but comes off as utterly pointless none-the-less. Though I can't really recommend "One Piece The Movie 8 - The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta," I don't think it ultimately matters.

And not because I feel people will say "Screw you, I'm going to buy this anyway," but because for all my complaints about the movie itself, it does what it sets out to do. That is, it gives us a glimpse at what the show will be like under the arms of a different company, cast, and director. And while the dub for this movie is by no means perfect, it's a BIG step up from what we've seen on TV! I feel "One Piece" fans will watch this with much joy, because they will be watching the show as it was supposed to be seen all this time. For some who've been watching it on TV, this will be a revelation to how much better the show should have been, and now looks to be. Once we get the new episodes and movies, I think the importance of this one will slowly disappear, but for now it does what it sets out to do.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love One piece! 22 Oct 2012
By Alex Reimann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Movie came quickly and was in excellent condition!
The movie was a retelling of the Alabasta saga, but the animation is spectacular, but the movie does focus more on the action rather than character developement, but it's ok! One Piece dubbed by Funimation is amazing, please support this series so we can get more episodes in the U.S!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars She's my friend 10 Mar 2008
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
For the record, anyone who hasn't seen the goofy pirate anime "One Piece" won't have the slightest idea what is going on.

For my part, it took the mighty power of Wikipedia to understand "One Piece - The Desert Princess and the Pirates." But once I had the slightest idea who these people were, I found this particular movie to be an entertaining, fluffy little action anime, with plenty of wild powers and overwhelmingly elastic bodies.

After an encounter with a shapeshifting transvestite assassin (I am not making this up), our heroes realize that Vivi's desert homeland of Alabasta is in trouble. Her father King Cobra is being framed for stealing rain by the villainous Crocodile, a power-hungry psychopath who can turn his body into sand. Now a rebel army (run by Vivi's childhood sweetheart) is about to invade the capital city.

So of course our heroes rush in to help, but are stopped along the way by various superpowered Baroque gang of Crocodile's. Vivi desperately charges through the city, hoping to somehow stop the war -- but Crocodile is holding her father hostage, and is ready to destroy the entire city. Can Luffy's rubbery body somehow defeat a man whose body isn't solid enough to strike?

"One Piece - The Desert Princess and the Pirates" is your basic save-the-locals adventure story, with lots of one-on-one fighting and fantastically violent villains. Each of our heroes has at least one strange, uberpowerful person to defeat, and Luffy dominates the movie with a smash-down battle with Crocodile. Those coinciding climaxes are really quite impressive.

Bespite lots of blood and serious injuries, the bendy-looking characters and ceaseless comic relief don't really let up, such as Nami fueling a giant crab with her cleavage. The movie is at its best when it focuses on comedy and action, but it falters someone when it trots out the friendship-love-peace stuff. Admirable, but it doesn't really gel until late in the movie.

And it's worth noting that since this is a "middle of the series" story, several plot threads are left dangling -- we never find out about the Pluton, Robin's nebulous backstory, or how this motley crew came together. Don't start watching this first.

Despite that, the characters are pretty likable -- they bicker, they squabble, and generally prove to be pleasant people despite the fact that only Vivi gets any development. Luffy in particular proves to be an enjoyable hero, with more guts than brain, a rough gluttonous disposition, and a dogged insistence on continuing to fight no matter what the odds.

"One Piece - The Desert Princess and the Pirates" is not the place to start with this series, but it's an enjoyable fantasy-adventure with lots of sandstorms, crazy fighting and wonky heroes.
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