A month ago I was lucky enough to catch REDLINE on the big screen during the Camera Japan Festival in Rotterdam, and it blew the entire audience away. The story sure is simple enough and built around clichees, but that does not harm the film in any way. For the sole purpose of REDLINE is to present viewers with the feeling of accelaration, and the goofy charm of having the good guy win over seemingly insurmountable odds by sheer use of adrenaline. Well, that and nitro. Lots of nitro!
Over 7 years in the making, the whole film is meticulously hand-drawn, no 3D-cgi models were involved. In fact, cgi has only been used to embellish gleaming surfaces, color effects and such. It looks amazing and urge everyone to try and see this in HD at the very least.
And now we have Manga UK's BluRay which is pretty much flawless. The image rocks, the sound is True HD for both Japanese and English soundtracks, and the extras include one extra race (a try-out promo made five years before the main feature) and a whopping 67 minute "Making of" which delivers the goods. The 18-page booklet contains extra interviews and a small essay. All in all a very good release, especially for this price!