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Sky Crawlers [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Rinko Kikuchi , Ry Kase , Mamoru Oshii    DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rinko Kikuchi, Ry Kase, Shsuke Tanihara, Megumi Yamaguchi, Daisuke Hirakawa
  • Directors: Mamoru Oshii
  • Writers: Chihiro It, Hiroshi Mori
  • Producers: Maki Terashima-Furuta, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Seiji Okuda, Tomohiko Ishii, Toru Kawaguchi
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2009
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VBM0Z0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,128 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even If The Road Is The Same... 13 Jun 2009
Once again, director Mamoru Oshii takes a lush, visually arresting drama and infuses it with a profound yet understated cautionary tale about life in the modern world. 'The Sky Crawlers' tells the story of a group of Kildren - teenagers who never get any older and live their lives on call as fighter pilots in a seemingly endless war. The main character, Yuichi, arrives at a new post to find that his predecessor was killed in mysterious circumstances, and his female commanding officer Suito Kusanagi reacts very strangely to his appearance. What unfolds is a complex mystery surrounding the nature of the Kildren and their part in the war, and the relationship between Yuichi, Suito, and a dangerous enemy ace pilot known as Teacher.

The quality of animation is quite stunning, seamlessly blending traditional styles and computer-generated scenes, with a slight dream-like glow to it all. The characters were given a simplified, almost doll-like design which for once doesn't seem like a throwaway quirk and actually helps to suggest the eerie calm and vagueness of their personalities. Kenji Kawai again provides a breathtaking soundtrack with a gentle theme that keeps evolving for the duration, through several variations on harp and synthesizer, complementing and at times driving the mood of sadness and abandonment that is central to the film.

The aerial combat does happen to hold a few moments of excitement, most notably in the crushing denouement, but overall the aircraft scenes are not there for the action but for the portrayal of emotional distance and to highlight the elaborate, regimented way the Kildren's battles are carried out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This movie is just... boring 15 Feb 2013
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If you're a fan of the Ghost in the Shell movies and Mamori Oshii's name is enough to sell you on it, don't be so quick. This movie is nowhere near as interesting as anything Ghost in the Shell. This movie is just people walking around very slowly and sitting in rooms having ''deep'' and moody dialogue about life and death, and maybe sometimes they'll fly planes in awkward flying scenes. This movie is just... unwatchably boring and thinks the pretentious tired crap it says is far deeper and more interesting than it actually is, and to make matters worse it's really, really long. Don't waste your time on this, this is not worth watching at all, you will be angry for wasting your time and money on this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars slow, slow, quick, slow 18 Jun 2012
Amazing air combat sequences, astounding sound track and generally a visual feast. However, the deliberately lifeless characters, long pauses, endless repetitive staring contests eventually wore me out. This could have been halved in length. Eventually you get the point, if you have the staying power, but, the point could have been made much earlier. The pilots seem to be permanently stoned. They have a dreamlike quality, they dont care about anything, cant remember when they started fighting and have no care about the purpose of their existence. They merely exist and fly and shoot down enemy pilots and that is their unquestioning lot. The lengthy, monotone, emotionless diatribes where the characters are perfectly still throughout are deliberate to emphasise that the pilots go about their deadly business free of aggression or passion, they are simply doing as they are told. They do not kill to defend their homes or families, they do not have any. They dont even remember their childhoods. They are organic machines which come off a production line and perform their function with mechanical, emotion-free efficiency. They wake up, fly, kill and then go back to bed and do not care if they live or die. But you have to wait 2 hours to get the whole picture. In the end I found "Sky Crawlers" self-indulgent, slow and boring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody and Remarkable 7 Feb 2011
This is a film for people smart enough to concentrate and cope with dark ideas.

Those reviewers who say that it's slow and 'blank' miss the point, which is precisely to contrast the flat grey empty life on earth with the soaring bright blue action (life - but also meaningless death) in the skies.

The detail is astounding, not least the many Polish motifs and the shifting colours on the aircraft. What a feat of imagination and design. Can't praise it enough.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Dragonlord TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The Sky Crawlers is from the same great Manga director Mamoru Oshii that gave us "Ghost In The Shell". The story of Sky Crawlers is most excellent and can be very sad and hard hitting at times. Our young heros are forced into war but are too young to die and don't really understand the meaning of their battles. The dogfights look amazing and with it's strong story and fantastic animation you can see why it won many awards. For those people that do have a Wii here is the product link to The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces (Wii).

The Languages for this Blu-ray are Japanese and English.
The Subtiles are only in English.

Overall this is one of the best Manga cartoons I have seen and there is also an interesting interview with Mamoru Oshii.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars walks the line of brilliance and boredom 14 May 2013
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This film is quite the slow burner, it is a film that revels in the space between events as a result dialogue is often sparse, but the incredibly thought out and perfectly executed timing of what is said provides an exceptionally atmospheric film because of this you must be patient to get the most out of this film, you have to let yourself be totally absorbed in every car door sound or in every unlocking of a front door. The more attention you put into this film the more of an experience that you will get out of it.

The social commentary on this film is also of note for being penetrating and powerful, more so for how matter of fact it is presented and then washed away with a glass of wine as if to say it is horrible and even pointing it out and making it obvious doesn't change anything because the world is just how it is, how it always has been and how it will always be.

The pilots are eternally young but not in a happy, fun Peter Pan type way, this is more eternally depressed teen. This idea plays a pivotal role in explaining the world in which the Sky Crawlers live and their relations to one another especially with regards to the role of memories.

It is worth watching this film at least twice because of the knowledge of the world that you gain in the first play through which will help to reveal all of the subtly planted clues that are missed during an ignorant first viewing, which makes it all the more unfortunate that so many people will be put off by the pace of the film because if your mind is not in it the words `achingly slow, where is the bin' might come to mind frequently enough that you never get to the end. Still that is their loss I think because while it may not be the type of film that you will watch often it is one that is good to have in your collection and whenever you do get it down to watch you won't be disappointed you did, no matter how few and far between those viewings are.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Death by ersatz.
Anime fans will lap-up the aerial action sequences in this, but be warned: between them lie interminable stretches of cod drama to endure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars A very quiet film...
...with moments of extreme violence.

The overall premise of The Sky Crawlers is that war has become a kind of sport rather than the other way around (anyone for a game... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, and thought provoking
There are some moments in this movie that drag a bit, but those are the only minor points against this movie. Everything else about this movie is just beautiful! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andy Pieters
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A quiet reflection on being
Though there are action sequences, this is not an action film, it is a film about what it means to be human and find continuance. Read more
Published 10 months ago by BP1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff here
A very well animated movie with some pretty decent voice acting as well but as a whole, the movie itself is grand, the animations are so fantastic and the characters are... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars the sky crawlers
Its for my son for Xmas, so haven't watched it yet, but im sure it will be great, most anime is!
Published 16 months ago by nicole
4.0 out of 5 stars Kildren of the skies
An anime movie [an animated film made in Japan, just in case you didn't know what that means] that tells of some rather unusual airforce pilots. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul Tapner
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best anime
Thoughtful film that raises the issues of
growing up and the changing relationships that should happen
Also the function of war
However the overall film is drab and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bill
1.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete narrative and not for children
This is a well made animated film, intriguing and with good atmosphere. But the ending is very unsatisfactory: it's as if the film finishes half way through. Read more
Published 19 months ago by mac
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