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Jurassic Park 3 [DVD] [2001]
Jurassic Park 3 [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Sam Neill
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another outing in the park, 2 Feb 2003
This review is from: Jurassic Park 3 [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
It's ironic that inspiration for possibly the most accomplished Hollywood trilogy in the last ten years died out over 60 million years ago. Still, that's time enough for producers to put their heads together and come up with a half-decent dino movie, and they managed it. Everybody and their dog had something good to say about the original Jurassic Park (1993), but they equally found something to knock about the very lucrative, but not very brilliant, The Lost World (1997).
And now we're back in position number two on the food chain as Spielberg once again throws us in at the prehistoric deep end for Jurassic Park III. Overseeing the project strictly from an executive producer's point of view this time around (although it's a well-known fact that the storyline was the bearded one's brainchild), Spielberg hands directing reins over to Joe Johnston, a man who has established a little legacy of making fine family movies such as Honey I Shrunk The Kids and Jumanji.
The story is simple. Since Ingen cleared out of Isla Sorna, dinosaurs have reigned supreme and the place has become a magnet for thrill-seekers to come and catch a glimpse of the fearsome beasts, despite the fact that it's an official no-go zone. One such troublemaker is 14-year-old Erik Kirby, who winds up stranded on the island following a paragliding accident.
Desperate to find their son, the Kirbys, Paul (Macy) and estranged wife Amanda (Leoni), adopt the guise of a perfectly happy well-off couple and charter a flight to fly low over the island. The pair convince Dr Alan Grant (Neill) to accompany them under the misconception that he's been there once before.
A very generous (though ultimately hollow) bribe is enough to get Grant on the plane, but it's a decision he soon regrets when an encounter with the CGI'd star of the movie, Spinosaurus, brings the plane down. Quickly eliminating the star of the two previous JP flicks, the T-Rex, Spino quickly shows who's the daddy now. From here on in things are simple: find the boy and get to the edge of the island before becoming dino-fodder.
There's a tendency to say that if you've seen once Jurassic Park movie you've seen them all, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. JPIII has possibly the best cast of the three movies, and the script crackles with excitement and memorable dialogue in all the right places. The story might not be rocket science, but you're on this ride to see the monsters, and you won't be left feeling short changed. Johnston accomplishes the arduous task of picking up where Spielberg left off without missing a beat, while still adding his own mark. His Barney reference is hysterical.
But does the third DVD outing of a JP movie stand up to the previous two? Try 'it surpasses them'! For starters, it's the first JP DVD to have an audio commentary, not from the director as promised, but when Stan Winston and pals get talking there's little left to be said. The initial making-of featurette is nothing particularly special, compared to all the other 15-minute hype packages you find on major blockbuster DVD releases, but it's the collection of other featurettes that really makes this a worthwhile package.
'The New Dinos Of JP3' is revealing and gives you an insight into just how close to the facts the movie really comes, and the tour of Stan Winston's studios is like a peek at movie geek heaven. What you can't help be impressed by, however, is the 'Visit to ILM'. A step-by-step guide to sculpting, rendering, compositing and basically bringing to life CGI dinos is broken down into separate vignettes disclosing the secrets of each part of the process at ILM.
A genuinely fun movie, and incredibly insightful DVD, this will be a welcome addition to your already impressive Jurassic Park DVD collection.


Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within [DVD] [2002]
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Ming-Na
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.49

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a new kind of film technology, 2 Feb 2003
Of the two videogames that went before big-budget cameras last year, only one of them had a second peg to hang itself on other than simply turning a console game into a movie. Tomb Raider may have raked in the earnings, but it was Final Fantasy that could lay claim to something a little more unique; the first photo-realistic CGI feature-length movie. Well, the first attempt at one.
The year is 2065, and Earth has become the desolate spawning ground for a race of invading aliens that have claimed the planet. Able to drain a creature's lifeforce simply by the means of touch, the 'phantoms' represent the planet's biggest threat ever. Naturally, there is a faction of human resistance, and Dr Aki Ross (voiced by Ming-Na) is searching the world for eight spirits which, according to her mentor Dr Sid (Donald Sutherland), will counteract the phantoms when combined and leave them powerless to defend themselves against mankind.
After rescuing Aki from a pretty hairy alien encounter in the desolate streets of New York, a rag-tag commando unit, led by Captain Gray Edwards (Baldwin), gets dragged into the mix. Made up of the usual band of reprobates you find filling out the crack force character count in these types of movies (believe us, this isn't the only comparison to Aliens, as well as several other major sci-fi greats), they supply just enough fodder for the aliens so that our heroes don't get killed off and - surprise, surprise - Aki and Edwards have a romantic history.
Only one spirit away from getting the set, Aki runs into opposition from the gung-ho military leader General Hain (Woods) who believes that simply dropping a full-scale arsenal on the phantom's nest will rid the world of the plague. However, Dr Sid believes that the Earth has its own spirit, a Gaia that will prevail when all of Aki's spirits are united, and to strike the phantom's deep-rooted nest would destroy the Gaia, and thus mankind's last chance of survival.
The movie took almost five years to complete, a fact that will leave you with a sense of wonder - you'll wonder why it took five years to make this movie when Pixar managed to churn out the far superior Toy Story 2 in just two.
Maybe it's a credit to the CGI on-screen antics (often impressive, but rarely convincing) that they're real enough so that what we witness seems to have been dreamt up and put together in five weeks rather than five years. Final Fantasy is a film that will hold your attention without necessarily entertaining or disappointing. In the end it's just another sci-fi flick.
As for the photorealistic animation? Well, it's nice, but completely pointless. Less imagination came into this project than on The Phantom Menace, a project where CGI blended into live footage to make that movie a whole lot more believable than this. Yes, even Jar Jar Binks.
The DVD package, on the other hand... now there's something to write halfway across the galaxy about. A totally digital film on a digital format makes for an unbelievably impressive picture and audio reproduction.
Possibly the most breathtaking piece of photorealistic CGI on the entire DVD is the opening intro to the supplementary disc. As soon as you put the disc in you cut to one of the movie's scenes. A director then yells "cut," the scenery begins to fade to a clearly visible real-life set, and Aki turns to camera to ask if her performance was "okay?"
She then walks from her mark, through the entire crew (presumably the genuine crew, several of whom are chatting to 'cast members'), past camera and booms, and then approaches a monitor to watch her rushes, which ultimately turn into the disc's menu.
Extras-wise, this is inevitably heavy on the technical side of the movie, but still impressive. The behind-the-scenes documentary section runs its own white rabbit feature, which reveals practically every single scrap of data known to man about the production of Final Fantasy.
There's a scene re-editing feature titled 'Final Fantasy Shuffler' similar to the editing feature that appeared on the MIB DVD two years ago, but for the most there are a lot of features that explain the process of making this movie.


Austin Powers in Goldmember [DVD] [2002]
Austin Powers in Goldmember [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Mike Myers|Beyoncé Knowles|Michael York|Heather Graham
Price: £3.48

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant end to a brilliant threequel, 2 Feb 2003
Bringing a trilogy to its natural conclusion is never an easy task, but creator/producer and multiple star Mike Myers does exactly that, with enough cameos, gags, props and inescapably juvenile humour to make Goldmember a success.
Three years since Austin (Myers) prevented Dr Evil's (Myers) insidious scheming, the demented genius and his miniature clone Mini-Me (Verne Troyer, on top form) escape from their maximum-security prison to commit more evil atrocities in various decades, this time teaming up with diabolical Dutch criminal-mastermind Goldmember (Myers), who gained his name after a bizarre smelting accident turned his family jewels into solid gold.
But there is more at stake for Austin, as Goldmember has kidnapped his 'farsher' - father: he has a Dutch accent, isn't that weird? - Nigel Powers (played by the superbly cockney Caine), who Austin has his own issues with.
The Evil family return, with Seth Green (Scott), Mindy Sterling (Frau) and Robert Wagner (Number Two) providing a favourable audience for Dr Evil's new and typically OTT plans.
Joining Austin this time is Destiny's Child singer Knowles, whose blaxploitation babe Foxxy Cleopatra fills her part (and then some!) admirably well, as Powers must go back to 1975 to save the girl, his 'farsher' and the world once more - all in a days work for Her Majesty's top agent.
As you'd expect, the picture quality is wonderfully vibrant thanks to the swinging Seventies-inspired colours and set designs. Even more impressive for a release of this nature is the inclusion of the DTS 6.1 soundtrack, which features discrete 6.1 decoding for those with a centre-rear speaker.
Unfortunately, unlike the previous Powers outings the selection of special features feels a little under-whelming, with a limited and less inventive array of extras. The audio commentary by director Roach and writer/star Myers is acceptable, though lacking the replay value provided by their commentary for The Spy Who Shagged Me.
The 'All-Access Pass' features take you into the familiar behind-the-scenes-esque bonus material, with 'The World Of Austin Powers' revealing insight into the making, casting, stunts and special effects. Although there is certainly value and enjoyment to be had from watching these featurettes, it is the insight into the new characters that breathes life into this selection - and in particular Masters Powers and Evil, where the camera takes you into their casting sessions, role acceptance and makeup, including Powers' goofy teeth and chest hair.
The enormous selection of deleted/extended scenes lack the charm of those from TSWSM, and unlike those in Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back (cut because they extended the MPAA boundaries of cinematic taste), were cut due to them either slowing the film's pace, or simply because they didn't work.
The 'Visual FX Segment' is a short look into the more expensive SFX budget awarded Goldmember, while music videos from Britney Spears, Beyoncé Knowles and more fill disc space along with the film's various trailers.
'Beyond The Movie' contains four featurettes that look at specific scenes/styles of the film, with 'International Men Of Mystery', 'English, English' (cockney rhyming slang), 'Disco Fever' and 'Fashion Vs Fiction' short insights into the world of Powers... Austin Powers.
Although unlikely to span forty years like the Bond Franchise, Austin Powers In Goldmember, like the previous two, gets more enjoyable with repeated viewings.


Street Fighter Alpha - The Movie [DVD]
Street Fighter Alpha - The Movie [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kane Kosugi
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £7.86

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a shocking failure to other manga films, 2 Feb 2003
Considering the Street Fighter series of arcade games offer little more than the chance to pick one of several computer characters in order to pummel another with the aid of some flashy graphics, an awful lot of time has been spent over the past decade creating stories about the characters featured in the games.
Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie, the supposed sequel to the Street Fighter II V series, hasn't actually been released on DVD over here, so we have absolutely no idea what's been happening in it. Apparently, the Alpha series takes place in an earlier time-frame than the original Street Fighter II movie, and the movie charts perennial favourite Ryu's attempt to resist the lure of the evil energies of the Dark Hadou (don't ask!) Out of nowhere comes a little brat who claims he's Ryu's younger brother, but before the two of them can bond, the child is kidnapped by the nasty Shadowlaw organisation, and Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li head off to save him from their clutches.
While the voice acting and animation in the series is on par, the entire movie is hamstrung by the fact that all anybody really wants to see the characters do is fight, making the film little more than 93min exercise in tedium as various ridiculously proportioned characters slug it out for no real reason, leaving no room for characterisation or logical plotting. If you're under the age of 16 or don't want too much from your anime this might be your cup of tea, but we'd rather have Akira or Perfect Blue any day.
Originally produced for Japan's home video market, the film is presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio on this disc. The crisp, clean art style suits the format perfectly, looking more vibrant and alive than it ever did on VHS. However, as with much anime, the production does itself no favours by dropping in static backgrounds and static characters to save on time and expense wherever possible.
There are several sound options on this disc including a subtitled Pro-Logic Japanese language track and a Dolby Digital 5.1 English dub. There's not really much to choose between them, with only the occasional piece of effect placement really pointing out any differences between them.
Video interviews with nine cast members, the character designer and director, a 6min montage of scored behind the scenes footage, a trailer, various Manga Entertainment promo videos and weblinks, and for completists the original Japanese language end credits from the film.


Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones [DVD] [2002]
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ Hayden Christensen
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.16

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A far improvement over Episode 1, 2 Feb 2003
Fact: All other DVDs pale in comparison to Attack Of The Clones for one single reason - digital. As a result of George Lucas' pioneering digital camera technology, the DVD of Episode II is the first live action movie to be captured digitally at its source and then rendered at its optimum output for DVD.
In simpler terms, what you are getting is a picture and sound quality equal to that of the first generation film. This is one hundred per cent the way Lucas and co intended you to see the movie and vastly superior to any current theatre environment. The bottom line is the ultimate in DVD playback... if you've got the right kit! And if you've only got a 20" TV and one speaker, worry not, Fox has still culminated possibly the best collection of special features you're likely to see all year.
Episode II - Attack Of The Clones is Lucas' redemption. Think what you will of The Phantom Menace, Clones is Star Wars the way you remember it. Advancing the story arc at lightening pace, Clones sees a more mature Anakin Skywalker (Christensen) ten years into his apprenticeship with Obi-Wan Kenobi (McGregor).
In a time when separatists challenge the Republic, the young Jedi is assigned to protect Senator Padmé Amidala (Portman). Whilst Anakin is off playing bodyguard, Kenobi investigates the rising threat against the Republic and the appearance of a mysterious bounty hunter named Jango Fett.
Despite some extremely dodgy dialogue, Clones' strengths lie in a congested but intriguing plot, outstanding effects and the sewing of some subtle seeds for the original trilogy. The film's hardly perfect, but it is still a two-hour roller coaster ride, and what more could you want from a Star Wars movie?
Happy with the success of the outstanding Phantom Menace DVD, Fox has stuck pretty faithful to the template. Disc one again has the superb, random 'planet based' menus that lead to - and lets not mince words - THE BEST PICTURE TRANSFER YOU WILL EVER SEE! And THX hasn't done a bad job on the sound output, either. Fans of the commentary first time round won't be disappointed as Lucas and co are in full enthusiastic flow once more.
Disc two is where the real magic takes place for Star Wars fans. Sparing no expense with presentation (fun menus all the way) there are eight fantastic and effects-completed deleted scenes, each with an introduction, plus an astounding array of promotional products, including the 'Across The Stars' music video.
Many elements that appeared on the Menace DVD are repeated here, so the 12 online featurettes from Starwars.com, galleries and the web link are all present and correct.
The way Clones differs is its documentaries. Sparing us another hour of watching Lucas walking around approving set designs, this time around Fox gets more specific. Three documentaries are complemented by three featurettes that deal with the storyline, action sequences and the developing love story between Anakin and Padmé.
Of the documentaries, it's the 50-minute long 'Puppets To Pixels' that is the most fascinating, detailing, amongst other things, Yoda's on-screen transformation from the puppet of 20 years ago, to the fully CGI'd incarnation we see today.
Star Wars fans will be elated, DVD fans will be astounded and the digital world will never be the same after this Attack.


Futurama - Season 2 [DVD]
Futurama - Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Billy West
Price: £14.02

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this shiny metal ass, 2 Feb 2003
This review is from: Futurama - Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Due, in no small way, to absolutely ridiculous scheduling by Channel 4 (“Oh, the cricket’s finished early, what have we got to fill a twenty-minute gap?”), Futurama, Matt Groening’s follow up to The Simpsons, has never quite achieved the popularity that the dysfunctional yellow family commands in the UK. Which is a huge shame, because Futurama is bigger, ruder and funnier than The Simpsons ever was.
Following the adventures of Philip Fry, an idiot who got cryogenically frozen by accident and defrosted in the year 3000, Futurama brings together a group of freaks and oddballs and lets the chips fall. You can forget the science-fiction aspect of it because there isn’t really one – this comedy is all about human interaction and family values.
This exquisitely designed boxset contains the entire second production season (which translates to half of the second and third broadcast seasons). That’s nineteen episodes, spread across four discs. Those who lament Region 2’s inferiority might like to bear in mind that there’s still no release date for either this or the first season boxset in the US.
The episodes are universally great, not a single duff gag to be found. If you’re a fan of the series these are worth having just for all the rude jokes that get cut for TV. And if that wasn’t enough, every single episode has a full-length commentary with Matt Groening, David X Cohen (Exec Producer) and a host of others (including voice talent) which rarely fail to be entertaining, even if you do occasionally notice the strain of filling 437 minutes.
More gems can be found in the extras menus; deleted scenes, animatics, character profiles and Easter eggs abound.
It’s to be expected that the picture is in TV format with mere stereo sound and this is not in any way a detraction from the value of the set. Quality-wise, both are immaculate. Rarely has a disc been so deserving of your money.


Futurama: Season 1 [DVD]
Futurama: Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Billy West
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £9.95

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the world of tomorrow, 2 Feb 2003
This review is from: Futurama: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Most people assume that the future will be better than the present. Not so in Futurama. Even a thousand years from now, politicians are still crooked, the Internet is still full of porn and people are just as stupid as they ever were. Maybe even slightly more so.
Futurama is Simpsons creator Matt Groening's second animated show, crashing together the worlds of Star Trek and Springfield in a fast-paced comedy that combines social satire, farce, movie spoofs and hot alien chicks. Loser delivery boy Fry is accidentally frozen on New Year's Eve 1999, getting thawed out a millennium later just in time to see in the year 3000 - in his new job as, you guessed it, a delivery boy. Hooking up with cyclops space captain Leela and surly robot Bender, as well as the other misfit employees of the Planet Express delivery service, Fry gets to experience all the malfunctioning wonders of the 31st Century.
At its best, Futurama is easily as funny as a top-whack episode of The Simpsons - hardly surprising, since many of its writers moved over from Groening's first show. The jokes come just as fast and are every bit as sharp, and each episode stands up to multiple viewings because of the sheer number of sight gags and hidden details tucked away in the background. The writers all appear to be huge science fiction fans as well - spotting every reference, from the obvious to the obscure, is an almost impossible task, but if you get them it's yet another layer of comedy to enjoy.
This boxset actually contains more than the 'official' first season of the show - the four episodes on disc three were held back until the show's second year. Their inclusion here is a definite bonus, bringing the total up to 13. The standard of the shows is so high that it would be far quicker to list the few shows that aren't quite as brilliant as the rest. But, like The Simpsons, even a comparatively weak episode of Futurama is better than 90 percent of the dreck currently found on TV.
The audio commentaries are nearly as entertaining as the episodes, as the various people involved in each are having a great time reminiscing and reliving the jokes. Groening and co-creator David X Cohen also drop in nuggets about early ideas for the show and point out hidden details that will be paid off years down the line. The deleted scenes were all dropped for reasons of time rather than lack of humour, so are worth watching. Audio is just stereo, but the picture is crystal-clear and full of vivid colours - far sharper than the first Simpsons boxset, probably down to Futurama's extensive use of computer graphics.
A lot of people didn't give Futurama a chance purely on the grounds that it's "sci-fi". In reality, there's usually more science in a L'Oreal advert - it's a comedy, and a bloody good one at that. You owe it to yourself to take a trip into the world of tomorrow!


Back To The Future Trilogy [DVD] [1985]
Back To The Future Trilogy [DVD] [1985]
Dvd ~ Michael J. Fox
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £19.99

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Trilgoy coming at 88 miles per hour, 2 Feb 2003
Beyond George Lucas' holy threesome, it's hard to think of another trilogy that is so succinct, effortlessly inventive and consistently fresh that it would work just as brilliantly as one whole movie instead of three individual films.
Due to hit DVD shelves at 88 miles per hour is the innovative time travelling classic from Robert Zemeckis, which will take you back in time to when the teen comedy and SFX blockbuster came together with fantastic tick-tock precision.
Seventeen-year-old Marty McFly (Fox) goes on the adventure of a lifetime without ever leaving his small-town home of Hill Valley. Diving behind the steering wheel of local crack-pot Doc Brown's (Lloyd in his most memorable role) DeLorean sports car/time machine to avoid being shot by Libyan terrorists, Marty manages to span over 130 years of Hill Valley history in just under a fortnight.
Along the way he almost prevents his parents from ever falling in love, inadvertently sends the results to every sports game up until the end of the century back to 1955 - with 'disastrous results' - and then heads back to the Wild West to invent the frisbee. While zigzagging through time Marty faces off against the Tannen clan (each member played by Wilson), avoids all other incarnations of himself in the same time continuum (the results of which could be disastrous according to Doc), and enjoys one of the greatest movie roller coaster rides cinema has ever known.
The first Back To The Future movie is simple escapist fun at its best, the second is one of the best-constructed sequels of all time and the third a beautiful homage to the Western genre. You'll be surprised at just how good these movies were, and considering the strict time frame in which they exist, how little they have dated. Which makes their long overdue arrival on DVD all the more spectacular. Picture-wise you're in for a shock at just how good a movie from 1985 can look with a digital spruce up, and the DTS output is very impressive.
Sadly the audio commentary by Zemeckis and producer/writer Bob Gale (actually a recording of a Q&A session at the University of Southern California) only spans the first movie, but it's well worth a listen. Screen-specific anecdotes are provided by a 'pop-up trivia' option, which manages to drip with juicy on-set gossip without becoming a distraction. The all-new featurette is spread across the three discs, each movie accompanied by its own relevant 20-30-minute slice of the pie.
The most intriguing of these accompanies the first movie, but all are lovingly pieced together. Original featurettes pad out the rest of the special features, but deleted scenes, outtakes and original artwork still go someway to making this a formidable DVD package. Annoyingly, the choice of music video is ZZ Top's Part III effort, whereas Huey Lewis and the News' classic 'Power Of Love' is nowhere to be seen.
Also missing is the Fox commentary that's held up the Region 1 release, as well as the infamous Eric Stoltz playing Marty footage, which until firmly in the hands of BTTF fans means that this can never truly be a definitive release of the trilogy.


Akira [DVD]
Akira [DVD]
Dvd ~ Katsuhiro Otomo

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute Masterpiece, 2 Feb 2003
This review is from: Akira [DVD] (DVD)
To call Akira a piece of 'classic' Manga would be a serious insult. This isn't just a piece of Manga history that has found its way into the hearts of millions - this is Manga incarnate. Without Akira it's very possible that us Westerners would never have got to see a single Manga film!
This was a massive hit over here and off the back of this landmark piece other Manga titles began to flow. And you know what? This is still better than most of them! The vibrant colours of the breathtaking Tokyo cityscape and the crisp sharp images that assault the mind show up most other films of its kind to date. This is something that has been improved on further still with this DVD that features a remastered picture as well as sound.
The soundtrack in particular makes this a worthwhile purchase on its own - even if you do already own the film. The music is, as ever, superb in Akira but the entire English dub has been completely redone for this special edition to give you speech that is not only good but also very convincing.
The story is something of a testament to the whole Manga name. It delivers all the usual themes but still manages to keep you firmly in its grasp right up until the explosive ending. Akira revolves around a group of bikers who stumble across a government run testing program that is trying to unleash (and control) psychic powers. Powers that lie dormant in all human beings - Unfortunately for them their latest subject and gang member Tetsuo becomes a little bit unstable to say the least. The result is some explosive animation and a deserved two-disc set.
After seeing some other fantastic two-disc sets this package may be a bit of a let down to the compulsive DVD buyer. The film alone is well worth a purchase with its remastered sound and picture but the extras aren't quite as forthcoming as you might expect from such a cult piece of Manga. The second disc contains all of the goodies but you get the distinct feeling that everything could've fitted onto one disc.
Having said that, big fans of the film should not be disappointed by the 'Production Report'. Basically a making-of documentary, this runs for 50 minutes and includes an obscene amount of behind-the-scenes footage. You get to see the offices where Akira was made (an amazing feat!) and scenes from the film being sketched out. Not to mention interviews with the voice artists, real artists and director.
It's the rest of the second disc that really destroys the whole package. The gallery, although extensive, is fairly pointless and the 'create your own trailer' feature is pretty much a joke when put next to discs like Men In Black. However, Akira is still one amazing piece of work and this is one of those cases where you should buy regardless of the extras. Even the non-Manga types usually enjoy Akira and this DVD is sure to win over many more to the ways of Japanese animation. Buy it now, sit back and enjoy the holocaust.
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