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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2008
I have read some really bad review here on amazon about Violence Jack this is most likely because of the violence and the fact it was made quite a while ago so firstly for those who don't like abit of violence DON'T buy a film called VIOLENCE Jack, secondly the age of the film will most likely impact on the quality of the picture personal i love the older darker manga's rather then the brighter colorful ones today. My Advice Like Dark Manga's Like Violence Then Violence Jack Is The Way To Go
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This OVA series is legendary most of all by the fact that it was created by the master of animation himself, Go Nagai! Creator of such greats as Devilman, Devilman Lady, Giant Robo, Cutey Honey & Mazinkaiser, all drawn in his comic book style, which is the reason why a lot of folk complain about the animation being crummy! It's painstakingly hand drawn at 100 frames a second, it is old school and Devilman is done in the same style and is still running to this day in Japan and thats 20+ years!!!!

Violence Jack, what can you say about the guy, a giant who runs around killing the scum of the earth with the aid of a trusty jack knife that is 3 times bigger than your head!

The story starts with a popular scenario of the devastation of the Japan via the kanto planes earthquake, where the few survivors are trapped in the ruins beneath the city and are trying to escape from the horror of the hell hole they live in and to get back to civilisation. However violence between the groups is making this harder and harder every day, then they dig up the giant and the so called hero of the story Jack, Violence Jack! Violence Jacks purpose is to protect a small group of females from the primal and some what demonic other groups, who reflect the true evil nature of man; their greed and unquenchable lust! With a mere swipe of Jacks wrist these foes are cut up into blood drenched pieces of flesh! Jack was found to help bring a new age of piece by ridding the earth of the evil that has festered from the ashes of destruction!

Now that the synopsis is over! The series is very basic to say the least but it does have a lot of blood, guts and gore throwing in a few naked woman and the usual trials they are put through in anime. The storyline is tried and tested and very little thought was put into the script for the 2nd & 3rd episode as they are full of cliches! But in the Uk these episodes where merely pilots, in Japan the series is as big as Evangelion and is far more graphic than the Uk's version. The only thing that really annoys me is that the animation does change, 'cause like I said they are pilot episodes so different animators where used and they brought in a whole new even more tried and tested theme of Jack's origins, which whre only hinted in the 1st 2!

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it just don't expect to have in depth conversations over the content!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2007
This is quite an old and odd collection of short films based on the manga Violence Jack. All 3 parts found on one disc in the official Manga video collection, Violence Jack is set in a dark time of global collapse as a giant earthquake destroys mankind's home and causes everyone to scrounge for life under city ruins, desperately hunting down food and entertainment, splitting off into different factions due to different mindsets, lust and general insanity. Released in the late 80's, this anime was certainly pushing the boundaries of censorship as it was largely banned and heavily edited in many countries outside Japan. The reasoning would go down to all kinds of perversions not considered suitable for viewing let alone involved in a series, such as its high sexual and violent content and taboo subjects like cannibalism, rape and bondage. I would advise you to check with the product info to find out whether or not it is cut, because if you are seriously considering buying this, then you probably don't want 15 minutes of controversy vanishing.

The plot very loosely revolves around a gigantic man 'Jack', named after his trusty jack knife with which he dismembers and disembowels his victims. In each episode, Jack dishes out all kinds of punishment to the scum of the earth, seeking some form of justice.. plus he seems to dig blood. The first episode is the most memorable and most interesting, taking place underground highlighting all the deeds and misdoings the factions get up too in times of major struggle. It turns into a brutal war when Jack is unearthed and pledges his allegiance to the numerous female victims. However it makes for uncomfortable viewing as one of the main antagonists and gang leader gets his kicks from eating or 'becoming one with' his possibly transexual sidekick blue. Not only this but several rapes and brutal deaths occur to the perpetrators. Along with some shoddy 'effect' during a fight scene (characters turn into red fluorescent lines), this makes difficult viewing all round.

The second and third pretty much revolve around the same idea - people get horribly assaulted and Jack extracts his jack knife justice, except instead of being underground, one is on the scrappy surface and the other based in a ruthless sex camp. The musical score is typically 80s and full of synth instruments and phoney jazz room bass. The stories aren't terrible and neither are the english dubs, but it depends whether or not you'd want to see an origins of hardcore anime type OVA. It certainly has enough violence to keep any gore buffs happy, but other than that its a pretty dark, hollow and clearly outdated anime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2012
Violence Jack is 3 episode series and is probaly the best post apocalyptic anime out there. It surpasses Fist of the North Star in violence, sex and darkness. It transcends other hardcore shows like Angel Cop, MD Geist and Mad Bull 34, even bordering on hentai.

This UK DVD release is the only English DVD release ever, no subsequent release has made it to the US or UK as of 2012. Unfortunately the rumours are true and this release is slightly edited, the cuts are minour but the most violent and sex driven scenes are edited out, including a notorious chainsaw scene. This was how the VHS versions were released in order to get a rating.

Still, the 3 stories remain in tact and are very enjoyable even in this condition. You will still see blood spew, corpes explode and bodies of beautiful women. Hopefully one day a official uncut release will emerge on DVD as this really is a classic that deserves the highest treament. All of the stories are really interesting, tense and engaging. They have endless replay value as well. The fact that this out of print, shouldn't stop you, right now copies can get be got for about £2-3 including postage, which is an absolute bargain, considering you're geting over 150 minutes.

Rating - A+
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2008
Forget all your 'SOPPY' heroes. If you want a hero, then you have one right here. He is a force of nature and justice. I regret that there was not anymore made. PLEASE Manga, make more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2004
Set in a future world ravaged by natural disasters, Violence Jack is a 3-part series following the adventures of the titular warrior as he travels around dealing with savage gangs and other warriors.
Violence Jack is a solid piece of anime action. While there is little in the way of plot, what is there is adequate enough to carry you from one fight scene to the next. With each of the episodes under an hour in length, it's a good disc to use as a quick fix of action. But in no way can it compare to classics like Akira or Ghost in the Shell. But then, it's not really intended to.
What lets this disc down however, is the lack of features. A few trailers for Manga releases and that's it. You can't really expect too much from a budget release like this, but it would have been nice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
To be honest I don't write reviews that often as there is not too much new anime about these days to be joyful about, but when I saw this for sale on DVD then I thought great I have to have it. Violence Jack is a large dose of great filming. Yes the dubbing is not the greatest but, what a story and what great artwork. The most effective scenes is where the animation is filmed in only two or three colours. This is something for all the big boys who want their heroes to be more than the lovey dovey U and PG films out there. This is what a real anime/manga film should look like for any anime fan be you 18 or 80, it is just on par with Ghost in the Shell and AKIRA. Don't delay, buy today.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2011
First of all, this is a violent anime, make no mistakes about it, and don't take its name lightly. It contains adult themes like nudity, cannibalism, senseless violence, rape, etc. Its content justifies the classification of 18, and by having this classification it should have the complete uncensored OVA's. Unfortunately that's not the case, the Manga release does not have the complete episodes, many violent scenes (physical or psychological) were cut and the original work lost a bit of its originality. Unsatisfied with that, this version only has a dubbed version, there's no original Japanese language with English subtitles like described in the product details! To finalise, the total length of the three OVA's are 140 mins, not 60! The product details should be more like this:

Name: Violence Jack Vol 1-3 CENSORED VERSION
Format: Animated, DUBBED, PAL
Language ENGLISH
Subtitles: NON EXISTENT
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Manga Entertainment
Run Time: 140 minutes

To those that state "Disapointing, the animation is lacking, and the storyline is virtually non-existent." and similar reviews, I suggest a bit of research about Violence Jack. This OVA's are based on a series of manga story arches and are not sequential. Jack's attitudes and actions change a lot and that's because it's very hard to cram more than 40 manga volumes into three movies. It is a common option in Japanese animation to do so, so, please don't be so hard on criticising it. It is very well animated according to traditional standards and must be evaluated as period piece.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2011
Hi i am here to tell everyone that this anime, HAS BEEN CENSORED! sorry! but its true ive recently finished watching it and bits have been cut so you can still buy it, but beware its been censored.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2005
when i bought this i just wanted something to fill up my animemanga collection and what i got was some very good stuff and long to you get youre moneys worth beleive me and you get a very good hero named jack violence jack as he would say he pretty much goes from one place to the next helping people in danger ripping to shreds the enemies and they usually end up in many peices with brains splatterd every where and this is definately not one for the kids im mean people getting raped and killed in a variety of ways and as one other reveiwer said it was like watching urotsukidojis older but not neccesarily poorer cousin its very good and worth youre money if you like sex and violence and i mean violence you will love this
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