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Death Note: L Change The World [DVD]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2014
If you love the first two Death Note films, you going to be happy with this one.
Set directly in the time frame just after Death Note 2 ends, L is back with a new case. Like in the two original Death Note films I just love the portrayal of L by Kenichi Matsuyama as probably one of the strangest detectives that you will ever see on a screen.
A warning for the ones who hope that this is an extension of the Death Note films, this is completely removed from the original story.
Only a small recap at the beginning to give an idea of what happened before, that's is. Personally I am glad that it was not just another attempt to trash out to some more sequels, like many of the Hollywood counterparts. Even L is still the same, but everybody else is kinda new and freely can display their characters.
I fully understand that Asian Cinema is not everybody's cup of tea - from the films themselves down to the subtitles - so I can only give my personal opinion: The film has not disappointed me and I think it is a good view for people liking to watch the genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2010
Death Note: L Change The World is a fantastic film and a brilliant way to end off the Death Note films. The english subtitles are very clear and easy to follow. If you are looking to find out what happens in this story though I would advise you to buy the Novel rather than the film as the film skips some parts of the story were as the novel doest.
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on 19 September 2011
Asides from having a brief few scenes bridging the gap from the second film to this(I.e L burning the Death Notes, and Ryuk leaving) this is a Death Note film in all but name, containing just L, from the previous films and no one else really.

Starting off with a biological attack on what appears to be a foreign country, a young boy is able to escape with the help of one of L's associates, only to meet up with L.

Secondary story being a little girl whos father is researching a cure to the biological weapon that was used in the other country.

Blend these together and you have a story about ecological terrorists that want to reduce the worlds population, a little girl and boy that join L, and some drama that adds nothing really to the overall tone of the film.

I found the drama, and acting from a lot of the characters just plain bland, bad even, the *Bad guys* motives are laughable and the climax of this film is so ridiculusly bad you'l wonder why you speant your hard earned money on this film.

If you're a fan of L, you may like this film, if only for the focus it has on L, and his last days on Earth. However if you're expecting a decent worthwhile film to the Death Note universe, you WILL be dissapointed. This is easily the weakest of the 3 films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2013
Great way to end the film, i suggest you pick this up.

I tried to get this on love film and netfilx but pfftt

Love it, subs work ect...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The two Deathnote films brought to the screen an incredibly odd yet compelling character called L, and this spin-off brings us L solving yet another mystery which threatens the whole of humanity...

The threat this time round is one of eco-terrorism and as with the Death Note films there is a complexity attached which explores an horrific act which is devised in the name of the moral high ground. Though with "L: Change the world" it is somewhat simpler and not quite as thought provoking.

L is one of the most interesting characters I've seen in a film, and here his quirky ways are ever present. His ape-like mannerisms, clumsy way of typing and stance give the impression that he is someone who's energy is concerned purely with the cerebral - his body taking a distant second place to the racing mind of this crime-solving genius. In this film he is taken away from his comfort zone of isolation with his trusty colleague Watari and whilst also dealing with his personal grief is placed in the position of child minder when his latest mystery lands him in the middle of an global terrorist plot. L seems to struggle to emphasise with those around him, especially the young children who find themselves scared and forced to face up to things no child should ever experience, but when he does show his emotion by way of some small gesture it comes across with added poignancy.

The baddies kind of let the film down, they are stereotypical baddies and appear very 2-dimensional. There's no real depth to them and the film loses the edge of the original two Deathnote films, it suffers from not having the battle of wits between two intelligent adversaries. The story also seems to take conveniently easy paths at times (why is it that antidotes to viruses can be cobbled together quickly by the good guys but take years of research for the baddies?!!). What replaces the powerplay in this film is action, there's plenty of it and it's an obvious change of direction which is used to build tension. It works, it's not as effective as the psychological games played in Deathnote, but it still works at creating suspense.

In a nutshell: I get the feeling that this was created to sell on the back of the success of the Deathnote series and the popularity of the L character, normally I'd look down on such a cashing in - but I love L too and I'm glad he got a film of his own. For all the flaws, for all the weaknesses, there's still L with his brilliant idiosyncrasies. This just about slots in to the Deathnote timeline and I hope that L gets more films (set before the Deathnote series). It's also worth noting that in this film we finally find out why he's always eating sweets! I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could, but this DVD offers so much moer in terms of bonus material and an accompanying booklet, so I'm going to stretch to 4 - just for the `L' of it!
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on 31 January 2012
If like me you love death note you will like this final part in the series of the live action films of the death note series.
as with both death note and death note: the last name this film is also in japanese with english subtitles THIS FILM IS NOT DUBBED.

this film concentrates on 'L' the great sweetie eating dectective! & two kids that you can't help feeling for.
with out giving away the plot its a nice ending and ties up the lose ends that death note: the last name, left.
my advice though make sure you have watched both Death note & death note : the last name BEFORE you watch this film as some of the plot lines and ending of both films are shown in this film.

all in all great film would recommend to any death note fan!

a bit about seller and delivery this dvd came within the time frame i was given and i was very pleased with the service would recommend them to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2013
I love anime and this live action is awesome and funny. The death note series both anime and live action are my favorite of all time. The worst part of it is that its all in subtitles but don't let that put you off
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2013
A stunning insight into the last days of the great detective L. An entertaining plot with the eccentric L. A Death Note fans must have.
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on 23 August 2010
firstly this DVD has english dubs
its a great add on to the death note fanchise and gives a perfect insight to L and still kept the idea of death note alive.
i am only giving the four stars because i felt that some parts of the film were really daft, and there were much beter ways in doing certain things.
Overall a great film
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on 18 May 2014
I'd heard mixed reviews of this film, I must say I enjoyed both the first 2 Death Notes and L is my fav character so buying this film was a must, and I loved it, the Subtitles are easy to follow, the storyline is very good and it's just a brilliant way to end the Death Note series.
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