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Death Note Collection [Blu-ray] [US Import]

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good live action adaptation 25 Sept. 2010
By Peter A. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
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It would have been impossible to condense all of the rich detail and psychological drama from the manga and anime versions of Death Note into these two live-action films, so this is an adaptation rather than a remake. But given the constraints of the medium, the filmmakers did a great job, making an entertaining pair of bookends that tells the story of the Death Note - an object that provides its user with the power to kill with the stroke of a pen - and the fall from grace of Light Yagami, an earnest and dedicated student and son who develops megalomaniacal tendencies as soon as the book falls into his possession.

This Blu-Ray transfer is good; the movies have already been released on DVD, but obviously if you want top quality, this is the way to go. Audio transfer is excellent, and Japanese and dubbed English dialogue soundtracks are included. The voice acting for the English dub is much better than average; the producers used the same voice actors who dubbed the anime, so they're intimately familiar with the stories and characters.

The production quality itself was quite good too. The actors who portray Light and his nemesis, the quirky detective known as L, are astonishingly close to their anime/manga counterparts, and it's a special treat to see Takeshi Kaga (best known to Japanophile Americans as "Chairman Kaga" in the original "Iron Chef" show) as Light's father. The CGI used to create Ryuk and Rem, the two shinigami - death gods who are so central to the storyline - is effective although perhaps a bit lacking the sort of polish you'd expect from an high-budget Hollywood production.

Special features document the making of the two movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Death Note" films on blu-ray!!! 29 Aug. 2010
By Asian Mack - Published on Amazon.com
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Shusuke Kaneko's "Death Note" films are awesome. I bought Viz Pictures' dvd versions of "Death Note", "Death Note: The Last Name" and Hideo Nakata's "L: Change The World" and I was really impressed with them. When I put in the blu-rays of both "Death Note" films, I was blown away. They look phenomenal in 1080p and they definitely have that HD pop to them with many elements looking 3-dimensional. I have already imported the blu-rays of the "20th Century Boys" trilogy, "Kaiji: Gambling Apocalypse" and "Ultra Galaxy: Mega Monster Battle: The Movie". I was patiently waiting for the "Death Note" films to be released on blu-ray in the good ole United States. It was well worth the wait. HANDS DOWN MUST-BUY!!! This release gets a 10/10. If you even remotely enjoy foreign films or even just outstanding thriller mysteries with a touch of horror and a test of wits, do not hesitate to buy this collection. You will not be disappointed. Watch them in the original Japanese language with English subtitles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rendition... 30 Aug. 2011
By L. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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I haven't read the manga, but I watched the anime before I watched this. I really liked that they kept a lot from the anime, even if they moved things around a bit. The first disc was close to the anime and the second strayed further away. The ending was completely different! Even though I liked the movies ending, I'd rather it end the way the anime did. Overall, it was put together well and the blu-ray quality is beautiful. My boyfriend had mixed emotions about it because he wanted it to follow the anime storyline better, so you should go in with an open mind. I kind of wish I watched the movie first to see if I could catch on to what was going on without knowing the anime first, because I think I would have been confused about what was going on in some places. I thought the actors were PERFECT for their roles, I thought I was watching the characters in the anime. I loved the CGI for the Shinigami, their characters were perfect and Ryuk is so funny. I also recommend watching this one in Japanese with subs, the English dub is not as good to me, but I like the option to watch it either way. I definatly recommend this to anyone, rather you've seen the anime or not. The anime definitely deserves a watch too.
4.0 out of 5 stars Far better that the anime in some ways, not so much in others. 26 Mar. 2013
By Nigel - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll keep this short. I absolutely love the anime. Or at least I did up to a point. It decreased in quality to the point where it was down right rubbish. These movies made lots of changes, some large, some small. Most of the small changes I was not a fan of. A lot had to be missed due to the time restrictions a movie has as apposed to an anime series. Due to this many characters come off as not being as intelligent as they are meant to be. Certain precautions were skipped in order to shorten the run time which hurt the characters. But for the most part they can be overlooked. The larger changes I actually rather like. The anime had amazing moments, and was perfect up to a point, but took a turn down a path it never should have. The movies are lacking in these amazing moments, they are lacking in the original polish, they are lacking in a lot of things, but I ended up loathing the anime due to the path it took, and one of the major changes in the movies was not going down that path. Which I can only commend. It's the lesser of two evils in my opinion. It just works better and is more cohesive. If the anime annoyed you, I really would recommend this.
4.0 out of 5 stars "The law has no soul." 18 Nov. 2011
By Einsatz - Published on Amazon.com
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An intriguing idea: what if a person was given the ability to kill anyone by just writing their name in a book (as in, the pen is mightier than the sword). What would such a person do with this new found power? In this case, that person is a law student named Light. Sadly, he is a tyrannical villain (to the nth degree), willing to kill anyone who gets in his way of creating an ideal world. The problem is he has a skewered vision of what is idyllic. Cops and crooks, they're all the same to him: obstacles.
I guess you could say this was a prime example of "absolute power corrupts absolutely." Naturally, Light doesn't see himself as the villain, rather, he sees himself as a champion of justice; he isn't a mass murderer. In his mind, people trying to thwart his plans are as equally bad as the killers and crooks he's trying to rid the world of. So when a task force is set up to find him, he joins it.

Oh yes, he has a cartoon sidekick which takes a bit of getting used to, and when more death books pop up......It begs the question, why is this happening and why hasn't it happened before? And why do these particular people get the books?

Highly entertaining.
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