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Gandahar [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1988]

4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Directors: René Laloux
  • Format: Animated, PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UM1GCE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,444 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Gandahar is a trippy French animation in the style of Studio Ghibli / Hayao Miyazaki René Laloux, director of Fantastic Planet [La Planète sauvage], created Gandahar, his final animated feature film, in 1988. Based on an original story by Jean-Pierre Andrevon, and a huge hit in France at the time of its release, it combines Laloux's famous imagination with that of animation designer Philippe Caza. Gandahar is a fascinating, adult animation which examines genetic mutation, the importance of organic farming, and urges a respect for nature that resonates today more than ever. Life in the idyllic paradise of Gandahar seems peaceful and in joyous order, until the Mirror Birds (the eyes of Queen Ambisextra) report that inhabitants of whole villages have been turned to stone. A council of women chooses Sylvain Lanvère to uncover Gandahar's mysterious metallic attackers. In doing so, he finds an underground race of deformed Gandaharians and an oversized motherbrain, both the result of botched genetic experiments. Previously seen in English-speaking countries as the dubbed hack-job alternatively titled Light Years (presided over by Harvey Weinstein who credited himself as "Director", over Laloux), The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the original French version of Laloux's distinctive vision. SPECIAL FEATURES - New high-definition restoration of the original Laloux version in original aspect ratio, Newly translated optional English subtitles, Laloux short film La Prisonnière, 16-page booklet with Laloux interviews and artwork

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I originally watched the truncated version entitled LIGHT YEARS in the U.S. in the mid-80's, and was disappointed. It is a great pleasure to finally be able to watch this lovely animated film in French with its original soundtrack, without the unnecessary edits. Produced in North Korea (!?!?) by Rene Laloux, this is another of his fantastic cartoons dealing with adventures in alien environs. It is definitely for adults, not for children. A beautiful planet is slowly invaded from within by robots which are controlled by a living entity, which the seemingly peaceful people of the planet Gandahar may be responsible for. A council of (mainly) women choses Sylvain, a young man, to find where the trouble emanates from. He finds that people and animals have been changed into statues, and are being collected by the robotic armies. He also uncovers beings whom the rulers of the strange planet would just as soon forget. This film is lovely and eerie, presenting both exotic and occasionally erotic images in an alien setting. The animation is simple but effective. There are even beautiful 'blue' human-like beings (AVATAR,anyone?). I have never seen any film before or since that comes close to resembling this, not even director Rene Laloux's previous film FANTASTIC PLANET. The dvd has extras, including a very eerie little piece called La Prisonniere, and a fascinating booklet about the difficulties of making the film in North Korea. This film is presented in French, with optional English subtitles.If you appreciate an alternative to typical commercial action-driven sci-fi fare, then this may be your cup of tea.
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If you like SF-comics from the 1980s, Moebius, Heavy Metal and so on, you will probably like Gandahar. If you're a fan of Laloux you have probably already bought this DVD.
Laloux's animations are not as advanced as today's anime, like the movies of Hayao Miyazaki. But they have a certain charm, and a lot of work went into creating this movie. Gandahar is not as fascinating as Laloux's earlier Fantastic Planet (La Planète sauvage). But I strongly recommend Gandahar to anyone interested in animation and/or SF/fantasy. Also, Masters of Cinema have made a very good transfer for this DVD, and it comes with an informative booklet. Audio is French, with English subtitles (optional).
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A really nice presentation of this beautiful film. The colors are gorgeous.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Warning: French edition won't work on region 1 players & has no English subtitles! 1 Mar. 2016
By Jeanne E. Loewenstein - Published on Amazon.com
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My rating is for the DVD release I bought, not of the film itself. Amazon compiles all reviews for multiple versions of an item regardless of which specific product you're looking at. This can cause confusion as to what exactly you end up paying for. Just to be clear: despite the claims of other reviews shown on the product page for the region 2 French edition of Gandahar, it does not work on region 1 players, nor does it feature English subtitles. There is however, a region 2 UK release currently for sale on Amazon that does have English subtitles (though claims of a PAL disc working on NTSC players still sounds fishy to to me). In any case, the UK version has basically the same cover as the French release, but can be easily identified by the addition of a red banner at the top showing "Eureka!" and "The Masters of Cinema Series" logos in white. The film itself is amazing, and both editions look/ sound absolutely fantastic! But if you want to know what characters are actually saying, get the UK release. It's also highly recommended to purchase a cheap region-free DVD player just to be sure your import discs will play fine.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Film but only has French audio. No English subtitles. 2 Aug. 2016
By Carbon111 - Published on Amazon.com
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Great Film but only has French audio. No English subtitles, contrary to what some reviewers have said. Disappointed!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spoken French: subtitles English 22 Dec. 2014
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Yes it is audio in French and subtitled in English. Does work on version 1 DVD players...
2.0 out of 5 stars No English subtitles. 1 July 2016
By Bklyn Mac User - Published on Amazon.com
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Visually great. No English subtitles.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Feb. 2016
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