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Metropolis [UMD Mini for PSP] [2002] [US Import]

3.8 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: Czech, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Finnish, Polish, Swedish, Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Dutch, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Thai, Danish, English, Greek, Spanish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1EHR2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,232 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Format: DVD
I first saw this film with friends one day after we were at the rental shop trying to figure out what to get. I think we were first drawn to this because of the original 1927 film by Fritz Lang which this is loosely based.
Moving to the present day, I now own the DVD and the soundtrack and love every minute of this film. Its beauty is only overwhelmed by its shear ingenious and plot twists.
The story unfolds in the three levelled world of metropolis, set in a future Japan where world superpowers still battle out for supremacy. In the development for an ultimate weapon an artificial intelligence is needed to control it, enter Tima.
Tima is the pinnacle of design, practically indistinguishable from a human she becomes lost in the sub levels below metropolis after her masters jealous son becomes enraged. Here she is discovered by Kenichi the young nephew of a private investigator new to the city. Together they escape her master's ploy to recapture her until fate catches up with them.
There are so many great things about this film, and so few bad it is hard to recommend it more highly.
The CG is outstanding and sees some of the best from the Japanese Anime world come together to craft this masterpiece. From the director Rintaro (Galaxy Express 999) and written by the legend that is Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) this film began life in the best hands.
The Soundtrack is also sublime, seemingly presenting you with a world set in a future version of the 1930's, a mix of anime styles with a bit of Ray Charles "I Can't Stop Loving You", thrown in for good measure.
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Having only just rekindled my interest in anime I decided to buy Metropolis, due to Katsuhiro Otomo's involvement. I loved AKIRA for its character design, beautiful detailed city scapes and cool plot (if a little confusing to most) and I still think it stands as one the greatest animated films to date.
Metropolis is just a sublime piece of film. It may take 10 minutes for the viewer to get used to the big contrast you notice between the 40's (taken from Osamu Tezuka’s original manga Metropolis) style cell animated characters fused into the ultra modern backdrops using CGI for the most part, after that period it just gets better and better. The inspiring score sets the mood perfectly with 20's swing music, the odd splash of jazz and the song 'I can't stop loving you' at the climactic conclusion is just a heart braking sequence.
The characters are brought to life with fluid animation to rival Disney and pretty good voice acting, which all gives you a great affiliation with the characters. Watching the extra's you can see the care and attention that has gone into this project from Otomo’s screenplay and Rintaro’s direction, who was a big fan of Metropolis creator Tezuka and admits this could not have been made if he were still alive.
Metropolis is a classic piece of modern anime, watch it, love it, and watch it again!
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Based on the classic manga by the late Osamu Tezuka (Atom Boy) , written by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and directed by Rintaro (Galaxy Express 999), Metropolis is a visual feast combining cel animation with CGI and all the time maintaining a retro look which remains faithful to the original manga.
The original manga was inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1926 film masterpiece of the same name, but the very few similarites. As you will see.
The film introduces you to the tri-level world of Metropolis, the most advanced place in the world, also to the place robots play in this society. This is all controlled by Duke Red who has instructed a scientist to build the most advanced robot ever to succed him and have the power to control the entire world. The awakeing of the robot, Tima, is interrupted by Rock - Duke Red’s adopted son – who will not have a robot follow his ‘father’ and will stop at nothing to destroy Tima. He destroy the place and scientist which created Tima, but Tima survives and is found by the Kinichi-San – the young nephew of a Japanese detective. The pair quickly become friends but are constantly pursued by Rock and Duke Red.
The animation of Metropolis is incredible. The combination of old and new provide a unique look that is stunning throughout. One of the stand-out moments is when it starts snowing in Metropolis. The effect caused is nothing short of breathtaking.
The conclusion is one that you will never forget. I won’t give anything away, but it will stay in your head for a long time. It’s moving and the film’s message of humanity comes across.
This film is by far one of the best anime ever made. It’s right up there with Akira and Princess Mononoke in my opinion and destined to be in top ten lists.
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Having only just rekindled my interest in anime I decided to buy Metropolis, due to Katsuhiro Otomo's involvement. I loved AKIRA for its character design, beautiful detailed city scapes and cool plot (if a little confusing to most) and I still think it stands as one the greatest animated films to date.
Metropolis is just a sublime piece of film. It may take 10 minutes for the viewer to get used to the big contrast you notice between the 40's (taken from Osamu Tezuka’s original manga Metropolis) style cell animated characters fused into the ultra modern backdrops using CGI for the most part, after that period it just gets better and better. The inspiring score sets the mood perfectly with 20's swing music, the odd splash of jazz and the song 'I can't stop loving you' at the climactic conclusion is just a heart braking sequence.
The characters are brought to life with fluid animation to rival Disney and pretty good voice acting, which all gives you a great affiliation with the characters. Watching the extra's you can see the care and attention that has gone into this project from Otomo’s screenplay and Rintaro’s direction, who was a big fan of Metropolis creator Tezuka and admits this could not have been made if he were still alive.
Metropolis is a classic piece of modern anime, watch it, love it, and watch it again!
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