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Crawling across a desiccated landscape, the Robot Carnival comes barreling its way onto Blu Ray for the first time in North America! A visual treat for the eyes as well as the mind, Robot Carnival is an anthology collection of nine short films, many done by animators before they got their feet wet in directing. From funny to dramatic, artistic to entertaining, each story reaches towards the furthest corners of time and space to bring you a tale of robots, and the people who make them. Whether you have a love for great hand-drawn animation, an appreciation for fine storytelling, or just like robots, this anthology is a must! This includes the original Japanese language with English subtitles, and the original English dub!
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This dvd states region 1. I can confirm it is also region 2.
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I first saw a home video VHS release about a year after the film had hit the theatres, and thought at that time that was the best anyone would get in home video short of going to the theatre, but this 2K bluray presentation is outstanding. It is in fact a reconstructed print complete with titles that were redone, and with English credits for us non-Japanese heathens.
I saw this when I was in college, and I'm sorry it took so long to get a really excellent copy to the mass media home video market, because the film really is one of the great works of anime. As per the producer's comment in the documentary this is an anthology, and anthologies are hard for some people (probably most, I'm guessing) to take, but if you're wanting to experience Japanese animation (anime), then you could do worse than to rent or buy a copy of this very wonderful film.
The image is super sharp, and I'm seeing details in this film I've never noticed before, and I've seen this film time and again since it was first released on home video way back in the 80s. Seeing this bluray is like seeing this film for the first time ever all over again. It's really that spectacular.
Please do yourself a favor and give this film a look. You won't regret it.
Robot Carnival was for many anime fans their entry into the world of Japanese animation. It was originally released by Streamline pictures on VHS in the late 80s, given an English dub produced by the polarizing Carl Macek and showed regularly on the Sci-Fi network (now SyFy) when they did a block of anime programming. The streamline version restructured the segments in a different order than the original theatrical release. After tv airing the film went quietly out of print for some time.
Discotek Media has smartly reissued this fantastic film. First, the packaging is gorgeous. The DVD come in a glossy slipcase. A clear DVD case houses double sided artwork and the disc. The film itself is presented in the original Japanese theatrical order and offers both Japanese with English subtitles as well as the original English dub. The ending segment has thankfully been restored to its full length (it was horribly edited by Streamline). The video quality looks fine although the titles looks a little grainy which may be a product of when the film was made. I also suspect the aspect ratio of the film may have been altered however I cannot confirm this suspicion.
There are 9 segments in total each dealing with themes.
1.Opening- a third world desert village hears a robot carnival is coming.. And takes cover!
2.Franken Gear's - semi retelling of Frankenstein.
3.Deprive - A guy comes to rescue his girl but must battle an army of robots.
4. Presence - a young inventor creates a beautiful girl but overreacts when she developed feelings for him.
5.Star Light Angel - a trip to a theme park turns interesting when a young girl is whisked off to battle with a giant mecha.
6. Cloud - an artful piece as an android walks through experiences.
7. A tale of Two Robots - the 2nd segment with dialogue. A funny bad dub in Meiji Era Japan between two wooden mecha.
8. Nightmare - a salaryman rides his moped through a terrifying night in Tokyo.
9. Ending - the robot Carnival comes to a close as the last ballerina dances.
Robot Carnival is an easy recommendation. The extras are few - a trailer for the film and a nice essay in the film's history leaving to accompany the film. The star here is the film itself which is great to have back in my collection after many years.
I'm not sure why someone would write a review for a product they haven't even seen, but these are the times we live in. The Streamline dub is here in all its glory, including its (ahem) "problematic" Japanese accented dialogue in one choice segment. God bless Discotek for preserving anime history.
In case this is news, Robot Carnival is a stunning collection of anime from the golden era, back when it was VHS rental night and you were at the Blockbuster picking out which STATE OF THE ART JAPANESE ANIMATION you were going to enjoy next. A must-own.
I digress on the nitpicking of the story arcs, it's hard to make a coherent short animation, and BTW the animation looks way good; there's enough stuff to keep you entertained while watching, as it really is a grab bag of different ideas. Definitely 7/10 eyecandy, but there are some shorts that feel like they were shoehorned in. At 90 minutes it's easy enough to sit through, and the multiple unconnected stories makes fast forwarding very rewarding.
*A robot(?) who LARPs as Bat from FOTNS
*BALLS PRISON [see pics]
*Questionably rayciss voice acting
*some sort of robofantasia with a drunken Japanese business man and a moped who escapes with the help of (in spite of) nut mouth
What pushes it to 4 stars is the subtitles;
Whoever did the Amazon subtitles is a golden god and should be honored and acknowledged for concise word phrases such as:
[ominous and tense synth music]
[dreamy synth music]
[robot chuckling maniacally]
[tinkling electronic accent]
If you watch only one movie for the subtitles this year, make it this one
you won't be disappointed.