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  • Audio Rating: A+
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: C+
  • Extras Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Region: 4 - Australia / South America
  • Released By: Madman Entertainment
  • MSRP: 34.95 AU
  • Running time: 46
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Blood: The Last Vampire

Blood: The Last Vampire

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Blood: The Last Vampire
© Madman Entertainment


What They Say
At the Yokota Air Force base in Japan, a nervous American military is on the brink of the Vietnam War. But a greater threat exists with the walls of the heavily guarded compound: Vampires. A team of top-secret undercover agents dispatches a mysterious young woman to destroy them… she is the last remaining original.

Featuring brilliant character designs, top-notch animation and a stunning musical score, “Blood the Last Vampire” is a breakthrough in digital filmmaking, taking anime to a whole new level.

The Review!
Blood: The Last Vampire. A nicely done movie but overall it seems kinda weak. I wouldn’t say its bad movie, but there are times I wish the script was a bit better.

OK, this movie introduces us to Saya, the protagonist of the movie. She is the lonely warrior that is out to kill all the “vampires” even though she is the last true vampire. I dunno if that’s true cause it never really did explain itself properly. Anyway, she is assigned to an American military base set in Japan, where reports indicated a few killings have already been made. On what she was told, there were 2 demons, but instead found 3. She chases them round the base, had a few hairy situations and slices every one of them in half, and then it ends. And all this in 45 minutes. I feel cheated.

For what I paid, I can’t complain since this was a local release by Madman. I know everyone says this is a “leave-your-brain-at-the-door” type movie, but honestly, I was a bit disappointed. I have seen other “leave-your-brain-at-the-door” that was more enjoyable. The story was a real disappointment, but I guess in order to enjoy this film you have to read up on the novels. But how can I anyway? The animation is technically impressive, but aesthetically, it’s poor. What I mean by that is at times the movements seem rather stiff and the animation seems lacking the fluidness of hand drawn cel animation. But the mix of digital animation and 3D CGI is damn impressive. It makes Disney’s efforts look half-baked.

The video presented is the 16x9 digital transfer. And because of its digital transfer, the film itself looks damn gorgeous with no noticeable artefacts on my setup.

Audio here comes out sounding good. There’s a Japanese/English track in 5.1, 2.0 and a 5.1 music only track. I didn’t notice any sort of distortion or dropouts on the Jap/Eng 5.1 track.

Extras are plenty. The biggest seller is the “Making of Blood” feature, with interviews of the staff. Then there’s a profile on Saya and the voice actress who plays her. There’s a History of Blood that chronicles the beginning of before the show and after it. Trailers on this disc are dead dull. Man, Manga’s trailers are the most dullest of the lot. In the DVD-Rom contents, all you get are some wallpaper, a screensaver and the same trailer for Blood that is already in the DVD.

Overall, the movie is technically impressive, a real eye candy, but the story of the movie kinda left me unimpressed. It’s worth a renter, but I won’t complain much on it since it was worth the price I paid for.

Features
English/Japanese 5.1 channel track,English/Japanese 2.0 channel track,5.1 Sound effects track,English subtitles,Making of Blood video,Image Gallery,Saya/Youki Kudoh profile,Staff quotes,History of Blood guide,Blood theatrical trailer,Blood teaser,trailer,DVD-ROM content

Review Equipment
Panasonic SA-HT80, Sharp 25” X-51F4

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