Mania Grade: B+
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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: N/A
- Extras Rating: B+
- Age Rating: 15 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Manga Entertainment
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 80
- 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
By Mark McPherson
February 06, 2002
Release Date: August 28, 2001
The anime that has already become popular when shown at an anime convention in Canada finally makes it's way here. It took about a year, but it's finally on DVD to own. And it is well worth checking out.
Audio: Okay, here's the layout. When you go to select audio setup, it will ask you whether you want 2.0 or 5.1 dolby. Wheres the Japanese language? Blood was made with a raw English dub (much like the new Vampire Hunter D). That doesn't mean there isn't any Japanese. The main character, Saya, and the school nurse speak Japanese a couple of times in the movie. It's set in the US and Saya is Japanese. So don't get mad at Manga for this. No distortion in either track.
Video: Blood has the best animation ever created in anime. It even surpasses Disney. Manga did a great job with getting Blood on DVD. No grain anywhere with an exception of a few rainbows with the subtitles.
Packaging: Like I mentioned above, a lot of people are going to be confused with the language options. On the back, it says you can listen to it in Dolby EnglishJapanese. Yes, that is a little confusing for some. No on ever said diversity would be easy. The package also includes a mini-disc of a Japanese band called Mad Capsule Market. The front cover looks extremely well and resembles the cover of X.
Extras: Pretty good for Manga. The first extra is a Behind the Scenes documentary of all the creators talking about the show and at the premiere. It was cool to see Mamoru Oshi again. I didn't know he grew a mustache. The next extra is a short trailer for the film with subtitles. An ok extra. And finally, a small photo gallery of still shots. The rest is all Manga essential extras.
Content: Take Vampire Hunter D, Blue Submarine No. 6 and Samurai X. Put it in a blender for 45 mintues. The result should be Blood: The LAst Vampire.
Blood is another eye-candy film, but also succeeds with more than that. The story centers around two typical cops and a vampire named Saya. Keep in mind that the whole vampire thing is kept as a secret in the film. Don't expect to see any fangs coming out of her mouth. The main story takes place when Says goes on special assignment at a US high school during Halloween. Says does her job by hunting down three monsters with her trusty sword to vanquish them.
The fine line between Japanese and English is broken in this film. Sometimes they'll speak Japanese, sometimes they'll speak English. Talk about cultural diversity. From what I could tell from the Making of Blood, the creators were aiming at a Hollywood type story. Yes, this film is pretty much a horror story, but don't worry, there isn't any gratuitius sex or stupid teens getting hacked to people. So it's kind of like a horror story done GOOD for once. Very impressive.
Overall, Blood is a wild ride worth taking. If you like Vampire Hunter D, then I strongly recommend this film. Take a lick of the anime that could become a new medium from animation in the future.
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19 inch television