Mania Grade: B+
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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: B-
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: 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 Jason Hicks
February 06, 2002
Release Date: August 28, 2001
My opinion of this DVD is drastically different from the majority of the reviews that I have read, as well as the people I've talked to who have seen it. I don't know if I'm seeing something they're not, or if they are just too caught up in the hype to really look at it objectively.
I really loved the audio portion of this disk. I am usually a dub fan, because I hate reading my movies (mostly because I watch action titles, where it is more necessary to watch what is going on), but I always feel that I am missing out on the original intent. This is the best of both worlds, as most of it is in english, and it IS the original material. Some of the English voice acting was downright terrible though, which is the only drawback.
This is where I'm going to deviate from most reviews. The entire film was done digitally, so computer enhancements could be made throughout nearly the entire thing. You can REALLY tell. Still scenes look great, but any movement causes things to skitter and jump. Action scenes look especially bad, as the characters' movements all jerk and flicker as the computer struggles to render everything correctly. The character designs and backgrounds were all conceived and initially drawn beautifully, but I think traditional animation, as opposed to digital animation, would have made things look a lot more fluid.
Beautiful, no complaints. Although, the region 0 release had a much richer cover, with a lot more in the background. This was kind of plain, but only in comparison.
Easy navigation, beautiful artwork. Everything functioned smoothly and quickly.
These also left much to be desired. Of course there is all the Manga commercials, but those are more annoying than anything else. At least you can choose to ignore them. The photo gallery was nothing more than still frames from the movie itself. I could have got them myself with the pause button on my remote. I expected character sketches or something, and was really disappointed. The production report was really too general to be all that informative. "I worked harder than ever on this project and accomplished more than I thought possible." Okay, but what about the movie? What exactly did you do? From the reviews I read, I expected more. I guess they tried though, and it's the thought that counts.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
I actually thought the length was fine. The brevity of the film didn't bother me because the story has a beginning, middle, and end, with adequate development toward the conclusion throughout. It tells a whole story, so who cares if it's short? It was intentionally cryptic though, which always bothers me. It's as if the creators intentionally wanted to keep the viewer in the dark, which is fine unless it stops being natural and starts feeling like someone directed it that way, which was the case here. What are the demons Saya fights? What is an "original"? Who is the guy giving Saya orders? These are basic things that should have come up in the course of the movie but didn't. The school nurse and her confusion allows certain characters to explain what is going on, but they never explain the first questions anyone would ask.
I got this movie for fifteen dollars, and I heard that in some places they are giving away a poster with each purchase. Under these conditions, this movie is definitely worth it. The artwork and story are great, and Saya is a very interesting character. The distracting jerking during movement though make any normal purchase questionable.
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