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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Bandai Visual
  • MSRP: ¥3800
  • Running time: 109
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Metropolis

Metropolis: Regular Edition

    January 10, 2002
Release Date: December 07, 2001

Metropolis: Regular Edition
© Bandai Visual

What They Say
Spectacular science fiction anime based on the concept and story by the legendary Osamu Tezuka, released theatrically in Japan in 2001.

The Review!
When I heard about the upcoming movie Metropolis in Japan by May and some of its details about its basis from a manga by Ozamu Tezuka (Astroboy), direction by Rintaro (X) and screenplay by Katsuhiro Otomo, I can't wait to see another meld of committee dedicated to commemorate a classic ever since Akira, so I have to try the DVD version of it though it may never feature in Philippine theatres.

The packaging, housed on a white Amaray case, details front cover showing Tima looking in the sky above the Ziggurat tower in the middle and a gold foil Japanese title below the tower. Some of the characters' faces, Kenichi, Pero, Rock, Duke Red, Ramp, and Higeoaji (same looks with uncle walrus in Astroboy), surrounds the tower. The back cover shows scenes from the movie, a little speech about the movie, and the staff/cast details.

Inside the package contains the disc itself and some inserts. The disc covers Tima's face above the title in black background. The inserts include the DVD menu contents and explanations in blue print, a small booklet of BEAT Magazine containing small info on new releases by Bandai Visual, a gatefold mini booklet of Metropolis containing descripitons and pics of the story, the music, the cast and staff, the characters, and the section areas of Metropolis, and a piece of invitational advertisement to Satoshi Kon's next film, Millenium Actress.

When I played the disc normally, the disc runs to watch the movie first before you get to the menu at the end of the movie where you get to see the extras included.

The video quality was great. The beautifully detailed color and viewing makes you remember its detailed computer animation melded with traditional style. I got to play the chapters where the Ziggurat fires an 'arrow' on the sun and the self-destruct sequence of Ziggurat all over again coz' of this. It makes you love the way they detail with computer graphics for a classic film. There were some 'dirty' scenes in the movie, but it may not matter since it may be common on its theatrical run due to acetate 'dirt' on traditional animation.

The sound quality was amazing. Never will a new generation fan be loving classical and jazz music than watching this one. The cute inclusion of Ray Charles' classic 'I Can't Stop Loving You' makes the climatic scene dramatic with its great audio distribution and sparation with the speeches.

In the end it was really great viewing the movie. On with the extras.

The main menu holds its simple blue background with Tima, the Ziggurat, and other characters on the left side while the menus were on the right side. You may see selections of 'Play Movie', 'Cast/Staff', 'Subtitle/Audio', 'Trailer' in Japanese gana or kana.
When you select 'Cast/Staff', it shows details and works of Ozamu Tezuka, Katsuhiro Otomo, Rintaro, and other major cast and staff in a simple written Japanese text format of selection. Selecting 'Trailer' lets you select 2 areas, an MTV of the Metropolis Theme 'There'll Never Be Goodbye' sung by Minako Obata, and a single commercial theater trailer of the movie.

To say, the menus were not as great at all due to little extras included. Very simple menus on a jazzy music background. I don't know what the other version of it, Metropolis DVD Memorial Box Set (BCBA-1033) contain, but it may be a better collectible for fans of this movie.

In conclusion, for this cheap version and not-much-extras on the disc and the package, you may well find it collectible to never forget the astounding video and audio quality it exerts for DVD viewers. It's enough to have this one good movie on a simple yet good quality DVD for keeps, if you hadn't got money for the Memorial Box set.

Japanese 5.1 Language,Japanese Subtitles

Review Equipment
Samsung NewWave20 20" color TV (PAL/NTSC), Pioneer DV-535K region free


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