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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: A
- Age Rating: 17 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Urban Vision
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 103
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Vampire Hunter D
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
By Mark McPherson
February 22, 2002
Release Date: February 12, 2002
You might remember seeing the original Vampire Hunter D back in 1985 from Streamline Pictures. Even though the animation was poor and did little to explain the world of Vampire Hunter D, it became a hit. And now the #1 gothic hero of them all is back in an all new movie.
Audio: There isn't really much of a choice. It's one track. However, that track happens to be in Dolby 5.1 and sounds terrific. Yes, it is in English only, but don't worry. There wasn't a Japanese dub made. Plus, the dub is bearable. If your looking for a movie that can show off your sound system, this is it.
Video: The animation is about average Disney quality, making it extremely fun to watch. And the video quality doesn't let down at all. No signs of grain or line noise.
Packaging: This package is pretty cool. It comes in a slipcase. The slip case has a picture of D and the title while the back features the credits. The inside DVD cover itself features a picture of a cross on the front and pictures of the movie on the back, along with quotes.
Menus: The menus are fairly interactive. The cursor is controlled by either a bat, cross or D's hand. Not that glorious, but not all that bad either.
Extras: There is a lot of extras on this disc. The first extras are the trailers. You get to see the TV spots from both the US and Japan as well as theatrical trailers of the movie including the Korean trailer. Next up are the storyboard comparisons. These are fun because you can view them in three different angles. Storyboard, actual footage and both. For more fun, there is a lengthy Behind the Scenes features. They don't actually show the production of the animation, but go through the cast and crew members with interviews. The only people here you will recognize are Wendee Lee and Jack Fletcher. And maybe Mike McShane if you watch reruns of Who's Line Is It Anyway. Than there is some minor stuff. Weblinks, merchandise and UV trailers.
Content: If you've read the original graphic novel of Vampire Hunter D, you know there is more to it than the first movie lets on. And this newest installment opens up more of the world of Vampire Hunter D. Needless to say, it's a must for fans.
The story starts out with a girl named Charolette being kidnapped by a vampire named Meier Link. D is hired to bring her back or kill her if she becomes one of them. He accepts for twice the price and heads off. While searching, he runs across the Markus brothers and their tag-along, Leila. There is Borgoff, the fat cigar smoking archerer, Grove, a man who relies on his spiritual powers, Kyle, red-headed knife goon, and Nolt, the big guy with the steak/hammer. Leila is a girl who had her parents killed by Vampires and despises D. These people are D's competition in returning Charolette. Except D discovers that she is actually is in love with Link. Now, D must choose between money or making a couple happy. There is also a heavy amount of history going into D's past in the film. Not to mention the three Barbaroid warriors who serve to protect Link, which each have different powers.
The movie is all about action and it doesn't let down in that department. Tons and tons of blood all over the place. The animation is excellent, without a doubt. And the music is pure orchestra that really fits the mood.
Since the film is English only, you may expect a lot out of it. With a script written by the same script writer for Princess Mononoke, you can trust the dub for the most part. And with Mike McShane delivering such great lines as the voice of D's hand, there is some great humor in the film. And D's voice sounds way better than it did in the original.
Overall, Bloodlust is a good goth film that I'd recommend to anyone. Even if you aren't a fan of goth or anime in general, go get this DVD. A cult-classic in animation history.
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television