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  • Actors: Malgorzata Foremniak, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Jerzy Gudejko, Dariusz Biskupski, Bartlomiej Swiderski
  • Directors: Mamoru Oshii
  • Writers: Kazunori Itô
  • Producers: Atsushi Kubo, Katsuharu Nagata, Katsuhiro Ogawa, Kazumi Kawashiro, Naoyuki Sakagami
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Polish
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 7 2004
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000D9PNY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,663 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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From Mamoru Oshii, the acclaimed director of GHOST IN THE SHELL, AVALON is a mesmerizing sci-fi thriller with explosive action and state-of-the-art visual effects in the stunning style of THE MATRIX! In the not-so-distant future, desperate young people risk everything to play "Avalon" -- an illegal and potentially lethal virtual war game where addicted combatants earn points and wealth. For one of the game’s greatest warriors, the "noble soldier" Ash, the search for Avalon’s legendary game stage Class Real will either lead to an entirely higher level of existence -- or be a journey from which she will never return! With awe-inspiring visuals and an intriguing futuristic story, lose yourself in the excitement of this amazing cinematic adventure!

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Occupying a hazardous fantasy war zone located somewhere between David Cronenberg's eXistenZ and the Matrix trilogy, Mamoru Oshii's Avalon is a must-see entry in the subgenre of virtual-reality thrillers. Combining live-action set in a dystopian near future (filmed in Poland) and digital imagery set within a state-sponsored virtual combat game called Avalon, this sluggishly paced but visually dazzling film is another brain-teaser from the director of Ghost in the Shell. The action focuses on a maverick Avalon ace named Ash (played by the lovely Polish actress Malgorzata Foremniak) who advances to the game's highest and most mysterious level, "Class Real," a virtual world so authentically convincing that some--called "the Unreturned"--choose never to leave it. As with the Matrix trilogy, Avalon is more intriguing in premise than execution, filled with hushed tones and heavy-handed portent. Still, the amber-hued ruins of Oshii's virtual landscape are oddly alluring as a means of escape--a warning from Oshii, perhaps, that even the most exciting virtual reality is a trap that can prove deadly to those who fall into it willingly. --Jeff Shannon

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Siju Thomas on Feb. 25 2004
Format: DVD
I am shocked to see the review which says that Oshiisan has copied the concept of Avalon from Matrix .The whole concept of plugging in, right down to the plug points on the neck of the characters, has been ripped off in Matrix from Oshiisans Ghost in the shell,he does not have to steal what is his,second please, Trinity is a human clone of major Kusanagi of Ghost right down to the way she fights, and the lobby shootout is clearly inspired by the
shootout in the last shootout in Ghost "bits of concrete flying everywhere" etc, and even the poses when characters land after making a leap are copied from ghost "on one knee".Avalon is for people who like Japanese Anime which over the years has inspired the likes of Matrix.And this is something the Wachowski's themselves admit.And a good movie can be in any language for one to appreciate ,I couldnt care if it was russian or polish.I think
people should refrain from tearing down something which they dont know much about.
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Here we go again. MIRAMAX basterdizes another movie. MIRAMAX tends to buy the rights to these great movies & then changes them. I've seen the original AVALON so I can comment on what's been changed. First, the original washed out color of the film is replaced with an deep orange. This really ruins some of the original scenes.At least some colors in the original movie came out. MIRAMAX has ruined the directors vision. If you have this DVD see the extras on the cinamatography & SFX. At least there you'll see the original color that was intended by director Mamoru Oshii.The 2nd thing that's been added is the additoinal dialogue. The main chracter explains the game after her 1st victory. This has been added by MIRAMAX. And lastly at the end or character explains it all or tries to.All this was added to the movie. The directors intention is to make you guess & ponder this wonderful story. But MIRAMAX has decided for you. About the only thing I'll give them credit is the great English dub. I also enjoyed the extras. I have to give this 3 stars. If you can write a protest letter to MIRAMAX. It's so sad how a american Distributor can tamper & ruin a directors vision. I'd recommend getting a foreign version of this movie if you can.
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The five star rating is really only for people who don't just sit down and "watch" a movie. If your like most people, who need every thing spelled out for them word for word, who needs to see someone getting shot to death from every possible angle, who needs to see body parts better left covered, and who needs a quick shot of entertainment that doesen't even require brain stimulation, then this movie isn't for you. If you do not fall under this catagorization, then enjoy, it's a five star for sure!
What I mean by "a person who doesen't just 'watch' a movie" is someone who isn't done rolling the concept around in their head the moment the ending credits start. If a movie doesen't stick with you, and doesen't make you think, then whats the point? While your sitting there doing nothing you may as well be at least using your brain. If you just want to sit down and zone out when you watch movies, then fine, don't watch this film. I hope I never turn into one of you.
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It is unfortunate that we've been so jaded by the Hollywood version of what a film should be that we would pass up the nuances that can make an otherwise mediocre film into a great film, albeit if mainly for its cinematographic value. Some appear to have judged Avalon, and the efforts of its director (Oshii), within this context--even presuming that the film is nothing more than a bad Matrix wannabe. This is not the case, in my view.
I much prefer to be enticed by subtle details and given an opportunity to become immersed in mood than bombarded with a lot of special effects and high-flying acrobatics. This is what I found to be so refreshing about this movie.
As for providing explanations to everything, well, I don't know that that is always needed in a film in order for it to be entertaining. So is it that I find it interesting that our Western mindset cannot deal with finding deeper meanings, through our own interpretations, in most anything that we encounter. It's as if we expect to pause our brains and be entertained through mere visual stimulation. Of course, I know that this is not really what others have described. Still, this is the type of movie that I believe deserves better than what I've read in these reviews. It's funny that I say all this and it was precisely the visuals that made the film so endearing. There's nothing passe about achieving a high level of beauty in a film, and we are fortunate to have "some" directors still mindful of this growingly archaic attention to detail.
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There are serious movies. There are movies that begged to be taken seriously. Avalon is the latter. Released to a poor box office showing in 2001, the low-budget Avalon will forever be doomed to obscurity. The reason is no mystery. Avalon was directed by Mamoru Oshii, the man responsible for the Anime cult classic, Ghost in the Shell, which, like Avalon, is little more than an exercise in mood and morose pacing. However, with Avalon, self-importance discovers a new level. Avalon itself is a war-game. A very popular war game. Popular because it's virtual reality. Popular because it is potentially lethal. Within the sepia colored atmosphere of Avalon, the lines between reality and computer simulation are blurred. Sound familiar? It should. But there are no bullet-time FX to be found here. Only obscure symbolism, listless characters who stare at the floor for long periods of time, and a filthy post-apocalyptic world located in a future Poland. Only, sadly, it looks like modern Poland. Indeed, Avalon is a Japanese film, yet it's filled with Polish actors who speak only Polish. Right out of the starting gate, this film does its best to alienate the viewer. Everything is buried under so much bleakness, and the film spends so much time following characters who do little but, well, wander around, there is almost nothing to attach emotion or thought to. And the scary part is, this is why the film received any critical praise. Nothing like a big dose of pretension to make an art-house fan feel the weight of obligation. Ultimately, Avalon begs you to take it as seriously as it takes itself, it pleads you to stay the course and follow its enigmatic plot straight to the end, while, on the journey, you try to solve its meanings. Only to discover that, when you reach your destination, the film is nearly as clueless as you are. Enjoy.
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