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Death Note: Re-Light, Vol. 1 - Visions of a God

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: VIZ Media
  • Release Date: June 12 2009
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • ASIN: B001VLBDBC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,838 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Japanese specials condensed are typically not for everyone but those few minutes of extra footage may be for the die-hard fan! June 27 2009
By Dennis A. Amith (kndy) - Published on Amazon.com
The "DEATH NOTE" anime series was simply magnificent.

I first caught "DEATH NOTE" the animated series on television. I've heard so many impressive things in regards to the storyline and also saw the series featured on NPR. To get the critical acclaim that it has worldwide, this series must be special.

And special is what "DEATH NOTE" truly is. From beginning to end, this series has just grabbed my attention because of its well-written cat vs. mouse storyline.

"DEATH NOTE" is a 37-episode TV series that was created by Studio Madhouse and featured on Japanese television in 2006-2007 and featured in the US in 2007-2008 (the whole series is available in two box sets from Viz Media/Shonen Jump Home video). The series has spawned a popular manga series, a novel, three live action films and has captured the attention of anime and non-anime fans worldwide.

After the series was completed, a new special (the first of two) was released on television in August 2007 titled "DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God" which features the whole series condensed into a 130 minute episode. But unlike recap specials aired in Japan, this special would be a retelling of the story in the point of view of Ryuk (Light Yagami's Shinigami) who is telling a story of his experience on what happened when he was on Earth and a story he is explaining to another Shinigami who is bored in the underworld.

"DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God" features new scenes and an ending that may or may not shock "DEATH NOTE" fans.

The series focuses on the character of a very smart high school student named Light Yagami. Bored with his life, he comes across the "Death Note" that has special instructions that if one was to write their names on the Death Note, the person would die. They would die of a heart attack if there were no instructions on how the person is to die. Or die the way the person possessing the Death Note wrote down.

The Death Note is from a Shinigami (death god) named Ryuk who seems to be bored in his own world and thus starts to enjoy how a person like Light starts to use the Death Note.

For Light (who goes by the name Kira), starts out using the Death Note by writing the names of criminals. He starts to win supporters due to his ideology of creating a new world without these criminals. But with so many deaths occurring, the police and the International community begin to fear this serial killer. And along the way, Light is suspected by the police as a person of interest (a person who could be "Kira") and then Light starts to use his Death Note on those who are onto him.

Thus a mysterious detective named L is assigned to the case and the series becomes a compelling storyline of will L find a way to catch Light Yagami or will Light Yagami kill L first?

AUDIO & VIDEO:

"Death Note" was a TV series and I found the animation to be quite cool as it showcased a dark, stylish feel to it. The animation for "DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God" is featured in 16×9 Anamorphic Widescreen.

The anime features a good dose of that J-rockish type of style and it's overall presentation was stylish and dark. Studio Madhouse did a wonderful job in this series and bringing out the illustrations of Takeshi Obata and the storyline of Tsugumi Ohba to television. The dark atmosphere really is well displayed in this anime series.

But the most appealing part of this series is the awesome voice acting. Being the Japanese language purist that I am, I watched the series with Japanese voice acting and it was done very well. But I have to admit that I was really impressed by the English dub voice acting.

Brad Swaile as Light Yagami, Battlestar Galactica actor (Felix Gaeta) Alesandro Juliani, Brian Drummond as Ryuk and Shannon Chan-Kent as Misa did a tremendous job. As did the other English voice actors. A job well done!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

"DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God" comes with a few special features. Included are:

* Death Note Rewritten with the Japanese Cast & Crew - (11:09) Interviews with Toshio Nakatani (producer) about how he wanted to do a "DEATH NOTE" episode flashback by focusing on Ryuk's perspective. Interview with Director Tetsuro Araki and his intrigue with the character of Light Yagami. Also, interviews with voice actors Mamoru Miyano (voice of Light Yagami) and Kappei Yamaguchi (L) about having to redo the voices of the characters a year later after they finished the original anime series.
* Original Japanese Promos - (3:40) Three TV promos for "DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God"
* Shonen Jump Manga Trailer
* Shonen Jump Home Video Trailers
* Death Note Movie Trailers

JUDGMENT CALL:

I absolute love the "DEATH NOTE" anime series but I know many of you who enjoyed the series are wondering if this DVD is worth the purchase. Especially since "DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God" is the series condensed into 103 minutes but with new footage.

In Japan, there are many specials , may it be for anime or drama series that are created to bring a viewer up to speed on what has happened on a series to elongating the popularity of the series through new footage. Popular series get a special episode that tend to get a series condensed into a two hour episode. But sometimes there is a few minutes of extra footage that makes a big difference in a series, especially for those who are fans of that series.

"DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God" is one of those specials that within the 103 minutes featured on this DVD, many of those minutes are scenes which fans have seen on the animated TV series. It all comes down to those extra few minutes of footage that are important.

I'm not quite sure of how many exact minutes of extra footage is included in "DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God" but I will say that those extra minutes at the end of this special was quite surprising. And because of that, I do feel that "DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God" is worth having in your collection because those few minutes from the beginning and ending of the special definitely introduces us some interesting situations and a major reveal that may open the doors for possibly a sequel? Maybe?

A few minutes of extra footage is hard to justify for many anime fans, especially if you are on a tight budget. But if you are a dedicated fan to this series and are quite passionate about it as much as I am, then I highly recommend "DEATH NOTE: R - Relight: Visions of a God".
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I hate to say it, but... June 20 2009
By K. M. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
...I was quite disappointed w/this DVD.

First, the good stuff: The animation of the new scenes is lovely; the colors & design are brighter and crisper than in the original anime. It's really the only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 2. The extra scenes are interesting, but don't add that much to the original series.

OK, now the bad stuff: This is basically a clip show, following just over halfway thru the anime (where a particularly lovable character dies). It's framed by Ryuk telling the story to another shinigami. But that's about it.

I'd had high hopes for this DVD (given the description), but, alas, they were dashed [siiiiigh].

I'd recommend this for (a) Death Note completists, or (b) someone who doesn't want to invest the time in watching the entire first half of the original anime.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death Note Relight....Not So Bad July 15 2011
By Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
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I've just watched the DN Relight DVD and I have to say it's actually not so bad. Besides, I already knew the story to it after watching the entire series show on the Internet. I knew the characters, the story and everything. It was a little disappointing at first when they had to shorten it into a 2-hour movie, but then again it was fascinating to see the deleted scenes through out the movie. L of course was awesome to watch, even though I already got to know him through out the series, and as usual, I cried when he died. This dvd was quite fun to watch if your a Death Note fan and already know the story, because to those who think it sucks are missing out.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money... edited version of the first 20 episodes July 28 2009
By Arthur Gong - Published on Amazon.com
The description of this DVD basically implies the "re-telling" of the Death Note series through the Shinigami's, Ryuk, perspective. In actuality it is nothing more than a "movie version" of the first 20 episodes of this 37 episode anime. There are some brief original footage with Ryuk "conveying" the story to another seemingly disinterested shinigami, but the bulk of the footage comes directly from the episodes.

For people who have already seen this anime or have the full 37 episode anime series this DVD is simply a waste of money. I would only recommned this DVD and it's sequel to those individuals who are interested in this anime, but do not have the time to invest into watching the complete anime series; roughly 13.5 hours.

While the basic premise is provided, a lot of the nuances of the anime have been stripped out of this version, thus rendering the end product to be a sterile rendition of the original. In the end, this is a falsely advertised product since the story is not really retold from Ryuk's perspective (Product description: "See through the eyes of a shinigami...").
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars incorrect Sept. 20 2013
By tjaketheman - Published on Amazon.com
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it was basically a recap of the first part of the series with only one small change near the end that actually could not have happened. Severely disappointed.

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