Last Exile is one of the most beautiful anime ever made. Every detail, from charicter design to the look of the ships, to the very construction of the world, has a retro-futurist look. To use plain english, its how the future would have looked if it was designed in the Roaring '20s.
A bit of background: The world is comprised of warring nations, each compeating under strict rules laid out by a seemingly omnipotent Guild. Stuck in the middle of this are two youths, working as air couriers to fund their racing ambitions. Before they know it, they are swept up in events beyond their control...
Sound familiar? It should. Last Exile employs a variety of standard anime tropes. There is the dark, silent comander, the plucky female side kick, strange power sources, even the 'child with strange powers'. What makes Last Exile so fascinating is that you do not care about how cliche it seems. You want to know what happened next. You demand to know! You can't get enough of the beautiful visuals, the excelent (Nipponese) voice acting, everything.
So do I recomend this DVD? Absolutely.