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Perfect Blue (Widescreen) [Import]

4.2 out of 5 stars 146 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji, Masaaki Ôkura, Yôsuke Akimoto
  • Directors: Satoshi Kon
  • Writers: Lia Sargent, Sadayuki Murai, Yoshikazu Takeuchi
  • Producers: Haruyo Kanesaku, Hiroaki Inoue, Ken Washiya, Koshiro Kanda
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • Release Date: July 18 2005
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 146 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00000JL42
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One of the most ambitious animated films to come out of Japan (or anywhere, for that matter), Perfect Blue is an adult psycho-thriller that uses the freedom of the animated image to create the subjective reality of a young actress haunted by the ghost of her past identity. Mima is a singer who leaves her teeny-bop trio to become an actress in a violent television series, a career move that angers her fans, who prefer to see her as the pert, squeaky-clean pop idol. Plagued by self-doubt and tormented by humiliating compromises, she begins to be stalked, in her waking and sleeping moments, by an accusing alter ego who claims to be "the real Mima," until she collapses into madness as her coworkers are brutally slain around her. Director Satoshi Kon, adapting the novel by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, shows us the world from her schizophrenic perspective: days blur, dreams cross over into the waking world, the TV show blends into her real life, until her life merges with her part and she can't separate the ghosts from the real-life stalkers. Though the pat ending sweeps the psychosis and anxiety away with nary an emotional scar, it remains a smart, stylish thriller and one of the most intelligent and compelling uses of animation in recent years. Though tame by the extreme standards of "adult anime," there is nudity and a few sexually provocative scenes, and the animation is detailed and stylized (if somewhat stiff and jerky by Disney standards). --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
Hope you don't have a virgin mind because it's gonna get raped. This is one of the most brilliantly put together movies ever. Perfect Blue is quite a mind trip and will have you guessing the whole way through. And what's better, since you're getting the DVD, you get to see the Director's Cut which features footage never shown in theatres. But every DVD has it's ups and downs.
You get a nice set of extras here including interviews with the dub cast, a "making of" documentary, and recording sessions.
The animation in this movie is pretty choppy and dry. It'll make you want to put lotion on it. Plus in the tradition of Manga Entertainment, you get a load of trailers for a lot of animes you probably don't care about, and a non-animorphic transfer. Is it so much to ask for an animorphic transfer, huh Manga?! Also it would have been nice if they included the original 2 channel mix for the Japanese version.(this really isn't a problem though)
I would have also like to see the original Japanese credits instead of these horrible looking iMovie looking credits some of these American companies love to throw in instead.
Reguardless of all of this, it's still worth getting just for the movie.
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Format: DVD
Imagine if Walt Disney were alive today, he then worked with master directors Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick on an adult animated film. The result of this partnership would be Perfect Blue. This is the most interestingly thought provocative and graphic animes that I have ever seen and I have seen my share of graphic animes. But the story which centers around an aspiring singer turned aspiring actress Mima as she leaves her cutsy teen pop group for a hopeful chance at real stardom as an actress. For me this film was unsettlingly ingrossing from the opening to the ending. The characters are so thurougly thought out and the script is good in either langauge. You can easily take a side on the characters considering there are some sterotypical characters, mainly her managers, one who doesn't like the actress idea and one who is happy about it, but it's better if you just sit back, brain turned on and enjoy the drama, the horror, and the thrill of this suberb creation from Director Satoshi Kon and Screenwriter Sadayuki Murai, based on the original story by Yoshikazu Takeuchi.
Warning: Mature audiences only. Anyone younger won't understand the masterpiece of this work.
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Format: VHS Tape
A movie like this makes us question the limits of our own consciousness. It allows us to explore in a space not our own, the endless possibilities and the demons lurking within the human psyche - and alerts us to the reality of what it is we do not know. We should be scared of what we are capable of, not to mention to celebrate our potential. One of the good things about anime is that the simulation seems less real, since it is in this "invented" space. I'm not trying to downplay the effect - as I feel that the impact on the viewer is no less real - just merely stating an observation. Let this not fool you, I am not that naïve - anything in cinema is a simulation, sometimes a simulacra, of reality. However, despite the impact being as real, the images - no matter how explicitly sexual or graphically violent - are not as "real" as in motion pictures. I most certainly don't expect too much of a buy-in on that last comment. However, images seem more sanitized and we don't need to spend so much of the budget on scenes and the potential for good is astronomical. I guess that is why I endorse this genre. I'm as confused about the sexuality and violence as anyone. The Jody Fosteresque traumatic rape scene (ala The Accused) borders on the exploitive. Perfect blue flirts beyond anime at times bordering on hentai.
The story is a simple one but the execution is not. Mima Kigiroe is a struggling entertainer with a bevy of loyal fans. She starts her career as a singer and transitions into a career in acting. Her entrée into this world is a series called Double Bind - of which the subtlety was not missed on me. As yes, the seemingly disjointed story evolves, Mima (as well as the viewers) reality begins to collapse.
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Format: VHS Tape
NOTE: This is a review on the Director's Cut / NR version that I own.
I saw this first by myself because my brother handed it to me. I watched it, and ended up being creeped out for several hours, always glancing at myself in the mirror and expecting it to wink and hop away. Okay, maybe not that extreme, but it sounded good! @_o
To sum up the story, Mima is a young adult, barely on her own, who decides to leave her bubblegum-pop trio to become an actress, but soon finds it's harder than she ever could have thought. Beginning as a one-liner, she soon finds herself the main attraction of the show due to the perverted whims of the middle aged directors. After a series of humiliating things she's forced to do, her sanity slips and she spirals into self doubt and hallucinations. (I won't go any further because it'll ruin the story.)
Cons: In the NR version, an extensive rape scene took a good 2 or 3 minutes, and it really didn't have that much meaning. Slightly hard to decipher storyline, but I don't necessarily think that is a bad thing. Lots of violence but it kind of works in, and maybe the tuned down version isn't so bloody. Ending wasn't too fantastic.
Pros: Psychological thriller that's a lot of fun to watch; very scary. Beautiful animation. Fairly good voice acting. Fairly good dubbing. 100% unique storyline. Funny pop music. Twisty and turny plotline that keeps you guessing.
Analysis: Worth buying, but don't let your little cousin or relation borrow it as it will probably scare them...or amuse them. =P
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