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  • Actors: J.D. Hawkins, Chris Patton, Kevin Corn, Ted Pfister, Andy McAvin
  • Directors: Hirotsugu Kawasaki
  • Writers: Hirotsugu Kawasaki, Yasutaka Itô
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • 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: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: A.D.V. Films
  • Release Date: Feb. 15 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000767QRW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,615 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Fast paced, violent, and loud, Spriggan uses a combination of drawn and computer animation to deliver the kind of slam-bang thrill ride Final Fantasy only promised. The convoluted plot, based on a manga series by Hirotsugu Kawasaki and Yasutaka Ito, mixes elements from Raiders of the Lost Ark, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Akira, and Universal Soldier. Yu Ominae (voice by Christopher Patton) is a Spriggan, a member of an elite corps of biologically engineered warriors created by the secret organization ARCAM, who finds himself involved in a baroque adventure centered on the newly discovered Ark of Noah. The Ark is actually an extraterrestrial vehicle with the power to alter the Earth's climate and spawn new animal species. A sinister cadre of rogue Pentagon generals wants it and dispatches a corps of murderous cyborgs lead by Col. MacDougall (Kevin Corn), a monstrous child who's also the product of biological experiments, to capture it. ARCAM is determined to prevent the generals from gaining control of the Ark's awesome powers. Yu battles his way to victory through car chases, sword fights, shootouts, explosions, knifings, and psychic blasts, with a little help from fellow-Spriggan Jean-Jacques Mondo (Andy McAvin). Director Hirotsugu Kawasaki handles the action sequences more effectively than the minimal character development, and Katsuhiro Otomo's screenplay doesn't always make a lot of sense. But Spriggan supplies what hard-core action fans sought in vain in many recent Hollywood blockbusters. Just don't sit too close to a speaker. MPAA rated R, under 17 not admitted (for considerable violence). --Charles Solomon

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Skyline 99 on Nov. 6 2002
Format: DVD
I have watched quite a fair amount of anime, but this has got to be one of the most disappointing titles I have ever watched. While there are a lot of slam, bam, kid-with-superhuman-strength-saves-the-world titles out there, Spriggan almost takes the cake when in comes this eye candy/zero-plot genre. In Spriggan, 17 year-old Yu Ominae fights for ARCAM, a secret organization focused on protecting ancient and dangerous ruins. He is a Spriggan, in essence an elite super solider trained from childhood to be an efficient killing machine. After an unsuccessful attempt on his life by a rival organization, Yu becomes involved in a case centered around protecting the newly-excavated Ark of Noah, which is in fact an extraterrestrial ship with the ability to destroy or create new life on the planet. To top this absurdity, the Pentagon deploys a genetically enhanced child, Col. MacDougall, along with some extremely powerful and insane cyborgs after the Ark to retrieve it at any cost....Now even I could come up with a better plot than this. But of course, you'd have to see the movie to see what I mean when I say the plot falls apart quicker than toilet paper left out in the rain.
I mean, the movie starts out intersting enough, but so much more time could have easily been spent developing the characters, plot, motivation, back-stories while at the same time keeping almost all of the action and fight scenes intact. We never really find out why the Pentagon wants the Ark, or how and why Yu originally became involved with ARCAM. And while religion is often prevelant in many anime titles (most of the times in a convoluted, misunderstood way), Spriggan does a good job of somehow throwing in Biblical references into the already disorganized plot and twists them to a whole new, annoyingly absurd level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TrezKu13 on Nov. 15 2003
Format: DVD
Some one told me that "Spriggan" was what "Ghost in the Shell" should have been. I had read the original manga (released in the United States as "Striker") and had high hopes to see it in animated form. Unfortunately, what I got was one of the worst animated films I had ever seen, and one of the biggest film disappointments in my life.
"Spriggan" has so many problems I don't know where to start. First, there is the most obvious one being that this movie fills up every anime cliche in the book, especially the classic "hero knows the villain from a past life"...but this movie takes it into overdrive: Yue knows EVERY VILLAIN from a past life! That's right, even when it doesn't make sense. How does he go from being a former soldier to the product of a super-child project, and all different organizations. In the original manga Yue didn't know any of the villains from a past life, why they add this in the movie is beyond me. It adds nothing but campiness and plotholes.
The other problem is the added violence. The manga had a good dosage of action balanced with storyline, but the movie takes out the storyline for the sake of more blood and guts. The bombing of the highschool, the chase in Instanbul (which strangely resembles a similar scene in "Midnight Express"), the repeated scenes of the same attack on the base (did any one think of continuation?)...it wasn't in the original manga, and here its all just for a high body count, doing nothing to the story.
Watch this movie to see one of the worse action scenes ever animated.
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Format: DVD
When I ran across details of the SPRIGGAN anime movie,
I recognized from the description and cels
that it was a video version of a manga by Hiroshi
Takashige and Ryoji Minagawa that had been published
in English as STRIKER. While STRIKER had been little
more than a violent and not very original action
story, though characterized by good artwork, the
SPRIGGAN video was produced by Katsuhiro Otomo, of
AKIRA fame, which added some interest to it.
The video actually follows the story line of the
manga closely. After the discovery of ancient and
potentially dangerous artifacts of a lost (and
possibly not entirely human) civilization, an
organization named ARCAM is formed to uncover and
control these artifacts. As there are a lot of
bad guys who want to get their hands on these items,
ARCAM is heavily armed, with their most formidable
assets being the "Spriggans" (the "Strikers" of the
English manga version), who are super-powered
combat-trained teenagers -- sort of like Max / Jessica
Alba in DARK ANGEL.
In a cavern in the top of Mount Ararat in Turkey,
ARCAM stumbles on to their greatest find to date:
Noah's Ark, which turns out to be an artifact of
almost unimaginable power. A Pentagon group moves
to take control of Noah's Ark from ARCAM, and the
only things that stand in their way are two ARCAM
Spriggans, Yu Ominae and his partner Jean.
The whole story concept owes something to INDIANA
JONES, if implemented in a more techno style reminiscent
of THE MATRIX.
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