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sigh, change CAN be good
on November 16, 2001
I got the Limited Edition Tin within the first week of it's release. Well, to say the least it was worth my money and then some and unlike many of my DVD's don't collect dust.
The picture is just incredible. There were a couple scenes where the reds were slightly too bright but it was not so obvious that it detracted from my viewing of the movie. This is an entirely hand drawn animation that is still more detailed than anything Disney or even Pixar supplies us today and it was treated with the dignity it deserved.
Japanese Audio is always the way to go. I wish they had remixed it in the Dolby 5.1 but unless you have an elaborate entertainment system setup it isn't that signifigant. Just would have been a nice treat. Voices were PERFECT. It just all fit perfectly. I love the Japanese voice for Tetsuo, he just had that perfect, insane, but you still feel for him to a certain extent, something that I felt was lost in the English translation.
English Audio: Um... how does anyone miss that crap of a job dub done in '88? Masaru sounded like my grandfather for crying out loud, the girlfriends of Kanada's biker gang have thick Jersey accents, Kaneda sounds like he's 30ish and it goes on (I won't even begin to mention that it was the FIRST dub that screwed up the japanese script, not vice versa!). And this is exactly what people complain about. I've heard a lot of people complain about the new voice of Kaneda because he sounds too young. Did everyone forget that Kaneda and Tetsuo are in the age ranger of 14-17? They are supposed to sound young! Same problem came up with the kids.... in the Japanese script I hate to say it but the numbers do sound like small children. No heavy accents, when I put on the subtitles with the dub to see how well they matched, it was remarkably close to the original script. Goodness forbid this movie wasn't confusing enough to understand without the script being screwed up.
Extras: The menu was simple yet elegant with the motorcycle theme. (who wouldn't want Kaneda's bike?) And the capsule mode was interesting since I have always wondered what some of the writing says here and there. Documentaries and restoration features are nice for those who really enjoy seeing how painstaking the art of animation is. There is an index to all the terms in the movie and Manga for those who want to learn a little more or didn't quite get a certain part. Probably the best set of extras ever seen in an anime DVD.
Movie: I won't review it, there are plent of others right behind me and anything I say is redundant. You will most likely either love it, hate it, or simply not understand it. A classic in my book, heavily overrated by others.