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Anime Fans - "Blood: The Last Vampire"


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#1 of 20 OFFLINE   Ted Lee

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Posted August 09 2001 - 04:37 PM

hi all -

not sure if this has been discussed, but it looks like the makers of 'ghost in the shell' (one of my all-time favorites) is releasing a new anime called 'Blood: The Last Vampire'.

here's the link:

http://www.bloodthemovie.com/

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#2 of 20 OFFLINE   Chad Ferguson

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Posted August 09 2001 - 06:26 PM

From what I've heard the show itself looks great but they cram too much into to little. The movie is only 48 minutes long!!!

#3 of 20 OFFLINE   Rhett_Y

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Posted August 09 2001 - 08:15 PM

__________________________________________________ _________ DVD Special features 16x9 anamorphic digital transfer Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound In English/Japanese English Subtitles Bonus feature "The Making of Blood" Original Japanese Trailers Image Gallery DVD Rom Web Links Unrated. Contains Graphic Violence. Parental Discretion Advised. Total Running Time: 85 minutes. __________________________________________________ _________ I think the movie is 85 minutes long, not 48. Rhett
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#4 of 20 OFFLINE   Ted Lee

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Posted August 09 2001 - 09:04 PM

thanks guys...hopefully this'll rock! i'm definitely looking forward to it!

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#5 of 20 OFFLINE   Chris Sypal

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Posted August 09 2001 - 09:23 PM

"From the creators of Ghost in the Shell".

True, it is done by Production IG, the same studio that did "Ghost" along with Patlabor 2, and more recently FLCL and Jin-Roh. The director, Hiroyuki Kitabuko, was the director on Ghost in the Shell... the video game. I believe Mamoru Oshii was just a producer.

It's a nice little film, even for it's short length. Yes, the movie is in fact 48 minutes long. I don't know where the 84 minute length above came from.

It'll be interesting to see how Manga can mess this one up. Their track record on DVD's has been pretty horrible recently. I'm never buying anything from them again, unless I hear good reviews. I'm not going to get screwed by them again.

Any a few things to add. The movie has parts in English and parts in Japanese. An interesting concept that's nicely used. The Japanese release is subtitled, which makes it worth it to get the Japanes release as there are some great extras on it. In fact, here are a couple reviews.
http://www.animeondv...on2/blood-2.htm http://www.animeondv...on2/blood-1.htm



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#6 of 20 OFFLINE   Kong Chang

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Posted August 10 2001 - 12:16 AM

Um, The movie is ONLY 48 minutes long. There are some supplements which will increase the length of the DVD to 80 some minutes (there's about 30 some minutes of additional supplementary materials). I own the R2 DVD Limited Ed. Boxset...trust me on this. K.C.
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#7 of 20 OFFLINE   Brian Kidd

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Posted August 10 2001 - 04:56 AM

So am I to understand that a 48 min. movie was released in theaters in Japan and people still paid to go see it? Man, if I paid $8.50 over here and the movie was only 48 min., I'd hold the concession stand zombie hostage until they spooled up another film!
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#8 of 20 OFFLINE   Derek Faber

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Posted August 10 2001 - 12:33 PM

Blood is a three part series. At least it's supposed to be.

#9 of 20 OFFLINE   Kong Chang

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Posted August 10 2001 - 01:44 PM

Because of the success of Blood: The Last Vampire in Japan, Production I.G. will be making a sequel to the movie in due time. In addition, Blood, since it is pretty short, was probably double-billed with another animation. I wouldn't know what animation that would have been. Usually short animated movies tend to be double-billed with another animation in Japan. K.C.
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#10 of 20 OFFLINE   SteveBjr

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Posted September 01 2001 - 11:51 AM

Watched this film last night. The story was good and the sound on this disc was awesome. Still haven't watched all the extras on it yet but if you like Anime this is a good buy.

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Posted September 01 2001 - 12:13 PM

I watched this DVD over at my friends house on release day and was absolutely stunned. Visuals and Sound are FANTASTIC!! This is the way all anime should be done. Of course, the shortness factor was kind of a downer. We couldn't believe it was over. I still have tons of unanswered Q's. I can't wait for the sequel.
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#12 of 20 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

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Posted September 01 2001 - 12:32 PM

It's quite common for so-called anime "movies" to be 50 minutes in length. In Japan, if it's shown in a theater, even if it's 3 minutes long, it's a movie. If I remember correctly, Toei used to have a roadshow going every summer where they'd show the latest DragonBall, Sailor Moon, and whatever else they had running at the time "movies". All were 50min long Jeff Kleist

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Posted September 01 2001 - 06:03 PM

First off, what a great movie and I'm really glad I bought it to add to the small list of Anime on my dvd shelf! I bought the DVD this week based on the good "buzz" (you know.. the internet?) and the fact that it was sold out in two days on several dvd sites. I got home that night and watched it with my girlfriend, who isn't normally into anime, and we both loved it! In fact, this was the first movie in a long long time where we both turned and said "That's it? That's the movie? This has got to be chapter 1 right?". Right? Nope. I checked the case and dispite it saying it had a running time of 83 minutes, it was really only 45. I thought for sure that I had to simply scan through the menus to find the rest of it, was I stunned to find otherwise. This movie really did leave me wanting more. It had an interesting, albiet thin hodgepodge, plot, top shelf animation (Japan's first use of digital filming in a feature anime... even thou Disney's been doing it for years), and captivating belevable characters. The minimalistic approach wasn't just in the running time. The dialogue is sparse and only as needed, leaving viewers trying to fill in the blanks on the characters' backstories and underlying motivation. In fact, its the last scene that not only screams in big neon letters "start sequel here", but makes the audience suddenly ask more questions about our "hero"... all done with looks, not dialogue. This wouldn't work nearly as well if the art work wasn't so beautiful. It seems that the 83 mintues is the culmination of the extras, which are in fact farly decent. The one this I noticed, which bothered me, was in the trailers. watching the trailer (and making of) I caught at least 2 brief finished scenes which were NOT in the movie! So, was this edited down? Are there scenes not in the U.S. version? Are they to the sequal? Were they in the U.K. box set? I don't know. The one last curious thing was the mention of brief nudity on the box ratings, not any in the version I watched. Unless I blinked.

#14 of 20 OFFLINE   Mark Walker

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Posted September 01 2001 - 06:55 PM

This short films is THE COOLEST.
I have been waiting for an anime film,
regardless of length, that I liked visually
as much as Ghost in The Shell.

This is the first to do so.

And remember fellas, it's just like
all those sensitive women
used to tell their boyfriends:

It isn't how long it is,
it's what you do with what you got!


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Sure, the film leaves you wanting more,
but what is wrong with that???


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#15 of 20 OFFLINE   Trevor H

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Posted September 10 2001 - 11:03 PM

The sound on this disc is nothing short of stunning.
One interesting note is that I watch most DVD's at -9 db below reference level and at that volume I have never bottomed out my SVS sub, "Blood TLV" made my SVS bottom several times at that volume so I checked the disc's dialnorm it is +4 db WOW!!! no wonder, I have seen many discs with a dialnorm of -3 but never one with +4

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Posted September 11 2001 - 11:44 AM

Anyone know of ANYONE or ANYWHERE I can get the R2 Limited Edition boxset?

#17 of 20 OFFLINE   Kong Chang

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Posted September 11 2001 - 01:26 PM

yes, but it requires that you can read Japanese and input Japanese to search for it. Amazon Japan should still have a few left in their inventory (I believe). K.C.
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#18 of 20 OFFLINE   John DeLuca

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Posted September 11 2001 - 02:55 PM

Mark, 2 of them just sold on Ebay. One for $172 and the other for $177. Prices seem to have sky-rocketed since the R1 DVD was released. There is also one being auctioned right now. CDJapan is sold out though. Their original price was like $107.

#19 of 20 OFFLINE   Brian Kidd

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Posted September 12 2001 - 07:01 AM

I bought this the other day and enjoyed it thoroughly, though I also wish that it could have been longer. Not because I felt gypped, but because what was there was sooooo good! Amazing, detailed animation and a killer sound mix. The voice acting wasn't the best, but it was a cool film, nonetheless. I hope they go through with the sequel and that it doesn't take as long for us to get it as it did to get this one.
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#20 of 20 OFFLINE   Todd Terwilliger

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Posted September 12 2001 - 11:30 AM

I watched this for the first time at a friend's house last night. While the animation is nice, I was very let down by the film itself. It seems to end just as it gets going. I remember saying to my friend, "this is it?" I plan to watch it again in a day or so but, as of now, I have to say I'm disappointed. Todd. ------------------ "He'll flip you, flip you for real."
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