Rarely referenced audio gem

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  1. RISUG

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    There are thousands of phenomenal dolby digital 5.1 tracks,
    but I wanted to give a special nod to the quality on Blood : The last vampire.

    It's not a sonic tour-de-force per se, however it delivers
    a level of crispness and impact that I find aurally delicious. There is no colon cleaning levels of bass, but
    it is definitely "gorilla-punch in the chest" calibur.

    The soundstage has a squeaky clean openess to it, in fact I would've assumed in a heartbeat that it was a DTS track if I were to have walked into a room without any prior knowledge of the disc.

    I'm just so impressed with the sense of environment that the track conveys even without heavy use of the surround stage. It's like an aural version of a vertical lawn sprinkler - it seems to wash over you without leaving you soaked. Truly a full and efflorescent presentation.

    Often times when something is sonically "felt" in a track it is in reference to bass, in Blood there are scenes where the higher frequencies inflict their own physical affects; for example the scene where the heroin swings with
    her sword to strike the creature, the creature attempts to
    use a medicine cabinet as a shield, the blow from the sword
    violently slices/ricochets off the metal cabinet and strikes the creature in the arm - everytime I witness this
    scene my skin gets goose bumps; the blade tearing across metal and then flesh makes me think : "damn that must have
    cut to the white meat". It makes me wince just thinking about it. Granted nothing extravagant on a whole, but sometimes it's the seemingly passe elements that prove the
    most effective.

    The intriguing story and short running time make Blood the home theater version of a "sampler" booth for foods or sauces that can be found in malls and supermarkets - small
    portions that taste great and leave you wanting more.

    Again, it doesn't have bass that will bend time and space,
    but it's enough to impress, and as I've already alluded, the crux of the disc's oh-so-sweet sonic nature can be credited to the skillfull mastering of the higher frequencies.

    So you want to sonically impress a friend while also providing an engaging story? - with something he more than likely has never seen or even heard of? - but have less than two hours to do it in? - then allow me to nominate Blood : The last vampire as a candidate for consideration.

    As any current or ex-ICOC'er knows:
    "keep it brief and powerful"

    P.S. - Does anyone feel the same way about the audio quality of this anime/cgi flick?. Or is it just me?.
     
  2. Dan Rudolph

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    I agree. Some of the best audio mixing I've heard. I wouldn't go so far as to say it has an engaging story, though.
     
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    Dan Rudolph,

    I found it engaging for the fact that there was
    very little information provided about the events in progress and why the heroin was who she was and what were
    the specifics of her supernatural abilities. Naturally a basic story is outlined, and one can determine that the heroin is something akin to Blade, but I found that the ambiguity of the "story" and the surreal atmosphere to be
    highly intriguing.

    Of course I may be the only one that felt as such, and if so - amen!.
     
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    I found the ambiguity irritating. We see some peopel do some stuff stuff, but who they are and why they're doing it is never explained. It's like you're already supposed to know.
     
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    Dan Rudolph,

    Bingo! -Which is exactly what I found to be appealing.

    It seems that in this case one man's garbage is another man's treasure, ay?. [​IMG]
     
  6. Lewis Besze

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    Is this a new release/movie?
     
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    Perhaps a little off topic, was this film supposed to be part of a trilogy or something to that effect? I too was impressed with the sound and the quality mix of CGI and anime, but I just found the show short and not hugely interesting.
    Thank you
     
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    Chad Ferguson,

    I've wondered the same thing, and have been unable to locate any information that would suggest a story
    line existed before the movie; the same goes for any post movie story continuation.
     
  10. DeanWalsh

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    If I remember correctly (I watched this a couple of years ago so my recollections are a little patchy) the featurette (I watched the r4, don't know if the specs are the same on the r1) on the dvd explained that the film was a continuation of a manga that was released in Japan.
    I too found the ambiguity intriguing... I hate being spoon-fed storylines like I'm a 10 year old and enjoy using my imagination to fill in the blanks.
    Great soundtrack and stunning animation btw.
     
  11. Dan Rudolph

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    There's a difference between not-spoonfeedign someone a storyline and giving them no info at all by which to figure it out. The Manga aren't available in English. THey shoudl have at least added a title card explaining some basic background.
     
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    Oh Ok, I've seen this.I've rented this,and yes the sound was above average.It was too short though.
     
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    One of the best dolby mixes I've ever heard, crystal clear without being harsh. The dvd release tied in with other projects at the time, graphic novel and video game among them, though I don't remember if these were released outside Japan. Some of this information is covered in the dvd featurette. The success of the various projects were supposed to dictate the possible production of another film. I did manage to snag the limited edition 3-disc japanese box set before it went out of print. Love this one.
     
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    Tobias Kepner:

    Thanks for sharing. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Hi. I happen to have both the R1 (US) and R2 (Japanese) releases of this film. As good as the R1 Dolby Digital track is, the R2 DTS track is even better. One standout scene is on the runway when one of the planes (I believe it is an F-4 Phantom)is reving up its engines to take off. Absolutely unbelievable. If you are a fan of this film, you may want to track the R2 release down.
     
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    EdSpeirIV:

     
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    Jason Birzer:

    Interesting. I might check it out. Thanks.[​IMG]
     

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