vampire hunter d: Bloodlust

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  1. Adam N

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    Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
    I just caught this title in an ad for Best Buy. When the hell did this thing transpire? Does anyone know anything 'bout it? The big question, will it compare to the 1985 "D"? What's up wit 'dat!
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  2. Mark Evans

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    I haven't seen this movie yet, but I hear it's quite the little film at times. I very barely remember the original, but this one was released just in the last couple of years.
    IIRC, it's by the same director who did Ninja Scroll, if that influences the buying decision any.
    I heartily recommend checking out Anime On Dvd since Chris' site is pretty much the be-all and end-all and all-you'd-ever-need for news and notes and reviews. He already has one up for this disc as well.
    Hope that helps!
     
  3. Adam N

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    Thanks Mark!!
     
  4. Greg Z

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    I rented it a few day's ago. I liked it. Better than the first I thought. The sound was GREAT! IMHO check it out, you won't be disappointed...[​IMG]
     
  5. Mark Walker

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    There is a very enthusastic review of the DVD
    and the film here:
    http://www.dvdreview.com/fullreviews...loodlust.shtml
    There also is a trailer for it on the
    original Vampire Hunter D DVD,
    and it did look better than the original.
    You can see the trailer here:
    http://us.imdb.com/Trailers?0216651
    (Although, I am sure some can direct
    you to the film's official website,
    which should have a better resolution
    version of the trailer.)
    I have a friend who is very into anime, and
    she was telling me about it when it briefly
    ran in NY and LA.
    The DVD will be the first chance most of us have to
    see it. Personally, I am a snob about anime: the
    production values have to be high, or I am not
    interested. (In other words, I pretty
    much have only a few anime titles on DVD:
    Ghost in the Shell
    Akira
    Wicked City
    Blood: The Last Vampire
    and Princess Mononoke
    This one, production value wise,
    looks far and away better than the original.
    I am buying it sight unseen along with
    Metropolis one week later.
    Mark
     
  6. Eric Alderson

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    I was lucky enough to go to the LA premiere. I thought it was an awesome movie. What I saw was a dubbed version which is how I like my Anime. I'm not sure if the DVD will have the original Japanese track. I can't wait till Tuesday.
     
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    Hey mark; I have pretty much the same anime collection as except for "Ghost in the Shell." I would recommend "Ninja Scroll" and the "Cowboy Bebop" series if you haven’t seen them.
     
  8. Mark Walker

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    Thanks, Eric!
    I do need to check those titles out.
    As for Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust,
    I went and found what I was looking for: the
    official website with a different trailer.
    http://www.urban-vision.com/enter.html
    It has another trailer in the "fan section"
    that is not as cool as the other one, but
    is a bit stronger on revealing the storyline.
    As for the language on the DVD, here is
    what www.animeondvd.com 's Chris Beveridge
    (who is a hometheaterforum memeber) stated:
    "Audio:
    For our primary viewing session,
    we watched this disc in its original language of English.
    Of course, English is the only language provided here,
    so our choices were fairly limited."

    Mark
     
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    It played Boston theatrically last October, and I wasn't terribly impressed. There was some spiffy-looking animation, but the movie itself was lackluster.

    Of course, there is an audience for this sort of grim, vampire-angst thing, which I've never really understood. So, I guess the best I can say about it is that backhanded and useless recommendation, "it's the kind of thing you'll like if you like that sort of thing."
     
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    This title was distributed by Urban Vision, who helped put in the money to get this movie finished. The movie has been under production for roughly 4 years in the making (and it looks it too). However, the voice actors, as usual, just doesn't cut it. Albeit the director wanted this movie to be in English primarily first, there is a Japanese track available only on VHS rentals in Japan. However, the R2 DVD does not carry the Japanese track either.

    Production quality is high...definitely prettier...but less gothic.

    Story was so-so...could be the translation or whatever. I found the first one to be better in story overall than the 2nd one.
     
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    I rather enjoyed this one. I purchased the Japanese R2 (my god this was expensive). If you're an anime fan, pick this up. The film wasn't what I thought it would be. I was thinking that it would be heavy on violence and light on story. Violence is there but I was pleasantly surprised by the story. That's just my personal opinion. I was dissappointed that R2 did not contain a Japanese dub. English dub is the original in this case and Jack Fletcher did a great job, but i personally prefer animes in Japanese.
     
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    When I get the money, I'm gonna pick this up. I loved the first one, and anime in general, so I'm sure I'll like this one.
     
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    I got it the other night and watched it. It's totally different than the first one. It's more bright for one thing. The weapons in it were way more technologically advanced than the first and everyone in the movie seemed less gothic and dark than the first too. I still liked it though.
     
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    I have to say I really liked this title.
    And, yes, I am a production values whore:
    I don't care for the first too much, because
    the quality of the animation just didn't do it for me.
    The second has much higher production values.
    Granted, that is not the only reason I liked it,
    as you cannot throw enough money at a bad movie
    to make me like it: I hated the new, mega-budgeted
    How The Grinch Stole Christmas,
    and Pearl Harbor as examples.
    I did like the story and the villians are really
    pretty interesting. D himself seemed a bit absent
    of a soul, but I liked everyone around him.
    I liked that the bad guys were complex, and
    maybe not so bad after all. And maybe the
    good weren't that good either.
    All this made it interesting for me.
    Mark
     
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    I got it last week, and I love it. Granted, it's nowhere near as good as the first one, but I still love it nonetheless. This film was sadder and more tragic in tone than the first one though.
     
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    I loved this film. It had high production values and a great Gothic-Western storyline. Much better than the '85 one. I have to question all the people bitching about the English soundtrack and whining because they don't have a Japanese soundtrack. That's like saying, "I liked RAIDERS, but Indy would just sound so much better in Gullah!" BLOODLUST was originally done in English. It was released into theaters in Japan in English with Japanese subtitles. Personally, I thought (aside from the "It's zombie time!" line) the script and actors were quite good. This is one of my new favorite theatrical Animes.
     
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    Brian-

    I agree. I think we have a knee jerk reaction

    to anime that isn't dubbed in Japanese. Is the

    dialogue at times corny? Sure. Do you suppose

    if you were an American who was fluent in Japanese

    the original Japanese would sound cheesy to you too?

    I bet it would.

    Mark
     
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    Mark Walker:

    This film was in production for four years!! You'd think that they could have used a few recognizable voice actors instead of these wooden, dry, bottom of the barrel voice talent. The Animation is of a much higher quality so why skimp on the voice talent? I don't get it. The story is ok but cmon the ending is pitiful and feels tacked on. This film is very much like Final Fantasy, just another pretty face with no heart or soul.
     
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    Animation is awesome...transfer is anamorphic and progressively encoded properly (unlike alot of anime titles)...5.1 sound is extremely active.

    My only problem is that it seems that the 5.1 track was recorded at too high of a level. I could hear spots which sounded like clipping during the recording (specifically the choral hits in the last few scenes).

    I'll have to watch it a few more times, but this one may surpass Ninja Scroll for my favorite Anime.
     

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