Appleseed Alpha [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [DVD] [2014]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (187 out of 206)

    Special Features


    • Filmmakers' Commentary
    • In-depth 11-part making-of documentary

    Synopsis


    Appleseed Alpha
    A soldier named Deunan and her partner, a cyborg named Briareos, scour the apocalypse-ravaged rubble of New York in search of humankind's last hope, the mythical city of Olympus. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi



    Customer rating

    4.3
    91%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      For Those Who Truly KNOW Their Appleseed

      Posted
      WakahanadaKOZUE
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      First of all, technically speaking, this story is a prequel. Shinji Aramaki has previously directed two other APPLESEED movies, APPLESEED and APPLESEED EX-MACHINA (aka APPLESEED SAGA) respectively, which tell the story of protagonist duo Deunan and Briareos from just before they are taken to Olympus and continue their story from just after they become established E.S.W.A.T officers. It seems to me that with each new iteration of Masamune Shirow's Appleseed, there is less and less left of what made the story an international hit as a manga. I know nothing at all of the history of this movie's production, but I really shouldn't have to search for reasons to excuse it's shortcomings, some of which are inexcusable, no matter what kind of production challenges may have arisen. This movie seemed to be an excellent concept. I've always wanted to see some of the things that Deunan and Briareos experienced before going to Olympus. Furthermore, APPLESEED ALPHA contains some of the most beautifully detailed CG rendering that I've ever seen in a movie of this type but, ironically, this is where problems begin to arise. The motion capture sometimes lacked dynamism and often looked recycled in spots. There were instances when separate onscreen characters seemed to have exactly the same gate and cadence in their step and body language and overall it lacked energy and character. Also, the actors often seemed uncommitted in portions of the action sequences. They seemed to be trying to avoid on-set injury at times when the story required that they seem to be desperately trying to avoid a horrible death. Possibly because there were no hand animated tweaks to the motion capture, it just looked too soft and slow and too much like acTING rather than acTION. An even bigger problem was the designs. I really wanted to like them. The characters in the badlands, such as Deunan, Briareos, Two Horns and his Cyborg henchmen all looked as if they were based firmly on Shirow's Appleseed designs but there was a bit too much affectation in some of them. They just seemed too busy and just a tad over the top. This goes double or better for Talos and his crew. it makes perfect sense that the design of the Olympus characters would be slicker, more modern, more organic.... different...but there were so many hard edges and superficial looking bits and pieces that they just looked uninspired and out of place. It was a heavy handed attempt. Beyond this was the English voice acting. Flat, unnatural, uninteresting, inappropriate... boring. it made me sad. The soundtrack is slathered in dubstep or a cacophony of some other harsh, emotionless, unmelodic, computer generated noise that often didn't really seem appropriately placed and therefore certainly didn't help the atmosphere or mood of the story but in fact, especially near the beginning, seemed to blot out some of the dialogue. It made me angry. The worst grievance of all, however, was the screenplay in general. The Deunan and Briareos that I know are a HIGHLY intelligent, battle hardened pair who have developed an intuition about each other (See the opening sequence of APPLESEED EX-MACHINA for an excellent example of their character and the nature of their relationship IN ACTION rather than halfhearted exposition i.e. Appleseed Alpha) that makes them so dynamic and dangerous that, more often than not, its difficult for most other characters and most readers/viewers to keep up with them, much less anticipate them. They have experience which keeps them alert and aware. It seemed that all of this was missing from this screenplay except wherever it was convenient to include it. Deunan was inconsistent, erratic, witless and weak. Briareos was flat and robotic and his whispery, half-raspy, "too cool for school" voice was just plain aggravating. Long story short: WHO ARE THESE TWO PEOPLE??? This is NOT Deunan and Briareos.... Not at all. They were just plain WRONG. Is it just me, or does it seem ENTIRELY nonsensical that Deunan and Briareos should encounter a gun platform BEFORE they get to Olympus? WHAAAAA-?!!??? Recycling the gun platform as central plot device, at this juncture, was just inappropriate and comes off as lazy. Shinji Aramaki should know better. In the end, this was a beautifully drawn movie whose plot was tragically lacking in character and therefore was high on activity but ultimately felt empty... Soulless, heartless and by the numbers. Terribly off the mark as an Appleseed story. I'd give it a 1/4th star review, if I could.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent, period!

      Posted
      ddavie1

      There is very little about the entire Appleseed series of movies that 99% of anime lovers won't thoroughly enjoy. Frankly, even if anime isn't your 'goto' medium, it will be difficult to beat Appleseed's quality of story, characters, artwork and more. From the original alone it has easily withstood the test of time; for me personally it's almost more enjoyable every time I rewatch it (which happens a couple times a year). Alpha is no different! Without giving anything away so it's as enjoyable as possible, basically Alpha is best noted as a prequel to the original Appleseed. A lot the of the same characters are still present...only, it's all for the previously (and relatively untouched) back story. Alpha shows us the path *TO* Olympus and the fight to get there - not just the struggle within Olympus. If you like to round out the stories and characters you commit your time to, and enjoy immersing yourself to the point they are actually people versus characters on the page (or screen in this case), then Alpha is worth every penny...on sale or otherwise! Currently it's listed for 15 bucks; it's worth twice as much in my opinion or anyone who enjoyed the original and wants to delve further into the story & the characters. Especially for Duenan and Briareos. (In addition, regarding the English dub, Luci Christian (Duenan) and David Matranga (Briareos) positively knock it OUT OF THE PARK! And while I enjoy English dubs whenever possible (so I can keep my eyes on the action / screen, not reading the bottom 1/8th of my television screen), additional credit where it's due: Luci and David are phenomenal. They both, CONTINUALLY bring their A-Game and never disappoint in the slightest! There is truly, almost nothing negative to say about this prequel. And that's rare, regardless of genre. (There are a couple tiny glitches in the CGI at one point, but it's so brief it's honestly hard to catch at all unless you're studiously hunting for quality errors. I just BARELY caught it myself, and had to rewind to see if it was possibly the physical disc itself, just my eyes getting tired or something, etc., and noticed the hiccup. But it's truly gone as quickly as it happens and does NOT detract from the story or presentation in the least. I'm very surprised I even caught it because I was so intently watching, heh heh.) Nevertheless, if you're a huge fan of the original and looking for more of the same or expansion of the original, or even just retelling (a reboot) of the original Appleseed, you will not find it here. Alpha is NOT the original story, save for the the fact it's the same people; they are making their way TOWARD Olympus, and not yet fighting for the (their) home / city. And Alpha is strictly about that story! In fact, if you're in the mood for an Appleseed concentrated day and need to rewatch the original anyway, this is the perfect time to pick this up and watch first - then rewatch the original. You'll be able to begin the series anew, with a greatly expanded focus on their time prior to arriving in Olympus...then of course the struggle within the city as only they can manage it. Sorry for the long-winded comments. Basically, if you like the original and typically prefer as much history as possible on the characters & story you're investing your time in, then Alpha is most definitely a valued, and necessary addition to ANY collection! Also, while we all like saving money - and I recommend doing so whenever possible; I am certainly no different - Alpha doesn't need to be on sale just to make it worth buying. And whether here at BB or through an alternate vendor, you can almost always find it for $15 with the quickest of online hunting! :-)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Missed opportunities

      Posted
      Moviewatcher

      The animation and storyline misses several opportunities to shine. This science fiction animated cartoon story takes place in a post apocalyptic future, where enhanced humans and high tech robots exist. This story takes place in New York City, where the main crime lord controls the subway system. Despite once having 8+ million people, the movie makes it look like the streets are all deserted with less than 800 people living in the city. The director and artists could have added a few extra background people walking around or trying to rebuild the neighborhoods, rather than having vacant streets. The main plot is ok, and action scenes solid. Overall an average movie, with some predictable Anime storyline moments.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      ACTION PACK!!!!

      Posted
      BUCKAROOBANZAI69
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      This is a prequel to Appleseed made by a new studio but with the same director (Shinji Aramaki) as the earlier titles. This is a full motion capture animation and it looks gorgeous. Deunan and Briareos come to life as never before. Since this is a prequel it starts at the end of the world war and has Briareos and Deunan trying to survive in a ruined New York City. Deunan dreams of Olympus but doesn't know if it's real. Briareos is just trying to get by. They work for another cyborg called Two Horns. This is a new character voiced by Wendel Calvert. In many ways Two Horns makes the movie. The plot is relatively simple but the action is gripping (there are echoes of Star Wars too). I found that I preferred this to the original Appleseed since the characters are better resolved and more sympathetic compared to Appleseed and the plot and dialogue are more coherent. I enjoyed this a lot and hope they are able to make the beta, gamma, etc versions too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Visually Stunning and amazing Sci-Fi action

      Posted
      Trufflespa1

      The CG effects are stunningly beautiful and better than a live action. Appleseed is a very well-known comic and this one is depicting the beginning of it. It is a reboot so the story is slightly different from the first movie in 2004 and it looks like a set up for a new start. The characters are more realistic than the previous anime so I think the filmmakers wants to approach toward a live action but stayed on CGI since Briareos is a complete cyborg and it will look more natural that way. This probably equal or even better than Final Fantasy. Great film !

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good prequel with great action

      Posted
      SirMillerTyme
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      Appleseed Alpha is what one would expect from watching the other recent releases in the franchise. It has a lot of fast-paced, action-driven scenes with over-the-top choreography. It's great to see Briareos and Deunan back in action, doing what they do best. The animation style is pretty good, the dialogue is decent, and the themes are in line with previous releases. No real standout performances or scenes this time around though. Overall, a good watch worth checking out for Appleseed fans.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      i wanted this to be so much more....

      Posted
      Solarrdadd
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      it's too bad because i have all the other appleseed animated movies and they are all incredible works of art for both story and animation. this one, looks to be made a bit on the cheap. the animation is not as good as the others in the series and the story is not very well done. the acting with the animation is lacking. i really, wanted to like this, it's not that it's horrible, it's just far behind the others in the series. i hope they get back to their roots with the next one. the extras were ok, but, they could have been better.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Stands Alone, not part of the mythos

      Posted
      Kendall
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      This is an alternative telling of the adventures of Deunan and Briarios. Sola Digital did the animation and other than a serious dip into the Uncanny Valley in many places, the graphics are first rate. If the viewer is unfamiliar with the previous Appleseed entities, then this will be a more enjoyable experience. For those who are fans of the original movies, this may be overly jarring as it has *nothing* to do with the original series other than the names of the characters.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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