Appleseed Ex Machina [DVD] [2007]

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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 16)

Special Features


  • Team-Up: John Woo and Shinji Aramaki - Two top talents, an action movie master and a legend in the Anime World, share the Appleseed vision
  • Revolution: Animating Ex Machina - new technology breakthroughs powering this instant Anime Classic
  • Filmmaker commentary

Synopsis


Appleseed Ex Machina
Veteran action filmmaker John Woo produces this sequel to the 2004 film Appleseed. Partners both at home and on the battlefield, Deunan, a young but skillful warrior, and Briareos, an experienced cyborg soldier, protect the utopian city of Olympus, where the last of humanity dwells in peace following a war that's killed off the rest of the world's population. As members of the elite police squad E.S.W.A.T., they take their orders from Gaia, an artificial intelligence that governs the city through the use of biologically engineered humanoids called Bioroids. Trouble stirs when Gaia engineers a new member for E.S.W.A.T. based on Briareos' DNA. The new team member, Tereus, looks and acts eerily like the old Briaros, before so much of his body was replaced with robotics following the war. Even more disconcerting, Tereus seems to have the same feelings as Briareos for Deunan! ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Ai Kobayashi
    Ai Kobayashi
  • Miyuki Sawashiro
    Miyuki Sawashiro
  • Image coming soon
    Takaya Hashi



Customer rating

4.6
94%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Anime action in HD

    Posted
    Ashyukun

    The third animated outing of Masamune Shirow's post-apocalyptic story, Ex Machina follows in its immediate predecessor's footsteps of being entirely 3D computer animated. I was less than pleased with how the characters in the movie from a few years ago looked, but either the technology has improved or I've just gotten more accustomed to looking at it as the character animation bothered me far less in Ex Machina. Ex Machina takes place sometime following the events of the previous movie as Olympus is still in the process of rebuilding from the climax of the first movie. The story focuses on Briareos and Deunan as usual, but throws a wrench into their mix with the arrival of Tereus, a bioroid (artificial human) heavily based on Briareos's DNA. The story follows their struggles to find their places among each other as they combat the newest thread to Olympus (and the world). It's easy to see that John Woo produced this movie- anyone familiar with his works will recognize some of his hallmarks (white doves, shells falling everywhere, twin-handgun wielding). Amusingly, at least one of them actually gets worked into the plot for once. The action is fast-paced and very well animated- I have this in HD-DVD and it looks gorgeous, presumably the Blu-Ray looks just as good. The only slight downside might be that there is a slight lack of background given on some of the characters and the situation. Having seen the previous movie (and/or the much older OVA) definitely helps- but honestly I think it probably stands well enough on its own. The background material just helps add to the enjoyment of it. Overall, this is an excellent early outing of anime into the realm of HD media, and comes highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    hyper-real - and that's not a bad thing

    Posted
    Luffy

    Hyper-realistic CG - and by that, I mean realistic at times, and fanciful at times, but so good it makes you want to believe that it's real. After seeing the original Appleseed CG movie on DVD, seeing this on Blu-ray was literally an eye-opener. Whether it was the influence from John Woo or the improvement in technology since the original, this really was a phenomenal treat for the eyes. They weren't shooting for super-realistic CG ala James Cameron's Avatar, but more of a stylized, cel-shaded, "hyper-realistic" (should I TM it?) style that was enjoyable to watch. John Woo inserted his tradmark white doves and slow-mo/dual-gun/exaggerated action scenes, but overall it was a great movie that got away from the extraneous explanations of the first movie and really dove into some serious action, conflicts, and love. Highly recommended for any anime/action fans. NOTE - the Blu-ray defaults to English audio with no subtitles. Please fix that immediately by switching to Japanese audio and whatever subtitles you prefer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well done.

    Posted
    Krielar

    An excellent movie. The actions sequences are well done and John Woo's influence can be seen. The Visuals are stunning and there are many sequences that are photo realistic. The plot is compelling and the pacing is better than the first movie. I did have two small issues with the movie that fans might agree with. First is some of the conversations and one liners are a bit cheesy. The second and largest is that there is no continuation of the second movie into this movie. Neither of these things detracts from the movie. Anyone who has not seen the first movie can pick this up and not feel lost. Lastly I would recommend that parents of younger children (under 10?) watch this first before letting the kids watch. Most of the violence and done well there are a couple of scenes that might not be appropriate. Also the plot is complicated and younger children may not be able to follow.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous Graphics

    Posted
    BondJamesBond

    Even if you're not a fan of anime this is well worth the money just for the opening 15 minutes. The CG is absolutely gorgeous and the camera angles on some of the sequences are awesome with it's Matrix style action. It's a far cry from the original Appleseed movie and the animation is so realistic at times it's almost hard to believe it's only anime. You can definately see the influences of John Woo (Hostage, Mission Impossible 2, Face Off, Stranglehold) in this movie and Shinji Aramaki did an incredible job directing this anime epic. All in all it's a great achievement in the world of CG and a visual treat that leaves you wanting to watch it all over again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    disappointing

    Posted
    OrGaNiX

    The disc itself: Whether or not you like the visual style of the film is subjective, but regardless I was completely prepared to be blown away by some top quality CG. This did not happen. I'm not sure what specific problem with the video prevented this film from looking as good as it should have, but it simply fails to look as three dimensional and "alive" as recent Pixar releases. (In Appleseed's defense, the folks at Pixar have set the bar insanely high.) Add to that a pretty weak story and few special features and this release winds up being mediocre at best. The blu ray edition is easily the best version of this available, so if you're already a fan it's worth picking up. otherwise pass.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth taking a look at.

    Posted
    Brightside

    First off, I'm not to into anime. This was recommended to me by a friend so I decided it's worth taking a look at since it only costs me $15 (2 for $30 sale at Best Buy). Because I have no prior knowledge it kinda took me a while to figure out what's going on with the story since it supposedly picked up where the last one left off. After going through the movie a bit, you kinda start piecing things together. The thing that really does it for me though is the CGI animation on this movie. It's simply amazing at 1080p picture quality and the action sequences are simply amazing. For the price I paid, it was well worth adding this title to my Blu-ray collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Anime

    Posted
    Quon

    This title absolutely blew me away. Watching it in 1080p hi-def is a gorgeous visual experience. The story lacks the excessive convolutions and pretense that usually accompany anime 'masterpieces' and provides a well-paced, expertly directed odyssey into a vision of a darkly lined but optimistic high-tech future. John Woo's fingerprints are all over this one, as well. If you haven't seen the first two, this one may have a bit of a learning curve, but it's an excellent watch and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys stunning visuals with their fun stories. 3 thumbs up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A medicine for my tired eyes...

    Posted
    Shalva

    Some people compared this anime to the "Final Fantasy". I haven't seen it, but I'll tell you that - Ex Machina blew me away. It was produced with John Wu. Anything else you want to know? Oh, well - amazing CGI and nice heavy soundtrack complete the picture. And watch it on a decent screen and with good bassy sound, it'll add the pleasure. It can be also found in a steelbox edition.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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