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Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis [Blu-ray] [2001]


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    Playing like a candy-colored hybrid of Fritz Lang's film of the same name and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis borrows its plot liberally from numerous legendary sci-fi sources (despite the fact that the original manga was released in 1945, certain cinematic aspects can't help but appearing overly familiar), all the while dazzling viewers on the same cutting-edge visual level as such anime classics as Akira and Ghost in the Shell. The common anime practice of combining amazingly rendered backdrops and more traditionally hand-drawn characters continues here, though with such nuances as beautifully flowing hair and soulfully expressive faces, it becomes obvious that painstaking detail was paid to making the characters both visually and emotionally involving. However, as expressive as some of the central characters may be, it's the elaborate tri-level industrial labyrinth that encompasses the world of Metropolis that forms the film's central character, and it is a kalidescopic animated marvel to behold. Director Rintaro's beautifully composed visual design is so awe-inspiringly colorful and complex that, from the opening frames, the viewer is fully absorbed in the environment, with plot and characterization almost coming as an afterthought. And that is precisely where the film's ultimately forgivable main weakness lies. In between scenes of wide-eyed, jaw-dropping visuals, the story of human and android tension set against the backdrop of a futuristic city borrows from so many sources that it borders on cliché. Thankfully, writer Tezuka's characters are given a depth and sense of purpose that, while not altogether unconvincing or original, consistently connect with the viewer's sense of recognition and sympathy. Viewers will no doubt attest that Metropolis works almost flawlessly on a purely visual and asthetic level within the opening frames of the film. Thankfully, Tezuka's storytelling skills compliment that on a level which, while not entirely new or original, is at the very least genuinely sincere and thoughtful. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      You love Akira, you'll like this one!


      The idea that man can creat a robot to replace a love one is foolist, this movie shows it. human are to emotional. thinking that a more coplicated thinking computers as a super intelligent human robot can do better after seing on how we express our self to others and things that we fear cause we dont understand can help us live better life, that is just plain goofy. We are jugdemental, so we will be judged. This movie tells it on how that will play out. @ the end of the movie with out giving the endind is a great way to ask our self who we are. As TIMA said @ the end and on how we should all ask our self is "Who, Who, Am, Am, I, I". This movie has heart and emotions, not tomemtion very nice animation. It's starst slow, but as it progresses, its just gets better and better. The endind is such a blow to the human imagination, so much detail, It would be nice to see a sequal, but sometimes is just best to just let it be. if you like Akira, i recomend METROPOLIES!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Hidden gem

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      One of the nicest anime films I've seen, with beautiful, fluid animation, and a unique and charming style. The story is simple and the characters are not as fleshed out as they could have been, but it is a must see for the art alone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Feel

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Great movie! Was glad to find it at Best Buy!! Worth watching.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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