Cowboy Bebop: the Movie / Metropolis

Cowboy Bebop: the Movie / Metropolis

     
 

Package Description: The Movie: Mars. Days before Halloween 2071. Villains blow up a tanker truck on Highway One, releasing a deadly virus that kills hundreds. Fearing a bigger, even more devastating biochemical attack, an astronomical reward is offered for the arrest and capture of the person behind the destruction. On the space ship "Bebop," Spike and his crew… See more details below

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Package Description: The Movie: Mars. Days before Halloween 2071. Villains blow up a tanker truck on Highway One, releasing a deadly virus that kills hundreds. Fearing a bigger, even more devastating biochemical attack, an astronomical reward is offered for the arrest and capture of the person behind the destruction. On the space ship "Bebop," Spike and his crew of bounty hunters are bored and short of cash. But with the news of the reward, everything changes. Metropolis: In the industrial, tri-level world of Metropolis, Duke Red is a powerful leader with plans to unveil a highly advanced robot named Tima. But Duke Red's violent son Rock distrusts robots, and intends to find and destroy Tima. Lost in the confusing labyrinth beneath Metropolis, Tima is beginning a friendship with the young nephew of a Japanese detective. But when Duke Red spearates the two innocents, Tima's life - and the fate of the universe - is dangerously at stake.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
An all-star anime team conjures an urban dystopia with world-class visual pyrotechnics in the anime feature Metropolis. Directed by Rintaro (X), based on the 1945 comic book by the legendary Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy), and written for the screen by anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), Metropolis is a free-form riff on imagery and themes from Fritz Lang's silent classic of the same name. To the strains of bouncy Dixieland jazz, the complex plot involves a power struggle for control of the city Metropolis and a young boy's attempt to protect a robot girl who is the proverbial key to the city's Babel-esque tower. The tower is Metropolis's architectural pride and joy, and a doomsday weapon to boot. As in the vertically stratified mega-city of Lang's 1927 silent, the aboveground life of fantasy and privilege in this city of the future conceals subterranean levels of poverty and hard labor. This juxtaposition overlaps with the familiar anime theme of man vs. machine, which plays out with shades of the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. There are too many influences and homages fueling Metropolis to list; but suffice to say that the film's multilayered, multicultural, and multireferential texture forms a dazzling pastiche. It's all realized in a state-of-the-art blend of conventional and computer-generated animation, with a kinetically breathtaking and eye-ravishing attention to futuristic details. The juxtaposition of various styles and genres makes the film unique, a fact driven home in the apocalyptic climax, set with knockout-punch irony to the music of Ray Charles. The result transcends mere allegory to induce a psychedelic overload of metaphor that's guaranteed to both daze and dazzle.
Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Cowboy Bebop's maiden voyage to the big screen is a rousing success of anime action, style, and jazz -- much in the tradition of what made the original television show so popular. Occurring between Episodes 22 and 23 in the series, The Movie finds Bebop's crew of misfit bounty hunters attempting to halt a former soldier's plot to destroy the population of Mars with high-tech bio-weapons. The movie essentially plays as an extended episode of the show -- character introductions are even dispensed with, making the whole experience a bit more for insiders. At first it seems that director Shinichiro Watanabe isn't taking advantage of the grander movie format to reach a wider audience or expand on the series' soap opera story line involving bounty hunter Spike, archenemy Vicious, and love interest Julia. But as the film progresses, Watanabe focuses on the series' underlying philosophy and expands its themes of life, death, and dreams -- and what they mean to the enigmatic Spike. Cerebral stuff aside, the best fan service here is the cool perfection of the Bebop formula. The action is hefty, the style is unrelenting, the wit comes in volumes, and as always, it's scored to a bopping soundtrack by Yoko Kanno. In an era when the transition to movies can leave producers crossing their fingers, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie successfully takes the plunge with grace and panache. Would you expect anything less of a space cowboy?

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2003
UPC:
0043396010192
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
3:44:00

Special Features

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie: Six behind-the-scenes featurettes; character profiles; music video; conceptual art galleries; storyboard comparisons.
Metropolis: Disc One: Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: Japanese 5.1 (DTS), Japanese 5.1 (Dolby Digital), English 5.1 (Dolby Digital), French; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Theatrical trailers; Animated menus; Scene selections. Disc Two: "Animax Special: The Making of Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis"; Exclusive filmmaker interviews; Multi-angle animation comparisons; History of Osamu Tezuka's "Metropolis" comic book; Biography of Osamu Tezuka and Rintaro; Conceptual art gallery.

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
1. Start [6:56]
2. Shogi [2:04]
3. Chemical Tanker Explosion [3:14]
4. CBC News [5:41]
5. Lee Samson, Computer Hacker [2:05]
6. The Bean-Seller [7:47]
7. Western Movies [2:02]
8. Purgatory [3:03]
9. MASOF Team 7 [2:55]
10. "I've Found You, Hacker Boy." [1:47]
11. Lymph Corpuscles [1:50]
12. Colonel Electra Ovilo [1:17]
13. Taking Out the Trash [4:32]
14. Micro-Robots [1:55]
15. "I've Found Lee!" [1:49]
16. Game's Over [:37]
17. Monorail Battle [5:49]
18. Swimming Bird [5:22]
19. Hacking into Cherious [5:54]
20. Rasheed Explains All [3:48]
21. In Protective Custody [7:37]
22. Vincent's Next Trick [3:54]
23. Breaking Out of Cherious [4:00]
24. The Army Takes Over [4:20]
25. Air Show [2:42]
26. The Bridge to Heaven [8:15]
27. A Very Nasty Halloween Party [2:35]
28. Vincent's Second Death [3:34]
Side #2 -- Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis
1. Start [1:27]
2. Malduks [4:25]
3. Doctor Laughton [1:33]
4. Shunsaku Ban [1:22]
5. Pero [3:32]
6. Unauthorized Robot [1:15]
7. Zone-1 [:41]
8. Tima [1:47]
9. Fire! [5:09]
10. "I Am Who." [8:46]
11. "Commence Radiation!" [1:47]
12. A Case for Treason [4:25]
13. Zone-3 [3:36]
14. Fifi's Sacrifice [2:45]
15. On the Run [2:08]
16. Atlas & Friends [3:39]
17. Ziggurat Explained [2:48]
18. The Uprising Begins [2:08]
19. An Unpleasant Duty [2:33]
20. Martial Law [2:57]
21. "We Meet at Last." [:15]
22. Rock Tricks Tima [1:42]
23. Network Tap [2:04]
24. Throne of Power [6:52]
25. "I Am a Humanoid." [6:17]
26. Memory Merge [5:38]
27. "I Can't Stop Loving You." [4:31]
28. Love in the Ruins [1:32]

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