Perfect Blue

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Without the exploding mutants and robotic high school babes that most Americans associate with Japanese anime, this film is a taut psychological thriller. At the behest of her agent, Mima leaves both her moderately successful girl-pop band and her virginal image for an acting gig in a sexy television drama. Her new career and new look does not please all of her fans, though. She soon finds herself being stalked by a shadowy figure with long hair and bad teeth, and she discovers that someone has posted ...
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Without the exploding mutants and robotic high school babes that most Americans associate with Japanese anime, this film is a taut psychological thriller. At the behest of her agent, Mima leaves both her moderately successful girl-pop band and her virginal image for an acting gig in a sexy television drama. Her new career and new look does not please all of her fans, though. She soon finds herself being stalked by a shadowy figure with long hair and bad teeth, and she discovers that someone has posted disquietingly intimate details about her private life on the web. Later, the architects of her new image, a photographer and screenwriter, are found stabbed to death. But what unnerves Mima most is that she feels increasingly threatened by an evil incarnation of her former pop icon self. Is she being pursued by an irate Mima impersonator or has she slid into some kind of delusional psychosis? Perfect Blue is directed by noted anime screenwriter Satoshi Kon.
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Special Features

Digitally Mastered; In English, Japanese and Japanes With English Subittles; Interviews; Original Theatrical Trailer; Musical Photo Gallery; Behind-the-Scenes; Bonus Audio Tracks.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An extraordinary fusion of animation art and live-action narrative technique, Perfect Blue has been described by legendary producer Roger Corman as "Alfred Hitchcock partnered with Walt Disney." As it turns out, that seemingly glib assessment perfectly suits Satoshi Kon's graphic, forceful thriller. Perfect Blue uses a film-within-a-film plot structure familiar to most genre fans: Pop singer Mima Kirigoe, having abandoned her music career to become a film actress, lands a key role in an erotic thriller. Soon, life imitates art as her associates are systemically stalked and murdered by an unknown killer. Director Kon orchestrates his symphony of terror with visual cues from live-action fright films, faultlessly transposed in animation imagery. And he makes Mima a fully rounded character, even more so than some of her three-dimensional counterparts. Those impressive accomplishments have earned Perfect Blue a well-deserved place in the pantheon of anime classics.
All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Following the lead of Dario Argento more closely than the typical conventions of Japanese animation, Perfect Blue mixes the former's elements of mystery and suspense with the latter's more surreal elements to create a frightening cocktail of delirium and obsession. An interesting study in celebrity obsession, viewers witness not only the haunting delusions of a troubled fan who is unable to accept the protagonist's new career direction, but also visually experience the protagonist's doubts and deepening regret for taking that direction, which affect her ability to function under her new and more mature image. Bringing traditional elements of the mystery genre into the modern age via advances in technology such as the Internet, it's truly unsettling to view the increasingly interchangeable elements of anonymity and celebrity; in the increasingly voyeuristic age of technology, no one is ever truly alone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2007
  • UPC: 013138503091
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Manga Video
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Satoshi Kon Director
Hiroaki Inoue Producer
Harutoshi Ogata Editor
Hisao Shirai Cinematographer
Sadayuki Murai Screenwriter
Masahiro Ikumi Score Composer
Mitsusuke Hayakawa Production Designer
Nobutaka Ike Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Essence of Anime: Perfect Blue
1. What About Mima's Feelings? [4:36]
2. Mima's Last Performance With Cham [4:08]
3. Always Watching Mima's Room [4:18]
4. Excuse Me, Who Are You? [7:35]
5. Mima Must Prove Herself [1:33]
6. Innocence Lost [5:19]
7. Tarnished Reputation [8:11]
8. Serves Me Right [4:52]
9. Protect the Real Mimarin [3:29]
10. Can Illusions Become Reality? [4:57]
11. What Was Yesterday? [5:05]
12. That's a Wrap! [3:06]
13. Back to Mima's Room [10:30]
14. A Perfect Blue Day [8:26]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Essence of Anime: Perfect Blue
   Play Program
   Scene Index
   Disc Setup
      English 5.1
      English Stereo
      Japanese 5.1
      Japanese 5.1 W/English Subtitles
   Mima's Room
      Cham
         In the Studio
         English Theme Song
      Some Photos I Took
      My Favorite Videos
      My Favorite DVDs
         Ghost in the Shell
         Ninja Scroll
         Macross Plus
         Perfect Blue
         Tokyo Fist
         Tetsuo II: Body Hammer
         Gerneral Chaos Uncensored Animation
         The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb
         Devilman
      Meet Some of My Friends
         Interview With English Mima
         Interview With English Rumi
         Interview With Mr. Me-Mania
         Interview With Japanese Mima
         Interview With Satoshi Kon
      My Favorite Links
         Www.manga.com
         Www.perfectblue.com
         Www.sputnik?.com
      Thanks
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scary and thrillinhg, but still for everyone..

    Perfect Blue is one of the best, if not the very best animated movie that I've ever seen. The plot will have you thinking, even after the millionth time that you've watched it.. Everything is so real and it's something that you can so see happening, that is often kept shushed up by the press. And not only that, both the sub and the dub are excellent. It's one of the best dubs out there in anime, especially Bridget Hoffman, the talented girl who does Mima's voice.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Highly Recommended for anyone looking for a great psychological thriller!

    A beautiful masterpiece that makes you question everything about yourself. Beautiful animation and a shocking twist at the the end. This is my favorite movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best movie ever............!

    What a trippy film. I watched it the first time ever at four in the morning. That was really wierd. Its got strong characters and a really well written plot. I would even go so far as to say it is the best movie of all time, animated or not. Other movies are dim witted slave orphans from a war torn Yugoslavian village in comparison.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Anime gone PERFECT

    This is probably one of the greatest animes i've ever seen. Every aspect of this movie is perfect and balanced. To some it up in one word P.E.R.F.E.C.T, if you even remotly like anime watch this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsom Anime

    This Anime was excellent! It had a good suspence plot, excellent characters, and a great ending! I would recommend this movie for any body intrested in Anime or just getting into it! The ONLY down side is the plot is confusing ant some points and if you dont pay attention youll be very confused.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a great thriller that will Play with your mind!

    This is a great movie. I saw very few flaws. The voices were perfectly insync with the movment of the mouths. At times I thought I had my mind played with. I have many freinds who also like this movie. You could even put it with the greats,such as Akira,Vampire Hunter D and a few more I can't really name right now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    trippy

    i loved this -- it's really unique since it blends the psychological thriller genre with the anime genre. it toys with the viewer's concept of time in all kinds of ways... toward the end of the movie, reality and time are so scrambled that it's hard to tell what's going on in the movie, and it's really cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exceptional Anime

    Definitely one of the best psychological thriller animes to date. Flawless imagery and time and money spent voice actors. (They definitely did not use the same 5 voices they use for all other animes.) You'll definitely be surprised at the end. Perfect Blue is a must for any serious anime collector.

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