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Animator of the groundbreaking animé classic Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo was the executive producer for this two-fisted Raiders of the Lost Ark-like animated action-adventure flick, based on a manga by Hiroshi Takashige and Ryoji Minagawa. The film opens with members of the secret organization Arkam rooting around on Mt. Ararat -- the supposed landing spot of Noah's Arc. They not only find the Arc, they also discover death in the guise of a powerful magnetic beam that blasts them to nothing and takes out three U.S. ...
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Animator of the groundbreaking animé classic Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo was the executive producer for this two-fisted Raiders of the Lost Ark-like animated action-adventure flick, based on a manga by Hiroshi Takashige and Ryoji Minagawa. The film opens with members of the secret organization Arkam rooting around on Mt. Ararat -- the supposed landing spot of Noah's Arc. They not only find the Arc, they also discover death in the guise of a powerful magnetic beam that blasts them to nothing and takes out three U.S. satellites along the way. Six months later, Arkam member and high school student Yu Ominae almost gets blown up himself when a classmate wired with explosives goes off in the schoolyard. He also gets the cryptic message that "Noah will be your grave." Someone is out for Yu's head, and he wants to know why. After venturing to Turkey, he braves dangerous trap after bloody ambush. When he finally does reach Mt. Ararat, he learns that his organization Arkam has a rival in its effort to learn the secrets of the Arc, and that group is a U.S. government-sponsored special force which includes a massive powerhouse of a man called Fightman, and a whey-faced trickster named Little Boy. While Arkam is devoted to protecting humanity from the terrible power of the Arc, Fightman and his cronies are bent on using the ancient object for their own twisted ends.
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Special Features

Presented in original 1:1.85 aspect ratio presented in anamorphic widescreen; Languages: English & Japanese 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, English DTS Surround Sound, English subtitles; Includes original CD soundtrack; Staff commentary with Matt Greenfield (ADR director) & Christopher Bourque (ADR engineer); Voice actor commentary with Chris Patton (Yu Ominae) & Kelly Manison (Margaret); The latest ADV previews
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Anime master Katsuhiro Otomo's taste for apocalyptic imagery flavors Spriggan, Hirotsugu Kawasaki's directorial debut, on which Otomo served as a supervisor. Based on the first chapter of the manga by Takashige Hiroshi and Minagawa Ryouji, the story concerns a battle for control of an artifact called "Noah's Ark," an ancient, otherworldly relic that grants its holder the power to control Earth's climate and ecology -- or, if used impolitely, destroy the world as we know it. Yu Ominae, member of an elite team of genetically enhanced soldiers called Spriggans, finds himself in an explosive struggle to keep the Ark out of the hands of rogue Pentagon reps who covet its power. Echoing Otomo's landmark Akira, the Pentagon's chosen medium for the Ark's overwhelming responsibility is MacDougall, a bio-engineered child with a god complex that is on par with his telekinetic powers. As the rival forces butt heads, anime apocalypse style, the explosions are worthy of Hollywood's biggest action blockbusters, with whiffs of everything from James Bond to Indiana Jones to 2001: A Space Odyssey's alien evolution theories. As big, loud, and exciting as Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, Spriggan is as explosive as a movie can get without Jerry Bruckheimer's input.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2005
  • UPC: 702727115721
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Section 23
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Hirotsugu Kawasaki Director
Katsuhiro Otomo Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Spriggan: English DTS
1. Introduction [4:19]
2. Nightmare [7:14]
3. A Warm Welcome [2:26]
4. Skirmish in the Market [4:46]
5. The Road to Mt. Ararat [4:32]
6. Dr. Meisel & Margaret [4:10]
7. Invasion [4:23]
8. Jean Jacques Mondo [6:46]
9. "Color Me Impressed" [2:41]
10. "The Magic Man Is Here" [6:46]
11. Jean to the Rescue [1:42]
12. The Key [6:47]
13. Activating the Ark [4:14]
14. MacDougall's Theory [4:49]
15. "Playtime's Over" [5:07]
16. The Truth Is Revealed [4:17]
17. Final Confrontation [9:48]
18. End Credits [5:13]
Side #2 -- Spriggan: English & Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1
1. Introduction [4:19]
2. Nightmare [7:14]
3. A Warm Welcome [2:26]
4. Skirmish in the Market [4:46]
5. The Road to Mt. Ararat [4:32]
6. Dr. Meisel & Margaret [4:10]
7. Invasion [4:23]
8. Jean Jacques Mondo [6:46]
9. "Color Me Impressed" [2:41]
10. "The Magic Man Is Here" [6:46]
11. Jean to the Rescue [1:42]
12. The Key [6:47]
13. Activating the Ark [4:14]
14. MacDougall's Theory [4:49]
15. "Playtime's Over" [5:07]
16. The Truth Is Revealed [4:17]
17. Final Confrontation [9:48]
18. End Credits [5:13]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Spriggan: English DTS
   Deploy Spriggan
   Mission Detail
   Logistics
      English DTS
      English 2.0 Dolby Digital
Side #2 -- Spriggan: English & Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1
   Deploy Spriggan
   Mission Detail
   Logistics
      English
      Japanese With English Subtitles
   Special Ops
      Staff Commentary With Matt Greenfield (ADR Director) & Christopher Bourque (ADR Engineer)
      Voice Actor Commentary With Chris Patton (Yu Ominae) & Kelly Manison (Margaret)
      ADV Previews
         Gantz
         You're Under Arrest: The Motion Picture
         Divergence Eve
         Gravion Zwei
         Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
         E's Otherwise
      DVD Credits
Side #2 -- CD: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Anime at the peak of Brilliance.

    This is one of my all time favorite animes. I could go on and on on how cool it is but that would spoil a lot. So all I can say is get it and enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatness!

    This is one of the best action/sci-fi movies I have ever seen live action or otherwise.I even got a non-anime fan (the wife) to sit through the entire movie and enjoy it.The animation was very smooth and realistic,with an interesting twist on the Noah's Ark theory.I thought that was a very good angle.Great sound effects give your home theater a good workout.Collectors item for an Anime fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Action Anime Ever!!

    Spriggan appeals to hardcore action fans. The story is a tad metaphysical, but the superb animation more than makes up for holes that appear in the plot. The scene were the hero battles his former mentor (now a cyborg after thier last encounter) is the stuff of legend. A modern classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    This movie was very good. It was a complete story, one with a beginning, middle and end so you dont have to know a background to enjoy this film. It is a mix of sci-fi with anime. The plot is not bad, but nothing spactacular and the animation is very good as was the sound. A solid movie for sci-fi lovers and anime lovers alike, this is unlike other anime movies, it is actually longer than 60 minutes with is a huge plus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thoughts on Spriggan

    Spriggan, a movie recommended by an abid anime viewer; for me borderlined on disappointmet. The action initially was quite satisfying, bogging down as the movie progressed. The music was average and i struggled to remain interested in the story. I'll tell you one thing, it was no {Ninja Scroll}

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrible

    This movie was terrible. Old-style drawing, not seeming like it was only 4 years old. Ranma was better, even sound quality-wise. This is a pathetic movie. It's all about robots...retarded.

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