Cowboy Bebop-Movie (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Shinichiro Watanabe

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Cowboy Bebop

on 5/3/2014

This movie has been described as an extended-length episode of the clever and well-shot Cowboy Bebop series; an unfair comparison. Knockin' On Heaven's Door, which assuredly takes place somewhere in the middle of the series, follows bounty hunters (or cowboys) Spike, Faye, Jet, Ed and Ein in pursuit of a tremendous 300,000,000 wooloong bounty by the name of Vincent, who has the capacity and drive to remove everyone from the face of the planet. It does sound like just another episode, with raised stakes, but the movie offers more than just that. The art and "camera" movement are much more polished than the series, and the fight scenes (which may be the among if not the best hand-to-hand-to-broom-to-coffee maker combat scenes caught in ink) also reach a higher level of activity and smoothness. The plot isn't convuluted; you'll enjoy it a lot more if you watch at least five or six episodes of the series, but the movie is easy enough to follow and self-supporting. "_____ the Movie" efforts often take on their own lives, and offer nothing toward the originating series, but Heaven's Door is an exception. The tale perhaps provides some insight into Spike's invulnerability and willingness to enter death or death situations; gives some more color to the "Julia" storyline; and just provides more interaction among the main crew of the Bebop. Expect many beautifully shot moments to appropriate music, similar to the first Vicious-Spike encounter in the series. Can't go wrong with it, and is at the least, worth your money.

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Studio Image/sphe
SKU 220647736
UPC 014381711752
UPC 14 00014381711752
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 6/28/2011
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 1547
Animated Characters
Animated Worlds
Future/Futuristic Worlds
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Set on Mars in the year 2071, COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE is based on the much-loved animated television series by Japanese director Shinichiro Watanabe. (The show airs on the Cartoon Network in the U.S.) As the film begins, Spike (Steven Jay Blum) and his gang of gypsy vigilantes are roaming the city, looking for trouble when Faye (Wendee Lee) witnesses a bioterrorist attack. Hovering above the city in her spaceship, she sees a man fleeing the scene. Over 500 people die in the attack, and the city offers a monetary reward for any information. The gang jumps at the opportunity. They decide to branch out, each using their own tactics to research the tragedy. Spike slinks through Chinatown, being led by shady underground characters. Faye traces the image of the man she saw back to military files. And the young Ed (Mellisa Fahn) and her dog Ein do some handy computer research. Meanwhile Jet (Beau Billinglsea), holds down the fort, worried about the gang. When the criminal Vincent (Daran Norris), is identified, with a connection to Spike's love interest Elektra (Jennifer Hale), the real action begins. ^COWBOY BEBOP is a visually dramatic film that combines several styles of illustration into one beautiful, cohesive animated environment. The Mars of this film is a combination of cities: New York, Hong Kong, London, Paris, and many more. Viewers are compelled to identify monuments and familiar structures, while the terrorist theme hits fearfully close to home.
Variety "...[The] full-speed animation is potent....[The] range of moods expressed by drawing and colors fill the eye..." 08/19/2002 p.39-45
Box Office "...This is a cool movie..." 12/01/2002 p.55
Chicago Sun-Times "...The movie soars when the characters lighten up. The verbal pas de deux between Spike and his female nemesis is as challenging as their hand-to-hand combat..." 04/04/2003 p.32
Los Angeles Times "...COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE demonstrates how exciting and vital contemporary animated filmmaking is in Japan....The story unfolds with a sinister grace that any live-action director might envy..." 04/04/2003 p.C12
Total Film "...[With] superbly detailed backgrounds..." 08/01/2003 p.101
Sight and Sound "...COWBOY BEBOP succeeds as a stylish, enjoyable blend of genres and formats..." 09/01/2003 p.45
Shinichiro Watanabe
Cast & Crew
Marc Handler - Screenwriter
Minoru Takanashi - Producer
Keiko Nobumoto - Screenwriter
Yoko Kanno - Composer
Mashiko Minami - Producer
Masuo Ueda - Producer
Haruyo Kanesaku - Producer
Takayuki Yoshii - Executive Producer
Ryohei Tsunoda - Executive Producer
Daran Norris - Voice
Jennifer Hale - Voice
Beau Billingslea - Voice
Yutaka Maseba - Producer
Mellissa Fahn - Voice
Wendee Lee - Voice
Steven Jay Blum - Voice
Shinichiro Watanabe - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00014381711752
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 115 minutes
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
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Video Format Blu-Ray

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