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Metropolis (2002)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40164644
UPC: 043396077966
UPC 14: 00043396077966
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Metropolis is a grand city-state populated by humans and robots, the cohabitants of a strictly segmented society. Amidst the chaos created by anti-robot factions, detective shunsaku ban and his sidekick ken-ichi are searching for rebel scientist Dr. Laughton, to arrest him and seize his latest creation.

" of the most dazzling films I've ever seen...  Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"...brings together some of the biggest names in Japanese anime, with impressive results.  Jamie Russell, BBCi
"...a near-perfect fusion of computer and cel animation...  J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

Editor's Note
This animated Japanese film from Rintaro (X) and Katsuhiro Otomo (AKIRA), based on the 1949 manga by Osamu Tezuka, takes place in the futuristic city of Metropolis. A struggle between the robots and the human population of the city, who once coexisted peacefully, has now exploded into a violent revolution. An investigation conducted by private detective Shunsaku Ban and his nephew Kenichi leads to an outlaw scientist named Dr. Laughton. The scientist was hired by the ruler of Metropolis, Duke Red, to create a superhuman robot-girl, Tima, to succeed him as the next ruler of Metropolis. However, Duke Red's jealous bastard son, the Rock of Marduk, cannot stand the idea of a robot taking the throne and he sets out to destroy Tima. What ensues is a frantic race as Kenichi and Tima flee the Rock through the underground tunnels, dilapidated alleys, and skyscraping towers (called the Ziggurat) of Metropolis, aided by a nurturing trash-collecting robot, Fifi.

Combining classic cartoon drawing with modern computer animation techniques, METROPOLIS plays on the sharp contrast between flat, round characters, and deep, undulating, digital backgrounds. A blimp-submarine vessel roves through Metropolis, sometimes propelled through a watery medium, other times gliding on a monorail or floating through mid-air. The detail of the city's decor is breathtaking, from the moldings and colorful facades of the momentous buildings to the shiny marble floors and leather furnishings of some of the city's sleek interiors. A New Orleans jazz soundtrack adds an element of playful mystique to the film, though the blaring rendition of "I Can't Stop Loving You" that plays as the towers come crashing to the ground in the hellish apocalyptic finale only enhances the shocking, warlike chill that permeates the film.


Video Features DVD, Animation, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Dubbed & Subtitled, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/3/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 109 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 07796
Video UPC UPC: 00043396077966
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English Dubbed, French Dubbed, Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1/4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Osamu Tezuka - Based On Comic Created By
Video Cast Info Yasuhiro Nakura - Character Design
Video Cast Info Rintaro - Director
Video Cast Info Toshiyuki Honda - Music
Video Cast Info Katsuhiro Katsuhiro - Writer

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"METROPOLIS, a hallucinatory tour de force of color, perspective and scale, virtually encapsulates the history of Japanese animation..." 01/25/2002 p.E31

Hollywood Reporter
"...Beautiful....The film is often a sci-fi's dream come true, and the illustrative style is quite classy..." 01/29/2002 p.20-39

Sight and Sound
"...METROPOLIS is an exhilarating reminder of how remarkable Japanese anime can be. An outstanding cinematic achievement and a masterpiece of modern animation..." 03/01/2002 p.49-50

Total Film
"...METROPOLIS has an impeccable anime pedigree and a unique retro style....Much more than just a curio..." 03/01/2002 p.106

Chicago Sun-Times
"...A surprisingly thoughtful and challenging adventure that looks into the nature of life and love....If you have never seen a Japanese anime, start here. If you love them, METROPOLIS proves you are right..." 01/25/2002 p.32

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
...The story is told with enormous energy... The movie is so visually rich I want to see it again to look in the corners and appreciate the details... Metropolis is not a simple-minded animated cartoon, but a surprisingly thoughtful and challenging adventure. - Roger Ebert

The New York Times 9 of 10
...If any two dozen frames of Metropolis--enough to fill one second of screen time--were hung in a gallery, the sheer visual density and sensory stimulus would be overwhelming. The effect of almost two hours of exquisitely detailed and remarkably varied cityscapes, rendered in a palette of colors and light effects that would make a live-action cinematographer or an Italian Renaissance painter weep, is exhausting and exhilarating. The dream world of Metropolis is so intricate, so sublime, that the ordinary world seems to be the one missing a dimension. - A.O. Scott

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