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Jin Roh Wolf brigade Special edition DVD

Jin Roh Wolf brigade Special edition DVD

Jin Roh Wolf brigade Special edition DVD

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From the creators of Ghost in the Shell and Akira! Set in an alternate history of Japan, Constable Fuse is part of an elite Special Forces unit known as the Capital Police whose mission is to maintain peace during a time of civil unrest. Entangled within a web of intrigue and politics between the Capital Police, the government intelligence bureau, and a secret society known as Jin-Roh - the Wolf Brigade, Fuse's decisions will determine the ultimate fate of the Capital Police and those around him. Also introduced in a "Special Edition DVD" format which features Special Edition Slip Case Packaging, the Jin-Roh Original CD Soundtrack, interviews with cast and creators, a 12-Page Jin-Roh Booklet, Theatrical Trailers, and more! Approximate running time: 102 minutes.

Product details
Adult 14+ Parental Advisory
Department Video / DVD
Publisher Bandai entertainment
Series Jin-Roh
Shop Manga & Anime
Spoken language English , Japanese
Primary language Japanese
Genre Science Fiction
Subtitle language English
DVD region 1
Product Code PRE-2001123666
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"There is no superlative that can accurately describe just how amazing this movie is." by V. Krätke (Netherlands) on Apr 1, 2004

Please note: I'm basing these comments on the French Special Edition release of Jin-Roh. From the product description, it looks like the R1 Special Edition is almost identical in content to the French release, so I don't expect there to be any major discrepancies in these comments.

Besides, no matter which edition one sees, nothing can change Jin-Roh's impact as a beautiful, intricate and powerfully tragic film. It remains an engrossing and thoroughly heart-wrenching experience every time you view it, one that sticks in your mind long after the end credits roll.

Jin-Roh takes place in a fictive take on post-WWII Tokyo. This is an interesting, busy universe with a tense political climate, but Jin-Roh is less concerned with the big movers and shakers. The movie is really more about personal drama on a small scale as it follows two doomed lovers to their inevitable unhappy end. During a raid in the sewers, a young member of Tokyo's highly armed Panzer Korps anti-terrorist special police named Fuse witnesses a little girl blowing herself up with a bomb she was carrying right in front of him. He comes out of the experience alive but somewhat shaken to say the least. As fate would have it, he then meets the deceased girl's older sister, named Kae, and a quiet fondness develops between the two. The movie makes it very obvious that their happiness won't last, though. Through brilliant use of the Little Red Riding Hood tale as a parallel, we're reminded that tragedy is looming just over the horizon for Fuse and Kae. Said tragedy strikes in the form of a plot to discredit the Panzers in which both Fuse and Kae have hidden agendas of their own to play - and at least one of them won`t walk away from it alive.

That's the story in a nutshell, but it's hard to describe just how gripping and moving Jin-Roh really is. Most of the film moves at a slow, melancholy pace and takes its time to build up the impending doom. It's a movies intended to have audiences sobbing by the end, and enough time is spent letting a sad atmosphere seep in for it all to work. Make no mistake; this is grim stuff. Not all is well with the world in this universe, and the few brief, genuinely violent scenes that pepper the film hit very hard. The Panzers show no mercy when it comes to using machine guns against their victims. A long scene near the end of the film where Fuse in Panzer armor stalks targets through the sewer is one of the most downright terrifying sights I've ever seen. Even the moments of calm that Fuse and Kae get to enjoy are heavy with imminent tragedy. This is not a film you happily walk away from, but one where you'll feel downright weary from the beautiful atmosphere, the intense tragedy and the fascinating thematic intricacy.

The visuals have to be seen to be believed. Every single shot is hand-drawn in there, and it's easily the most gorgeous piece of animation I've ever clapped eyes on. Even something simple like a brick wall is painted with such minute attention to detail that you feel as if you could almost reach out and touch it. The characters are drawn in a sobre, decidedly non-cartoony style. The effect they were going for was to actually make the characters look like drawings of realistic Japanese faces. The stark character designs and the lush background paintings blend in perfectly and make the world of Jin-Roh feel alive from the word go. The look of the architecture and the vehicles, for instance, are perfectly plausible elements for such a setting, drawing you further into this window on a fascinating universe.

A film as sublime as this one deserves a deluxe treatment, and Jin-Roh thankfully gets it with this Special Edition. The inclusion of the soundtrack CD alone is enough to warrant seeking out this edition - the melancholy strings that accompany the film are a wonderful listen - but the smattering of extras and a surprisingly informative booklet add some welcome icing on the cake. One thing that may be missing from the American R1 Special Edition is a French audio track option. It doesn't make an enormous difference in the end, but if you get the chance, try and watch Jin-Roh dubbed in French for a change. The French voice cast does an astonishing job with some very subdued, believable acting. I actually prefer the French audio to the Japanese version, as the French voices just feel that little bit more smooth and natural (even with this being Tokyo and all). It's a small side note, but the French audio deserves a big thumbs up. But above all, whether it's in French or Japanese, in a Special Edition ir otherwise, don't miss any chance to see this amazing work of art. Jin-Roh deserves to be marveled at, not just as cool anime to impress your friends, not just as intriguing mature animation, but simply as a great film