Metropolis (2001) (Steelbook) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Rintaro
STARRING: Toshio Furukawa, Scott Weinger, Yuka Imoto
RATED: PG-13/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Mill Creek Entertainment
Metropolis is a story of how important emotions are and how they separate humans from everything else. The movie follows a young boy and his uncle (a private investigator). The story is set in the far future where humans and robots live together, unfortunately not in harmony. Many robots are forced underground and are terminated for entering unauthorized areas. They are more or less servants to humankind. The plot starts to unfold when the boy meets a robot named Tima and they get in all kinds of trouble. Never a dull moment when you’ve got a robot by your side.
Metropolis is an anime that draws from a lot of source material and seems to make the most of it all. The release we’re looking at today might just be one of the finest releases that Mill Creek Entertainment has ever released. But let’s start this by breaking down the movie. It starts as all cool sci-fi stories do by taking us into a future lead by electronics and computers. One of the first things we see is a computer get killed by another computer because it is “out of area” and from then we are off and running with an epic story that holds many interesting themes and situations. I’ve always been a bit hit and miss on anime and animated movies like this in general, but this one delivers where it needs to with a very interesting plot and strong characters.
This is a movie that deals with lots of very deep themes and subjects. It isn’t one you can probably unravel on just the first viewing alone, but no worries because I think it’s easy to say that this is a movie with lots of re-watch value to it. It comes to us with a very strong transfer from Mill Creek and it also comes in a very nice looking steelbook with a clear slip that only highlights and compliments the art on the case more. It even comes with extras as this only works to overall usher in a bit of a new area with Mill Creek who have been knocking cool releases out of the park lately. This is a great movie, with a good transfer, and a great looking steelbook.
– English SDH subtitles and English Translation
– English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and uncompressed Japanese audio
– The Making of Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis documentary featurette
– Interviews with the film’s creators along with concept animation comparisons
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 88%