Perfect Blue (1997) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Satoshi Kon
STARRING: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Shout Factory
Pop star Mima, her fame and fortune beginning to slide as fashions change, is persuaded to turn actress, reluctantly accepting an ill-defined role in a television soap opera. However, Mima’s grip on reality begins to loosen as a result; she imagines that she has an identical twin who has maintained a singing career, and becomes increasingly paranoid after her friends are either threatened or killed. Can Mima unravel the truth before she is driven completely over the edge?
While I do consider myself a fan of anime, I tend to usually lean towards a different type than what you get with Perfect Blue. That was until I saw Perfect Blue. Here we have an anime that can rival any movie out there in quality and story. It’s a movie that uses what it is to also put on a display that isn’t much out of the realm of a David Lynch type tale with a little De Palma and Giallo tossed on top. All the while it still stays true to its Japanese roots. We watch a teen singer leave a group and set out on her own to be an actress. Soon after she’s stalked and someone online keeps saying she’s the real her. Then people around her start getting killed in very violent ways. As things get more and crazier, she herself starts to slip and it’s hard for her and us the viewer to tell what is real and what is in her head. This is good stuff, folks!
Satoshi Kon was a director that went on to make a lot of cool stuff, but Perfect Blue might be an indication of him knocking it out of the park on his first try and making his first shot a perfect one. This movie is so smartly done and really makes you think about it long after it’s over. It comes with a lot of twists and turns. Even when the movie is over you aren’t too sure if it goes how it seems or if it has more behind it. It’s a smart film but not so smart that you can’t get caught up in this animated nightmare that it becomes for our lead character in it. Shout makes it look as good as possible here and even includes the original SD version for anyone nostalgic over old DVDs of it. You get lots of extras as well as an English dub version. This is one I’d suggest even for people who aren’t usually into anime.
– BRAND NEW REMASTER OF THE FILM
– NEW Lectures by Satoshi Kon featurette
– NEW Into The Blue featurette – New Interviews
– Original SD Version of Feature (Japanese mono Dolby Digital 2.0 with English subtitles)
– Angel of Your Heart Recording Sessions
– Angel of Your Heart Full English Version
– Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots—includes new trailers from US and UK re-releases
– Cast and Crew Interviews
Quality of Transfer: 88%