KITE Uncut Blu-ray
About KITE Uncut Blu-ray
KITE: Uncut is the definitive release of one of anime’s most controversial titles and has been restored to its original running time and remastered from the original film and video elements.
Dangerous things come in small packages! She may be cute. She may be young. She may seem innocent and naïve but don’t be fooled. She’s a coldblooded killer and if you’re on the wrong side of the law, you may be her next target. After the brutal murder of her parents, the young Sawa is orphaned and taken in by two detectives. Not content to watch the corrupt justice system let dangerous criminals go free on a daily basis, the detectives train Sawa to be their petit instrument of justice. After all, who would suspect such a cute, unassuming, college student of being a cold-blooded vigilante?
Special Features: Photo gallery, exclusive director interview, storyboards and cell gallery.
- Publisher: KITTY MEDIA
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Action, Drama
- Age Rating: 18+
- Run Time: 51
- Release Date: 11/20/2017
- Dimensional Weight: 0.5
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
Flawed release for a classic anime
by Nate -
This is an incomplete remaster, meaning some parts of the anime (particularly in the second half) had to be upscaled from an SD source. This in itself wouldn't be a big deal, but these shots look quite bad - the color doesn't match the remastered work and the image quality looks straight off a VHS rip. This gets particularly annoying during an action scene where it switches between remastered and upscaled shots in rapid succession.
That said, I would still highly recommend this release. The remastered shots look gorgeous, it's 100% uncut, and includes the excellent English dub. Sadly this likely the best way you'll ever be able to see Kite - for comparison the Japanese Blu-ray has mosaic censorship and is completely upscaled.
The last version you'll ever need to buy.
by Havok -
It is so nice to finally have a fully uncut blu-ray release. The quality is great, audio as well. No complaints there. The extra uncut bits were sourced from lower quality print than the majority of the movie, but it doesn't stand out as much as other movies that had to do similar things. Slight dip visually, then it's right back to it. I think it helps that the scenes originally cut are grimy and dark moments in the movie, so switching to the lower quality for them works in an odd way.
Not quite what I expected on a remastered version
by Francisco -
This movie is one of the worst anime remastered version ever the picture quality looks bad is not fully HD some parts look standard and is not full frame shows black bars on the sides overall the sound quality is good tho I prefer the DVD version better. The movie is good tho i liked the storyline and the action shooting scenes and the uncensored stuff only thing is that they could off done way better on picture quality
Best uncut version currently available
by Cyclograph -
I'll note this _is_ the uncut version as previously released by MB/Kitty on DVD in 2004, not the earlier partly uncut version nor "international" version. However it is combined into a single movie so the ED and OP credits between the two episodes are removed, accounting for the difference when comparing runtimes: this one is 51:25, the 2004 DVD is 53:09.
The HD content looks outstanding compared to prior releases, color is bight and details not before visible pop out, even substantial film grain - the old DVDs by comparison are muddy and washed out. Bonus features are the same as old DVD.
The SD elements are so ugly though, and unfortunate. They mostly do not affect the hardcore content, maybe two seconds worth. Affected shots are nearly all within the 2nd episode and mostly in the major action sequences. A great pitty, as the animation for these was outstanding.
A worthy upgrade regardless, IMO.