Metropolis Steelbook Blu-ray/DVD
About Metropolis Steelbook Blu-ray/DVD
Metropolis is a spectacular film featuring stunning imagery and unforgettable characters based on the classic comic created by revered manga artist and animator Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy), written by anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and directed by Rintaro (Galaxy Express 999).
In the industrial, tri-level world of Metropolis, Duke Red is a powerful leader with plans to unveil a highly advanced robot named Tima. But Duke Red’s violent son Rock distrusts robots and intends to find and destroy Tima. Lost in the confusing labyrinth beneath Metropolis, Tima is beginning a friendship with the young nephew of a Japanese detective. But when Duke Red separates the two innocents, Tima’s life and the fate of the universe are dangerously at stake.
Special Features: The Making of Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis documentary featurette also featuring interviews with the film’s creators along with concept animation comparisons! Presented in Amazing High-Definition Presentation, English SDH subtitles and English Translation English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 with uncompressed Japanese audio.
- Publisher: MILL CREEK
- Media: Blu-ray
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction
- Themes: Adventure
- Age Rating: 13+
- Run Time: 108
- Year Created: 2001
- Release Date: 10/30/2018
- Dimensional Weight: 0.8
- Region Code: A
Ratings & Reviews
Beautiful Packaging, So-so Disc Content
Let me start by saying the Steelbook itself is gorgeous. All text info is on a clear slip so there's no actual words on the case, besides the logo which is debossed on the Steelbook. The design is consistent with red color tones. Almost worth the price for the packaging alone.
Content wise, it's OK. The movie looks and sounds great, and the post credits image is included at the end! I still have no idea why that was left out in the original DVD release, so it's great to have here. The bonus features aren't included on the BD, but on the DVD instead. The bonuses themselves are good, but I didn't want to have to put that disc in. Animated menu is nice, but there's no Scene Select option, and the menus aren't seamless. There's also no Pop-up menu, and no disc recognition.
Overall, recommended. It's better than the "print on-demand" version that came out last year for sure. This movie is a gorgeously animated blend of 2D and CG that should be experienced by all anime fans at least once.
The best domestic North American release of Metropolis thus far
by GEORGE C
If you're really anal about the extras NOT being on this disc, go ahead and buy the British version. The extras WERE mastered on that Blu ray. Unfortunately, the DVD packed in with the import is Region 2/PAL so you'll have to skip it or find a region-free player. The British BD is fortunately "open" and plays on Region A BD machines.
As for this release, the video quality is identical to ALL other Metropolis Blu rays. They used the same master from Sony so they all have a banding issue that occurs in some scenes. Other than that, it's better than the DVD and STILL a beautiful film with a distinct score.
The basic plot is the same as the silent movie but with twists added in by Tezuka and perhaps more human than Lang's sci-fi classic. If you like the earlier film, you'll appreciate this one.
It is still one of the prettier anime features of the last 35 years...