The Empire of Corpses Blu-ray/DVD + UV

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About The Empire of Corpses Blu-ray/DVD + UV

From the studio that produced Attack on Titan comes The Empire of Corpses, a captivating historical action thriller based on a Phillip K. Dick Award winning novel by Project Itoh. In an alternate version of 19th century London, the world has been revolutionized by “corpse reanimation technology” creating armies of undead who serve the living as laborers across the globe.

In an attempt to revive his dearly departed friend, young medical student John Watson becomes obsessed with replicating the work of Dr. Victor Frankenstein - the legendary corpse engineer whose research produced the only re-animated corpse to possess a soul. But when his illegal experiments put him at odds with the British government, Watson is drafted into a worldwide race to find the lost research notes of Victor Frankenstein before the secrets of the human soul fall into the wrong hands.

*Includes Digital HD Ultraviolet (subject to expiration and only redeemable in U.S.)

Special Features: Funimation Short: Empire of Corpses, Promo Videos, Trailers

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English Subtitles


  • Publisher: FUNIMATION
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
  • Themes: Adventure
  • Age Rating: 17+
  • Run Time: 120
  • Release Date: 7/5/2016
  • Dimensional Weight: 0.5
  • Region Code: A

Ratings & Reviews

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Average Movie

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It start off really intresting, but after a while I found hard to really pay attention to anything and the character interactions were really akward. Personally I thought the dub was ehh and I usually perfer English dubs.

Starts off great,


Starts off great, by the end though character motives are really vague and the climax makes little sense. Overall though, interesting concept and beautiful animation. Great movie to just watch and not analyse.

A very nifty take on Frankenstein stories!

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Four stars for the artwork alone which was quite amazing, even though a few times it gets a bit too dark in the background and makes some things difficult to see. The story starts exceptionally well and progresses at a good clip as well, but toward the end, I admit it sort of comes off the rails a tad and seems to have a difficult time holding itself together. It wraps with more rush than it should have for a movie and could easily have been made into 2 parts, or simply given a longer run time. There are a few points and characters that need a little more development time IMO, which would have made a huge difference by the end.

Still, it was a good movie and worth the watch for sure - not perfect but quite exceptional nonetheless. Especially for an alternative take on an old Frankenstein plotline, coupling in magic and an extra hearty dose of science.

A bit episodic but solid science fiction


Yes, this is a take-off on the Frankenstein tale but the technology is approached in a way that's semi-plausible by what was available in the late 19th century. How well the movie works for you may depend on your appreciation of Victorian era literature as well as knowledge of history although the latter is far less necessary.
I thought the film was fairly well done with high production values throughout. This is based on the work of a late Japanese author and only the first part of the Project Itoh trilogy, the other two films being Project Harmony and Genocidal Organ (unreleased at this date).
Yes, there's some blood but the violence is nowhere near as graphic as the worst I've seen in anime. I'd say it's a solid PG-rating. I felt the dub was better than another review thought and I'm generally hard on dubs. Overall the film feels bit long but does a solid job telling its story.

P.S. -- there is more story after the credits!

Secretly a "Voodoo Punk" Movie

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This show reminds me of Paul Shapera's Play "The Dolls of New Albion"
Basically you have a mad scientist trying to bring back the Dead and discover how to make meat puppet slaves.

The slaves rebel and in this version the living don't stand much of a chance, luckily they have an Ultra Sexy Clockwork Android to help them.

The idea that Zombies can be programmed with sound waves leeds to an interesting twist that have the protagonist trying to gain control of towers to stop the rising tide of Undead.

This movie had a ton of potential to make a great series, but a single movie is better then nothing at all.