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Appleseed: Ex Machina (Blu-ray)

Released on 02 June 2008

Featuring: Ai Kobayashi, Kouichi Yamadera & Yuji Kishi

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 12 years & over

4.0 out of 5 (9 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Following the non-nuclear war that killed half the world's population, the city-nation of Olympus stands as a beacon of hope in a world of chaos and conflict. The utopian metropolis is governed by Gaia, a vast artificial intelligence, and administered by genetically engineered humanoids known as Bioroids, whose designer DNA suppresses strong emotions. With Bioroids being half of its population, peace and order are easily maintained. Deunan, a young female warrior, and Briareos, a veteran cyborg-soldier, are both partners and lovers. As members of E.S.W.A.T., the elite special forces serving Olympus, they are deployed whenever trouble strikes. The two fighters find their partnership tested in a new way by the arrival of a new member to their ranks - an experimental Bioroid named Tereus. Created by Gaia using DNA from Briareos, Tereus uncannily resembles Briareos before the wartime injuries that led to his becoming a cyborg. Not only does this trouble Deunan, but Briareos's DNA gives Tereus more than top-notch fighting skills; this battle-ready Bioroid is like Briareos in another way - he has also strong romantic feelings for Deunan!
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Team Up - John Woo & Shinji Aramaki
  • Revolution - Animating Ex Machina

customer Reviews

 Average rating (9 reviews)

 HD Anime, a new era

| | See all Hardboiledcop's reviews (10)

I recently got this on HD-DVD (yes, the dead format) and was blown away by the quality of the animation. The picture is crystal clear and flawless.
If you are a fan of the original Appleseed movie, you won't be disappointed with this follow-up. Sure the story had elements of other sci-fi flicks, but you'll be too awestruck by the quality to really care. Also, you can tell John Woo was involved, as the film has many of his trademarks on it.
The extras were really interesting too, it goes to show how much work is put in, to producing such quality as this.

 One of the best animated, written and stylised films yet!

| | See all SiScott's reviews (98)

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Ok so a lot of people don't like this style of computer generated animation, which is designed to mimic hand drawn art, but I love it.

There is no denying that hand drawn animation has more love to it, but this just looks and feels amazing and the BD picture quality is 5/5 in my opinion and this is one to show off.

Picture quality aside, this sequel is a vast improvement over the first film. The first one was great too, but a bit too confusing. This one actually makes sense and has a well structured story to it.

The action sequences are some of the best i've seen in a film, whether it be the fight scenes or the mechanised suits blowing things up or shooting people.

The only down side is that the english dubbing isnt great in terms of lip syncing, and it was obviously intended for the japanese language, but the sound quality of the voice overs are perfect.

I would rank this very high up in my top ten anime films EVER!

 Awesome Movie, disappointing BR edition

| | See all SpaceSherriff's reviews (2)

No doubt this is a great movie. Clean animation, compelling story and nice OST. However this is one disappointting Blu Ray edition.

The picture is crisp and clean with hardly any glitches, all in all a good conversion to BR.

There is no DTS HD track only a DD 5.1, which would have been ok for a DVD release but which is unacceptable for a blu ray. A movie this good looking deserves to be great sounding.

The extra's are hardly worth watching, so unless you're a hardcore fan, you'll find nothing even remotely interesting.

In conclusion this great movie did not deserves this sub-standard BR edition. I hope one day this will get a special edition treatment. Untill then enjoy the movie on this edition.

 What a performance

| | See all Merlin1968's reviews (2)

Right, basically if you want a real treat and are into your Manga you have to buy this film on Blu Ray. Without a doubt its the best animated feature I have seen!
The first film on Standard DVD was brilliant and this one is 1000 times better. The story is great, animation (CGI 'Toon-Shaded') is excellent and the extras are informative and interesting. Buy it now or the metal rabbit will come and get ya!

 One of the best anime - no HD sound track!

| | See all jatkidal's reviews (2)

Story: As far as the story line goes, this is brilliant, as is the original Appleseed movie also done in "cartoon overlayed CGI". This sequel is mostly stand alone but has minor links to the first film. (5 stars here for sure) Note there is also a "traditional" animation version of the original Appleseed movie from the 80s or 90s, which was completely redone in the CGI version with a significant change in the storyline details.

BD Transfer: Video - i watch this on a large screen and am VERY picky, but the transfer is very high quality. However there are a couple of scenes (2 or 3 at most) where some artifacts show up and can spoil the scene for a moment, but overall a very good transfer.

BD Transfer: Audio - It has DD5.1 Eng/Jap and Eng subtitles which seem to be slightly out of sync. The sound is very clear for a DD5.1 transfer, however for a BD this SHOULD have been a lossless HD audio transfer which its not, so as far as the disc goes as a whole only 3 stars.

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ActorsAi Kobayashi, Kouichi Yamadera, Yuji Kishi, Miyuki Sawashiro & Naoko Kouda
DirectorShinji Aramaki
Certificate12 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesJapanes ; Cantonese ; Dutch ; French ; German
SubtitlesEnglish ; Complex Chinese ; Dutch ; French ; German ; Korean