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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Metropolis aka "Metoroporisu" [Blu-ray]


(Rintaro, 2001)


Eureka (UK) has this Blu-ray:

and a Steelbook Blu-ray edition available:


Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Bandai Visual Company

Video: Eureka (UK)



Region: 'B'-locked (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:47:28.150

Disc Size: 41,705,231,430 bytes

Feature Size: 34,458,357,312 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.16 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case or Steelbook option

Release date: January 16th, 2017



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio Japanese 2491 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2491 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio Japanese 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4100 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4100 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit



English (SDH), none



The Making of Osamu Tezuka Metropolis a documentary on the film production (33:16)
Interviews with the films creators (8:03)
Multi-angle animation comparisons (City View 0:41 + Wheel Room - 0:55)
Original Trailer (1:41)

Promotional Trailer (2:17)
Standard Dual Format edition to feature reversible sleeve





Description: Based on the classic comic created by revered manga artist and animator Osamu Tezuka (Astroboy), written by anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and directed by Rintaro (Galaxy Express 999), Metropolis is a spectacular film featuring stunning imagery and unforgettable characters.

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 Reds 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, Timas life and the fate of the universe is dangerously at stake.



The Film:

''Metropolis,'' a hallucinatory tour de force of color, perspective and scale, virtually encapsulates the history of Japanese animation. Based on a postwar manga by the legendary comic-book artist Osamu Tezuka and directed by Rintaro from a screenplay by Katsuhiro Otomo (whose ''Akira'' is a landmark of feature-length anime), the film combines the latest digital technology with traditional painted-cel techniques.

If any two dozen frames of ''Metropolis'' -- enough to fill one second of screen time -- were hung in a gallery, the sheer visual density and sensory stimulus would be overwhelming. The effect of almost two hours of exquisitely detailed and remarkably varied cityscapes, rendered in a palette of colors and light effects that would make a live-action cinematographer or an Italian Renaissance painter weep, is exhausting and exhilarating. The dream world of ''Metropolis'' is so intricate, so sublime, that the ordinary world seems to be the one missing a dimension.

Excerpt from the NYTimes located HERE

This Japanese anime isn't merely a cartoon version of Fritz Lang's 1927 vision, with a screenplay by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Roujin Z), it's actually adapted from the 1949 work of groundbreaking illustrator Osamu Tezuka. In Tezuka's dystopia, technology is both fetishised and reviled; rich megalomaniacs feud while disenchanted proles revolt against machines who ask: 'Why do humans use violence to resolve their problems?' Japanese detective Shunsaku Ban arrives in Metropolis with his nephew Kenichi, seeking to arrest corrupt scientist Dr Laughton. What they uncover, however, is Laughton's ultimate assignment: ethereal beauty Tima, built to control the Ziggurat ('the culmination of mankind's long history of scientific achievement'), and ultimately a tool of world domination. At first, the cute protagonists appear oddly out of place against the burnished Art Deco backgrounds. But Otomo's typically sophisticated script ensures slick pacing, combining humour, terror and pathos, particularly in the final scenes. Special mention goes to the vintage jazz and blues soundtrack.

Excerpt fromTimeOut located HERE


Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis comes to Blu-ray from Eureka in the UK. With the negative format in 35mm this looks more textured than more-modern glossy, pristine, digital animation does. Colors can shift from shadowy passive dull to exuberantly bright and impressive. The 1 3/4 hour film is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate and the resulting 1080P presentation is very pleasing. In-motion the image quality is relatively smooth without stuttering movement we sometimes see from Manga transferred visuals. The image is exceptionally clean and I was very satisfied with how the Blu-ray supported the, very visual, film experience.




1) Eureka (original English subtitles) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Eureka (Japanese audio - US theatrical English subtitles) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray MIDDLE

3) Eureka (English DUBtitles) - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM





















Audio :

Eureka cover every option for the audio and subtitles with DTS-HD Master (24-bit) 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo in the original Japanese plus a similar encode, but even more robust English DUB in 5.1 and an English DUB in linear PCM stereo. For my viewing I stuck with the original Japanese but played back sampling the other options. There are some adroit separations in the surround - not tight so much as deep and surprising as well as subtitles in crowd noise. And there is also depth present in the more aggressive scenes - and it sounded very pleasing as does the varied score by Toshiyuki Honda. There are optional English subtitles for the original release translation, the US theatrical release and for the DUB (DUBtitles). Eureka covered the bases with this effort so no complaining about not including certain options. They are different as we indicate in our samples above. My Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.



Extras :

Extras include the 1/2 hour "The Making of Osamu Tezuka Metropolis" a older documentary on the film production in Japanese with English subtitles. There are a couple of interviews with the films creators including director Rintaro. They run about 8-minutes, also in Japanese with English subtitles. We get a two brief multi-angle animation comparisons (City View 0:41 + Wheel Room - 0:55), both an original and promotional trailer plus the dual-format package also includes a second disc DVD.



Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis is a fascinating film. I always seem to get something unique out of watching these Japanese animation futuristic-styling features (Ghost in the Shell and Patlabor series). You must give-over to the animation - which was quite easy here - and the story evolves with some serious science-fiction and adventure motifs. There is a lot to digest with Metropolis but I found the experience rewarding. The Eureka Blu-ray has a solid video and covers all the audio/subtitle options most could want. It's a good package and one we can endorse. Recommended! 

Gary Tooze

January 6th, 2017


Eureka (UK) has this Blu-ray:

and a Steelbook Blu-ray edition available:


About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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