Patlabor 2: The Movie [Limited Collector's Edition] (DVD)
Title: Patlabor 2: The Movie [Limited Collector's Edition]
Running time: 113
Distributor: Bandai Visual USA
Release date: 2006-07-11
Suggested retail price: $89.99
Age rating: 13+
Set three years after the first film, Patlabor 2 draws police commanders Ki'ichi Gotoh and Shinobu Nagumo into the hunt for Tsuge, a rogue officer of the Japan Self-Defense Force connected with an escalating wave of terrorist attacks. But the investigation into the plot is guarded by secrets both personal and political, as the awakening fear of terror in Tokyo is slowly answered by the dream-like fade of democracy into martial law.
Tokyo, rush hour: the dead of winter. A terror strike from the air shatters the Bay Bridge. When news footage shows an unidentified F-16 fighter jet in the vicinity, the investigation takes a darker turn, as the cops of the Second Unit begin to trace the outlines of the shadowy military and political coalition behind the incident. But the conspiracy itself is out of control, and what began as a gesture is becoming a game where the peace, the freedom, and the very lives of the people of Tokyo are at stake!
This Limited Collector's Edition is a numbered edition with only 10,000 created and boasts an illustrated cover designed especially for this release by illustrator Yutaka Izubuchi (mecha designer of the Patlabor series and creator and director of the hit anime series RahXephon).
This Limited Collector's Edition contains 2 discs, one with the movie and extras and one with "The Making of Patlabor 2 The Movie" (Japanese with English subtitles), and two books.
Book 1, Archives, is 144 pages long and contains Exposition and criticism of the film (character, story background, artwork, etc.), Interviews with director Mamoru Oshii, Tokyo Location Map, Location Scouting, and Key animation drawing samples with explanatory notes.
Book 2 is the Storyboard by Mamoru Oshii and is 300 pages, translated into English.
DVD Features: Japanese trailers and assorted television commercials.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
(added on 2006-03-19, modified on 2006-03-19)
- Reviewed by Theron Martin (August 29, 2006)
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