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Appleseed (2002/Sentai Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B/C+ Sound: B+/B- Extras: C Film: B+

Now on Blu-ray, Deunan is a survivor of the last World War she suddenly finds herself in Olympus, a Utopian society where humans exist with bioroids, artificially created humans, but things are hardly peaceful. General Uranus and human purist stages a coup d'etat. Will history repeat itself, is the true nature of humans violent warmongers because they can't co-exist with those who are different?

Deunan is a highly trained elite soldier who lived her entire life in the battlefield with her cyborg partner Briareos. Together they protect the last human city in the world, Olympus. Olympus is however controlled by bioroids, the bioroids help maintain peace and protect the human species... but even after the last world war there are human purists who want to destroy this Utopian society. Deunan and Briareos become the symbol/guardians/protectors of the co-existence between the humans and the bioroids.

This was an early CGI 3D anime sci-fi movie, it is filled with action and gun fights. It is set in a futuristic society where people have created Utopia, but the reason why Utopian society fails is not because of society ...it is because human nature and greed. Can humans ever be satisfied if they are not in control? Even those who save humanity from destroying themselves, will humans ever learn to stop their war-like ways?

The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image is as good as a work of its time could look, though many thought this might finally be issued as a Blu-ray 3D release. Likely the same solid 1080p master from the standard DTS Blu-ray Sentai issued in 2010, we get upgraded DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless sound that does open the sound up as much as it could. The anamorphically enhanced DVD with lossy Dolby Digital sound is no match, of course. Extras include a commentary, Making Of 3D Live Anime and production staff profiles. You can read more on our coverage on the older U.S. DTS DVD from years ago at this link...


- Ricky Chiang


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