Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
B Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B
original Vampire Hunter D is a
classic animé film. So it is always hard to surpass a classic. Bloodlust is a pretty good second
effort for the Vampire Hunter D franchise,
directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Wicked City), and produced by the prestigious Madhouse
Studios. Madhouse Studios is one of the leading animé studios in Japan. The style of this movie is
very weird. You can see glimpses of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Mad Max,
and The Good The Bad and The Ugly.
If you mix all three of those together in a bowl you will get Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.
It sounds like a weird combination, but they pull it off pretty well.
takes place in the distant future. The Elbourne family hires bounty
hunters to rescue their kidnapped daughter Charlotte. Charlotte was kidnapped by a powerful aristocratic
vampire named Meier Link. This leaves the Elbourne family hiring professional
vampire killers named the Markus Brothers, an eclectic group of bounty
hunters all possessing some sort of super power. They are hot on Meier's
tail. Encountering Meier and his henchmen on many occasions, The Elbourne
Family also hires D, The constant traveling vampire hunting dunpeal (half
vampire half human). D is there to make sure that the girl is saved, in
case the Markus brothers fail. The chase for Charlotte becomes a race between the Markus
brothers and D. The person that can bring her back to her family first receives 20
million dollars. Little do they know that Charlotte has run away on her own power to
be with Meier. The Barbarois are the people who protect Meier and
Charlotte from the bounty hunters and her family. It is an exciting
adventure filled with action, strange characters, and lots of blood.
picture is fantastic. Compared to the re-release of the original this is
a perfect cut diamond. This time, the film is transferred in an
1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen form that looks terrific. There are no
image defects or blemishes of any kind. This is a very dark film, but though
the Video Blacks are black, they are never muddy. When there is color, it
is also amazing. I wish all anime films were transferred over at this
high level of quality all the time. The animation was beyond my
expectations. It is amazing to see how far anime has come in just the
past 18 years.
is very clear and mixed very well. It is only offered in a Dolby Digital
5.1 AC-3 surround mix, developed at Skywalker Sound. Skywalker Sound always
does quality work, so you know that it is good. I don't think I have ever
heard a bat flap its wings and sound so vivid. There is no
Japanese language soundtrack on this disc. The only version here is in English.
a few extra features on the disc. All in all the extra features are
pretty average. You get an interesting 23 minute making
of featurette, which gives you a behind the scenes look at the movie, plus
interviews with cast, animators, crew members, producer, and director. I
always enjoy seeing a behind the scenes of an animé film. You also
get to see some of the early animation and artwork. Storyboard-to-film
comparisons, though I always find story board to film comparisons to be
very boring. Well nothing has changed here it is very boring. Last but not least are multi language
(English, Korean, and Japanese) trailers of the film. The extras are
alright but they are nothing to write home about.
Vampire Hunter D is a big name in the animé
genre. The first feature film is a classic animé. It is hard to
surpass the original Vampire Hunter
D film, but Vampire Hunter
D: Bloodlust is a good film. Do I think it is a great
film? No, but it has a good story. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is just not as good as the
original Vampire Hunter D for its story,
but visually, it crushes the original. The sound and the picture
quality are so good in this one. The opening scene is my favorite scene
in the entire movie. I wish that every animé could be made with
such a high quality standard as Vampire
Hunter D: Bloodlust.
- Ryan Higgins