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The Animatrix Review


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Somewhere between The Matrix and Reloaded lies The Animatrix. If you're a hardcore Matrix geek, this DVD has plenty of material to quench your thirst for the backstory that Reloaded so seriously lacked. Of course, if you're that heavy into this sci-fi saga, you've probably already bootlegged most of these shorts online.

In short, The Animatrix consists of nine animated short films. Best known among these is Final Flight of the Osiris, which serves as a prequel to Reloaded, and explains what the hell everyone was talking about in that opening scene. Directed by Andy Jones, Final Flight bears much of the look and feel of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, on which Jones served as animation supervisor. As with Final Fantasy, this brief adventure does more to advance the cause of CG animation than to convey any kind of meaningful story. Instead, it spends roughly half of its runtime in a VR sword fight that is reminiscent of Neo's first bout with Morpheus, except that in this version the fighters get naked. If you're the type who finds cartoons arousing, then this bit is for you. Otherwise, it's just wearying.

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Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Review


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I love Japanese anime on the big screen. The gorgeous colors, the daunting cel animation detailing the smallest blades of grass, the complex storylines and character designs, and the thundering soundtrack. And the impending release of Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust has made me wet with anticipation.

The original Vampire Hunter D was produced for video only in 1985. Its twisted violence, a plot thick with deception and honor, perverted sex scenes, and beautiful acts of heads and limbs being lopped off are a D&D geek's wet dream. Based upon volume three of Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D novel series, Bloodlust follows the continuing story of D and his travels as a vampire hunter for hire.

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