Vexille (2007)

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Released 8-Oct-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Anime Featurette-Making Of-The Elements of Vexille: Constructing the film with Director
Featurette-Making Of-The Concepts of Vexille: Interview with Director SORI
TV Spots
Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2007
Running Time 110:00 (Case: 105)
RSDL / Flipper No/No
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up ?
Region Coding 4 Directed By Fumihiko Sori
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Colleen Clinkenbeard
Meisa Kuroki
Shosuke Tanihara
Travis Willingham
Christine M. Auten
Yasuko Matsuyuki
Christopher Sabat
Jason Douglas
Luci Christian
Illich Guardiola
J. Michael Tatum
Case ?
RPI ? Music Paul Oakenfold
Fumihiko Sori
Toru Hishiyama


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Unknown English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Vexille is an anime set in a post apocalypse Japan. Unlike other anime that have been set in the same period, this movie has an interesting twist that Japan has entered into a 'high-tech sakoku' or isolation, shutting off itself technologically from the world. No one is able to enter or leave Japan and the country has set up some advanced electromagnetic field that shuts down all communication, even spy satellites that try to observe the country and its inhabitants.

    Ten years after the isolation policy begins SWORD, an elite US army team try to get into Japan as they fear a large Japanese technology firm called Daiwa is up to no good and is planning on extending their influence beyond the land of the rising sun.

 Sounds like an interesting premise right? Unfortunately the execution is pretty sloppy, the largest fault being the style over story production values that went into Vexille. Like many other entries into this genre, there is little to no character development that results in viewers not really caring too much about what is going on. Yes, there are exciting action sequences and stylistically there is a lot appealing about the animation, but ultimately the hokey back story, flashy animation and convoluted storyline result in a somewhat lacklustre movie.

    For diehard anime fans only.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The movie is presented in PAL at 1.78:1 and the disc is 16x9 enhanced.

    It's hard to describe the video - some of its looks great, while other sections come off pretty flat. The studio used an blend of CG and hand drawn animation. Where the picture was impressive tended to be CG elements.

    There is a lot of fast moving action in the movie and at times it looks amazingly fluid, almost like the robots are going to fly right into your living room. Some other sections were quite cheap looking.

    Unfortunately the character animations are so airbrushed and wooden I found that they looked the robots (was that intentional?)

    The colour tends to be pretty muted, suiting the dark apocalyptic nature of the story.

    There are no MPEG artefacts at all.

    There is no grain.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    There are two main tracks available; an English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s) and the original Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s). I recommend the Japanese track for the film makers original vision, but the English one is done exceptionally well too. There is actually little difference between the audio tracks.

    Dialogue is clear and easy to hear on both tracks.

    There are no audio clicks, pops or drop outs.

    The music is by Paul Oakenfold, it sounds good but the techno feel to it can get very repetitive.

    There is a lot of action in this film and the surrounds are kept busy throughout.

    The sub-woofer also gets a solid work out.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Subwoofer
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Extras

    The Elements of Vexille: Constructing the film with Director SORI (47:45)

    Self important look at the making of the film, why they animated it the way they did etc. Pretty dry.

    The Concepts of Vexille: Interview with Director SORI (61:00)

    Same as above - more about the storytelling angle and how it was developed, but still very self important and boring.

    Japanese Commercials (5:41)

    Pretty self explanatory.

    Trailers

    Includes the Aussie anti-piracy ad, Appleseed trailers, Ghost in the Shell and Akira

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The R1 seems the same so let's call it a tie.

Summary

    The movie is ok, but ultimately doesn't live up to its potential.

    The video is good.

    The audio is good.

    The special features are for diehard fans only.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ben Smith (boku no bio)
Friday, February 20, 2009
Review Equipment
DVDSony Playstation 3, using HDMI output
DisplaySony VPLHW10 projector onto 100 inch 16x9 screen. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderSony STR-DG820S . Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationPioneer
SpeakersDB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub

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