REDLINE -- DVD Review

Topic started by No_name_here on Jan. 12, 2012. Last post by kemuri07 2 years, 9 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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Sweet JP. In the announcer&squot;s words, an "ultra-pure bastard."
Sweet JP. In the announcer's words, an "ultra-pure bastard."

For as long as I’ve been getting mailed DVDs to review on this site, I haven’t ever been as legitimately excited as I was when a medium-sized manila envelope with REDLINE in it came to my door step. I actually alerted friends about this. It felt like an event. I wanted them to know about it. I wanted them to spread the word about it to their friends, in turn.

Most times, when I’m evaluating what my favorite movies were in a given year, I’ll partition the animated ones into their own list, separate from the regular ones. Not so with REDLINE. Watching it in the theater (only a month or so ago!) was the most exhilarating experience I had at theater for all of 2011. Without question. It reminded just how cool anime can be.

My feelings on the flick haven’t changed since my review, except that they’re underlined, now, with a new frustration over how this hasn’t blown up here in the way it should. I take comfort, though, in the confidence that this is destined to join a cult movie canon that extends beyond the usual boundaries of anime fandom’s niche.

Words waver to suffice.
Words waver to suffice.

This special features section’s rather lean, with just an extended trailer (circa ’06) and a featurette, a "Quick Guide to REDLINE” - - an EPK which I imagine must have played on Japan’s HBO equivalent. Normally, that would seem rather ho-hum, were it not for the fact that latter has to have the most brilliantly hyperbolic commentary I’ve ever heard on such a promo. I sat up with the same mix of amusement and awe I had watching the feature just listening to this announcer breathlessly shout off copy that translated to proclamations of how Takeshi Koike and Katsuhito Ishii allied to make nothing less than “the ULTIMATE anime film!!!”

"Spawned by an OBSESSION to break to all the rules!!!"

“A movie that defies ALL logic!!!”

There are many other frenzied declarations overlaying the usual soft-spoken crew interviews which, while perhaps not piercing too deeply, do confirm the brazen intentions and staggering commitments behind REDLINE. Koike and Ishii set out to make a picture with the kind of gusto they encountered in anime while growing up (the era that none-too-coincidentally offered crossover hits like AKIRA and GHOST IN THE SHELL) and buck the contemporary default to CG animation by hand-drawing every single element in this picture…

...and damn if they didn’t execute that.

FAST & FURIOUS kind-of looks like a Go Kart race, after this.
FAST & FURIOUS kind-of looks like a Go Kart race, after this.

The extended ’06 trailer appraises you not only of the fact that this flick was developed for a unearthly amount of time, but also that it''s the product of such staggering artistic obsession that much of the trailer's impressive, fully-rendered animation didn’t even make the final cut. I'll reiterate that this feels like the rare passion project in animation that somehow, by whatever graces or furies, has the fortune to reach fruition. Each one of the 100,000 hand drawn frames feels like some exotic valuable.

Seriously, buy this now. Have your pals over to watch it. Be the cool friend who introduces everybody to something exotic and mind-blowing. Ride the REDLINE before I have to get any more hyperbolic with my recommendations.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Post by Dream (7,895 posts) See mini bio Level 21
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Should be interesting to see this. In an era where anime is now animated entirely by computer programs nowadays, Redline sticks out as one of the few titles in recent years to have all its animated content completely hand-drawn and was a seven-year project. I've already pre-ordered the movie and plan to have it in my "rainy day pile" for whenever I can get to watching it.
Post by UsbCable (19 posts) See mini bio Level 6

I'm gonna go ahead and agree with Tom, go buy/preorder this now.... I was expecting something decent and was amazed to see how awesome this movie was, it's just so fly.... :'( I can't wait to get back a blu-ray player and watch this movie in full hd, hopefully my TV doesn't explode.

Post by sickVisionz (4,307 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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It's interesting to me that every frame is hand drawn but all of the stills I see look super computer effected due to the coloring style that reminds of American comics, which are all computer colored. There is an irony that almost borders on a facepalm for me with a movie being painstakingly hand drawn yet looking more computerish and digital than the computer-assisted anime (or even american cartoons imo) airing on television that it aims to stand apart from and buck the trend against.

Anyways, I saw some animation clips in a MAD once and it looked kinda cool. If they put it streaming somewhere I'll check it out to see if I like it enough to buy. I ended up hating the last Funi/Madhouse blind buy that I did (Trigun movie) so I won't be blind buying from that same combo again.

Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@sickVisionz said:

It's interesting to me that every frame is hand drawn but all of the stills I see look super computer effected due to the coloring style that reminds of American comics, which are all computer colored. There is an irony that almost borders on a facepalm for me with a movie being painstakingly hand drawn yet looking more computerish and digital than the computer-assisted anime (or even american cartoons imo) airing on television that it aims to stand apart from and buck the trend against.

Anyways, I saw some animation clips in a MAD once and it looked kinda cool. If they put it streaming somewhere I'll check it out to see if I like it enough to buy. I ended up hating the last Funi/Madhouse blind buy that I did (Trigun movie) so I won't be blind buying from that same combo again.

Funi didn't actually distribute this. It's Manga Entertainment.

Post by sickVisionz (4,307 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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@Tom_Pinchuk: For some reason I though Funimation was releasing this.

Post by DXmagma (31 posts) See mini bio Level 9

But I have no money! Is on streaming or Hulu or something?

Post by Kuro_San (1,339 posts) See mini bio Level 11

My mind was officialy blown when I watched this bad-boy, I want a PS3 Redline game!!!

Post by thehexeditor (3 posts) See mini bio Level 4

Tom,

You are the flower I'm the rain

Without you life is not the same

I'm everything you'll ever need

Though rarely spoken, we still proceed

I can see the sunlight, looking into your eyes

You're riding right next to me, and we both become one

Heading towards the sun, following the line

Following the redline to the sun..

Post by TheHT (16 posts) See mini bio Level 6

Should I be concerned that I didn't find the stuff in this movie that weird?

Post by Sonata (35,509 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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I am definitely getting it no question about it. It gets my blood like it hasn't in a long time.
Post by kemuri07 (3 posts) See mini bio Level 5

The very definition of "all style, no substance." Yet, I absolutely love how absurd those races are, and I want to own it so I can stare at this film in HD.

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