PATLABOR Movie 2
DISTRIB. COMPANY:  Manga Entertainment
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
RATED: 13 and up
DIRECTOR: Mamoru Oshii
TYPE OF MOVIE: Action, Sci-Fi
DURATION: 118 minutes

 
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Anime Synopsis:

The date is 2002, three years after the events of Patlabor 1. The destruction of a United Nations Labor team in South East Asia signals the beginning of a deadly terrorist plan that threatens to send shockwaves throughout Japan’s military. With evidence of an impending military takeover, the scattered member of the original SVD must gather to defend the city against danger. To make matters worse, the mastermind behind the operation is none other than Nagumo’s former teacher and ex-lover Tsuge. Can Nagumo stay true to her oath to uphold the law in the face of Tsuge’s destructive plan for revenge? The countdown to armed revolution and panic on the streets of Tokyo begins now!


DVD EXTRAS:

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Animated, Original Trailers

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of

 


DVD REVIEW:

First a quote that from my review of the first movie: Patlabor is one of the anime TV series classics that people should give a chance to view to appreciate this film. Sometimes I wonder if people just purchasing the movies first will enjoy the series without truly knowing the characters of the series, especially without watching an episode of the TV series.

So, when the Patlabor movies were announced to be released on DVD, the first thing to come into my head is "would people get it?" Patlabor can be a very humorous series but the movies are quite cerebral.

When you come across the works of Mamoru Oshii, especially the Patlabor movies, if you enjoyed "Ghost in the Shell", then you will enjoy the Patlabor movies.

The second Patlabor movie is hands down waaaay better than the first. My gosh, I don't know how to explain it but what makes this movie a bit different from the first is that you don't have to watch the original TV series to appreciate this film. In fact, the movie is so dialogue driven, focusing on action, politics and dirty government and of course section 2 of the Patlabor division that if you follow this movie closely, you are going to have a smile on your face.

That's how good this film is!

But this is coming from a guy who enjoys cerebral films and I could only recommend this movie for those who enjoyed the complexity of stories such as "Ghost in the Shell" and even the first "Patlabor" movie.

As for the DVD, again the layer change is noticeable and the video quality is way better than the first movie and it's letterbox which makes me happy.

All in all, this movie is wonderful and I highly recommend the purchase of this second movie.

THE MOVIE: A
THE DVD EXTRAS: C 
THE DVD OVERALL: B

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