PERFECT BLUE 
DISTRIB. COMPANY:  MANGA ENTERTAINMENT
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
RATED:  For mature audiences

DURATION: 83 minutes

 
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Anime Synopsis:

In the world of make believe…

The price of fame…

May not be worth the cost of identity…

Pop singer Mima Kirigoe looks forward to a bright new career when she quits her chart-topping trio to become an actress. When she lands a role in a sexually-charged murder mystery, Mima’s life begins to fall apart. Reality and hallucinations merge into a terrifying world where innocence is lost and dreams become nightmare.

Quickly descending into a dangerous state of paranoid delusions, Mima watches as Internet sites appear describing every intimate detail of her life. She is helpless and afraid as her associates are threatened and killed by a mysterious stalker.

In the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock and Dario Argento, director Satoshi Kon (Memories), special advisor Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) and Madhouse Studios (Ninja Scroll) bring Yoshikazu Takeuchi’s thrilling suspense-novel to the screen in a tour-de-force that brings animation to a bold new level.


DVD EXTRAS:

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Animated, Dolby
• Theatrical trailer(s)
• Interview with director Satoshi Kon
• Voice-actor Interviews
• Musical photo gallery
• Behind-the-scenes performances
• Bonus audio track
• Manga 2000 previews
• Full-screen format

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): 

  • DVD-ROM only: Its a little piece of software called the Virtual radio program.  Double click on the folder called Perfectb. Then double click on Perfectb.exe this will install the program. Features movie clips information on CHAM and some samples of Perfect Blue merchandise. Also has interviews and a lot of assorted video clips. 
  • SCREENSAVERS:  In the DVD-ROM are 6 screensavers and wallpaper (BMP format) and audio clips that you can use on your computer.  

DVD REVIEW:

When I first saw this movie, I was literally blown away.  An anime movie with a Hitchcock flair to it.  I would never expect an anime with this type of brilliant storyline.  It was unexpected and I'm glad I watched it.

The movie is about a JPOP star named Mima Kiragoe of the pop idol trio known as CHAM.  She quits the group to pursue an acting career but murders revolving people close to her start happening and Mima starts to go through paranoia.  What is real?  What is not?

The DVD is beautiful and vibrant.  Too bad it's not anamorphic though.  I'm so happy to find a Japanese 5.1 track along with the English 5.1 track.  So, you get the best of both worlds with this DVD.

As for special features, you get a lot.  It doesn't seem like it from the menu but you get the seiyuu actresses singing the Japanese CHAM song, you get interviews with the Japanese cast and English cast.  Also, if you own a DVD-Rom, you will be treated with even more extras with screensavers, wallpaper and an actual software program.

What really made me enjoy this anime series is how interesting it was coming from a fan perspective of Japanese idol music.  Many women choose to go the route and do what Mima did and although not the same storyline, some make similar choices as she did.  It's truly a trip!

This is a thrilling anime unlike many of the anime I have seen in my lifetime.  It's a thriller and fans of Alfred Hitchcock will love this movie.  A definite must-see.

THE MOVIE: A-
THE DVD EXTRAS: A-
THE DVD OVERALL: A-

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