I just stumbled across this project the other day, it's funny seeing as I only watched the series a few months ago. It's supposedly playing in theaters for just one week in select cities right now. The limited run began on Friday and so will presumably only go through Thursday?
Perhaps I will just wait for this release though.
P.S. "90 Minutes of Intense Donut Eatin' Action"! Gotta love it
I've been waiting YEARS for this movie to finally come out. I've had the complete low-budget series on DVD for years, and have craved additional material. Perhaps hoping for a new bigger budget manga-accurate remake series like Fullmetal Alchemist and Hellsing received.
I'm glad they went with a "lost episode" format like the Cowboy Bebop film, so that the original gang can still be together for the story.
I like that the character designs and overall art style are much closer to Nightow's manga art style as well.
I'm excited that it got a good review on the site too. Icing on the cake.
Just got done watching the fansub, and it is 90 minutes of TRIGUN goodness.
The only problem that I had was they didn't have a definite time frame they set the film in, like Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Knocking on Heaven's Door), but it is definitely set after the series, and a minor squabble like that certainly did not adversely affect my enjoyment of Badlands Rumble.
If you are a TRIGUN fan, this is most definitely a must buy.
My Top 20 Films (As of 10.08.2013) Inception | The Lord of the Rings Trilogy | Gravity | Memento | Toy Story 3 | The Dark Knight | Up | Wall-E | Skyfall | 5 Centimeters Per Second | Taken | Spirited Away | The Tree of Life | Wings of Desire | The Fountain | The Lion King | The Iron Giant | Princess Mononoke | Casino Royale | Batman Begins
I'm bummed that neither Walmart or Target will have the blu-ray in stores. On both of their sites it says it's online-only. And Best Buy is gonna charge too much, so I gotta go through Amazon and wait for it to be shipped. **SIGH** I wants it NOW.
Courtesy of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!
Long-time anime fans should be no stranger to the world of Trigun. For all the goofy, donut-eating, light-hearted, love and peace(~!) moments and all the unknowing and spontaneous chaos and destruction brought about by just his mere presence alone, The Humanoid Typhoon, Vash the Stampede, is renowned for his naive, yet charming personality and is easily one of the more memorable characters in anime lore. But good grief, can you believe it's been 12 years since the TV series ended? Needless to say, the Sixty Billion Double Dollar Man is back for another go-around. If you're new to the anime medium and have no idea what I'm talking about, Trigun is an anime Spaghetti Western (with a little bit of sci-fi) that follows the adventures of Vash the Stampede, a socially-labeled outlaw of outlaws that is said to be the worst thing you could come across at any point of your life. They say he's big, they say he's bad, and if you're lucky they say you'll die a quick death! But in truth, it's just a bunch of rumors. As I mentioned earlier about his happy-go-lucky qualities, Vash the Stampede is just trying to live his life and make the world a better place along his travels. Unfortunately, trouble does follow him pretty much everywhere he goes. Character analysis aside, this film is a one-shot story taking place in the Trigun universe in which a bank robber named Gasback is foiled by his own henchmen, only to be saved by Vash, but then pursues a plot of revenge against his former cronies. In the meantime, the last remaining target of Gasback's vengeance has put a rather large bounty on anyone who can stop him. I can't say much else that could entice newcomers, but if you've seen the series and know its material you will absolutely love the atmosphere. Pretty much all of the fan-favorite characters make their return appearance (all the good guys, anyway), and the writing itself is very fun and quirky like the first half of the series (before things got a lot darker). For dub fans, the only returning voice actor is Johnny Yong Bosch, but all the replacement actors do an excellent job filling in the gaps. And if this is your first time experiencing Trigun, definitely give the TV series a look. FUNimation did license both the series and movie and have reported that they do eventually plan on putting the series on BD at some point, so hope that they do it soon and keep an eye out for it.
Video - 5.0
I'm a bit biased here about the video presentation in 3 ways: 1) I'm a big fan of Madhouse and always have been; their animation is very high quality on a consistent basis and a lot of the TV shows, OVAs, and movies they've produced over the years have always ranked as some of my favorite anime titles. 2) as I said it's been 12 years since Trigun the TV series aired in Japan, and while it looks good, even the remastered DVDs show the animation's age, so I'm glad to see the same style redone with today's technology. And 3) it's an anime movie, which means a really high budget and less time constraints will make for a seemingly superior product both in terms of video and audio presentation when compared to a TV series. So with that said, we get Badlands Rumble presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, an obvious upgrade from the series' 4:3 presentation back in the day. Not only am I delighted to see the Trigun world in true widescreen, but the HD video quality is the best I've ever seen the franchise look. Oddly enough, the movie is digitally-produced but has a very cel animation look to it, as talked about in the extras with chief animation director, Takahiro Yoshimatsu. The results are utterly astounding, though, as I looked at both my remastered DVDs of the series and compared its quality to the movie. Granted, it's 12 years later with better technology and a bigger budget, but it's rare that I that I find an anime feature film that really reflects the amount of work put into, especially with a project as delayed as this had been. The line detail is my favorite part of the presentation giving the art style a very distinct look that's closer to the original manga design. Colors are extremely well-saturated with reds, yellows, and charcoals making up a majority of the color palette for the world's desserty theme. And they even added some grain to give the movie a more filmic and gritty texture that really makes it feel like the Old West. And even better, I can't say I remember any instances of banding, aliasing, or artifacting despite the movie itself being a digital production. Then again, the first time I saw this was at AnimeFest 2011 where the source was a DVD-R copy on a crappy projector in a badly-seated conference room and with even crappier audio.
Audio - 5.0
As I said, the audio in that screening was crap. I sat in the third row closest to the speakers and could still barely make sense of the important parts (it was a dubbed screening, by the way). But boy howdy, does it sound better in lossless and in the comfort of my own home. Something else I should bring up with the case of anime on BD is that a lot of titles I've seen haven't had much in terms of true surround audio. Most TV shows these days in Japan are only even produced with a 2-channel sound design in mind, and when they come to the States the companies are simply remixing the audio masters in a quasi-matrixed (i.e. artificial) 5.1 dub. Sure, the idea of 5.1 English dubs SOUNDS like a good idea, but they're not true surround experiences. It's not often that a TV show actually gets one (unless it's just really high-budget like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex or anything else by Kenji Kamiyama), but when we actually do get the chance for the real thing I'm especially happy about it. With that said, the TrueHD 5.1 tracks for both the Japanese and English tracks sound perfect. Something that always bugged me about those artificial 5.1 tracks was the fact that dialogue sounded so damn quiet from the center. But here it's flawless in either language (both of which you really can't go wrong in terms of acting either). The sound effects and music (all hail Tsuneo Imahori for coming back to compose!) are spectacular as well. Gunshots, blowing wind, sand and gravel, and all the people chattering in the background have an amazing amount of depth and clarity. Action sequences, in particular, possess some great separation and directionality; the scene where Wolfwood makes his first appearance has a LOT of gunfire effects, and the bar fight with all the hooligans yelling about offers a good deal of sonic immersion. LFEs are potent and fitting for the movie's subtitle (Rumble), and while the sound design certainly isn't on the level of a Hollywood blockbuster, it still does its job with great precision. My favorite scenes for audio are the bar fight or all the craziness that ensues (both visually and aurally) and the scene at the end where Vash fights Gasback.
Extras - 5.0
I really have to hand it to FUNimation for this one. Previously, just about all of their other BDs have had next to nothing worth of special features outside of some English cast commentaries that never really contributed anything worthwhile to the creation process or provided any truthful insight into the shows they adapted. But here, there's a good 2+ hours of special features and all with the original Japanese cast and crew. 1-on-1 interviews include: creator Yasuhiro Nightow (11:08), voice of Vash, Masaya Onosaka (8:59), voice of Milly, Satsuki Yukino (one of my favorite female actors in all of anime, 8:31), director Satoshi Nishimura (11:06), voice of Wolfwood, Shou Hayami (who I am so not used to hearing as a good guy, 10:00), voice of Amelia, Maaya Sakamoto (one of my favorite vocalists ever, 6:43), chief animation director, Takahiro Yoshimatsu (7:26), voice of Meryl, Hiromi Tsuru (3:12), and voice of Gasback, Tsutomu Isobe (7:06). All of them give VERY insightful comments on the general worldview of Trigun, their past experiences on the TV series (where applicable), their new experiences in doing the movie, and a lot of other interesting opinions. The interviews are rather candid, yet cordial and I have to say if you've ever seen these kinds of omake where cast and crew sit in front of the camera and answer questions, there are loads of things you can learn from them. Additional features include: Movie Premiere at Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro (8:47), Post Recording (a couple of scenes voice acted to storyboards, 3:51), A Mildly Amusing Story by Something Yoshimatsu (0:28), Video Footage from Anime Expo 2009 (1:38), Talk Event at Kawasaki Cinecitta (3:32), Special Talk Show (a big and very enjoyable interaction between cast, crew, and 800 attendees for the premiere, 38:16), and then a bunch of trailers I won't go on to list. The Special Talk Show was by far the funnest feature for me. Anime and manga has such a strong following in Japan, and to see people of the industry having so much fun with their fans is a real treat to watch and listen to. FUNimation, if you're reading this, put more extras like this on your BDs!
Overall - 5.0
It's been a few years since I've seen Trigun the series. But it left such a lasting impression that I still like it a lot to this day. And seeing this film makes me want to watch it again and even has me curious about the manga. Production values are through the roof with all of the Japanese cast returning, and at least Johnny Yong Bosch returning for the English dub. Regardless, though, even the new stand-ins do a great job, and I would definitely say you can't go wrong with either language track. I had absolutely no problems with the A/V quality, and I LOVE the fact that FUNimation actually put forth the effort of including all sorts of interesting interview material from the creator, cast, and crew of the film and series. Here's hoping for another movie, or even an adaptation of Trigun Maximum. If you're a fan of the series, this is a must-own. Casual anime fans, or even non-anime watchers, should at least give it a rent. And if you like it, try the series, too. Love and Peace~!