Vampire Hunter D
review by Darth Buzz
Notes: This is a Pan and Scan delight. I don't know what the original aspect ratio of this film was but this picture could use some work (aspect ratio aside.) The sound on this DVD is what happens when a movie has a mono or stereo sound track and then a cheesy company turns it into 5.1 Digital Surround. It sound like half the movie is happening inside a tin can. There's a lot of echo going on. I don't think that was the original intent... although I could be wrong. The extras are no great shakes either. In my experience this is kind of the norm for an anime DVD. It could be a whole lot better.
SCORE: 3 Stars
I'm looking forward to seeing Vampire Hunter D again. The
film is a strange mix of East meets West. In fact, you could argue that
Dragon Hunter D is part samurai tale, part spaghetti western (with a
horror theme aimed to please the bourgeois, naturally).
D mother fucker D. That guy should go to a fashion designer for a makeover. He needs it. This was an old school anime that needs to be forgotten. Some old school stuff still rocks like Star Blazers and Robotech, but Vampire Hunter D doesn't make the grade. It was about an 1 hour 15 minutes and it felt like 6 or 7... BORING!!! I didn't have a problem with the artwork but it wasn't anything to write home about. The story and the characters were ass though. I watched an advertisement that they put on the DVD for the Vampire Hunter D game for the Playstation, and that looked much better than the move... maybe I should try that instead. Jurassic Mark is correct there are many anime out there that are ready for him to uncover but this one needs to remain buried.