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Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013) (2D) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

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After a war to take back the earth ends in earth becoming an off-limits area for all, a coalition called the Gaia Coalition rules the universe with an iron grip. However, one man dares to defy the coalition and attempt to overthrow the oppressor. Based on the manga and hit anime series, Space Captain Harlock is back in a new feature film from writer Fukui Harutoshi (Mobile Gundam UC) and director Aramaki Shinji (Appleseed). Using the original characters and setting (including the spaceship Arcadia), the film features a new story that offers a fresh take on this familiar tale of rebellion and adventure. One of the most expensive Japanese films ever with a budget of US$30 million, Space Pirate Captain Harlock features state-of-the-art animation that combines computer animation and motion capture technology. The film also features the voices of Oguri Shun, Miura Haruma and Aoi Yu.
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Product Title: Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013) (2D) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 宇宙海盜夏羅古 (2013) (Blu-ray) (2D) (香港版) 宇宙海盗夏罗古 (2013) (Blu-ray) (2D) (香港版) キャプテンハーロック Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013) (2D) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Sakamoto Maaya | Oguri Shun | Otsuka Norio | Kobayashi Kiyoshi | Morikawa Tomoyuki | Furuta Arata | Sawashiro Miyuki | Miura Haruma 坂本真綾 | 小栗旬 | 大塚周夫 | 小林清志 | 森川智之 | 古田新太 | 澤城美雪 | 三浦春馬 坂本真绫 | 小栗旬 | 大冢周夫 | Kobayashi Kiyoshi | 森川智之 | 古田新太 | 泽城美雪 Miyuki | 三浦春马 坂本真綾 | 小栗旬 | 大塚周夫 | 小林清志 | 森川智之 | 古田新太 | 沢城みゆき | 三浦春馬 | 福田彩乃 Sakamoto Maaya | Oguri Shun | Otsuka Norio | Kobayashi Kiyoshi | Morikawa Tomoyuki | Furuta Arata | Miyuki Sawaki | 미우라 하루마
Director: Aramaki Shinji 荒牧伸志 荒牧伸志 荒牧伸志 Aramaki Shinji
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2015-06-12
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), 6.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 115 (mins)
Publisher: VII Pillars Entertainment
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1043765738

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The Legendary Space Pirate is Reborn
Leiji Matsumoto’s most important character, Captain Harlock, makes a globally-anticipated revival after 30 years

This remarkable film is based on ‘Space Priate Captain Harlock’, Original work by sci-fi comic legend Leiji Matsumoto (known for storyes such as Galaxy Express 999), with his stories revolving, around the space priate who rebels against governing forces but fights for humanity with his crew aboard th einvincible pirate ship Aracadia.

Captain Harlock is the one man standing between the Gaia Coalition and their quest for complete intergalactic rule. Seeking revenge against those who wronged both mankind and himself, the mysterious space priate roams the universe in his battle cruiser the Arcadia, defiantly attacking and pillaging enemy ships. Harlock pushes his loyal crew forward in his death-defying mission to undo the Nodes of Time’ and reverse the Earth to an age when still inhabited by humans.

Somewhere in the far distant future, 500 billion displaced humans long to return to the planet hey still refer to as home. The rebellious Captain Harlock and his trusted crew are mankind’s only hope of one day righting the Coalition’s wrongs.
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Professional Review of "Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013) (2D) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

April 11, 2014

This professional review refers to Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Space Pirate Captain Harlock blasts off again in a new, hugely expensive big screen CG animation that presents a new vision of Matsumoto Leiji's famous manga, previously adapted as a popular television anime back in the late 1970s, which many viewers in the East and West still remember fondly from their childhoods. Produced with a budget of US$30 million, the film was directed by Aramaki Shinji, who helmed the recent series of CG Appleseed outings, and was made using cutting edge motion capture technology, with characters voiced by the likes of Oguri Shun, Miura Haruma and Aoi Yu.

Taking place either "far, far in the future or perhaps in the distant past" the film is set during a time when humanity has discovered faster than light travel and has colonised the universe, only to be faced with dwindling resources and a falling birth rate. Facing extinction, some five hundred billion humans all decided to head back to earth at once, leading to the terrible Home Coming War and resulting in the Gaia Sanction taking over and declaring the planet sacred and forbidden. The seemingly immortal Space Pirate Captain Harlock (Oguri Shun) is the number one thorn in the side of the Gaia Sanction, travelling the galaxies in his fearsome ship The Arcadia, powered by dark matter and the technology of the elf-like Nibelung aliens. Logan, brother of the Gaia fleet commander Ezra, is sent on a secret mission to infiltrate Harlock's crew of miscreants and to stand in the way of his quest to unlock the mysterious Nodes of Time.

Though based on the manga and television anime series and revolving around the same basic premise and original characters, Space Pirate Captain Harlock is very much a re-visioning, with different backstories, motivations and themes. Though fans of the originals may baulk at some of the changes, the film certainly stays true to the space opera stylings of Matsumoto Leiji, and has an epic feel as it charges around the universe, with a grand, far-reaching plot and no shortage of ideas. Though some of these admittedly don't make much sense and while some of its revelations and twists are self-defeating, the film wins points for imagination, and it's very much science fiction in the old fashioned sense of the genre, dealing with exploration, adventure and musings on the role of humanity in the cosmos. Similarly, while the characters may well be different, with some roles being side-lined due to the necessities of the running time, Harlock and company are still engaging and enjoyable to watch. There's plenty of action throughout, with some great large scale space battles that really impress, and Aramaki Shinji keeps things moving at a fast enough pace to help distract from some of the films more muddled elements.

As much as the source material, the main draw here is obviously the technical aspects of the film, and on this level Space Pirate Captain Harlock is a pretty stunning achievement ?the back of the DVD box boasts a dizzying array of statistics, including the fact that the film took a crew of 150 five years to produce, and created files totalling more than 250 terabytes in size, that would have taken 401 years to render if only one computer was used. The results of all this effort are certainly there on screen to see, as the film looks amazing, being one of the most spectacular CG productions to date and featuring some stunning and incredibly detailed visuals. Though as ever with this kind of thing the character work isn't always completely convincing or life-like, thanks to some great motion capture it's closer than in other films of its kind, and after the first few scenes it's easy to forget that the viewer is watching something generated on a computer.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock is a lot of fun either for fans of the originals or anyone looking for space action, and though its story and larger than life characters might differ from the manga and anime, it's hard to fault the film as a new take on the space buccaneer. Something of a technical milestone, if nothing else, it's well worth checking out to see how far CG animation has come in recent years and to marvel at Aramaki Shinji's frequently stunning shot composition and sense of scale.

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