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HELLSING: ULTIMATE SERIES 1
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Hideki Tonokatsu

Starring:
Johji Nakata
Yoshiko Sakakibara
Norio Wakamoto

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
It’s a war between the Protestants and Catholics when the Vatican and the Hellsing Organization each try and take care of the current vampire problem in England. In the midst of this battle, Integra Hellsing and her main man Arucard, a vamp killing vamp help take care of the bloodsuckers in their own fashion.
Is it good movie?
There is something very creepy going on in England. It seems there is a whole bunch of amateur vampires causing some major havoc and getting a whole bunch of its citizens as either ghouls and vamps or just bloody piles of flesh. So the uber cool and kinda hot Integra Hellsing (voiced by Yoshiko Sarakibara or Victoria Harwood in the English version) has her main badass vampire take control. Arucard, who is voiced by Johji Nakata and Crispin Freeman, blasts a few undead with his killer gun and vamp style. When he “rescues” a police woman from one mean vampire, he is forced to “turn” her, being that she’s a virgin and all. For a fifty minute episode, I was hooked. The dark blue colors of the night and Arucard’s brilliant red costume design, along with a whole bunch of flowing red blood all looked fantastic. The swift action and violence carried me to the bitter end. And regenerated baddie, Alexander Anderson (Norio Wakamoto and Steven Brand), is one of the coolest evil dudes I’ve seen in awhile, I was actually more impressed with Mr. Brand’s performance in the English language version.

With all this goodness there were a couple of minor complaints. I really have a low tolerance for the annoying “police girl” and her early moments in the episode. She was so painfully whiney and just a lame weakling. But at least when the vampire blood started to take over she transcended the annoying crying girl character so often found in Anime. I also would have loved to see more of Integra; she is a great character and she should have had a little more meat as she does in the end of the episode. I dug this character and I would assume that she would be used much more in the later episodes. But all in all, Hellsing is a wonderfully executed concept with tons of violence, a gang of walking ghouls and a couple of really cool characters that you can root for. Add to that a wicked score and nice direction which makes this vamp worth a bite. You also get to chose either the English version or the Japanese version. Surprisingly, I kind of dug the English being that it took place in England.
Video / Audio
Video: A wonderfully sharp 16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen (Encoded from HD master) keeps the reds red and the blues blue.

Audio: The audio also sounds very clear with English 5.1 Dolby Digital and Japanese 2.0 Dolby Digital.
The Extras
The extras here are as dry as an age old corpse. We get Preview for Disgaea (4:52), Last Quarter (1:02) and Petite Cossette (2:21). That’s it, that’s all… nothing.
Last Call
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Integra Hellsing and her vamp who slays vamps Arucard. This is a bloody, violent trip with a great story and an even better villain. There is also a very interesting take on the war between the Protestants and the Catholics, hey; they’ve had a few hostilities in the past. I liked the religious aspect which made for a unique take on the vampire legend. And whether you like your anime with subtitles in Japanese or the dubbed English version, it’s all good bloody times. So stick a stake in it and dig in to Hellsing.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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