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REDLINE (BLU RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Takeshi Koike

Starring:
Takuya Kimura
Yu Aoi
Tadanobu Asano

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
JP, a real crash and burn artist believes he's destined to win Redline, an insanely violent and illegal drag race that takes place every five years or so.
Is it good movie?
We all know that Michael Bay has the market covered on big, loud and stupid. Excess is his business, and business is good. Unfortunately for us, there are times when we grow tired of the limitations of live action and CGI. Have you ever considered where animation can take excessive, ridiculous and over the top concepts?

Well, consider Redline because it's pretty nuts. I'll be the very first to admit, I'm not really an anime guy. Even after this film, I can't say I'll be running out to snatch the stuff up, but this was hard not to be captivated by.

This movie is filled with weird and crazy characters, from human to alien. JP is our wild and driven main character who's driven to win a yellowline race until he explodes and his crush Sonoshee takes the crown. This is all well and fine until the Redline committee takes measures to move the next Redline race to Roboworld, a planet that doesn't wish to host it.

So yeah, there's dudes with bombs and guns strapped to their vehicles and now they're racing on a planet equipped with nothing but massive superweapons (wait until you see the weapon known only as Funky Boy).

Anyway, this movie is nuts and moves at a breakneck pace. There's always a lot going on and the film is animated beautifully. The designs of the vehicles, the atmosphere and setting and even the costumes are really breathtaking. The whole thing is so dynamic and heavy with great visuals that it's hard not to get mezmerized by it.

The ending of the film seemed to come awfully quickly, and wasn't overly satisfying, but I must say that didn't really stop me from really enjoying this unique and dazzling film. There isn't much meat on the bones, but boy does it taste good.
Video / Audio
Redline is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and really can't be touched in terms of video quality. Everything practically pops off the screen and is so sharp it's incredible. Amazing!

Audio comes in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 English and Japanese. I listened in Japanese (dubbing is usually a no-no for me) and found the track was a bit more muted than I expected but remained quite impressive. The soundtrack really blares too, I hope you like techno music!
The Extras
First up is a 5 minute 2006 trailer, which features different animation and characters than the film but it's neat to see the origin.

The Perfect Guide to Redline is a making of feature that runs over an hour long that is very well done. There's lots of behind the scenes stuff, premiere footage, plenty of animation info and interviews with voice actors and other key figures.

The Quick Guide to Redline is only 24 minutes long and while it is more of the same idea, it doesn't directly repeat anything from the last feature and tends to show a lot more stuff from the completed film.
Last Call
Redline is a blazing visual smorgasbord of a film that grabs your guts and doesn't let go. All you need is a nice, big display to watch it on and a sound system you can crank. The story isn't overly original, but is told well. If you like animated films at all, you're going to love and appreciate Redline. It's fast, it's absurd and full of huge explosions. Check your suspension of disbelief at the door.
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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