October 12, 2011
Today's Mystery Meat is Space Battleship Yamato, the 2010 live-action movie based on the classic show which in the US was known as "Star Blazers".
It is fantastic. There are times when the dialogue and character interaction gets a bit cheesy, but that's OK; they're doing what the original did.
The acting is decent. It's the CG and sound effects where the movie really shines, but I have to say that the story is really quite good, cheesy dialogue notwithstanding. It certainly kept me involved, right up to the ending -- which was fantastic. It really was the only way the story could have ended.
Here's what Yamato looks like:
That's the center of the real frame grab. This movie is 1920*802, 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Here's the whole thing, shrunk down:
And... they sure do make some of 'em pretty, don't they? This is the female lead:
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 12, 2011 06:38 PM (o45Mg)
Posted by: ubu at October 12, 2011 09:44 PM (GfCSm)
I wrote a mini-review on another website, (not my me.nu, maybe I should transplant it there). Every penny spent on the effects is up there on the screen. If only American movie makers could do space opera so well.
Even the uniform design made sense in this translation from the Anime.
It was magnificently done, and worth seeing.
Posted by: Mauser at October 13, 2011 12:45 PM (cZPoz)
Posted by: Jaked at October 13, 2011 08:42 PM (IUG8o)
I doubt it will show up here. It's pretty much a niche film, and the only reason it could work in Japan is that it's a huge niche there.
Here, it's tiny. It just wouldn't be worth the money. (It would have to be dubbed, and that ain't cheap.) I wouldn't be surprised if we get a BD release, but it won't see theaters.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 13, 2011 10:05 PM (+rSRq)
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