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Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis

Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis unveils a well-crafted and meticulously detailed futuristic skyscraper capital based on his successful 1940s Japanese comic. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C-
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: A
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 109
Theater Release: 02 Jan 2001
Video Release: 23 Apr 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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BiCentennial Man is another film featuring social issues and robots.

Other Japanese animation can be found in such titles as My Neighbor Totoro (for young children), Pokemon 1, 2, 3, and 4 (for preteens), or Princess Mononoke (which contains violent depictions and some adult themes).

If you are wondering how an oppressed people can gain their freedom without violence, try Freedom Song or Gandhi.

Home Video Extra Features

DVD Release Information:

  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Production company: Columbia Tristar
  • Package type: Keep case
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1 Full Screen standard - 1.33:1
  • DVD encoding: Region 1
  • Available audio tracks: Japanese & English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (DTS), French (Dolby Digital 2.0).
  • Available subtitles: English, French, Spanish.
DVD Extras:
  • Production notes
  • The Making of Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis
  • Interview with Director Rintaro Katsushiro
  • Animation comparisons
  • History of Metropolis comic book
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Osamu Tezuka biography
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Storyboard/Scene comparisons

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