Patlabor the movie
The first Patlabor film
follows on directly from the original OVA series. Unlike the
comedic OVA series, this film for the most part is a drama. A
very clever film for it's time. Before computer viruses became
rather common, this film showed what potentially could happen,
and showed how far it could spread. Like the OVA series, there
isn't a lot of Labor action, with only four short action
sequences. Most of the film follows the uncovering of Eiichi
Hoba's grand scheme. Oshii used quite a lot of animal motifs
in the film, mostly bird shots. These would become a trademark
of the Patlabor films. There is also the motif of cages which
can be seen in Eiichi Hoba's old apartments he lives in. Oshii
also uses fish-eye lens type shots for the first time in this
film. Also of note is the amount of religious references in
the film. Oshii uses them quite a lot in his films, especially
his 1985 film "Angel's Egg".
Hidive and VRV are currently streaming this film in Japanese with English subtitles and an English dubbed version. Hidive current streaming rights only include Canada and the United States of America. VRV's current streaming rights only include the United States of America.
Maiden Japan released the film in the US on blu-ray with an English dub, original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. Currently it is only available on the "Patlabor The Mobile Police: Complete Collection Special Edition" blu-ray box set, which also includes the TV series, the New OVA series and the other two anime films. In Japan the movie is available on blu-ray with an English dub and English subtitles from Bandai Visual. The Maiden Japan blu-ray set is only available in the United States of America, and therefore will only work on region A blu-ray players. If you don't live in United States of America, check your blu-ray player's instruction manual to see if it will play them. All Bandai Visual blu-ray discs are region free. Please see the English Language Movie Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications of this film in English.
Bandai Channel, Amazon Prime Japan and Hulu Japan are currently streaming the film in Japanese. Bandai Channel, Amazon Prime Japan and Hulu Japan's current streaming rights only include Japan.
This movie is available in Japan from Bandai Visual on DVD and blu-ray. The DVD version does not come with English subtitles or an English dub, however the blu-ray release comes with the new English dub and English subtitles. The DVD is only available in Japan, and therefore will only work on DVD players that are both NTSC compatible and will play region 2 discs (if you don't live in Japan, check your DVD or blu-ray player's instruction manual to see if it will play the discs). All Bandai Visual blu-ray discs are region free. Please see the Japanese Movie Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications for this movie.
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