Movie Review: PERFECT BLUE (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

PERFECT BLUE (aka Pāfekuto Burū) is based on the novel Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. Perfect Blue is the feature film directorial debut for Satoshi Kon from a screeinplay by Sadayuki Murai.

In Perfect Blue, rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go. Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat he poses is more real than even Mima knows, in this iconic psychological thriller. 

This psychological horror-thriller follows Mima Kirigoe, a pop star who decides to leave the music world and become an actor. Her transion doesn’t go smoothly because people close to her begin to die violent deaths by the hands of a sadistic serial killer who may or may not be Mima’s superfan. By the way, this superfan is one creepy looking dude.

The young starlett is traumatized by what’s happening around her and it slowly drives her to not being able to tell what’s real and what’s fantasy. As her world crumbles, she tries to figure out why all of this is happening to her and just when she thinks she knows who’s behind it all, a shocking twist is revealed. This nightmare turns into a fight for survival for Mima as she battles for her own identity, her sanity and her life.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. Each disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Perfect Blue has been digitally remastered for this release. This release also includes the original SD version of the film (Japanese mono Dolby Digital 2.0 with English subtitles). The picture and sound quality for this high-definition upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Perfect Blue ended up being this dark and twisted anime about this young starlett who’s either being stalked by a serial killer or she’s going completely crazy. Actually, both is kind of happening here because Mima is being stalked by a serial killer and she’s also dealing with a phantom version of herself that mentally torments her for leaving the music world. The wild thing is that even though the serial killer and phantom are two separate entities, they ultimately merge into a real world nightmare and fight for survival for Mima. The thing about this serial killer is that you think you know who it is but then a major twist its introduced. Let’s just say Mima is going through a serious identity crisis. Anyway, anime isn’t my favorite style of animation but Perfect Blue is all about the main character and her story so it was very easy to sit through. There’s even something special for Super Sentai fans in the movie. This anime is so well executed frame by frame that I’m surprised that a live-action remake hasn’t happened yet. Once again, it’s all about the main character and her traumatic story and it’s a very interesting one. Perfect Blue will be available for the first time ever on Blu-ray Combo Pack in the U.S. on March 26th.

Distributor: Shout! Factory and GKIDS

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 5.1 / Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include a new featurette focusing on the director, behind-the-scenes of the recording sessions for the theme song, an English version of the theme song, three trailers and interviews with the director and voice cast.

  • NEW Lectures by Satoshi Kon featurette (41:10) 
  • English Credits (03:47)
  • Angel of Your Heart Recording Sessions (04:22)
  • Angel of Your Heart Full English Version (04:15)
  • Original US /UK Trailer (01:39)
  • UK Re-release Trailer (01:11)
  • Japanese Trailer (01:56)
  • Cast and Crew Interviews (22:47)
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