Most of the other 'visual' extras are also in the original Japanese with optional English subtitles (which unfortunately also do not appear by default). The Making-Of is half an hour long and has plenty of interview contributions from the Director Satoshi Kon and the Novelist Yasutak Tsutsui, who talk about the original concepts, the psychology involved in the narrative, the futuristic nature of the story, the characters and the end result, with nice little background introductions into these two creators themselves and their background in the industry.
A Conversation about The Dream is a thirty-minute conversation between the Director and Novelist as well as the lead Vocalists Megumi Hayashibara (Paprika, also the voice behind Rei in Evangelion) and Toru Furuya (Tokita, the fat genius). They discuss their favourite scenes (which include the visually overwhelming parade sequences and the excellent Paprika flying moments), the fact that some of the dreams used are very similar to dreams that we must have all had (who hasn't dreamt about flying or trying to run but finding themselves moving very slowly), the characters they created, and the romantic storylines that had to be brought into play convincingly. With so many interesting revelations and discussions on the production, this Featurette marks another worthy watch for fans.
The Art of Fantasy spends 12 minutes with the Art Director Nobutaka Ike dissecting his artistic style and showing us how he created much of the fantastic and fantastical imagery on offer here. We see his computer designs, his concept art, and how everything was layered together to create the visually opulent final product.
The Dream CG World takes a fifteen minute look at the cinematography and computer-generated world of Paprika, as discussed by the Cinematographer Michiya Kato, who talks about the parts of the movie in which they had to used some form or other of CG technology (used in roughly a third of the movie) and the manner in which it was utilised, trying not to detract from the rest of the animation. Prime examples include the luminous blue butterflies in the final act of the movie and the sand in the desert parade sequence.
Three key scenes: The Parade, The Ruins and the Skin Slitting Scene can also be visually dissected using Storyboard Comparisons, Original Drawings, and Character Paintings, with the option to view them separately or in split-screen. This is a nice visual method of showing us how much of the animation was done. Finally we get Trailers for Tokyo Godfathers and for Tekkonkinkreet.
Paprika is one of the most imaginative movies that I have ever come across, a very dream-like experience coupled with an involving storyline, interesting characters and compelling vocal contributions, as well as a superb, perfectly-suited score that enhances the production no end. Released on Blu-ray with a pristine High Definition video rendition and a superior Uncompressed audio mix, as well as the wealth of interesting extras that were also on the Standard DVD, fans will have no reason not to pick this up straight away, and newcomers should strongly consider checking it out as well. Following the likes of Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress, this is the kind of masterful anime that should not only consolidate the feelings of avid followers but also draw in interested newcomers.
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