“IN THE AFTERMATH”— Surviving

“IN THE AFTERMATH”

Surviving

Amos Lassen

 “In the Aftermath” begins in a radiation-soaked wasteland where two surviving soldiers, Frank and Goose, search for essential supplies After a violent confrontation, Frank is haunted by visions of a young girl, a refugee from another world, holding a giant egg, and he wonders if the egg be the key to saving both of their worlds.

What makes “In the Aftermath” a little different is that half of it is directly lifted from an animé called “Angel’s Egg”, a 1985 film where a young girl wonders a desolate wasteland carrying a large egg and waiting for it to hatch into a beautiful bird.  The film has an intriguing premise that combines live action with old school Japanese anime. When you realize that the girl from the other world is a hand drawn animated character living in a dystopian war-torn landscape, you also realize that the film has totally pulled you in.

The animation is lifted from Mamorou Oshii‘s 1985 film  and is stunning in this new 2K restoration. “In The Aftermath” is interesting. The live action scenes are visually inventive, and the set design is a great example of doing a lot with a little.

There are a few stand-out sequences. The most notable of these features is one of the soldiers playing a beautiful piano piece over a montage mixing the live action and animated scenes together. The editing between the two styles is really effective throughout, with striking cuts that give the film a unique feel. Yet, if you remove the animated scenes, the story is quite uninteresting, but as a whole it remains an immersive experience. The contrast between meticulously crafted hand drawn animation and rough and ready economic filming style is visually arresting, and makes the first half hour really interesting. Unfortunately though, atmosphere will only get you so far, and the film essentially runs out of plot soon after this.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  Original uncompressed stereo PCM audio
  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  The Path To Aftermath, a newly filmed interview with producer Tom Dugan
  Apocalypse Then, a newly filmed interview with star Tony Markes
  Before The Aftermath: The Influence of Angel s Egg, a new appreciation of Mamoru Oshii’s original film by anime expert Andrew Osmond (author of Arrow Books Ghost In The Shell
  Still and poster gallery
  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley
  FIRST PRESSING ONLY: booklet featuring essay on the film by Jon Towlson

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