The plot of the film differs from the original novels, mostly in regards to the behavior of specific characters and their interactions with each other. The story takes place in the year 12,090 AD in a post-apocalyptic world in which vampires and their mutant slaves terrorize and manipulate ordinary humans by means of both special powers and advanced technologies. Doris Lang, the daughter of a deceased werewolf hunter, is attacked by Count Magnus Lee, a member of the vampire nobility. She survives the attack although she has been bitten by the count, and later hires a mysterious caped hunter named D to protect her from further attacks. Doris is attacked by Count Magnus Lee again, and is kidnapped and brought to the Count’s castle. D must attempt to rescue her from Count Lee, the Count’s daughter Lamica, the Count’s mutant servant Rei Ginsei, and various other minions.
Various battles with different kinds of monsters and mutants take place during this rescue attempt, and both clues to the back story of the mysterious D as well as his special powers are revealed. The powers of specific beings, the technologies used by both protagonist and antagonist, the dress of certain characters, and even the final battle scene itself have been changed from the novel to the film adaptation. However, the story’s conclusion does remain similar to the canon story. The runtime of the film is 80 minutes, which is similar in length to Ghost in the Shell but shorter than Akira, Venus Wars, or Lensman: Secret of the Lens.
In North America, a dubbed version of Vampire Hunter D was published by CBS Theatrical Films, with dubbing work done by Streamline Pictures. Streamline Pictures released the dubbed version of the film on VHS in 1992. Urban Vision Entertainment acquired the rights to the film in 2000, and released a Special Edition DVD which included the original dub as well as subtitles done by New Generation Pictures. In addition to the Japanese and North American markets, the film has also been released in multiple European markets in a variety of languages.
|Vampire Hunter D (1985)|