Story keeps on giving and action all the time.
In this entry, I'm not so much reviewing the 80's Appleseed as comparing it to the CGI films and the manga. When I checked out RT's page for the original movie, I found it just riddled with BS. First of all, the movie didn't come out in 97, and if it did, then I could understand the ratings it got. The production values for this were good at the time, but practically intolerable now unless you're a die-hard fan (thus the reason I can stand it). The voice overs for the English version were just awful. Briareos has his name changed to Blurirarious or something totally bizarre like that, and has a terrible New York accent, even though he's from the Mediterranian. The script is also localized for American audiences by adding a curse word to every sentance like a period. It's absolutely ridiculous.
I didn't mean to review it, but I ended up doing it anyway. Oh well, back on subject. One of the things I did love about this movie was the way Hitomi and Yoshi were portrayed. Both their appearance and attitudes are much more like the manga, and whether that is a good or bad thing is entirely up to the viewer. I personally like the fact that they kept her the same because she was much more upbeat and talkative in the manga, which was the perfect opposite of Duenan, who tends to be slightly more serious and quick to anger in the books. In the CGI movies, however, she was basically emotionless, and it didn't even seem like the same character anymore.
Due to this and a few other minor details (like Duenan having an eye patch in the trailer for EX Machina, and fooling everybody into thinking it was for a reason!!!), I'm going to conclude that neither series truly follows the book, but that the CGI ones are more similar in terms of the political undertones and theory, while the original movie is more similar to SOME of the characters. I'm a little upset that key villains were removed from both though. I would have liked to see Chiffon in either movie, although her role was basically Calon's in the first movie.