lol I'm glad somebody finally recognized my name. I agree that more could have been done with Ed, but maybe if they'd tried, she wouldn't have been as good a character as she was.
As for the music, I love the soundtrack and Yoko Kanno too much to go into it here, so when and if this makes it into the anime series section, I'll start a thread about it. Or you can always PM me if you want to chat about the music.
I have seen the movie, and I think it's better to watch if you're already a CB fan; otherwise, you don't really get a feel for the characters or why they make certain choices. I don't read manga (I want to, I just don't have the time), so I don't know if it's better or worse than the anime. But I can't imagine that the anime could be worse than the manga, seeing as how it's just so great.