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- Audio Rating: N/A
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A+
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: C
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Beam Entertainment
- MSRP: 3765�
- Running time: 24
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: 1001 Nights
April 01, 2002
Release Date: August 25, 2000
What They Say
Low-priced release of a brilliantly animated atmospheric movie by Yoshitaka Amano of Final Fantasy fame (as character designer). Special features include a making-of featurette and theatrical trailers.
Special Features : Bonustrack The Review!
I always figure you should start with the packaging, because that's what you first see. The cover picture is horizontal, which is a bit odd.
However, it is a cool picture all the same. The back has a similar picture as a background, with text describing the disc in the foreground. You will also notice this has a clear Amaray case. However, instead of pulling a CPM, they placed a rather nice illustration on the backside of the cover art. It also includes an insert with art on one side, with story and disc information on the other. In short, top notch packaging.
The visuals are quite similar to My Neighbor the Yamadas, in that they both have animation like watercolor paintings. At times it uses incredible 3-D animation, other times it uses cel animation. Very Nice. As for the audio, the music is done by the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra. I can't comment on technical aspects here, as my TV is MONO. Menus are in English, and allow quick access to all the disc has to offer. Extras are a bit sparse. The "Making of..." segment is in Japanese without subtitles. The trailer speaks for itself. However, you don't buy a disc for the extras
Content: (NO SPOILERS HERE)
Ah, this is hard... First thing first, there is no Japanese dialog. There is an English opening sequence, but after that, there is no dialog. It, in short, is about a man and a woman, brought together by whimsical spirits. It is really hard to say more, because they don't say more. Very artsy stuff here. I won't bother to try and give allegorical references here. All in all, this is a great disc. If you ever liked Yoshitaka AMANO's works, then you should get this. The price is right, and it is great to just show off
English 2 Channel Language,English Dolby Language,1001 Nights Trailer,"Making of..." with Yoshitaka AMANO
RCA mono TV, Pioneer DV-343 Codeless player