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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: A+
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: A
- Extras Rating: C
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Bandai Visual
- MSRP: 7140¥
- Running time: 106
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Ah! My Goddess
Ah! My Goddess Regular Edition
June 20, 2001
Release Date: June 20, 2001
What They Say
High quality DVD edition of the acclaimed anime show based on the work by Kosuke Fujishima.
First Press : Picture Label The Review!
Beautiful. What we have here is a movie that just screams out beautiful. From the goddesses themselves to the presentation of the movie, it?s just beautiful. Ever since I saw the trailer for the movie last year, I knew I had to have it as soon as it hits on DVD. I admit I had second thoughts when I first ordered it, but after just watching it, all my doubts disappeared and I?ve fallen in love with this movie. If this is what being in heaven is like, then this movie helped me reached it.
The plot of the movie is a simple as it gets. Belldandy?s teacher, Celestine, was released from his imprisonment on the moon by a fairy called Morgan, and he now seeks to change the world to his vision using Belldandy as a means towards it. That pretty much sums it up for the plotline. But don?t let that disappoint you because the story really stays true to the heart of the series itself. Also, there?s nothing violent or gruesome so don?t get disappointed if that?s what you are looking for in this movie. After all, the mangas were never that violent to begin with. However there is a good amount of action happening here and there in the movie. One is when Urd battles Celestine and Belldandy or the battle near the end of the movie, so there is some good pieces of action in there. It makes the movie a bit more interesting in my opinion. Too much dialogue is a bid tedious at times, especially since it?s in raw Japanese and I have to constantly read a translated dialogue script to understand what?s going on.
The video of this movie is presented in 16x9 aspect ratio. The picture is drop dead gorgeous and it?s free of any nicks or scratches, it?s like basically watching a fresh reel from the movie theatre. In a word, perfect.
The use of CGI is also wonderfully done, and many times the sheer beauty of it and how it blends right in with all the traditional animation, really wowed me. Example of it would be during the start of the movie when Keiichi and Belldandy are riding across some cherry blossoms or in the Yggdrassil control room itself.
This version has 2 audio options. A simple Dolby 2.0 mix and the DD5.1 mix. I can?t compare it with the DTS version, but I would say that this 5.1 mix is amazing also and I can imagine how much richer the sound quality would be on DTS. The music takes center stage in this movie and it makes full use of the 5.1 channels, with a good use of directionality with the sound effects too.
The most impressive part I found with the 5.1 mix is during the scene at the end where the goddesses start singing in Latin. Rich with quality no mere words can describe it. One has to listen to enjoy it.
Extras. The only thing found in this regular edition is a 16-coloured page linear notes booklet and 2 movies and 2 TV spot trailers. If you want more extras then the DTS boxset is a good option.
I don?t usually comment on the packaging, but it?s worth commenting on. Even thought it is not as impressive as the DTS boxset, it has a simple yet elegant image of Belldandy with feathers falling round her. The inside cover has rough sketches of Morgan and Celestine, which makes a good extra too.
Though I admit that this movie isn?t for everyone, but with an open mind, I?m sure you?ll come to enjoy it as much as any fan for this series. With that being said, it?s a safe thing to say that anyone can jump right into it. You don?t have to know anything about the series itself to enjoy the movie, but I think having a little background knowledge on some of the characters is a good help.
Overall, this is a very good movie indeed. Don?t hesitate to get this movie when it is released in the US. I too will get the R1 version once it comes out. Heck, get it now if you can?t wait for the US release.
Japanese DD 5.1 Surround sound,Japanese DD 2.0 Sound,Trailer(s),Teaser(s),2 TV spots
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