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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Armitage III

Armitage III: Polymatrix

By Roman Martel     February 06, 2002
Release Date: October 14, 1997

The Review!
Detective Ross Sylibus has transferred to Mars to get away from his past. He gets more than he bargained for in the form of his new partner Armitage, and a case involving a robot-hating lunatic. As the two partners try to work together, it becomes apparent that the lunatic is connected to Armitage's past and her true identity. As Mars begins to fall apart due to protests and political maneuvering, Ross and Armitage get closer to the answers and to each other. Unfortunately forces are aligning against them; friends become enemies, and the enemies get more creative. Armitage and Ross are left fighting alone against an army with one mission: to destroy them both.

-Artistic Ratings-
Animation: 4
Sound: 5
Plot: 4
Acting: Japanese: NA
English: 3
Music: 5
Overall: 4

-Disc Ratings-
Sound: 5
Picture: 5
Menu: 5
Presentation: 4
Goodies: 3
Overall: 4

This is one of the first DVDs I saw, and at the time I saw it I liked it a lot more than I do now. I've watched it a couple times since than and to tell you the truth it doesn't hold up to repeat viewings. The animation varies from mediocre to very good. The backgrounds and some of the character animation can be stunning but it isn't very consistent. The sound is very good. Most of the time it's appropriate and fits the world nicely. The end battle is especially well done. The plot is a little old. It's basically Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell put together, with Total Recall thrown in for good measure. It deals with many of the same issues as GITS but for some reason it doesn't have the same impact. I'm think it's because GITS handled the ideas in a stylistic and cinematic way. When I watch GITS, I forget that it's animation. With Armitage I am very aware that it's animated. Maybe because Armitage herself is hard to take seriously. The acting isn't the best, but I have heard worse. Kiefer sounds wooden or bored with the job. Elizabeth Berkley is . . . well Elizabeth Berkley. Either you like her or you think she still needs a few more seasons of Saved by the Bell. It could have been worse, but it could have been a lot better. I would have liked to see the Japanese version of the film. As to the music, I liked it. It fits the mood and the pacing perfectly.

Now, the disc itself is very well done. The sound is great; you've got your Dolby Digital and your THX, what more could you ask for? The picture is clear and crisp, with no artifacts or glitches that I've seen. The menu is what really caught my eye the first time I saw it. Now DVDs are starting to do more with the menus, but I still really like it. It's got animation, sound effects and all kinds of neat stuff. It's fun to play with even if you aren't really changing the settings. The goodies are average on the disk. You get a trailer, text interviews with the character designer and the screenwriter. You also get an ad for the CD and a phone number in case you've got problems with the disc.

Overall this is a nice disc to get for show-off purposes. If you want to show off your sound system or DVDs in general, this will work nicely. For me it just doesn't hold up to repeat viewings.

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