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- Age Rating: 3 & Up
- Region: All Region DVD
- Released By: ADV Films
- MSRP: 29.98
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Battle Angel
By Sean Kemp
February 06, 2002
Release Date: January 31, 2000
Video: A- with one problem. Read Below.
Audio: B Nice Stereo sound.
Packaging: A Very nice case, easy to get DVD in and out of. Attractive cover catches your eye.
Menu: A Outstanding video. Quickly loads, and VERY attractive.
Content Rating: A Was amazing on VHS, even better on DVD.
DVD Design: B One glitch regarding the video and credits. Read below.
Extras: A Slide Show has several VERY nice Pictures, and the conceptual drawings were also a nice touch. Previews were also nice.
Overall: A- Very nice addition to my collection.
Having seen the VHS of this so many times that my copy (and my roommates one as well) are getting extremely worn out, I quickly ordered the DVD from DVD Express.
When the package arrived, I immediately put it into the player. One of the first things I noticed was the well-designed packaging of the DVD. From my first look at it, I could tell that it was one that Doug Smith designed, and as usual with his packaging designs. it caught my eye.
Once the DVD had loaded up to the menu, I quickly checked out the various extra stuff and previews section. The menu moved very fluidly, and everything loaded quickly. It was also easy to navigate. I especially like the way ADV made it so you can choose what episode to play from the main menu. This makes it easier if you take a break
A quick check of both audio tracks found nothing wrong with either. The dub was one of ADV's early ones, and it does show compared to their newer stuff. The nice thing is that many ADV dub fans will recognize several of their favorite voice actors in this show.
I watched the complete show through on the wonderful Japanese track. There was one very short point where the audio seemed to fade out a little, but other than that the audio is perfect.
For anyone concerned, the audio and subtitle settings stayed the same when I played one title after the other.
The only major glitch that I found with the disc is easily avoided. On the first episode, when you play the video through to the credits without skipping ahead to them, the screen will start to flash, and the credits will pixilate and become unreadable. If you let it continue, or go to the menu, the screen will continue to flash and be pixilated. If you start to play the movie again, it will stay pixilated, and then eventually correct itself.
The second episode has a similar problem. If you let it play through to the credits, the video will seem to pause as it attempts to correct itself. Then the credits will play perfectly fine.
I tried the disc on my DVD ROM drive, and while the menu and extra stuff loads fine. the movie doesn't play. Of course, this is most likely a problem with my DVD ROM itself, and not with the disc (I've had problems before with my DVD ROM.) Strangely enough however, my DVD ROM plays Sakura beautifully.
Overall, I have to say that this is a very nice addition to my DVD collection.
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