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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: NuTech Digital, Inc.
  • MSRP: 59.95
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Bizarre Cage

Bizarre Cage Box Set

By Chris Beveridge     September 05, 2003
Release Date: May 22, 2003


Bizarre Cage Box Set
© NuTech Digital, Inc.


What They Say
Masakazu Inouye enters a dark dungeon. The eyes of a girl fill with terror. Gogged and chained, she is unable to defend herself from the horrible assault that follows...

It's another day on the job for Takeshi Saito. He recently started working as a security guard for a high-tech amisement park called Fantasien. However, a bad day at work quickly spirals into a nightmarish maze of murder and mystery. It starts when Saito accidentally breaks a guidance display at work. Saito and Tamami are called into the office of Ms. Amano, his sexy boss. Makoto Kashiwara is sent out to repair the display. However, Kashiwara stumbles across a dark secret...

Contains the complete three part series, follow Saito and his co-workers on a dark mystery, spiked with hot, torrid ramps of uninhibited lust!


The Review!
In the popular fantasy themed amusement park, employees are winding up dead in some very strange circumstances.

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. As with other hentai of a similar nature, the show is essentially dialogue driven and uses primarily the center channel. In this respect, things are nice and clear and undistorted. The show makes good decent of directionality across the forward soundstage with the lightning effects and other incidental sounds.

Video:
Being a more recent release in Japan, the series is much smooth and clean looking. Colors are very vibrant throughout and free of cross coloration. Aliasing is pretty minimal, leaving the show to be free of problems. Well, almost. During the second episode, there’s a sequence where the screen turns into snow for a split second twice. It’s a strange occurrence and one I’ve never seen on any other disc. It doesn’t affect any dialogue or subtitles or anything else since it’s almost a static moment in the show.

Packaging:
Released in three keepcases inside a simple cardboard box, each volume features artwork related to the individual episode, generally a collage of the women most involved in that particular episode in their various outfits. The covers are for the most part pretty bright in terms of the character artwork and look great. The box set itself uses artwork from the second volume on its primary panel while the back of the box details each of the volumes and provides cover art for them. The front covers look pretty good, though things are pretty busy looking with the inclusion of the big uncensored lines and bars. The back covers show off some animation shots from each show and have a good summary of each episode. Features and technical information is nicely listed as well. As with all NuTech releases to date, there is no insert included.

Menu:
The menus are very simple here, with the few selections lined along the lower right next to the static image in the foreground of the castle from the show. Animation from the show plays in the darkened background to some of the instrumental music. Menus load nice and fast and access times are excellent, allowing for quick and easy navigation without any transitional animations.

Extras:
The only extra included here is a two minute long video gallery that shows various stills from the episodes to music.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With a title like Bizarre Cage, I had fairly well been dreading getting to this series for a while. While I personally am not a straightlaced uptight person, there simply are things I don’t go for. When the word bizarre gets thrown around, in conjunction with hentai, I’ll admit to being a bit wary.

It’s actually not as bad as one would think. The story focuses on an amusement park called Fantasien. It’s a very high tech outfit with lots of expensive gadgets and gear, some of it so revolutionary they use the claim that the military is using it in their own research. Unfortunately, there’s been a series of incidents over recent months, such as a suicide and an increase in tabloid publicity, that’s causing the park to start losing attendance and money.

We pick up into the show as young Takeshi starts working there as a security guard, complete with a full knight outfit and some nice high tech gear to go with it. But it’s not long before he’s getting into trouble with one of the women whose working in the restaurant and the two of them end up destroying a very expensive monitor. After a dressing down from the attractive park manager, Takeshi finds himself now being referred to as the boyfriend of this girl, Tamami. Of course, he’s finding himself more attracted to the supervisor who helped them out with the manager instead.

As we get to know Takeshi and Tamami a bit better, and the go through the motions of their day job routines, we get more hints of something sinister happening at the park in the after hours. Between seeing various park players screwing around in hidden areas and power plays going on between the manager and the owners, there isn’t much stability to what’s going on. Things start to collapse even more when one of the other park employees, Makoto, winds up dead from poisoning and a fellow employee is wrongly accused.

It’s at this point where the manager realizes she’s going to lose her position and status and ends up working with Takeshi and some of the other employees to figure out how this high tech park is being manipulated to cover up the crimes. This leads them down a fairly dark bondage style path where we learn just what’s been going on behind the scenes. It plays out fairly decently, but it’s definitely a change from the general light and friendly air the show casts early on with all of its exterior daytime shots in the happy park with people.

The series sports some rather nice character designs all around, making for enjoyable sex scenes when they actually do occur. Most of them end up being cosplay oriented since the employees dress in their work uniforms which adds a nice touch to things. The series isn’t terribly deep or complex and the ending basically feels like something that was sort of just worked on to end things. With the reservations I had going into this show, it’s definitely turned out to be much less bizarre than I expected.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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