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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: C
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: Other
  • MSRP: £19.99
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Black Magic M66

Black Magic M-66/Plastic Little (UK PAL)

    January 01, 2000

What They Say

The Review!
Having only seen Plastic Little on VCD (legit!), I was looking forward to seeing this double feature on this wonderful new media known as DVD! Inserting this DVD, I was presented with the Kiskei logo which showed visible signs of bleeding as shown in this capture, which wasn't very encouraging. Proceeding further, I came upon the main menu. For those "extras" freaks out there, you may be ecastic to hear that there are fourbuttons to play around with. They are as follows:
1. Play Plastic Little
2. Play Black Magic
3. Chapter Selection for PL
4. Chapter Selection for M66.

Yup. That's it- no options for subtitles or sounds or anything. Roll on the film!

I decided to watch M66 first having never seen it before. Whilst this is not intended to be a review of the film itself, I would like to mention that I did not like this film very much as it seemed rather shallow. This is not to say that the film is rubbish. I say this only because I have read the manga & can see all the neat stuff that the film has omitted such as the SD chara's & so on. As for video quality, comparing this against Tenchi: UE & Bubblegum Crisis, it is obvious that Kiskei has tried to produce this DVD as cheaply as possible. Whilst the film seems pretty clean throughout with no artificating readily apparent, it does appear slightly fuzzy which is possibily due to M66 probably taken from a VHS master. Also the subtitles, whilst better than Plastic Little (more on this later), it is hard subs i.e. the subtitles cannot be turned on & off.

Plastic Little.
Whilst a more enjoyable film (at least IMHO!), this is affected more than M66 in its transfer to DVD. Whilst of a similar video quality to M66, it suffers from a truly awful subtitling method remiscent of closed captioning/teletext 888. The subtitles are on a thick black background & cannot be turned off. So, what's my verdict? This may come as a surprise but I say "buy it". Why? Well, for the price of one DVD, you get two subbed films, which incidentally happens to be region 0. Also, the two films, whilst not on the same level as such films like Perfect Blue, are quite enjoyable &
highly recommended. Also, remember the saying "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth"! You can't really ask for more from a company with the kind of track record that Kiskei has. They should be commended for at least dipping their toes in the DVD market, especially in the UK.


Review Equipment
PIII/600 with Cinemaster & PowerDVD software (software decoding).


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