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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 19.98
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Blue Submarine No. 6

Blue Submarine No. 6: Toonami Movie Version

By Chris Beveridge     April 17, 2001
Release Date: April 17, 2001


Blue Submarine No. 6: Toonami Movie Version
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
The poles are shifting and most of the Earth's land is now underwater! The scientist Zorndyke has seemingly turned his back on humanity, creating a race of beast people to challenge the humans for global supremacy.

Mankind's last hope is the Blue Fleet and it's state-of-the-art flagship, the Blue Submarine No. 6.

Among those fighting to ensure humanity's survival are Mayumi Kino, a young female pilot and Tetsu Hayumi, a jaded veteran soldier. But if they don't see eye to eye on any of the issues, how can they win the war?

The Review!
Take four exceptionally good looking OVA's, remove the Japanese 5.1 soundtrack, remove some footage, paint over the naughty bits and cut the bit rate down a few points throughout most of it. Place on one single layer disc and watch the hardcore fans cringe like Superman to Kryptonite.

Audio:
While the English 2.0 track won't live up to the Japanese 5.1 track, it is indeed a good sounding track in terms of music and sound effects. Dialogue throughout is clean and clear with no discernable distortion or other problems.

Video:
The original four disc release continues to be a reference quality disc set for me, one I always show off to company and one that always generates amazing looks from them. With the video being combined together (missing some of the endings) and being on a single layer disc, it's a recipe for problems. There's a noticeable amount of artifacting in a lot of areas. During the underwater sequences in the first episode, a camera pan across the underwater ruins shows a lot of artifacting. There's also a sizeable amount of jaggies throughout. During a sequence onboard the sub with the red lights on, the captains mouth turns into two rows of jaggies that move. If I didn't love this show so much, it'd be amusing.

Packaging:
At least this part looks good. The front cover was used from the four disc release and the back cover as well, providing some nice looking shots of animation as well. The insert provided is another shot of the cover and the disc itself has a decent silkscreening on it of the Japanese logo.

Menus:
The menu system is pretty simple, no animation and no music. Since there's little to choose from other than scene access and checking out multiple Gundam trailers, it's fairly fast and works without any problems.

Extras:
Bwahahahahaha. Right.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With so many people balking at the restrictions placed on the original DVD release of this series (4 episodes, one episode per disc for 19.95$), the Toonami version was the only way a lot of people were able to see this. It likely encouraged some to go and pick up the original discs, but for others they either had no interesting in getting them or just thought that the Toonami version completely rocked.

To me, it's like a choice between water and sand on a hot day. That water just quenches every thirst I have. That sand just makes me choke.

If you enjoyed the Toonami version, I heartily recommend the four disc release (1,2,3,4). If you loved the Toonami version and don't want to spend the money on the real thing, this disc will fill your needs. It's got some quality problems, it's edited and it's only got on language on it. This isn't what DVD was made for. There's no real way I can bring myself to recommend this disc in the end.

Features
English Language

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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