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  • Audio Rating: A+
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Adult Source Media
  • MSRP: �4700
  • Running time: 97
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Boy Who Saw The Wind

Boy Who Saw The Wind

Release Date: March 07, 2001

Boy Who Saw The Wind
© Adult Source Media

What They Say
A moving anime show based on the book by C.W. Nicol. It's a coming of age story about a boy with a special power who faces many obstacles in growing up.

The Review!
After finding out that this DVD had English Subtitles, and seeing the cover images, I had a friend of mine who was visiting Japan bring it back for me.
First off, let me say that this is the most beautiful import Anime DVD I have ever seen. The Video is flawless, up to the same quality as the video transfer of Princess Mononoke. It's presented in a 16:9 video transfer. There were no problems anywhere in the film.

The audio is presented in Doubly Digital 5.1 and came through beautiful on my Computer's sound setup. Regretfully I wasn't able to check it on my home sound system.

The menu was easy to navigate, except for the fact that I couldn't read what the menus were? It had sections to play the movie, scene select, subtitle setup, extras and Character Descriptions. Selecting the Extras menu bring up menu where you can select the Music Video, the Trailers, Interviews and Making Of. The Interview section contains three separate interviews, the bottom one of the Voice Actors.

The subtitles are easy to read, even if they are white with a small black border. The translations seem to be accurately translated, and are well written. For a Japanese disc, the grammar is accurate, and flows smoothly.

The Packaging is very eye catching, with the image of the main character Amon on the front pulling out a knife from the sheath he's holding in his mouth. It comes in a white Amaray case like the ones that Battle Athletes Victory and Tenchi Forever came in.

As for the content? This movie is awesome...

It's the story of a young boy who has the strange ability to "Light Play." His parents are killed trying to save him from "The Gold Snake Brigade," the strict military government. After that, a series of events leads him to learn that he can use his "Light Play" ability to fly during the day. This Dramatic film captures the viewer and draws them in. I couldn't even rip myself away from the screen for even a minute while I was watching the film. Some of my friends who were visiting who were not watching the movie ended up watching the movie by the end. Overall, this is an excellent DVD for anyone interested in getting Region 2 DVDs. The addition of an easily navigated Menu and English Subtitles makes this an excellent addition to those who don't like watching their Anime in its original raw format.

Overall Rating:

Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Japanese Subtitles,Character Descriptions,Theatrical & TV Trailers,Interviews with the Voice Actors,Making Of Video Segment,Full Length Music Video for the Theme Song

Review Equipment
Toshiba 8x DVD Rom, Real Magic Hollywood Plus Decoder Card, Sound Blaster Live Value, Altec Lansing ACS-33 Speakers, AST Vision 15" Monitor, AMD K62 450 with 384MB RAM.


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