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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B-
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: C
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: AnimEigo
- MSRP: 19.98
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Bubblegum Crisis
Bubblegum Crisis: Hurricane Live
By Chris Beveridge
October 31, 2000
Release Date: October 31, 2000
Bubblegum Crisis: Hurricane Live
What They Say
The Complete Hurricane Live 2032 & 2033!
As the city of Mega Tokyo recovers from devastating earthquake, the underground scene is shaking with a whole new set of vibrations – the hard rock sounds of Priss and the Replicants! Now available for the first time on DVD. Bubblegum Crisis series. Accompanying the music are the hottest action sequences from the series, animation unavailable anywhere else, and rare live footage featuring the original voice actresses from the special “Tinsel City Rhapsody” concerts. These thirteen videos will have you partying like it’s 2032!The Review!
Now here's something that for the most part, we simply don't see much being licensed and brought over here. Music videos! Bubblegum Crisis was one of the mid 80's shows that really took the whole pop music and anime approach and ran with it. It was popularised earlier in the decade by shows like Macross, but it achieved even bigger levels with this series and others that followed it.
When AnimEigo brought the series over back in the early 90's, they also snagged the two 30 minute music video releases. Released together as Hurricane Live, these were quite popular with the fans of the show. Heck, fifteen years after the release of the series itself people are still beholden by the music.
The first segment, Hurricane Live 2032, is mostly made up of animation from the series itself with only one live performance mixed in. Each song is representative of an episode of the show, so you can essentially view them as trailers for each episode. In fact, AnimEigo did just that early on. The advantage over simply listening to them in the episodes themselves is having the full length version of the song. And there's some good ones in this segment, starting right off with Konya wa Hurriance, probably one of the better known ones with Priss getting dressed for her concert at Hot Legs.
My favorite stuff though comes on the 2033 performance side. The songs there are some of my favorite ones from the original series, especially the ones done by "Vision". The videos on this end of things are a bit different than the first set though. There's a bit more emphasis on incorporating live performances from the voice actresses/singers into the video. This, to me, is a good thing. There's just something about visually seeing the person and connecting them to their acting and music.
We won't discuss how much I like Japanese women though.
For the most part, the video side of things on this disc is pretty solid. the early videos have some decent line noise and pixellation due to their source material, but as they progress towards the later videos they look great. The live performances look extremely good. The audio is pretty much right on target as well with no discernable distortion or dropouts.
The only extra on the disc is an 18 minute long video gallery with a ton of conceptual artwork on it. Rather than having all the shots that you step through, they've done it in video format with a new picture coming up roughly every 4-5 seconds. The soundtrack also plays in the background, so it keeps the mood pretty well. On my Pioneer player though, I had the audio drop out about a half dozen plus times and it locked up entirely twice. Suffice to say, if this doesn't happen to you, you'll enjoy the artwork (though I could have sworn some of it was used twice!).
Though it was missing during the original release of the series on DVD back in 1998, I'm really glad that it's finally come out. I can see spinning this disc many times while doing things around the house.
If only more music video's were brought over!
Japanese Language,English Subtitles
Toshiba TW40X81 40" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.