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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: AnimEigo
  • MSRP: 59.95
  • Running time: 399
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Bubblegum Crisis

Bubblegum Crisis Megaset

By Jason Landers     February 06, 2002
Release Date: October 30, 1998

The Review!
I'd like to start this review off with a simple question to the folks at M2K. "Where in the hell is Hurricane Live?!" I mean this set is superior to the LDs in almost every way except this. And what's more, they didn't even include the Music Videos for my two favorite songs, "Devil and Angel's Kiss," and "Tonight, a Hurricane."

Now then, let's discuss packaging shall we? When I first got my hands on this box, I said to myself, "Well, it's a software box." So after appreciating all the cover art for a while, I decided to open it up and see what was inside. Naturally I figured that since they put this in such a big box, there'd have to be something like a booklet or some other form of goody inside. Imagine my dismay when all I found were three absolutely plain, clear, jewel cases holding the DVDs. I mean come on, they didn't even put any inserts in the jewel cases! Even by software standards this packaging doesn't rate too highly. So what do they do at M2K? They say they'll be offering us some new packaging at a nominal cost. Gosh, gee, thanks guys. Now that I've shelled out $50 for the set, I get to spend MORE money to fix YOUR mess-up. I just love this mentality. Something more along the lines of say, a copy of the receipt and S&H would do more for me.

But enough about that. Let's get to the real issue. The DVDs themselves. This is one of my top ten personal favorite anime series, at about #8. And I have to say that when it came to the video, M2K didn't let me down. It looked stunning. I didn't notice anything at all that detracted from the video. The audio was as good as could be expected, given the age of the title. And of course, there's those absolutely, positively, BEAUTIFUL yellow subs. After seeing yellow subs on so many movies, I was left wondering why anime DVDs don't seem to have these subs. All I can do now is hope that these act as a slap to the faces of CPM, Manga, Pioneer, etc. I have to say, as far as Audio/Video/Subs go, M2K definitely showed everyone how it should be done.

I love those menus. They're fast and they look good. You can't ask for too much more than that. Now about that DVD-ROM thing they've got going... It's nice that a piece of anime has some DVD-ROM features finally, but did M2K really have to shaft all of the standalone player owners out of the song lyrics? I mean it couldn't have been that hard to fit them in.

Now I've saved a section just for you, AnimEigo. This is the section where I talk about the dub. It can be summed up in three words: No F---ing Way! You see, it wasn't enough for AnimEigo to simply desecrate BGC with this terrible voice talent. They had to go and bastardize every last one of the songs I so loved.

Well, it seems as though this has become lengthy enough so shall we get to the point? Overall, on a 1-10 scale, this would get about 9.5 or possibly even a ten. But then, the lack of Hurricane Live, the crappy packaging, the fact that I'll have to pay them for new packaging, and the fact that the song lyrics are only available to those who own DVD-ROM drives give this DVD a solid 7. And I give it that because I love this series. My recommendation? Wait for the version in the new packaging to come out before you pick this one up if you know what's good for you. And of course, watch it subbed.

Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.


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