Venus Wars (of 1) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, November 03, 1998
Release Date: Tuesday, November 03, 1998



What They Say
In the 21st century, mankind lives on two worlds. Following the collision of an ice asteroid, massive terraforming has made Venus a planet now capable of supporting life. Colonists from Earth tamed the hostile world and have thrived for four generations. But they also brought the darker side of humanity. Venus is about to get hostile again.
Hiro Seno, a hotshot motorcycle jockey, witnesses the first strike against his country Aphrodia, by the rival nation of Ishtar. Huge battletanks and warplanes quickly lay waste to the city. The Aphrodian army is quick to mobilize and retaliate... and despite his opposition to warfare, Hiro finds himself fighting for his life on the front lines.

The Review!
The audio on this disc is good, very clean and clear with several uses of the rear channels. Some may notice that in the beginning, there are subtitles with no voices on the Japanese language version while there is someone talking in the English version. It was like this for the old VHS version as well, and I believe that adding the vocal to the English version was just so people didn't have to read it. It does worry you at first though, since you hear no sound at all coming from your speakers. Don't worry!

The video in this disc is excellent. There were maybe four or five instances of some shimmering, but I'm really tempted to attribute it to the video source itself. This disc is much sharper than the VHS version, but it's also a soft image to begin with, which gives some inclination to a poor transfer to some people. I found it to be very clean and clear and with no artifacting or pixellation. The video on this disc makes me very happy to have it within my collection.

Packaged in our favorite keepcase, the colors represent what you'll mostly be seeing in the video. Dark earth tones and the like. Not terribly eye-grabbing, but with the show again being older than many others coming out these days, there's less artwork available for use.

The menus are standard CPM menus. Nothing new there, same issues as previous ones. It's bothering me less and less, until I end up actually using the menu.

This is definitely a good movie for certain people, but not others. Venus Wars appeals to me on several levels; it's a political storyline with action and intrigue with in it, a group of young rebellious people who have to put their lives on the line when they consider the war just a good show, and their changing attitudes as time goes on. There are several interpersonal dramas within as well that add well to it. The one thing that struck me as I watched it last night was that if this was done as a live action movie, it would be the perfect James Cameron flick if you added an extra half hour and put in more character growth and longer action sequences. Brad Renfro would even be perfect for the role of the reluctant Hiro.

Overall, this is definitely an enjoyable movie, a wonderful transfer considering the age of the video source (1989) and will definitely be watched many times in the years to come.

Features
English Language,Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Character Gallery

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



Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: C
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: All
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Central Park Media
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 104
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Venus Wars