Spriggan (of 1) (Mania.com)

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The Review!
This is a movie which has a fluidity in the animation that is, indeed, amazing to watch. The action sequences are fast and breathless. The name "Katsuhiro Otomo" is tied to it. And yet, why am I disappointed? I couldn't avoid thinking of "Hollywood type" action-adventure movie! I mean, there are a couple of last-second saves here worthy of a Bruce Willis action flick! True to this comparison, the characterizations are limited. In other words, it seems to me that the characters are simple and two-dimensional. The movie is also outstanding in the fact that the one notable female character in it says very little and does even less. She is the winner for making me wonder, "Why is she there at all?" I suspect that this flick will make buckets for ADV Films when they finally work their way down their extensive release schedule. This movie is full of testosterone. Obviously the primary market for it are young, easily impressionable males. I guess I am old.
So, am I a wet blanket? That could be it. But, there was something else about this film that gave me reservations. From the beginning, and this could be simply happening on my DVD copy, the dialog is constantly being drowned out by the incredibly loud and obnoxious "action" music. Maybe I am losing my hearing but while watching I was thinking most of the time that the characters should speak up so that I could hear them over the blaring soundtrack! Also, I believe that the characters were speaking in "real time." What do I mean by that? Someone speaking from a distance sounded exactly like that, like someone talking from very far. They usually did this while saying very important stuff! Another example is a scene in a conference room. Here my point of view was from the back facing the speaker, seated on the other side of a large table.

If I had been any of the people there I would have told the speaker to get a microphone because I could not hear the crucial information he was giving out! Simply put, I suffered through an annoying, overbearing soundtrack that drowned out the dialog of characters that ended up speaking with their backs to me and from far away. I ended up wishing I had spent the 7,800-Yen on the next volume of "Cowboy Bebop."

Japanese Language 5.1,Director's Interview Insert ,3 Different TV Commercial Advertisements (one in English),Color liner note insert

Review Equipment

Mania Grade: B-
Audio Rating: C
Video Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: A
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: All
Region: 2 - Japan
Released By: Bandai Visual
MSRP: 7800
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Spriggan