Review Date: Friday, May 17, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2002
ADV has been touting this title for a very long time. I remember first seeing the trailer for this film all the way back in summer of 2000. Well, after some LONG waiting, this highly acclaimed action movie is finally here!
Audio: This is actually ADV's first shot at 5.1 audio and they did an excellent job. Everything sounds so perfect on both the Japanese and English track. No complaints here.
Video: The film, despite how big of a screen you'd have to have to see how great it is, is transferred very well. All the colors look very crisp and cool. Also, this ADV's first widescreen DVD. Wow, they really learned a lot.
Packaging: Pretty much movie quality cover. The back of the cover features a run down of the extras and some movie-style credits. Good job, ADV.
Menus: ADV has some nice CG menus on this disc. It's nothing fancy, but they are really good menus for ADV. Keep up the good work.
Extras: The main extra here is the commentary by the ADV ADR guys. They do a pretty good job of talking about transfers, lip movements, sound effects, realism in voice acting and all the little nicknacks that made this film look superb. As an added bonus, there are four videos of conceptual artwork to watch backed up by the soundtrack. These were some nice, relaxing extras to see on the disc.
Content: Well, for those who don't know already, Spriggan was a comic that ran in Japan from 1989 to 1996. It ran in the US for awhile under the name Striker. So, can a film that use to be manga still not get dragged into the manga-to-film depression? After watching Spriggan, I can say yes.
Spriggan is your basic mile-a-minute action film. There is an intricate story woven in, but it is only used as an excuse for the action. So why is this a good film? Well, lets see. Excellent animation, great action and mega violence. If your not that kind of person, you must seek help.
Serisouly, though, Spriggan does really succeed in terms of action. In one scene Ominae Yu goes from riding in a car with a Turkish operative to fighting a guy with a semintar in about five minutes. Thats just how cool the action is in the film.
And I also have to credit to ADV on this one. They really knew what they were doing on this film. The voices sound real and not forced like some other anime companies do with films. I think the realism factor payed off greatly in this film. The two biggest roles I have to give for English dub are Spike Spencer (Little Boy) and Kevin Korn (MacDougalle) who perform their roles excellently. You wouldn't even know that Spike Spencer was doing the voice since you've mostly heard him in his Shinji-Ikari-voice. Also, I was a bit scared on how they would use the name of the main character, Ominae Yu. Brain Powered failed at that, but ADV did this suprisingly well.
One thing I would recommend is seeing this film on the big screen if you can. If you have a small TV, you aren't going to understand much of what is going on. Like when Yu blows up a gas tank near Little Boy and says "Goddammit!" you won't know why he is saying that. On the big screen, you can clearly see that Yu said that because Little Boy ran off if you looked close to the left.
Overall, Spriggan is an action movie, pure and simple. And if you like that, than this is an anime for you. Highly recommended to action fans.
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television
Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: A+
Video Rating: A
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: A-
Age Rating: 17 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 90
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2