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  • Audio Rating: A+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: A-
  • Extras Rating: A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Bandai Visual
  • MSRP: 2,800
  • Running time: 50
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop: The Compilation #1

    February 20, 2002
Release Date: February 09, 2002


Cowboy Bebop: The Compilation #1
© Bandai Visual


What They Say
The best-of 'Cowboy Bebop' episodes compilation. The show now boasts a much anticipated theatrical anime feature. Contains episodes 1, 5 , and 19. The cover features a newly illustrated artwork by character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto. 4-page explanatory enclosed.

The Review!
Did you feel satisfied by Cowboy Bebop on DVD? Well, it was so much better watching it in higher quality picture and higher audio than TV broadcasting. Besides those regular TV-series DVDs, this Compilation DVD is just MORE than what we have watched before. The episodes (1, 5, 19)that contained in this DVD has remastered Channel 5.1 audio! So much deeper and crispier. The director, Shinichiro Watanabe, chose his favorite episode and re-edited the episodes to give the audience in a whole new experience of Cowboy Bebop TV-series.

Audio:
The audio is what makes this DVD so special. Pure, deep, and crisp sound. I both saw episode 5 on this DVD and the regular TV-series DVD and I could tell the difference in both audio. Audio in compilation has more louder, deeper, detailed sound compared to regular Dolby Digital 2.0. All the staff have done a nice job remastering the audio.

Video:
Very, VERY GOOD! Very clean and stable picture. It was so much different from TV-series DVD, which some of the episodes picture is kinda little shaky (not much) if you look VERY closely. One thing I'm disappointed in the video was the opening. It was all good quality and all that. But at the part where production credit is shown (along with 4 B/W pictures of Bebop crew and crazy high-tone Saxophone solo playing!!!!!), the credit text was shown shaking and fuzzy. First I thought my DVD was messed up, but the opening credit texts look fine on the regular DVD. I was really disappointed in that, and I think the staff forgot to check all the errors on the DVD. If it hadn't for that, I could've give the video rating an A+ instead of A.

Packaging:
Just like regular DVD packaging, with a 4-paged booklet and other DVD ads inside. The booklet only talks about staff list who participate in the remastering the Bebop and credits. The cover for this DVD looks cool. It's just the pencil sketches of 4 Bebop crew, but not quite funkier than the regular DVD covers.

Menus:
Just big font text menues, nothing special. As the DVD start, it doesn't go straight to the episode. First the menues appear first and have all the access to the episodes and the extra.

Extra:
I know there aren't any extras in regular Japanese Anime TV-series DVDs. But this DVD has decent amount of extra, so it wasn't that disappointing. The extra has the short trailer for Cowboy Bebop movie. I really enjoyed the trailer. Because of this, you don't have to spend a money on that Bebop movie trailer DVD, which is kinda pointless. It also has all the lists of staff who participate in this remasting DVD.

Even though you own all Cowboy Bebop DVDs, it's still worth buying this one if you want to EXPERIENCE the new crazy channel 5.1 audio. I was satisfied with the DVD and it only cost about $21 in US money instead of $50! Since this DVD contains episode 1, 5, and 19, I watched over again and again and never get tired of it.(episode 5 was the BEST!) Since it's not expensive, don't be hestitated to buy it. It's worth buying than rent it or borrow it from your friend. This DVD is TOTALLY RECOMMEDED to all the Bebop fans out there!!!

Features
Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1


Review Equipment
Toshiba SD1300 Codefree DVD Player, Sony KV-13FM12


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