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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: C
  • Packaging Rating: C+
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 18 and Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Critical Mass Video
  • MSRP: 24.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Demon Beast Invasion

Demon Beast Resurrection: Soul Survivor

Demon Beast Resurrection: Soul Survivor DVD Review

By Chris Beveridge     April 22, 2010
Release Date: April 06, 2010


Demon Beast Resurrection: Soul Survivor
© Critical Mass Video

After all this time we finally learn that we've not been dealing with the Real Demon Beast. Oh, joy...

What They Say
On an island ruled by a beautiful and nefarious priestess, the cult of the Demon Beast is rising. The Beast's minions capture the lovely Kayo and offer her in erotic sacrifice to their ruler. Her screams ring across dimensions, calling the Demon Beast back from death to rule the Earth in a reign of bloodlust and terror!

Contains episodes 3-4.

The Review!
Audio:
Demon Beast Resurrection retains the original audio tracks found on the Anime 18 release which is a pair of bilingual tracks in stereo encoded at 192kbps. Demon Beast Resurrection is a fairly straightforward stereo show in that it's entirely center channel based to give it a full feeling. That serves the material well with a clean sound and nothing to note with directionality but it lets the dialogue flow well and there aren't any noticeable problems with dropouts, hiss or distortions.

Video:
Originally released in 1996, the transfer for the two OVA episodes here are presented in their original full frame aspect ratio. The transfer is identical to the Anime 18 release from 2003 so there aren't any improvements to be found from more recent compression technologies or potentially better source materials. Not that Demon Beast Resurrection was ever going to be a great looking title as it has a slight budget approach to it with its animation, but the rendering here is decent all things considered outside of the noise and some of the blocking to be found in the darker blues of the night time sequences. In general it makes out better than some releases from this time period as there isn't any seriously noticeable cross coloration and line noise is pretty minimal as well. Colors generally hold up well and there aren't any serious flaws to be found with it.

Packaging:
Unlike the original releases which changed things up a bit with the Resurrection series, this one keeps to the shots from the show though it comes across cleaner and with nowhere near as much grain and softness. The darkness still abounds here as we get characters that don't even really make an appearance in this volume with the girls that showed up the last time around in their slim black biker style outfits. There's a fair bit of detail here and it does make the content pretty blatant, but overall it's much stronger than most of the previous covers. The back cover keeps it simple with the black background used there, though the stars only show along the bottom. The top half has some associated credits and a decent summary of the premise before it shows off a few shots from the show and of a shot of Ash in her uniform with her helmet on. The technical grid is solid and the production credits cover the basics. No show related inserts are included nor is there a reversible cover.

Menu:
The menu is a cute little piece, something of a break from the traditional menus Anime 18 used at the time, where you have the leading lady in a static pose along the left while animation form the show plays in a pane on the right underneath some tactical grids while the end theme plays.. Some animation plays along it as well as some music. The languages menu in particular is amusing as there is a tentacle that slithers through and breaks up the navigation selections. The menus selections are nicely laid out and quick to access with no transitional animations slowing it down.. Like other Anime 18 releases from this early release period of DVD history, the disc did not read our players' language presets.

Extras:
The only extra included is a short two and a half minute video art gallery that showcases some of the better looking parts of the show, images that look better than the transfer itself does for the most part.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As the Demon Beast franchise enters its fifth release, I'm now firmly in the camp crying out, "Why? Why? Why?" With every release it seems like the foul Demon Beast is stopped and humanity is safe, but there's always another story laying in the wings ready to take flight and bring more second rate tentacle monster action back into play.

The premise this time around tries to use some of what's come before and builds upon it. Muneto and Kayo are trying to lead normal lives again, or what passes for normal for these two sex-starved people. Muneto's life is thrown into turmoil though when he receives a letter from Kayo's cousin Miyuki that came with airline tickets for just him to Hokkaido. After a bit of a flashback to remind us about Miyuki and Muneto being something of forbidden lovers a thousand years prior, Muneto lies to Kayo about who sent him the letter and heads off to Hokkaido to see if he can make sure things are all right with Miyuki. While she and Kayo are indeed cousins, there's some tension over the relationships.

Upon arriving in cold dark Hokkaido, Muneto is taken on a lengthy drive into the mountains where we find a sealed small city of sorts where Miyuki, more properly known as Lady Miyuki, has taken on the role of the great priestess. She's gained a sizeable following of men and attractive and willing women who follow her every word and pray for the return of the Demon Beast to the world. Through some less than subtle efforts, such as plying Muneto with hot women, he becomes somewhat beside himself with ecstasy. While he's out of it, their plan goes for.

And what a simple plan! With Muneto out of the way, they've kidnapped Kayo and intend to use her and her sexual wiles as the Great Mother to bring the Demon Beast back from the heavens and into the world. Having their way with her while she's restrained in the ceremonial chamber, Muneto eventually comes to and tries to figure out what's going. Thankfully for him, once again the Interplanetry Police Organization is there to help his fat get out of the fire and the buxom and loose Captain O works with him to stop the Lady Miyuki from her plans.

That covers pretty much three fourths of the two episodes and the plot all told takes up maybe ten minutes worth. The rest is filled with various sexual exploits that Muneto gets himself involved in or causes for others to get involved in. With the animation looking as substandard as it is, with the character designs looking as poor as they are and with the transfer being as weak as it is with older and already half baked material, there's precious little to really get excited about here. This is just another two-part story that's trying to keep the franchise alive a bit longer and snag a few more hardcore fans into it.

In Summary:
Thankfully, this is the end of the Demon Beast saga as a whole as the four episode Resurrection run managed to kill what little the franchise had to offer. Much of the show across all the OVAs that came out lacked any cohesion so they could easily jump from place to place, doing different things as long as they kept the two lead characters there and some form of the Beast. This one does have some interesting areas to go to with a sex cult and pointing out that people are tools of the Beast more than anything else. But the show has jumped the Beast so many times now that it's more a comedy than anything else, one that makes you weep a little bit instead of laughing. I do like that they have a fairly varied cast of women in this one and most of them are pretty realistic in their chest sizes, almost flat for some of them, as that offers up some diversity. Overall though, it's been sort of fun in a weird way to revisit all of these shows but it's reminded me of how much better hentai has gotten over the years. I just wish they'd do more with the stories and take chances.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English 2.0 Language, English Subtitles, Art Gallery

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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