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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: F
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Central Park Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 82
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Demon City Shinjuku

Demon City Shinjuku

By Jason Glasco     February 07, 2002
Release Date: December 01, 1998

The Review!
This is defiantly a horror film with great cinematic-animation.

People always seem to forget about dark colors when they do animation, but for once, Demon City REALLY takes advantage of them.

The transfer is perfect, no artifacts or pixels in site and just an all around pleasure to watch. The audio tracks are both in Dolby 2.0 and are both clean and clear.

Here's the bad news. The menu's are simply horrible! Very, very, clunky and hard to navigate around. I found myself uttering curses at I'd hit certain buttons on the remote several times (I'm an impatient person) hoping somehow the menu's would "speed up". In current CPM discs, this has been fixed but still, this is very, very, annoying.

Going away from the movie and DVD elements, I just got comment on the dub of this movie! This is one where it proves that a movie can be viewed

totally differently just by making changes in the dialog.

The English version of Demon City makes you feel like your watching an Anime 18 title with comments like "I only want to play a little game with him, to **** him." and not only that, these comments are out of NO WHERE! I suppose CPM was going for a more "adultish" feel with the English version, but instead of feeling more "adultish", I found it more comical.

CPM also felt the need to give every character an accent. Kyoya has a

New York accent (but he LOOKS JAPANESE?! WHAT THE HELL?) Sayaka has a British accent, the kid (called "Chibi" in the dub) has an Irish accent, and Mephisto has a Transylvanian accent. If anything, this is a dub that must be watched for a good laugh!

When you view the Japanese track, the movie flows the way it should with nice voice acting and no constant swearing. I really, really, liked Demon City Shinjuku, but I only wish it were an OVA series so we could have more time to get to know the characters. This is a type of movie where it's simply a one-shot deal Still, a very nicely done disc that I would recommend.

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