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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Bandai Visual
  • MSRP: 7800
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dirty Pair

Dirty Pair: Project Eden

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What They Say
Theatrical film based on the novel by Haruka Takachiho.

The Review!
For those of you not familiar with Dirty Pair, the basic idea is this: 2 sexy women, who are hired out on different types of jobs, go around on these jobs they get, and not only accomplish the task they are hired or set out to do, but usually trash everything around them in the process (including entire planets). There was a more recent incarnation of Dirty Pair called Dirty Pair Flash, but in my opinion, the original is the superior of the 2. This movie follows of the exploits of Kei and Yuri as they check out the occurrence of strange aliens on a planet and try and find out where the aliens come from. I don't like giving away too much about a show, as to me half the fun is finding out what happens as you watch it. Suffice to say there is tons of carnage when Kei and Yuri are involved!!

This movie came out originally in 1987, so the overall style to the animation is a bit older, having an "80's" feel to it, if you are familiar with some of the animation from the time. If you haven't ever seen the original Dirty Pair TV series or movies, it's somewhat similar in feel to Project A-Ko (which I use as a comparison since it has been released domestically). I'm not saying the animation is bad, just the opposite in fact. It just has an older feel to it if you are familiar with anime over the past decade or so. The quality of the transfer is pretty good, being pretty clean and free of any visual defects in the film or film transfer. The soundtrack is GREAT, once again having an "80's" anime feel to it if you are familiar with anime from the time. Unfortunately, even though it is in Dolby Digital, it's in mono. It would have been nice if they would have remastered the soundtrack. It doesn't sound bad though; it's just a shame they didn't take advantage of the format the movie is on. The menus are pretty nice, although nothing too extensive, hitting the menu button takes you right to the chapter listing (which is the only thing available beside the theatrical trailer). One thing that is nice, in the event that you are familiar with the music, the chapter listings list the song titles from the soundtrack that appear in that particular chapter.

The packaging for the disc is pretty standard. There is some nice cover art, and a few clips from the movie on the back. There is an 8-page booklet included in the DVD, with some additional pictures from the videocassette cover as well as some additional artwork. Overall, it's pretty standard, with nothing major extra. The appeal here will come most probably if you are familiar with Dirty Pair. If you're not familiar with the original Dirty Pair, but are a fan of some of the older series, it's definitely worth checking out.

Features
Japanese Language,Theatrical Trailer

Review Equipment
Sony 36" Wega Television, Mitsubishi M-VR600 Receiver, Raite AVPhile 715 DVD Player, Bose Acoustimass 7 Home Theater Speakers, Connections: S-Video and RCA connections for Audio.

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