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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: D
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Image Entertainment
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 104
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Eight Man After

Eight Man After: Perfect Collection

By Chris Beveridge     October 30, 1998
Release Date: October 30, 1998

Eight Man After: Perfect Collection
© Image Entertainment

What They Say
A high-tech crime syndicate...

Cybernetic mobsters jacked into a network of violence and corruption... A modern metropolis on the verge of total meltdown... the only possible outcome-- TOTAL CHAOS!

Compiling the entire 8Man After Video Comics Collection into a stand-alone, feature-length presentation, the thrilling exploits of the original robot cop comes across like a point blank blast from a double-barrel shot-gun. Cyber-junkies -- part robot, part human -- have transformed an entire city into a living nightmare.

A private investigator working a routine case involving stolen technology is mortally wounded. His only hope for survival comes from sacrificing his humanity to become 8Man -- a powerful cyborg crime-fighter enhanced with a living human brain. Resurrected as the ultimate high-tech vigilante, it is up to 8Man to bring the lawless to justice and put an end to the escalating cycle of violence. A classic animated thriller that will leave you breathless.

The Review!
I have to admit, I knew little of this disc before picking it up. I had absolutely no knowledge of the history of the previous incarnation. They did a nice job, overall, of recapping it in-between the current storyline, though it does get hazy here and there.

8 Man After is the story of PI Hazama, who during the course of an investigation, gets killed but is brought back in the body of 8 Man, a cyborg. Amid the various interpersonal relationships that crop up during this show, there's plenty of action sequences where he fights other cyborgs. The drug that's used to help them acclimate to their cybernetic implants also cause them to go crazy.

The latest disc from Image and their Streamline acquisitions. With it being this, they only had the rights to produce an English language copy. If they had provided a dual language disc, this DVD would have scored much higher with me.

The video quality on this disc is quite crisp and clear. There are lots of bright flashy colors, as well as several dark sequences, and I didn't see any artifacting or pixellation anywhere. Very clean transfer.

8 Man After comes in the traditional snapper case, once again emphasizing their relationship with Warner. The cover isn't anything to flashy, but if it's facing out on the rack, it might catch a few eyes. Especially since it notes that it's a compilation, and at a street price of 19.99, it'll get a glance from some curious people.

The menu, as is somewhat typical with Image, consists only scene selections. There's not much to offer since there's little material that they have, but it'd be nice to see some other trailers for upcoming Image anime titles.

The audio itself is clear and consistent, mostly coming from the center channel but with some front soundstage effects. Very clear and no distortion. Nothing exceptional either.

Overall, if you find yourself in an anime drought, this is definitely an easy pick. It's the entire OVA series, and it's pretty good. It's not often you find superheroes in anime, but it's done well enough. There are several time where the plot is very much unoriginal and you can see several things coming easily enough, but it's a pleasant distraction until some large titles get here.

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Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.


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