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  • Audio Rating: A+
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Bandai Visual
  • MSRP: ¥10290
  • Running time: 133
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Escaflowne

Escaflowne the Movie DTS Limited Edition

    March 31, 2002

Escaflowne the Movie DTS Limited Edition
© Bandai Visual

What They Say
Escaflowne the Movie is based on the TV Series by Shoji Kawamori titled ?Vision of Escaflowne?. An adventure for Hitomi, a young girl transported to the planet of Gaea, where she must use her powers of precognition to help save a kingdom, overcome the power of the tyrannical Lord Folken who wants to control the land. Meanwhile, trying to desperately find her way back home to earth.

The Review!
Audio: The audio for this version of the movie is in Japanese, however, it is remixed in DTS 5.1 richness. To hear the giant Guymelufs fighting it out make you feel as if you were there, watching the action up close. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is very well done too, however, DTS always seems to have that slight edge. The sounds are very atmospheric with all the speakers getting a good work out and plenty of LFE (low frequency effects) abound to recreate earth shattering explosions and bass.
Video: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide screen video. It is one of the cleanest, smoothest transfers I?ve seen with the colors being vibrant and crisp. Blacks and whites being very solid indeed, with no artifacting or rainbowing to be found. The animation flows vividly with everything tying in to achieve a high level of quality as only Bandai/Emotion can provide.

Packaging: The LE Box is a Slipcase, which allows for the viewing of all the contents contained here-in. Gorgeously illustrated though with Original Artwork from the movie?s Character Designer Nobuteru Yuuki on the cover. The back shows the usual set of Region 2 DVD specifications along a light, blue sky and moons background.

Menus: The menu system is pretty straightforward with an illustration of the cast along a beige background with the sound selections on the right, followed by the chapter stops. Typical of the Region 2 DVD releases, but also not difficult at all to figure out if you don?t know any Japanese.

Extras: For starters, a 36p booklet titled ?History of Escaflowne?, gives a quick, but in-depth look at the Escaflowne series from it?s inception in character designs to development and promotional art, storyboarding and finalizations in both the TV series and through to the Movie. Also included is a Second DVD (disc 2), which contains interviews with the Cast, Creator and Staff. Theatrical Trailers for the Movie and TV Commercials.

Content: It is never my policy to give away parts or details of a movie in my reviews, because I prefer for others to find them out for themselves. But, I will speak a bit on some of the differences between the TV series and Movie. The two are similar in that they feature the same characters and is based on the events of the TV series, however, the similarities end there. Escaflowne was written & directed by Kazuki Akane, not Shoji Kawamori (TV Series). This is because the movie is set as a kind of gai-den story or side-story. Another interpretation of what happened in the Escaflowne storyline. As such, what the movie shows us is a darker, bloodier and in some cases, gory Escaflowne. One in which the designs have been slightly altered to accentuate certain qualities of the characters that were just hinted at or suggested before. The storyline also has a few alterations to it to keep it sync with the adaptation of the Esca story. Personally, having seen the TV series and now in the process of re-watching it and having seen the movie a few thoughts come to mind. 1) You don?t need to have seen the Esca series to enjoy or understand the Movie because the movie is basically a retelling of those events, just as viewed through another?s interpretation; 2) Those expecting to sit and watch a sequel to those events or ?more of the same?, will be disappointed; 3) This is an excellent movie and any anime fan, let alone Escaflowne fan needs to see this, but be warned, take this movie for what is, a movie that falls under the Escaflowne universe, but as a stand-alone piece and not a continuation or sequel to what transpired throughout the 26 episode run.

Japanese/DTS 5.1,Japanese/Dolby Digital 5.1,Reversible DVD Cover Art,36p Booklet ?History of Escaflowne?,Interviews w/ Cast Creator and Staff,Theatrical Trailers,TV Commercials,Escaflowne DTS LE DVD-Box w/ Original Artwork by the Character Designer

Review Equipment
Sony Vega 32FS16 32? TV, Apex 703a Codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE945 DD/DTS Receiver, Monster Cable, Sony 5 speaker system, Sony 2 subwoofer system.


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