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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: D
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: F
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Media Blasters
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Fake

Fake

By Aaron J. Heiner     February 16, 2002
Release Date: December 19, 2000



The Review!
INTRO: Dee Latener and his half-Japanese partner Randy (call me Ryo) McLane are a couple of detectives in New York's 27th Precinct. But Dee can't stop chasing Ryo, attracted to his dark hair and dark eyes - or is it something more? Tired of the daily city grind, these crime-fighting crusaders set off for a vacation in England, to relax, enjoy themselves, and to see if Dee can have his way with Ryo. But when Japanese-Americans start turning up dead outside Dee and Ryo's hotel, the ever vigilant mismatched investigators become embroiled in the local crime scene.

My Little Buddy who works at a local retailer suggested this title about horny gay NYPD cops on holiday in England. She is kinda into shojen love I guess. Yes horny and gay, this duo of NYPD's finest solve crime and passion all at once. Warning though, if you have a weak stomach for gay lovers then stay clear of this. It was hard for me to watch.

CONTENT: Dee and Ryo are on a romantic holiday that Dee had set up. Upon arrival, a corpse appeared and soon the gay duo are back in action, soon meeting another cop, one from the New York State Police. This movie felt as though it was taken from an existing manga, OAV or TV series, as one is expected to already know the cast of this series. It felt like I just walked in to the middle of a long running series and was expected to know who all the characters were already. This movie starts as a comedy but ends as a suspense drama.

CHARACTERS: All the characters felts as they were snatched from Street Fighter or another animated fighting game gone anime, this movie is really too short to establish much progression in cast. Overall the design is rather basic and with the expectation of everyone but the kids being gay, one might soon believe that the entire NYPD is gay. I wouldn't dare say that to those overgrown doughnut-munching baboons though.

AV: The video end was great with nice quality of animation but the audio was below par and I had to turn my volume way up to hear anything. I hate two channel.

MENUS, EXTRAS & COVER ART: The cover art that O have pictured is different from what is on my cover as somewhere through production CPM chose to change this. As to why, I do not know. The new cover only has the two cops on it as opposed to the cast. I was too lazy to scan the new cover on, and felt nostalgic by keeping the original art work from the first pressing of the DVD and LD. The menus were dead basic and had the cover art from the cover in the background, but they worked well. I was unable to rate the extras because simply put--there were no extras.

VERDICT: Amazingly enough after taking out the homo-erotic bull which I was not too keen on, this movie ended up being a lot better than I had ever anticipated. Full of comedy and drama this was not a bad buy for the money.



Review Equipment
Sony DVPS330P DVD Player, Panasonic 27GT14, AIWA NSX-V76

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