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- Audio Rating: B-
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: C-
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Nozomi Entertainment
- MSRP: 14.98
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Flint the Time Detective
Flint the Time Detective Vol. #2
By Chris Beveridge
December 05, 2003
Release Date: October 31, 2000
Flint the Time Detective Vol. #2
What They Say
© Nozomi Entertainment
In the 25th century, time travel is so common in fact that even criminals can visit any time period they choose. The answer is the Bureau of Time and Space Investigations! These elite agents solve crimes and right and damage done... including a missing artifact that keeps history itself together! Without this, the past present and future will come apart and take everyone with it!The Review!Audio:
Being the English dub only version, the audio is pretty straightforward. It's encoded in Dolby Digital mono, which is rather odd as the end credits as broadcast lists it in Dolby Surround. I'd have thought it would be a stereo mix at the list. Regardless, the audio sounds decent enough coming out of the center channel with no noticeable dropouts or other issues.Video:
This is a really nice looking couple of episodes overall. Colors are pretty well saturated and there are some really sweet looking scenes that are CG influenced that really stand out. Some of the deeper blue scenes show more artifacting in the backgrounds and a few scenes look a bit grainy and there's some edge fuzziness/pixellation here and there. There were several scenes that were overly bright and overexposed but is likely due to the source material. I can't see this being something done during the authoring phase.Packaging:
As if the first cover wasn't bad enough. This cover is considerably darker than the first one and doesn't really look all that professional either. The cover almost reminds me of some of those old early 80's VHS tapes with near-photocopied covers. The back cover is pretty solid in listing a show summary and then breaking down each of the episodes. There's also a couple of pieces of video captures as well. No insert is included in the disc. Menus:
Straightforward sums the menus up as well. The intro menu gives you the ability to play all of the episodes in one sitting, select each episode (and then select 1 of 4 chapters for each episode) and a trailer for the show. Submenus are pretty minimal but work without issue. Access times are pretty fast as well. While there's no animation, there's at least a bit of music playing along.Extras:
Only the trailer, which most people don't consider an extra. I'm not really expecting any from this series to begin with.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
If you enjoyed the first disc, this one is a no brainer. The show continues the formula of Petra Fina heading into the past to find a Time Shifter, which of course is invariably some cute little critter. The main offices of the Time and Space Bureau finds out about it and send Flint back to stop them. Flint either immediately befriends and helps out the Time Shifter, who is then turned by Petra's device. Flint then convinces said Time Shifter that they're friends and the Time Shifter is freed from the device and turns on Petra and friends.
I'm wondering how indicative this is for the rest of the series.
There were a few amusing bits during the time travel as different times and cultures are talked about and met with. This time around, Flint and friends meet up with some folks from Fairy Tales, Napoleon and Christopher Columbus. Naturally, hardly anything is near historically accurate, which is a bit of a shame.
The character designs are pretty mixed. The main characters such as the human kids come across pretty well. But the secondary and episodic characters are on the down side, with Napoleon and his army looking pretty amateurish.
The episodes here didn't really wow me over in any way, though they were fairly amusing. My eight month old daughter was partially fascinated by it at times and even laughed once or twice. Your mileage may vary.
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster Component cable and Sony speakers.