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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: A+
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: All Region DVD
- Released By: Central Park Media
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 86
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Gall Force
Gall Force: Eternal Story
By Chris Beveridge
August 04, 1998
Release Date: August 04, 1998
Gall Force: Eternal Story
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In deep space, an ancient war wages as the Solnoid and Paranoid armadas battle for control over the newly formed planet, Chaos - the product of an advanced terraforming project. Ordered to defend the planet from the advancing Paranoid forces, the valiant crew members of the crippled Solnoid cruiser, Star Leaf, find themselves cut-off from the fleet.
Betrayed by the Solnoid high command and manipulated by both sides, the surviving members stumble across a top-secret plan that will shake their loyalty to its very foundation! Who is Catty, and why is she not listed in the computer files? Why is their computer, OX-11, withholding vital mission data? Together, they must make a decision that will affect the future of the Solnoid race - and a race that does not yet exist! The planet Chaos holds the key to the mystery, but the Paranoid fleet is very close behind...The Review!
You can easily tell this is an 80's anime flick. All the tell tale signs are there, from the hair styles, the music, and the animation in general.
Now, that's not hardly a bad thing! Gall Force: Eternal Story is the first of several GF shows, though the rest tend to run in the 45 minute range (this one is 86 minutes).
Eternal Story could be named "Ten little Solnoids". The crew of the Star Leaf must escape from a major battle and head to the world Chaos, where their race will find a new beginning. Their enemy, the Paranoids, aren't far behind of course. Through their journey (and flashbacks), the crew thins out as they reach their destination. From there, they come face to face with the first male (Solnoids are all women, while Paranoids are basically funky looking Invid) and the destiny of the two races is decided.
The audio is recorded in digital pro-logic (not 2.0 Dolby digital mind you) and is well done. The dialogue is crisp and clear, with very few instances of a tinny voice (mostly from the Rumy character, who reaches into inaudible levels at times). There are practically no rear effects, which isn't terribly surprising.
The video is very very crisp and clean, with very few little nicks and fluctuations that were visible on the laserdisc. While not Ghost in the Shell quality, it's far from an artifact ridden disc.
Ah, now for the surprises. The packaging. I was very surprised to see that it was in an Amaray keepcase! Has Image forsaken the snappers on their normal titles, or is this something for the CPM line? I like it though. The box art is well done, giving the title a "line image" akin to the Republic Pictures silver screen classics series. One bit that I nearly missed was on the lower back cover, stating that "Liner notes on reverse". Lo and behold, there are! Chapter stops as well as character stops are listed there, as well as information about the creative team behind the show. While a normal booklet would have been preferred, if this can keep the cost of these discs in the 20-25$ range, I'm all for it.
The menu.... hmmm. It's pretty decent, nothing too flashy. Everything is easily accessible, but the actual cursor movement on the main screen is cumbersome, since it's changing the image on the right at the same time, or at least the dialogue. On the submenus, it runs very well though.
While this isn't an exceptional movie, it isn't a horrid one either. I'm not ashamed to have it on my shelf, and it definitely bodes very well for the future Image/CPM releases.
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