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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: D
- Menus Rating: C+
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: All Region DVD
- Released By: Central Park Media
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 90
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Garzey's Wing
By Chris Beveridge
June 27, 2000
Release Date: June 27, 2000
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Yesterday, Chris' biggest problem was getting into a good college. Now, his spirit has been hijacked by wings of light, and transported into an ancient world! Summoned by an enslaved tribe to lead a bloody revolution, Chris must quickly adapt to his new surroundings...or die.The Review!
Garzey's Wing is the latest offering on DVD from Central Park Media. Much like the VHS release, this disc contains all three OVA's in their original unaltered form complete with openings and endings.
From the audio side, the 192 kbps audio sounds decent if unexceptional. There's some amount of directionality on the front soundstage but not enough that your speakers will get any kind of workout. Dialogue was clean and undistorted. We only spot checked the English language version, as we have been warned for months about how horrid the acting is. Frankly, I was in too good of a mood to subject myself to something like that. Maybe someday.
The video transfer looks quite good, especially in comparison to the number of poor transfers from poor source materials we've seen in the past couple of years from CPM. Since Garzey's Wing is a more recent acquisition, better materials appear to have been available and it definitely helps this show. While it's not a standout in overall quality as there is some pixellation here and there as well as some rainbows throughout, it's showing a definite improvement in overall quality of their releases. And CPM gets definite points for keeping the original openings and endings for each episode, but loses a few for them being hard matted. Boo.
The cover artwork chosen for this release is probably one of the worst I've seen from CPM. Not only is it a completely black background, but the rest of the colors are all very muted oranges and browns. Definitely not eye-catching at all, and hardly something that will stand out on any store shelf. Just take a peek at the cover image up above. Ugh. The back contains the usual brief blurb about the show and a couple of pieces of animation. There's also the good listing of all the features the disc contains as well as what you need to access them for the DVD-ROM side.
The menus continue the tradition of previous releases with the simple selections that are quickly accessed, though there are bits of animation playing and some audio bits throughout. We didn't have any issues with the menus at all, though they are rather unexceptional.
While the disc itself is fairly well put together with only a few minor things that don't work well, the same can't be said for the show itself. From what I've read, which I readily admit may or may not be correct, this show is a sort of precursor or prequel to the Aura Battler Dunbine. It's a creation almost entirely from the mind of Yoshiyuki Tomino, the creator of Gundam.
That doesn't save it. In fact, it's been called one of his weakest pieces. It sort of stands well on its own, but you are left at the end with it being incomplete, though there is some resolution. The story revolves around Chris, a half Japanese half American teenager. While on a motorcycle ride back to visit his high school friends after failing his entrance exams again, he becomes whisked away to this other world, where he's heralded as the Holy Warrior, Garzey's Wing.
None of it is really explained. If it is indeed tied to an older anime series, it may make sense and add a level of knowledge for those fans. If it's meant to stand alone, it doesn't do all that good of a job. The majority of the storyline through the three 30 minute episodes follows Chris and the escaped slaves of the Metomeuso tribe, which sounds frighteningly close to Metamucil. Throughout these episodes, Chris fights alongside these people who mostly trust him instantly, all the while explaining little of their history and their goals.
Well, beyond finding the Banju tree. But it's never really disclosed just what this tree will do. Or how Chris is supposed to be important to it. While I wouldn't classify the time spent watching this as a complete waste; it's no Fist of the Northstar or M.D. Geist where you simply want to claw your eyeballs out, it's something that will fade from your mind within minutes of watching.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.