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- Audio Rating: B
- Video Rating: C-
- Packaging Rating: C
- Menus Rating: B
- Extras Rating: B
- Age Rating: All
- Region: All Region DVD
- Released By: Central Park Media
- MSRP: 39.99
- Running time: 156
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Genocyber
Genocyber: The Collection
By Chris Beveridge
August 15, 2000
Release Date: August 15, 2000
Genocyber: The Collection
What They Say
© Central Park Media
The Genocyber: a nightmarish combination of cybernetics and psychic potential. At its core: the tortured souls of two human beings. Many desire to control this monstrosity, but can its hatred be contained? Battle erupts, and the cyberpunk world of the future is about to explode with violence.The Review!
Genocyber: The Collection is definitely one of those titles that its arrival on DVD is much better than the VHS release. The disc contains the three previous releases. The five episodes were released in a 1/2/2 format (50 minutes for the first one, 30 minutes for each additional episode). All five episodes are on this episode, bringing you all there is to it.
The disc presents both English and Japanese audio tracks in a standard stereo format, with most of the dialogue coming from the center channel. There's a few sections when the violence and mayhem heats up a bit and the speakers get some usage, but there's not a ton of directionality here. The dialogue was clear and undistorted and we didn't detect any dropouts.
The video presentation is kind of all over the place. A good portion of it is pretty straightforward, keeping in mind the age of the materials (1993) and that it's not one of the greatest looking shows to begin with. We noticed a lot of pixellation in the backgrounds during the first episode and scattered throughout the rest. During the second episode when the attack helicopters fly over the beach, things get really bad with a lot of jaggies and the image almost feels likes its shifting before you. There were a few other minor instances of this in later episodes. On the bright side, color saturation for several sequences looked great with some really vibrant parts.
The cover is kind of a mixed bag, with it being very dark and ominous. It reminds me a lot of B sci-fi movie covers with the strange creature in the background with the glimpse of the Earth below. It'll probably appeal to that crowd to begin with, so it's probably a good move. The back cover gives a rundown of the show and all the special features, while the reverse side of the cover (via the clear keepcase) you get a piece of black and white animation as well as the chapter listing and creative details.
The menus are similar to previous CPM releases with a bit of animation and music with the selections along the side. Selections are accessed quickly and accurately.
Which brings me to how the show itself is.
Can anyone give me back that 156 minutes?
Or at least make sure Koichi Ohta never directs another show? This is three for three that I've absolutely hated from this guy. MD Geist (1 and 2), Cybernetics Guardian and now this.
Genocyber focuses around a wild child named Elaine, who is twin sister to Diane. Elaine has tapped into the ability to turn into the Genocyber, some mysterious powerful being from another dimension or some such. The story starts off in the early 21st century with the creation of this creature and its wild rampage through the world. It ends with the complete and utter destruction of Hong Kong just for kicks.
From there it leaps forward many years to another part of the world for episodes 2 and 3. Histories changing with the United Nation Troops taking over the miltaries of the world, leaving only corporation backed cadres. There's some dispute going on in the middle east, which leads to the testing of a power suit that's built around the same abilities as the Genocyber, which conveniently is in the area and runs amuck again.
The third act (the final two episodes) then brings us up to the year 2400. Why? Why not! The story starts revolving around a cult that treats the Genocyber as a tool of God for razing the world and bringing about a new order. There's other things going on throughout it as well, but it's all pretty inconsequential.
Genocyber has some nice action sequences and is definitely somewhat gory in parts, which is probably one of the reasons it was initially licensed back in the early 90's since that made up the majority of the market. Thankfully shows like this don't make it over too often anymore as there's so much quality work that can be brought over.
Normally I'd do a more in-depth review of the content, but after losing almost 3 hours of my life actually watching this show, I don't want to spend any more on it than I have to.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Meet the cast,Production Cels,Storyboards,Art Gallery,Character Designs
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