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  • Audio Rating: A+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 15 & Up
  • Region: 4 - Australia / South America
  • Released By: Madman Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.95 AU
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Gunsmith Cats

Gunsmith Cats


Gunsmith Cats
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
They’re here!

Chicago’s most lethal ladies have finally made it to DVD. Join the pistol-packing Rally Vincent and her partner, grenade-happy Minnie May Hopkins, as they infiltrate a gun running operation at the “suggestion” of the ATF. Burp up the highway in Rally’s Shelby GT-500 as she chases a psychopathic Russian assassin who’s kidnapped Minnie. And then watch the bullets fly in a duel to the death with a cache of illegal weapons as the prize. The Windy City will be blown away when the Gunsmith Cats hit the street!

The Review!
A popular and known to the general public title, thanks to the fact Gunsmith Cats was shown on SBS in the recent past, it was a no-brainer that the DVD release in Australia was more a case of when than if…

The disc has both English and Japanese audio tracks, finally giving Australian fans a chance to easily access the Japanese version of the show. While both are stock stereo tracks, the level of detail lavished on the audio side of the production is superb. Pains were taken to accurately record the Shelby GT-500 and various weapons, which lends a different feel compared to other shows that use generic car and gunfire sounds. The opening and closing music were produced with an eye towards American action movie music.

Pretty flawless on the video side, keeping to the gray color schemes used to match real world Chicago. Dual layer disc means lots of room for the transfer to breathe, though there is one complaint attached to that. The layer change at 14:22 in the third episode, near the tail end of a scene and jars badly, not to mention seems weird that they didn’t just place it a few seconds ahead in a scene change.

Using the beginning of the show’s opening titles as a transition animation to the main menu sets the tone for all the disc’s menus. The options to play the 6 ADV trailers are setup like a revolver cylinder, and the other menu pages use captures from the titles. Only the main menu is animated, so access times are speedy.

Hurrah! For once we didn’t get shafted on the extras, getting everything the Region 1 version has. The true gem is the 40-minute Making of Gunsmith Cats featurette, narrated by Amanda Winn and detailing the birth and genesis of the Gunsmith Cats. The level of detail the production crew were willing to go to is amazing, actually traveling to Chicago to soak up mood, visit locations, test fire guns and drive cars to create a high level of realism. The remaining extras consist of the textless opening, two ADV trailers for Gunsmith Cats (one of which is virtually the textless opening anyway), and 6 other ADV trailers.

Using the same front and back cover design as the Region 1 version, the only major changes are the M15+ rating tag and local distributor information. Inside front cover has a shot of the Cobra racing towards the viewer from the opening titles, above which are advertisements for the first two volumes of Nadesico and the last volume of Evangelion. Under the disc hub is a shot of the spinning pink grenade also from the opening titles. The disc features the head shots from the main menu with the Gunsmith Cats – Bulletproof insignia, making it nice and colorful.

From the pen of Kenichi Sonoda come crack-shot gun otaku Rally Vincent and explosive obsessed munchkin Minnie May Hopkins, better known as the Gunsmith Cats.

The three episode on this disc deal with the two girls interactions with the ATF and a secretive gun running group. Blackmailed by ATF agent Bill Collins into assisting him crack a gun running group with links to the ATF, Rally and May seem find themselves the target of a female Russian special forces agent, virtually a female Terminator.

The action scenes in all three episodes are good to watch, especially the duels between Rally and Radinov. Radinov however seems to swerve aimlessly between competent, disabling May’s booby traps, to incompetent, like after she sees May’s attempt to escape, fires and misses, she just lets her have five seconds to escape instead of picking up another gun and blasting the heck out of her….

On the whole, Gunsmith Cats is a well-paced piece of anime action, with an almost ridiculous level of detail put into its production. A good buy.

English 2.0 channel track,Japanese 2.0 channel track,English subtitles,Making of Gunsmith Cats featurette,2 Gunsmith Cats trailers,Textless Opening titles

Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor


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