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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A+
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 4 - Australia / South America
  • Released By: Madman Entertainment
  • MSRP: 34.95
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Hellsing

Hellsing Vol. #1

    February 01, 2003
Release Date: November 27, 2002

Hellsing Vol. #1
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
A secret war brews in the night – a war where humanity is only a pawn. The Hellsing Organization deploys in the shadows to protect the mortal world. But now, artificially spawned vampires have appeared, forcing Hellsing to call in their ultimate weapon – the rogue vampire, Arucard! After saving Victoria Seras Victoria, a special police operative from death by transforming her into a vampire, Arucard must work with her to fight the undead army - as well as her own newfound hungers!

The Review!
After listening to the show in both its English and Japanese tracks, I can safely say that the audio is gorgeous. While both tracks use good directionality it seemed as if it could have had a bit more done with it. There was no dropouts or distortions in either track throughout the show.

The quality of the picture is outstanding. The conversion of NTSC to PAL has been rather flawless with no noticeable problems with the transfer. There is very little aliasing and the picture keeps sharp and detailed throughout the show, little surprise here considering the age of the show.

Rather than following the R1’s style for the covers, Madman decided to follow the way of the Japanese design, which in my opinion is far superior. A great picture of Arucard is on the front with the volume number in Roman numerals and the title name and rating. On the back are a few screenshots and information about the title. The inside cover shows a promotion for Berserk that stretches across both sides.

Madman has implemented a new style of menu design for this series. After the usual piracy warning and various company logos, we see the famed Hellsing gun firing a few rounds, we follow the bullets in 3d as they fly across the screen and develop into the menu. Load times aren’t the best, but certainly aren’t the worst.

We get a decent batch of extras on this disc. The credit less opening is always a pleaser. There is a ‘Music Video’, which has been used as the trailer for this series of late on other Madman releases. A Concept Gallery full of 50 pictures and lastly ‘Madman Propaganda’, which is holds the trailers for Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Armitage Dual Matrix, Berserk, Excel Saga and the End of Evangelion movie.

We are introduced to Arucard within the first three minutes of the program. Arucard is an old fashioned vampire who works for an organization known as Hellsing (Royal Order of Religious Knights). Set in England in present time, the Hellsing Organization rids the streets of the impure souls that roam the country.

After Arucard’s first mission is completed, we join Sir Integra Wingates Hellsing (the boss of the Hellsing Organization) and few men at a table, explaining the events that have been occurring in the once innocent town of Cheddar. Basically, the town priest is a vampire and has been eating away at the town, turning the inhabitants into ghouls, so Sir Integra (did I mention Integra is a woman?) sends her one man army, Arucard, off to deal with the situation.

Seras Victoria, a young police woman working for D-11 gets captured by the vampire priest and is forced to make a decision when Arucard makes his appearance – Join Arucard as a vampire and go with him or die, she joins him and becomes part of the Hellsing group.

The second episode is about a pair of vampires killing families to reach their goal of immortality. Once again the Hellsing Organization are sent in to deal with the matter. Seras Victoria must prove herself to Arucard and her superiors she is no longer ‘little kitty’ and has the strength to take the challenges the Hellsing organization throws at her, of course she succeeds and is accepted. Now only if she can start drinking blood…

The third and final episode on the disc introduces Alexander Anderson, a vampire hunter working for the Vatican. He’s not given the warmest welcome, especially from the Hellsing Organization who set out to rid the country of him upon his arrival. Anderson is a skilled fighter who specializes in sword fighter, hence the conveniently named episode ‘Sword Dancer.’ After Arucard destroys the vampire Anderson came to kill, a fight erupts between the two. While the fight ends abruptly and Anderson is sent him, I get the distinct feeling it’s not the last we’ll be seeing of him.

Overall Hellsing is a series with a lot of promise. I enjoyed the first three episodes and am rather hooked. I don’t think this series will be to everyone’s taste though. With this being a rather dark show it still may make an impact on non vampire\horror\violent fans as the characters and quite likeable and there is comedy thrown in every now and then.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Creditless Opening,Music Video,Concept Gallery,Trailers

Review Equipment
LG CF-21M60KX 51cm Television, Pioneer DVDROM DVD-116, Geforce 2 Mx400 TV out, S-Video cable, Creative Soundblaster Live 5.1, Creative 'Inspire 5.1' Surround Speakers, PowerDVD XP DVD software.


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