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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: A-
- Extras Rating: A-
- Age Rating: 15 & Up
- Region: 2 - Europe
- Released By: ADV Films UK
- MSRP: £19.99
- Running time: 80
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Hellsing
Hellsing Vol. #3
By Paul Jacques
November 14, 2003
Release Date: November 17, 2003
Hellsing Vol. #3
What They Say
© ADV Films UK
The Hellsing Organization's war against the undead intensifies! The organization suffers major losses in battle and Arucard must face Paladin Alexander from Iscariot again! Then, the stakes are raised as he prepares to face one of the original undead - and Integra fights for her life against her own sister!The Review!
Three more episodes with big guns, vampire girls and yet more guns- you know, I’m seeing a pattern here….Audio:
I listened in both English and Japanese, and both are excellent (224Kbps), with the Japanese language having a tad more bass. Although I can still hear the odd drop out in the opening theme, but it’s a very minor irritation.Video:
The very modern video presentation is still clean and pleasing to the eye, with no visual problems detected.Packaging:
The front cover has Arucard and Paladin, with a grin apiece. The rear has stills from the episodes with the usual informational text. Inside we have a 2 page insert with the scenes listings, but also contain is a nice drawing of Arucard and Seras with their pieces cocked and ready for action. The disk itself is printed with a shot of Arucard.Menu:
Following in the tracer steps of the previous disk we have (Arucard’s) bullets for option hotspots, whilst accompanied by the same spooky incidental music along the lines of "Ave Satani” (the chant music from Omen). The background picture is of a grinning Paladin Alexander. We still have a tiny distortion in the incidental music (right channel), but you’re hardly going to be hanging around the menu long enough to notice. That notwithstanding, the links all worked without issue.Extras:
First up we have the cover art which is excellent, so be sure and stop by. Next is the clean ending. Finally we have the art Gallery, which contains 50 inked drawings, well worth a rummage through.Content:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Following on from the pre-emptive attack on Hellsing HQ, we find a sad and angry Integra burying the majority of her staff. She knows it was an inside job, and so starts another investigation into the Valentine brothers. And believe-you-me, when she finds out who is behind it all, she plans on getting the last drop of blood in vengeance. Then she gets a letter from the Iscariot Organization, and meets with Enrico Maxwell who gloats a little too much over her misfortune. He has come to talk the artificial zombie chip, and in doing so insults Integra one too many times, so much so that Arucard takes an instant dislike to him- but all is not as it seems.
Meanwhile the rest of the Hellsing team attempt to stop a head vampire who is running rampant through the Underground, leaving zombies in his wake. This plague is quelled by the re-appearance of Paladin Alexander (and his extensive collection knives). Only his real objective is to finish off the entire Hellsing organization.
Next episode starts with a house that makes the “freak chips”, but all evidence is destroyed in an attempt to stop Hellsing discovering who is behind it all. Meanwhile back at HQ Integra quickly begins to recruit new soldiers, as she knows that the organization is extremely vulnerable and undermanned.
Whilst Seras is chilling out at home, she gets a visit from Harry (Mi-5) who insists that he can show her something to her advantage. It turns out that the something is an old vampire called Miss Helena, and she has some ideas about who or what is behind the artificial zombies.
The last episode sees the Hellsing organization taking down some more baddies within an isolated castle. Only at the last moment they are all withdrawn and the SAS are asked to hold the fort, only something very unpleasant is staying in the old castle.
Back at HQ Integra has a visit from her little sister Laura, and very weird things start to happen, the least of which is Integra’s bondage, lesbian, love scene (that got your interest).
At the same time Arucard comes across an opponent he considers worthy, a Mr. Incognito (esq), who also has a very gun. And as you know, the bigger the gun the bigger the fun.
The overall plot advances a tad, with the emphasis very much on Integra for this volume, and her very bad working relationship with the Vatican. I didn’t feel we got as much battle in this volume as the previous releases, it felt a little like the story was ticking over, setting the situations up for a more exciting next volume (I hope).
In summary- Vampire girls and big guns, it still works for me ;-)
Japanese Language 2.0,English Language 2.0,English Subtitles ,Cover Art,Clean ending,Concept art collection
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