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  • Audio Rating: A+
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: A+
  • Menus Rating: A-
  • Extras Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Bandai Entertainment
  • MSRP: 59.99
  • Running time: 142
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Jin-Roh

Jin-Roh: Special Edition

By Mark McPherson     March 09, 2002
Release Date: March 05, 2002

The Review!
If you were old enough to remember Mamoru Oshii's early work, this title may be like a return to old times. Even though Oshii made two films like it before Jin-Roh, they were pretty hated. But I can say without a doubt, every anime fan will love this.

Audio: It's a great setup with 5.1 in Japanese and English. My DVD player wouldn't play the DTS track, so that was a bumber. Still, Jin-Roh sounds extremely great in 5.1, so don't let the fact that you can't play DTS stop you from buying it. I would have liked this title even more if there was an included 2.0 track, but that might seem like a waste for all the other people who bought a high definition sound system.

Video: Picture perfect. No signs of distortion, grain, rainbows or even line noise. Plus, the movie is in widescreen and has a movie tint quality to it. Kind of a drag though if you have on of those Sony Vegas where you can turn on movie tint.

Packaging: Excellent packaging! It comes in a protective slipcase made out of hard plastic. You know, the kind of cloudy plastic grocery video stores package VHS tapes in. You can slide out the Jin-Roh four sided package from the bottom or top and open it up. The first side has the 12-page booklet, the second the main disc, the third the extra disc and the fourth the soundtrack. Quite nice.

Menus: The menus aren't really big and flashy and for me, that's good enough. They are pretty easy to access and quite quick at opening. Bandai could have chosen a cooler menu by using the first-person view of the night vision goggles, but I suppose that would ruin the mood of the movie.

Extras: There are some nice extras on the extra disc. The first is lengthy interview with Mamoru Oshii, the director, the key animator and the music writer. I kind of felt sorry for Oshii not jumping in on this project as a director even though he did write the screenplay. The next extra is a collection of one Japanese trailer, three Japanese TV spots and one English trailer. Pretty fun to look at. Then there are over 100 different production materials to look at split up into groups of Characters, Vehicles, Weapons and Backrounds. The CD soundtrack features about 51 minutes of great orchestral work that is fun to listen to. I'm not saying the extras are bad, but for paying $60 for the set, I was hoping for more. Maybe a storyboard comparison or commentary by Oshii. How long must I wait until Oshii does a commentary?

Content: I don't have to tell you that Jin-Roh is great. You already know that. Come on, this is Production IG were talking about here. Has anything bad ever come out of Production IG? Ofcourse not. And this latest film prooves that point once again.

The story starts off as some kind of alternative way World War 2 might have been one. That is, Germany one. So don't be surprised if you see some German writing here and there. To deal with the ever-growing riots, the government issues a new unit. The Capital Police. Armed with special armor and weaponry, these bad boy are the governments ultimate retaliation against the rioters of Japan. But Capital Police unit Fuse starts to wonder just how far can you go on killing.

The story, needless to say, has great animation, a great plot, excellent music and character designs that are so realistic. So why are you reading this? If you haven't gone out and bought this already, go now! This may be the greatest anime of all time. No joke.

Review Equipment
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television


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