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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Super Techno Arts
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     December 04, 2003
Release Date: November 15, 2003


JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Vol. #2
© Super Techno Arts


What They Say


The Review!
The second installment of Jojo�s Bizarre Adventure brings us directly to big men trying to kill each other. For sixty minutes. Sixty. Minutes.

Audio:
When it came to the audio on this disc, it�s definitely been a labor of love. With four options, either Japanese or English and then either 5.1 or stereo, you get a good selection right from there. Having it all mixed by the folks at Skywalker Sound is an even more neat aspect to it all. We listened to the Japanese 5.1 mix and enjoyed it rather much, though there�s very little actually going to the rear speakers. When compared against the stereo mix, there�s definitely a greater clarity and warmth to the mix though, so it�s definitely a good mix. Throughout that track, we had no issues with distortions or dropouts.

Video:
Originally released back in 2000 and 2001, the two episodes here look great. The aliasing issue that was evident in the first volume is completely gone here, resulting in a smooth and very attractive transfer. Colors are nice and rich and fully saturated without bleeding, cross coloration appears to be very minimal to almost non-existent while the blacks look nice and solid without any macroblocking.

Packaging:
Though dark and fragmented, the front cover here looks really nice one you actually focus closely on it. While the lead heroes are sort of minimized along the bottom, the villains for these episodes get the larger shots here along with tons of glass shards exploding about in great detail. The back cover provides a number of screenshots from the show and a brief summary of each of the two episodes, listing them by name and number. The spine also provides the volume numbering, the only place you�ll find it. The discs production and technical information is all nice and clear, though considering the effort that went into the 5.1 remix it�s surprising that such a selling point continues to not be listed here. There�s no insert for this release, but rather two tarot cards representative of the series.

Menu:
The menus are a nice mix of either still shots or some form of animation playing as well as some light instrumental fare. The language submenu is particularly nicely done, if you select Japanese, it moves subtitles and other items over to the same category, but you can also change things individually. There�s no transitional animations leaving areas, but going into some of them there are. Most amusing was going into various sections where the camera pans down and then from the left and right come the selections. While this is all happening, you can move the cursor down over a non-existent selection as of yet since the transitional animation has yet to finish.

Extras:
The extras section is pretty stacked depending on how you look at it. Episode four is done up here with a storyboard feature for the entire 30 minute runtime. Selecting it from this menu gives you a small window in the right corner that shows the storyboards set against the animation itself. The image gallery has about sixteen still images of conceptual artwork for various characters and locations that you can step through. The Jojo History Timeline continues with part two here, with a runtime of just over three minutes done to pencil sketches that the camera pans over. The other sizeable extra included is a sixteen minute staff interview section that goes with various members behind the show and talks about what went into the production. And of course, there�s a teaser trailer for the third volume of the series.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the second volume of Jojo�s Bizarre Adventure, the show brings us back on the road with our group of good guys as they travel towards Egypt via the road going through India.

Group cohesion doesn�t last too long though as Polnareff thinks he sees someone he�s been hunting after for quite some time. It doesn�t take long before he simply informs the others that he�s going to leave them as he�s sure he�s seen his sisters� killer in the area as they traveled into the city and he intends to go find her. There�s some minor argument about it, mostly from Avdol who is convinced they should stay together, but Polnareff will have nothing of it.

Spending a little time with the bad guys from Dios, we see that Polnareff�s enemy, J. Gail, is working with another Stand user named Hol Holster, also known as the Hanged Man and the Emperor. Luring Polnareff into something of a trap, Holster and Gail talk him slowly to death and then start using their Stand powers to actually attack him. Of course, Avdol�s concern about his friend brings him to the scene just in time to help out in Polnareff�s time of need. He also drags Kakyoin into things so that when they invariably go worse, Kakyoin and Polnareff are forced to run and deal with the powerful Hanged Man�s Stand ability that seems to have no weakness at all.

So for the two episodes here, we get a couple of extended fight sequences that�s essentially about Polnareff getting revenge on J. Gail for killing and violating his sister. If it wasn�t for the loss of one character, you could skip this disc entirely and not be any the wiser to missing anything. The fight scenes are fairly decent, but they�re just so drawn out at points that you want to shake your fist at the screen and tell them to stop yammering on and just get onto it. There�s a certain flair of creativity during some of the Stand moments, but in the end they�re so few and far between here that it�s not enough to carry things for the show.

I think Jotaro had two lines total in both episodes.

In Summary:
While I was intrigued by certain elements introduced in the first three episodes, this mini arc storyline has diminished my interest greatly. There are fighting shows that I like so I�m not completely against the genre, but the way it�s done here just doesn�t work for me at all. With character designs that are losing their appeal, long overly drawn out fight sequences and a subplot that took up too much time this early on in the series, Jojo�s Bizarre Adventure may have peaked with the first volume.

Features
Japanese 5.1 Language,English 5.1 Language,English Subtitles,Episode 4 Storyboards,Image Gallery,Staff Interviews,Jojo's History Timeline Part 2

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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