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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: 24.95
  • 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. #3

By Chris Beveridge     May 15, 2004
Release Date: April 29, 2004


JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Vol. #3
© Super Techno Arts


What They Say
Episode 6 - The Mist of Vengeance
As they travel towards Egypt, thick fog envelopes Jotaro and his comrades, leaving them no choice but to seek refuge in a nearby town. Once they arrive, the companions stumble across a strangely mutilated dead body lying on a street corner. An old woman arrives on the scene with the police, and offers to let them stay at her hotel for the night. There, Polnareff encounters N-Yah, a beautiful and mysterious young woman on a deadly quest of her own.
Episode 7 - Justice
Polnareff becomes a living puppet under the control of N-Yah and her incredible Mist of Death Stand, "Justice." The group battles its way out of the hotel, only to find themselves surrounded by legions of the dead. The towering Justice seizes Polnareff in her deadly grasp and shrugs off Kakyoin's attempt to free him. All seems lost when Jotaro falls prey to a bizarre sneak attack, leaving him vulnerable to N-Yah's control as well.

The Review!
While continuing their journey west across Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the "good guys" end up being targeted for elimination once more under orders from the mysterious Dio.

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. Aliasing issues that were evident in the first volume continue to be 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:
While the last cover had a lot of detail to it with the fragmenting style, this lets us just enjoy the fine design work as we have the good guys lined up along the lower front in a yellow hue while their newest enemy is darkened above them in the background. It's a decent looking cover and one of the few that really uses as much black throughout it as it does. 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. The only one that's really bad is going into the extras, which takes several seconds to run before it even starts dropping in the selections you'll want to access.

Extras:
The extras section is pretty stacked depending on how you look at it. Episode six 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 a set of still images of conceptual artwork for various characters and locations that you can step through. The Jojo History Timeline continues with part three here, with a runtime of just over three minutes done to pencil sketches that the camera pans over. The other sizeable extra is a twenty minute interview session with the folks at Skywalker Sound that dealt with the audio on the series. It's in English, though a bit low on the volume. 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)
Jojo's adventure continues along in this volume as the group is setting their way across the middle east, making their way across Saudi Arabia and into Egypt next. It's one long road trip in general, but before things heat up for them there's an amusing side story to tell about one person we've seen for a few episode snow.

Hol Horse has decided that since things went so bad, he'll report in to Dio personally so as to ensure his own survival. What Hol hasn't really realized is that Dio is beyond much of the earthly concerns at this point, besides being fairly all knowing in general, so that when he does report in to Dio, he's brushed aside for the most part. With these Stand users, you just know that they've got a ton of ego built into them. So Hol figures it's time to take out Dio once and for all because Hol refuses to live his life being intimidated and threatened by someone, especially someone he doesn't respect. Dio of course finds it all rather amusing and sends Hol on his way, but he knows what's coming next and simply avoids the attempted assassination. Dio is generous though and lets Hol leave so that he can attempt to finish offing Jostar and his group.

For that particular group, their travel has had to stop due to the afternoon sun being covered by a nasty fog that's rolled across the land. It's an unusual fog and one dense enough that it convinces them to find lodging at the next town they come across. The town they find is curiously empty for the most part, other than a hole filled body they find in the center square. Eventually an old woman comes along with the police to help out and they take care of the bodies while the old woman informs the group that she also manages a hotel nearby. In what passes for class in this region, the group get their rooms and set to crashing for the not so they can continue their journey the next day.

Polnareff is bothered by what's going on though and the general odd feeling of the town. He's rather pleased when he hits the bar in the hotel to find an attractive young woman there and uses his charm to get to know her. Unfortunately for Polnareff, she's the mother of J. Gails and has been searching for her sons killer, which is of course Polnareff. To make matters even worse for Polnareff, she's a Stand user herself and has the ability to control people after opening any sort of wound on them and letting her mist invade their bodies. Even works on the dead! So while the rest of the group is hanging around in their rooms feeling uneasy, Polnareff continues to get his ass handed to him by the undead and N-Yah, the woman who controls them all.

The fight scenes once the show gets going is pretty good and we get a lot of the Stand users actually using their powers and effectively. It unfortunately just takes quite awhile to get there. As these four guys look at their situation from the minute they enter the town until N-Yah actually reveals herself, they all come across as dunces. Considering the powers they have, you'd think they'd be able to put two and two together a bit more when dealing with the unexplained, especially knowing what kind of powers they themselves have and that there are people after them with equally powerful methods. There's just a lot of trust going on that shouldn't be, though they try to cover it up with Jostar himself being suspicious at times and questioning the old woman about what she says. It just feels hollow on that point.

In Summary:
The two episodes here end up providing a small arc that leads to some really good Stand battle moments, but it's such an overly dramatic lead-up that you start thinking of other things you're going to do afterwards. The payoff is definitely there this time though and the plot is moving forward slowly now that Dio himself is in the picture again and not just in the opening credits sequence. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure still hasn't really impressed me much and these episodes are definitely not ones to watch while eating food.

Features
Japanese 5.1 Language,English 5.1 Language,English Subtitles,Storyboards for Episode 6,Image Gallery,Timeline,Pencil Rough,Skywalker Sound Interview

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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