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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: C+
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Media Blasters
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 45
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Kite


By Mark McPherson     September 14, 2003
Release Date: April 25, 2000

The Review!
Kite. Action the flies high.

Audio: Both tracks sound good, but the English track sounded a tad better. No complaints.

Video: Kite's colors are a bit bland and the DVD transfer might have made a few mistakes because of this. Overall, it's a solid transfer.

Packaging: Standard. The cover is nice, but the back cover is pretty blank and not as attractive. Could be better.

Menu: Frozen menus with no interaction on any of them. Nothing more to say.

Extras: Quite a bit. There's a music video\trailer for Kite, four storyboard comparisons and an image gallery. There were actually more extras than I expected there to be.

Content: Okay, at first look, Kite looks unappealing. Cute character mingling other ugly characters is nothing new to the anime community. These characters, I will admit it, are really ugly. One of them is a fat guy with two scars on his face, yellow sunglasses, orange hair and a lazy eye. That might be enough to scare away a lot of people, but if you stick around, you'll find a great action movie.

The first scene has the main female character, Sawa, look like she is about to make out with a guy on the elevator. However, after the guy insults in old lady on the elevator, Sawa whips a gun out of her suitcase, shoots the guy two times, walks out and the guy's intestines and brains explode all over the place. It was actually funny because the old lady couldn't see at the moment he exploded and kept on saying she was going to sue him while looking for her glasses.

Another great fight takes place in a bathroom where Sawa takes out an American actor. It was pretty funny to see Sawa kick a guy in the nuts and than watch him vomit out vegetable soup. That's what I like about Kite. It's action sequences can be both extremely well-planned and have hints of comedy through the violence. I find that to be one of Kite's biggest strong points.

That's not to say Kite isn't excellent. It has it's cons. As you may have noticed, this is the edited version of Kite. The only parts that were edited were the sex scenes which I can do without so it's no big deal. However, the story near the end felt a bit tacked on with almost all the main characters getting killed off with some you didn't want to. That's probably the only part of Kite I hate.

Overall, Kite is great as an action film. If you want a good story, look somewhere else. If you are looking for a quick guns-and-ammo violent action film, Kite makes a great time-killer.

Review Equipment
Dell 4500S DVD-Rom


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