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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: C
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Lupin the 3rd

Lupin the 3rd: Secret of the Twilight Gemini

By Luis Cruz     April 13, 2003
Release Date: April 30, 2002



The Review!
Audio:
For my primary viewing, I listened to the Japanese audio track. The action is primarily
concentrated in the center channel. Dialogue, sound effects, and music were all sharp
and balanced very well.

The english dub track received a token listen to hear how each of the characters came
to life. Lupin still sounds a bit too much like Krillin from DBZ but is very close to
nailing the characterization found in Streamline's dub of Cagliostro. The
rest of the cast is adequate but just do not capture the feel of the characters for my
tastes.

Video:
The show is presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio. The colors were crisp and bright
with no noticeable defects present in the transfer. Subtitles were white but were large
enough to be easily read yet small enough to not get in the way of the film. There were
some misspellings and grammatical mistakes in the subtitles, but they were few and only
slightly distracting.

My one complaint with the transfer of this disc is the fact that the video is encoded
in such a way that my DVD player does not give a running time while the movie is playing.
This is not a big complaint, but it would be nice to know how much time has elapsed and
how much time is remaining.

Packaging:
For their first Lupin release, Funimation provides a bare bones packaging job.
The front cover is a beautiful cast shot set against the blue sky and desert sand.
The back cover contains images of the film with the standard text summary of the film
intertwined. There are no inserts provided with this release; all that is inside the
case is the DVD itself. I was hoping that Funimation would provide some sort of liner
notes as this is their first Lupin release.

Menus:
The menus are a nice combination of music and scenes from the film. Brief transition
animations, also scenes from the film, take you from menu to menu. While this is a nice
touch, a few of the transitions could be shortened. The language
menu is a bit confusing; it does not provide a clear indication of what audio language
and subtitle tracks are available. A short header above the audio tracks might
make it clearer that by choosing the subtitle track you are also choosing the audio
track.

Extras:
The extras consist of character profiles, dub actor bios, and trailers for other
Funimation titles. While the extras are nothing spectacular, each character profile
is linked to the bio for the corresponding dub actor allowing you to flip between the
two.

Content: (possible spoilers)
Gemini falls into the middle of the pack of Lupin specials. It certainly is not
the worst Lupin title I have seen, but it is not one of the best Lupin titles I have seen.

Having said that, Gemini is an entertaining story that looks and feels like we are
taking a step back in time to an adventure Lupin had when he was much younger. There are
a few slow spots in the action, but the plot moves quickly as Lupin 's quest for a hidden
treasure entangles him in a political power struggle as a group of freedom fighters seek
to reclaim their country.



What makes this title mediocre are the generic villains and the feeling that certain
plot elements were added just to get characters inserted into the film. Goemon's rivalry
with Sadachiyo feels contrived and almost unnecessary. You could remove Goemon from the
plot and not lose anything from the overall story. What might balance this out for some is
the amount of fanservice in the film. Gemini contains a number of topless Fujiko shots
along with one topless shot of the love interest, Lara.



In the end, Gemini is entertaining and worth watching every now and again. It will not
capture your attention like Cagliostro, but it provides enough entertainment for
repeated watchings.






Review Equipment
Mitsubishi 27" TV, Pioneer DVL-919, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Bose Acoustimass-6 speakers

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