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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: B-
- Menus Rating: C+
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: All Region DVD
- Released By: Image Entertainment
- MSRP: 24.99
- Running time: 95
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: M.D. Geist
M.D. Geist Collection
By Chris Beveridge
October 13, 1998
Release Date: October 13, 1998
What They Say
M.D. Geist (Director's Cut): Now, Geist is free. Jerra is a planet devastated by war. The cities lie in ruins and roving gangs of bandits wander the wastelands as the remaining Jerran forces battle the Nexrum invaders. But the war is about to end. Now, the military has less than twelve hours to deactivate a doomsday device before the "Death Force" is released - a horde of unstoppable robots that will eliminate all life on Jerra.
To prevent global Armageddon, a renegade soldier - Geist - must infiltrate the impregnable Brain Palace citadel, destroy the robotic sentries, and shut down the doomsday program! Now, Geist must decide: join forces with the army that exiled him to space - or stand back and allow his adopted home world to be destroyed!
M.D. Geist II: Death Force: Too Powerful To Live. Too Powerful to Destroy! The Planet Jerra is dying. During the final days of the war between the Jerran resistance and the Nexrum Invaders, the ultimate weapon was activated - a doomsday device. Now, the cities are cold and silent as the robotic apocalypse known as "Death Force" stalks and slaughters every living thing on the planet. But from the wasteland, refugees tell stories of a lone warrior with the power to defeat the Death Force robots - the genetically engineered Most Dangerous Soldier: Geist.
The last surviving remnants of humanity have banded together, seeking refuge in a titanic land fortress commanded by the warlord Krauser. A formidable warrior, Krauser holds a deadly secret: he's the prototype Most Dangerous Soldier. And Krauser is honor-bound to destroy Geist for his role in the cancellation of the MDS program. But Dr. Breston, the creator of the Most Dangerous Soldiers, has other plans...
Krauser has a plan to rid Jerra of the murderous Death Force robots. First, lure the robots to their destruction, then - by virtue of his genetic superiority - declare himself the leader of the newly-liberated planet! The only obstacle is the renegade soldier, Geist. Most Dangerous Soldiers collide as old scores are put to rest in the midst of mankind's final battle!The Review!
Geist is the second M.D. Soldier. A Most Dangerous Soldier. Get it? After being imprisoned for being too violent and considered a failure in the program, he's free and on the planet Jerra. And he's there with a vengeance.
The audio on the disc is pretty clear, no distortion or dropouts. The Japanese version had a good use of the front soundstage, with a few rear effects throughout the two episodes. I listened briefly to the English version, but didn't hear anything bad, so it should be in decent shape.
MD Geist is presented in the typical Image snapper case. The cover is fairly unappealing, with mostly dark colors and nothing to really grab you in besides Geist's eyes, which I don't think work as well as it could.
The menu is typical Image minimalism, with just the few options easily available with chapter selection being the most prominent.
I'd originally seen the non-directors cut of the first episode of MD Geist when it was first released way back in the early 90's. Actually, it was one of my earliest purchases, and almost pushed me out of anime (Kimagure Orange Road kept me into it). I found nothing appealing about that episode, from the animation to the story itself. It just bored me. I don't think I even watched all of the tape after I bought it.
So, after eight years, has my opinion changed much? A bit. I didn't find it nearly as boring as before, but it's nothing to marvel over. The story feels pretty dated, as does the animation. But it's a cult favorite (for a reason that still escapes me), so it's earned some place in domestic anime history.
The second episode was a little more interesting, as it expanded upon the world that the characters live in. The video quality is also better on this episode, as it was made later and better original elements were available for Image to create DVD with.
Fans of the show should be pleased in being able to get both episodes on one disc at a good price, and have both the sub and dub. If you haven't seen it, I'd recommend a rental first before purchase.
English Language,Japanese Language,English Subtitles
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