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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: A+
- Menus Rating: A-
- Extras Rating: B+
- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 29.95
- Running time: 180
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Special Edition
By Greg Gray
February 16, 2002
Release Date: February 26, 2001
I have been waiting forever for the DVD of Endless Waltz. I am a huge fan of Gundam Wing, and I am extremely pleased with the effort put into the DVD. Originally Endless Waltz was released as a three episode OVA, than about a year later it was released in theaters with extra footage.
-For this review I watched the OVA version in Japanese.
While acceptable in 2.0 format, I would have loved to have had the Japanese in 5.1. The audio is, in my opinion, the most important part of this movie. The Japanese Voice Actors give us an amazing performance and "White Reflection" is absolutely beautiful. The instrumental BGM is incredible as well, and you'll be humming some of the songs for days. I only recommend the Japanese version though. The dub version's actors will only give you a headache (Honestly, where did they get "Great Destroyer" from "God of Death").
I think that the video wasn't as good as it could have been. There is a slight pause and a not so smooth transfer between episodes on the OVA version. However, for the most part the video is crisp and clear. The colors are vibrant and the animation is great. During certain parts there is an annoying blue spot on part of the screen, but that was in the Cartoon Network version as well.
To describe it in one word, incredible. The picture of Wing Zero Custom unfolding its wings with the feathers shooting out is beautiful and the border gives it a 'special' feel. The back has a nice shot of the G Boys. There is the quote from Mariemaia on the top, which is my favorite line from any anime ever. It gives a short decription of the plot, and give the Hollywood style credits.
Flashy and easy to read, that describes the menus. The main menu has Wing Zero floating in space with the options beneath it. If you look closely, you'll notice the light from Zero's chest going in a circle around the screen. All of the menus are eye-catching. My only complaint is that there is some slowdown.
I personally wish that there were more extras. The MS Enclylopedia has nice descriptions of each Mobile Suit, but it only has the Endless Waltz suits, it would have been nice if it included every suit from every Gundam show, or at least all of the Gundam Wing suits. The trailers are alright, but I would have liked more trailers as well. It also would have been nice to have had the Japanese movie trailer for Endless Waltz. The gallery was beautiful, but there were only six pictures.
This is an amazing movie that ends the Gundam Wing universe in style. As I said before, I am a huge Gundam fan, and have been awaiting this DVD for a long time. With all of the effort put into this, it truly is a "Special Edition."
The movie begins with a flashback of the first Eve War, and apparently we are all blind and stupid, because they actually had the NEW versions of their Gundams sense the beginning. It than flashes to the current time, and Sally Po is in space, where she finds parts of a new mobile suit "from the thirteenth constolation". On colony L3X18999 Relina Darlian is talking to the colony 'leaders' and after drinking some tea she collapses. Later, Duo and Heero head to Colony L3X18999 to investigate the disappearance. When they get to the colony they are forced to fight Trowa and Wu Fei, but they 'duo' make their escape. They stop the colony from falling onto Earth, and barely escape. Quatre sends the gundams to Earth, and the pilots pick them up. The pilots get to Mariemaia's base of operations. They battle the Serpents, careful not to kill anyone, and quickly are backed into a corner. Wing Zero arrives just in time, and blows open the shield surrounding Mariemaia's base. Dekim Barton tries to kill Relina, and Mari I highly recommend this movie to anyone interested in the Gundam franchise or mecha anime. This movie has incredible animation, beautiful music, and a great story.
Final Verdict: Buy this DVD NOW!!!
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