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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Nadia, Secret of Blue Water

Nadia Vol. #06

By Chris Beveridge     February 15, 2002
Release Date: January 29, 2002


Nadia Vol. #06
© ADV Films


What They Say
After months of playing cat and mouse, Gargoyle's forces have finally closed in on the Nautilus. From aerial battleships, the evil despot stands poised to crush the only opposition to his plans for world domination.
Cornered by a fleet of Garfish and threatened from above, Nadia, Captain Nemo, and the crew of the Nautilus hover on the brink of disaster.

The Review!
There's a good amount of exciting material and new revelations here, but it unfortunately only makes up about half of the episodes. The other half begins what some consider the dreaded "Island" episodes....

Audio:
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Being an older show, its stereo track sounds more like a mono one but a good one. Dialogue is definitely center channel based with music making decent use of the left/right speakers, along with the sound effects, to give the show a full forward soundstage feeling. Listening to both tracks, we didn't notice any dropouts or other distortions.

Video:
Another nice looking transfer overall that's doing the best it can with the older source materials. Colors are nice and solid with only some of the blues in some of the darker underwater sequences showing some shifting to it. Cross coloration is non-existent and the number of nicks and minor scratches is down considerably with these episodes.

Packaging:
The cover for The Deep Blue Sea is less busy than the previous volume, this time giving focus to three characters and the Nautilus itself. The back cover provides a couple of nice screenshots as well as some from the menus. The summary is pretty brief and there's a good listing of the episode titles and their numbers since the volume numbers aren't listed anywhere. The insert provides another shot of the front cover but without the discs title while the reverse side of it provides something of a liner note, talking about what shititori means.

Menus:
The menus follow the simple is best method here, with the main screen being an image of the characters while the opening song plays along. Everything's laid out in a simple and straightforward manner and the access times are pretty quick. We had no problems at all with this layout.

Extras:
The only real extra here continues to be the character profiles, with these focusing on Nemo, Electra and the crew of the Nautilus.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
When we last saw the Nautilus, it was being trapped and essentially caged by almost a dozen Garfish. With overwhelming numbers, things looked pretty dire for the crew and the worst is expected. But with how Gainax writes their shows, things like this are just setups for amazing recoveries.

Using their ship to the best of its ability, they manage to avoid taking any direct hits from dozens of torpedoes and depth charges and then launches their own attack on the Garfish and manage to take them all out within seconds of each other. It's one of those sequences that just pushes down the believability factor, even in a show like this. But all of that was just window dressing for the bigger encounter that was set up next.

Gargoyle has decided to take a personal interest in taking out the Nautilus once and for all and is intent on using some new advanced technology to do it. The biggest amazement is the flying fortress that they have that is dozens of times bigger than the Nautilus or anything else we've really seen at this point. Hovering above the ocean and the position of the Nautilus, their Catcher Beam is revealed as it emerges from the bottom of the craft.

And yes, it's just one big U shaped magnet. Hilarious! It begins to send magnetic waves down below the ocean and starts hauling up the Nautilus. Though they try to escape it, it's no go and it eventually has the Nautilus hanging in mid-air hundreds of feet above the ocean. Not content to just raise the Nautilus and control it, Gargoyle has an atomic vibrator that starts working over the ship. Bit by bit and section by section, it begins to really just rip the ship apart in an almost agonizing way.

With all of this going on, we get to see Hanson, Sanson and Grandis return to their former style somewhat as they take the Gratan and head off to help save the day while the rest of the crew tries to keep things in one piece. We also get a sizeable bit of history revealed about Neo Atlantis and the origins of several of the elder crew members. These bits are pretty surprising and lead to some interesting situations.

The second half the leads into the Nadia's Island segment left me feeling pretty iffy though. The first one does some recap of the series to date, and the stuff really does feel like forced filler pretty quickly. With all that's happened in the last 10 or so episodes, any slowdown isn't going to seem right, so I'm going to reserve final judgment on it until I see a bit more of it, but so far it's not too encouraging.

But for all that does happen in the first half of this batch, it's a definite must have if you've gotten wrapped up in the series so far.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Character Profiles,Preview for Nadia's Island

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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