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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: A
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Viz Media
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 90
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Nightwarriors
Nightwarriors Vol. #2
By Chris Beveridge
November 24, 1999
Release Date: November 24, 1999
Nightwarriors Vol. #2
What They Say
© Viz Media
The ultimate VAMPIRE animation, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge features three episodes.
"The Explosive Conclusion" - The origins of Darkstalker Hunters Mei-Ling and Hsien-Ko...Catwoman Felicia's struggle against prejudice...and one warrior who stands against The Dark, not just because he can, but because he must...
"Two Worlds In Conflict" - The alien Pyron has only one desire - to become absolute ruler of all he surveys. If even the vampire lord Demitri is hard-pressed by Pyron's nearly unimaginable power, what chance do any mere humans have?
"Humanity's True Power" - As Morrigan speeds to assist Demitri, Donovan, Mei-Ling and Hsien-Ko fight a last, desperate battle to protect a town from Pyron's rage. Although Donovan's power might be the greatest of all, can the half-human, half-Darkstalker Hunter put aside his own self-loathing long enough to win the day?The Review!
The forces of ultimate powers in the universe collide not only with humanity and Darkstalkers in this show, but with aliens who have ultimate plans for the Earth and its inhabitants. This disc features the final 2 episodes of this four episode series and brings the storyline to its conclusion, with the nod and wink of "for now" at the end.
The audio on this disc is simply amazing. The Japanese 5.1 soundtrack is so richly filled and expansive, it was a sheer pleasure to listen to it. Characters voices move smoothly across the front soundstage while sound effects and explosions fill all the channels creating one of the few mixes that actually makes me feel like I'm in the midst of it. The English audio, while a solid stereo, pales considerably next to this. If you don't have a 5.1 receiver, take this disc to a store or to a friends and ask for a demo of it, and you'll be wanting one of those receivers real fast.
The video is no slouch on here either. Not a hint of artifacting or pixellation, lush colors are fully saturated during the lighter sequences, and the blacks and other darker shades are perfect. A gorgeous disc from start to finish that could only have been better if it was 16:9, but with it being an OVA, it wouldn't have added much of anything.
The keepcase is still a treat, as I'm now slowly forgetting those poorly done cardboard boxes with jewel cases. The front, as evidenced by the picture above, shows the rather large cast that inhabits the show, with enough striking colors to catch someone's eye on the shelf.
The menu, while nowhere near as fun as the first disc, is very smooth and functional. No jerkiness moving from selection to selection or to different menus. Though not as fully animated as the first one, it's nicely done.
As mentioned during my review of the first disc, this show does try to bring up the level of video game to anime conversions, and does a decent job. It's got a good enough plot, though convoluted by a few flashback scenes, that keeps you wonder what's going on and introduces elements not found in the game (the rather interesting styled robots). Or, at least I don't think they were in the game, as I tended to really suck at it.
Overall, this series is truly value laden. Four episodes total on two discs for a list price of sixty bucks (or forty if you use a good retailer). The equivalent four tapes for the dub comes to the same list price, but with nowhere near the same features, and for those with Dolby Digital, nowhere near the sound quality that these discs produce. Night Warriors, Darkstalkers Revenge stands out as one of the best examples of what DVD can do for anime fans.
Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital,English 2.0 Dolby Digital,English Subtitles,English & Japanese Credits,Japanese trailer,Creature Feature fight sequences,Conceptual artwork,Character information
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