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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: A-
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 17 & 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: Ninja Resurrection
By Chris Beveridge
November 16, 1999
Release Date: November 16, 1999
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Join a nightmarish journey through faith and betrayal as the infamous warrior Jubei confronts the ultimate evil! Japan, 1614, the Tokugawa Shogunate bans the practice of Christianity and ruthlessly slaughters its adherents. The scattered survivors place their faith in a prophecy of salvation: a Child of Heaven will be born to deliver the faithful from their enemies. Yet hidden within the same prophecy is a dark omen. For it is written that, should the promised savior falter, he will be reborn as Satan. Now a new leader, Shiro Amakusa, has arisen to challenge the Shogun's power. The followers of Christ believe their savior has appeared. However, unspeakable treachery lurks within the Christian stronghold, as the blood-soaked horror of the prophecy is unleashed in NINJA RESURRECTION! Contains both horror filled episodes ("Revenge of Jubei"; & "Hell's Spawn") complete on one deluxe DVD.The Review!
Oh yeah, I'm going to get crucified for this one. I enjoyed Ninja Resurrection. A lot.
With my first viewing, the video quality on this disc looks very good. The most I could find 'wrong' with it is during the softer opening art done in the traditional style shimmers ever so slightly, but this is more attributed to the complex design style of the art than the encoding I'm guessing. The rest of the disc looks very good, especially considering the amount of dark colors mixed with some very vibrant sequences throughout. I noticed no line noise or color bleeding throughout the disc.
The audio on this disc is quite good as well. It's a solid stereo mix with several throws to the rear speakers that sounded really good. Dialogue is crisp and clear in both languages and the front soundstage was fairly wide, if not all that deep.
When I first saw the cover artwork for this release, I started to get really excited about seeing it. The character designs and colors used on it are definitely eye-catching. The back cover contains a good amount of information on the show, though a bit less than other recent ADV discs. The only thing missing from it, and every other release to date, is the region coding specification. I did have to laugh at the main draw on the back, "To kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death". To kill with death? Mercy!
The menu system is what many have come to expect from ADV, with music and animations during selections. Selections are made quickly and are accessed without any trouble. The design is very well done overall and very appealing. The only issue with the menus come in the language selection. When you choose the subtitle feature, which is where it starts, it then puts you right on the episode selection as opposed to the language selection. And when you choose a language or a subtitle, it doesn't mark it afterwards to show which it is going to run with. Minor, but worth tweaking in the future.
The only extras on the disc besides the previews for other shows is a slideshow, which isn't bad and has some good scenes and close-ups pictured. In the end, it's the quality of the presentation and the content itself that counts.
So how does the content rate? Well, first things first. This show has nothing to do in terms of prequel or sequel to Ninja Scroll. Just bump that right out of your noggin. Taken on its own as it should be, it's quite entertaining piece on the 1683 time period of Japan. Having been a big fan of the Hakkenden series, this was very much an enjoyable show to watch.
Dealing with the enforcement of the laws that forbid Christianity in the land, this show is definitely more of a powder-keg with the religious right than with Pokemon, but guess who gets the attention? It's probably best in the end though. Many of the things presented in here are sure to offend some of the more devout, but those looking for a good yarn to be spun with lots of action, a smidgen of section and some great looking animation will definitely be pleased.
The only downside to the release is that there are only the two episodes on it, which I believe is all that is made at this time. The second episode ends on a lovely section of action about to begin and leaves the story hanging. But don't let that dissuade you from picking it up if you're a fan of the genre, as it's definitely worth it. I can even highly recommend the dub on it, which is playing while I write the review. The overall production quality for the entire disc, from show to dub to authoring is very high quality. It's definitely a disc I'll be revisiting often.
English Language,Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Slide Show