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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: ADV Films UK
  • MSRP: £19.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Noir

Noir Vol. #2

By Paul Jacques     July 17, 2003
Release Date: July 21, 2003

Noir Vol. #2
© ADV Films UK

What They Say
The mysteries deepen as professional assassins Mireille Bouquet and Kirika Yumura, now working together under the code name “NOIR”, ply their chosen trade even as they search for the mysterious link that connects them. Is there someone out there who already knows? And if so, is it the same mysterious entity that’s been playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with their lives since they first met? The secrets, and the body count, continue to rise in the second stunning volume of NOIR.

The Review!
The series continues in the same vein as the previous volume with broody moments, up close and personal action, and a plot that ever-so-slowly unravels to reveal another loop of intrigue.

Perfect Dolby surround sound reproduction on both the English and Japanese sound tracks. Which is just as well as I love the music in this series, “Copella’s Casket” and “Beautiful Emotions” rock.

Clean, crisp and widescreen- what more do you need?

The box is very nice, adorned with an eye catching art work of NOIR girls (Kirika in pain). I recommend reading the insert inside, as it contains some nice production notes by the people who worked on the series. You will learn something new about the characters if you care to read it through.

The menus are presented in slightly off centre angle, giving the feeling of a foreboding corridor. Selection speed was quick and at no time did I have resort to pressing the Root button to get me out of there.

The extras included are good, the sketches are quite interesting to watch, and is accompanied by NOIR’s musical theme tunes. You also get the opening\ closing shots without the text. Also included are the brief promos and the ubiquitous ADV trailers.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The first episode (6) on this disc is excellent, and we find Kirika faced with a moral dilemma (whilst on the job), the outcome of which you’ll be hard pressed to predict. A touching episode that lightly examines morals of revenge.

For the next episode we see what happens when a job goes bad. This episode examines Mireille feelings of friendship for Kirika when both are in great danger of being exposed. Another good episode which I enjoyed despite a scratch* in the DVD (grrr).

Episode 8 is concerned with advancing the plot a little. Our NOIR do a job on the Cosa Nostra (Mafia). The price of the job is that they will gain a little information on the mysterious Soldats (contained within a contract), except they get more than they bargained for. This episode is a bit of a milestone as we learn new things about Mireille. We also meet a new character called “Intoccabile”, someone Mireille knows only too well, and she is scared!

The final episode on this disc continues from where 8 left off, and is basically a toe to toe fight between NOIR and the “Intoccabile” over the information on the Soldats.

This volume is cracking good stuff, with plenty of action, but is primarily an exercise in exploring Mireille background and personality. At the end you are left wanting more- roll on Volume 3!

In summary- buy it.

*Mr. David of ADV UK has gone to great lengths to investigate the scratch, and assures us that it is an isolated case.

Japanese 5.1 Dolby Surround Language,English 5.1 Dolby Surround Language,English Subtitles,Production sketches,Clean opening and closing animation,Original Japanese promo spots

Review Equipment
JVC 28" Pure Flat Wide Screen TV, Pioneer 454 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Logitech Z-680 THX DD/DTS receiver & Speakers.


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