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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: C
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 15 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 19.98
  • Running time: 50
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dirty Pair

Original Dirty Pair: Flight 005 Conspiracy

By Chris Beveridge     October 30, 2003
Release Date: November 04, 2003

Original Dirty Pair: Flight 005 Conspiracy
© ADV Films

What They Say
It's Chief Gooley's worst nightmare come true. The Lovely Angels are back on the job, but this time the 3WA's Central Computer has assigned them two cases at the same time: investigate a space liner explosion in which three hundred people died, but no one's come forward to claim any insurance money; and find a missing scientist and his family. Could the two cases be connected? Only the Central Computer knows and it's not talking. So it's up the Dirty Pair to get down and dirty and solve the puzzle before time runs out for a grieving grandfather, his family and the universe!

The Review!
The Lovely Angels return in a dual mission adventure that brings them into contact with hot men and big explosions once again.

For our primary viewing session, we listened to this show in its original language of Japanese. The stereo mix really feels little more than a basic mono mix but that's essentially how all anime was done at this time so it's little surprise. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout though some of the music feels a bit clipped at the higher end, partially from the source itself and just how it was originally recorded with all the synthesizers.

Originally released to video back in 1990, Flight 005 Conspiracy hasn't handled its age as well as the Eden movie. The print itself is in decent shape with only a few noticeable nicks and scratches throughout the program but there is a lot of grain. Colors look decent with a couple of areas of minor vibrancy but otherwise the standard palette color scheme that's filled the Dirty Pair universe before. Cross coloration and aliasing is very minimal though, almost non-existent.

The front cover sports a nice shiny looking side by side shot of Key and Yuri set against the imagery of an exploding starship behind them. With the classic outfits and the great colors here, this is a really eye-catching piece. Or maybe I'm just used to ogling Yuri's chest. The back cover has a few small shots from the show and a basic rundown of what the premise of the show is about this time. The basic production and technical information is all nicely accessible on the back as well while the insert provides a nice shot of Kei and Yuri together and the back side lists the discs basic features.

The main menu is a simple static piece with about thirty three percent of the screen on the left having a side by side shot of Kei and Yuri while the rest of the space to the right is dead space with just the selections as a brief bit of music plays. With little on the disc, menus load quickly and access times are nice and fast for what little time you'll spend on this part.


Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
As more and more Dirty Pair continues to roll out, it's been great to finally see either some new material or material cleaned up and looking better than it ever did before. The Flight 005 Conspiracy movie is a new one for me and one that was definitely born in the mold of other Dirty Pair adventures.

This particular adventure kicks off where most of them do, and that's in Chief Gooley's office where we see him dealing with the biggest problem in his life; Kei and Yuri. Through the wisdom (corruption?) of the 3WA computer system, the Lovely Angels have found themselves another assignment as one of the top pairs of operatives in its employ. What makes things even worse than usual for Gooley this time is that the computer has assigned them two separate assignments at once, doubling the trouble, damage and costs that these two can cause.

The first case involves a starship liner that exploded over the planet Zahl and killed all three hundred passengers aboard. Upon closer investigation, there does appear to be some funny business going on with it instead of an accident or some other mechanical failure as the entire passenger list for the ship was never properly transmitted to the company headquarters or to other noteworthy locations.

The second case involves a scientist who along with his immediate family has gone missing. The scientists father in law has requested the case be opened with the 3WA and investigated since he wants his family back but also because he knows that the son in law was working on a critical piece of energy technology that could change the way everything is done in the creation of power. Both cases came in at the same time and so the 3Wa have assigned the Dirty Pair to try and figure it all out.

Now, if you can't put two and two together you haven't seen enough basic dramas or action/adventure series from the 70's and 80's. While the movie does provide some insights and explanations about elements that give reason for both the kidnapping and the destruction of the liner, this is the kind of story that is easily told within a modern story setting - heck, I think it was even on a recent cop drama series with something similar.

Add in the usual big explosions and devastation that these two women usually cause, have one of them end up dead for awhile and throw in a variety of sides all competing against each other for the potential new energy system and it's a fun and fast moving little storyline. It does feel like one of the more mundane plots from the DP universe and doesn't ride the same kind of crest of creativity as some of the other shows, but it's a solid follow-up to what came before it with the TV series, feature film and the other ten OVA's.

Even weak Dirty Pair is still great Dirty Pair and I fully admit my fanboyish nature about this show. One of the advantages to this particular one is that while the plot is pretty standard and easy to figure out, they didn't stretch it into a full feature length runtime and kept it at just under an hour. That alone helps mitigate some of the problems that would have arisen should it have gone longer. As it is, it flows nicely and plays out quite well.

Flight 005 gives me exactly what want in the end though; more Yuri. This entire franchise is one of those pieces of early anime history for me and continues to have nostalgic value, even if I haven't seen the particular piece actually in progress before, but rather just as a plot summary and a few images in some 80's magazine. This is nicely entertaining girls with guns action that just makes me smile through the majority of it.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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