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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.98
  • Running time: 125
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dirty Pair

Original Dirty Pair Vol. #2

By Chris Beveridge     June 29, 2002
Release Date: October 30, 2001

Original Dirty Pair Vol. #2
© ADV Films

What They Say
They're baaack! And if you thought the Dirty Pair's first DVD was explosive, just wait till you see what they blow up this time. Mafia bosses, drug lords, arms dealers, innocent bystanders: no one's safe when the top agents of the World Welfare & Works Association (3WA) are on the loose. But even though they leave a swath of destruction General Sherman would envy, the Lovely Angels always close the case, and that means the 3WA's main computer is going to keep assigning them. Watch out universe, the Original Dirty Pair are back and ready for action!

The Review!
While the body counts and planetary counts aren't all that high, the fun and general good times had by the Lovely Angels makes this another great volume to have. After taking in their exploits from the previous volume, this one couldn't get here soon enough. Of course, now all I need are the movies and TV series. Or I'll be one unhappy fan.

For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The show is pretty much all center channel based, which is pretty much expected considering its age and all. Dialogue is pretty clean and clear however and there wasn't any noticeable dropouts or distortions. The music and sound effects make use of the stereo channels, but directionality is non-existent.

The main issue with shows of this age is just how grainy they're going to be, since how they've been stored all these years as well as the filmstock used for it is something to be considered. The first volume had a few rather grainy episodes while others looked much better. This disc is better in that respect, as all the episodes are about the same grain level. It's not heavy, but there's definitely some there throughout. Other than that, we had no real problems with the transfer here, as some minor nicks and scratches are expected. Colors look good, if not as vibrant as you see in a lot of today's series.

Ahh, more images of the Angel's striking their ever so lovely poses. Though I think Yuri should get the cover for every volume, she does share the stage here with Kei in an effective nice cover. The back cover provides a number of animation s hots and a nice summary of the show's style. Languages and extras are all nicely listed in a block format that I'm hoping to see gain more acceptance. The only thing missing here is actually pushing that this disc has five episodes on it. The insert provides another couple of shots of Kei and Yuri on one side, while the back side lists the chapters and gives full attention to my Yuri. Yes, MY Yuri.

The menus are simple static screens, with a nice Kei & Yuri shot. The main menu has most everything quickly available, with episode selection being a quick jump to the show and everything else easily accessed. Time between the submenus is nice and fast, and in general the layout is decent.

There's two extras included on this disc. The first is a trailer for the show that goes over a couple of the OVA's. The second is the textless ending from the OVA's themselves, which was nice to see since the first volume had the opening.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Five episodes isn't enough sometimes to sate a need. Dirty Pair continues to be one of my favorite "classic" anime shows, with it's episodic appeal and its straightforward approach of do whatever is necessary to complete the mission approach, regardless of the damage or death. All while wearing a couple of strips of clothing.

While all of the episodes are good, there are a couple of favorites. The first episode, Wedding Panic, gets you right from the start. The show opens with a pleasure cruise and the camera panning up along the bathing suited beauty known as Yuri. She and Kei are on this planet to investigate a counterfeiting group and she's playing the role of an archaeological student whose arrived to check out some ruins where the suspected group is likely doing their dirty deeds.

While she investigates things, she ends up dealing with the youngest son in the alleged crime family, who tells her that he's trying to not be involved in whatever they're involved in. There's a fair bit of chemistry between the two, and Yuri's definitely smitten with him. Things progress fast during the investigation, to the point where Yuri decides and agrees to marry Carine. Everyone from the office is invited, and being true to form, parts of the Graduate are replayed here with amusing results.

Probably my favorite episode here is the Space Truckers! episode. It seems that a larger trading company and some of the local area stellar police are involved in a scam to try and push out the independent traders so they can do their own bit of smuggling and the like. The 3WA sends our favorite pair in to check out what's going and to fix it. The two arrive on the independents station where nobody is doing any trucking anymore, as those who go out end up getting shot down by pirates. They take on the role of truckers and load up with cargo and head out into the lanes to see what happens.

Another couple of truckers head out with them, and end up becoming involved when the pirates attack and then when the police quickly show up and arrest them while the pirates get away. Taken aboard the closest trading outpost, the level of involvement of the police and the leading trucking company becomes apparent. Kei and Yuri then take everything into their own hands and start taking names and shooting those who get in their way.

In one sense, these shows are hard to review because they're simply so much fun and so simple. Describing the plots make it even simpler and almost dull, but it's the style of execution that makes it work so well, whether in Japanese or English. I can't recommend anything Dirty Pair enough, but the original group are the ones to make the real decision about. Very recommended.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Dirty Pair Trailer,Textless Ending

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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