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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: B+
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Bandai Entertainment
- MSRP: 44.95
- Running time: 225
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Outlaw Star
Outlaw Star Collection 2
By David Owens
February 16, 2002
Release Date: December 05, 2000
Woo, I am REALLY sorry I missed Outlaw Star a couple years ago on VHS (although VHS wouldn't do it much justice, frankly). The second set of episodes serve up more fun and excitement from Gene and the crew of the Outlaw Star, and there's some pretty humorous episodes in this collection as Aisha Clan-Clan is now a regular part of the crew now. Woohoo!
The second collection of Outlaw Star is similar to the first in many respects: the video is pretty good; a little bit cleaned-up from the first 2-3 episodes, and a bit more consistent if you ask me, but there were a couple of rainbows. I did feel it was an improvement over the first collection, overall, so take that as you will.
Audio-wise, it's about equal to the first. No glaring mishaps that I could notice. They also have a new ending song this time around, with a little funkier beat than the original closing song. Very cool stuff, and I still am absolutely in love with "Through the Night", for anyone's info.
The packaging is a bit different than the first. Some people noticed (and some REALLY noticed, ahem) that the first packaging was made for a double-Alpha case, but they put the first print in a double Amaray, which caused the binder to look a little weird. The second set is made for a double Amaray, so it looks "normal", and thus might not match up correctly on your shelves. That never really bugs me, so I didn't mind. I was kind of hoping that Suzuka or Melfina would have been the covergirl though, instead of Aisha, but oh well. Jim heads up the back cover, and I have no problem with that cause I like the pic of him that they used. Maybe next time we'll finally get a nice, hot Suzuka or Melfina cover.
The extras are pretty good. We get a mecha gallery with some info on the ships, and we also get the textless ending. The odd thing is, the song and the ending are different. They play the art from the second ending, but the song from the first. Weeeeeeird. But either way, I like both songs, and both art...so maybe next time if Bandai puts the 2nd song with the 1st ending's art, we'll be fine. Now, if they had a big poster of Melfina, the extras would have gotten an A...hm.
Menus are similar to the first. I love how the opening song plays during the main menu, because as mentioned, I love the opening. So, brownie points there. Otherwise, the menus are functional without getting all nutty like a Hollywood menu. Works for me.
Anyways, the second collections contains a pretty good variety of episodes. You have some action episodes, like the space race episodes, plus some fairly amusing fillers (the "Advance Guard From An Alien World" episode, for instance). As usual, I'm going to skip content reviews and synopses, and just say that the episodes here are nice and varied in what they contain. Of course, having nine of them makes that much more easy to accomplish, but eh, excuses. :) All in all, the second set is right up with the first set in terms of watchability (and in my case, re-watchability) and fun.
As for the voice acting, it's about the same as it was on the first disc. The people who do the Outlaw Star crew's voices are all pretty settled in by now, and I really can get into the voices, especially some of Aisha's lines and her delivery. As with the first, some of the villain voices are pretty stereotypically-cheesy "I'm a bad guy, bwaaaaah!". That's ok, most of the bad guys are easy to skip over and survive through anyways. :)
Outlaw Star is probably one of my top five series right now. I haven't yet been disappointed in much of anything in regards to the series as a whole, and I'm eagerly looking forward to the third and final collection to complete the series. If only time could pass quicker... be a great series in the long run.
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