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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: A+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Central Park Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 87
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena Movie

By Edmund Lee     February 18, 2002
Release Date: October 23, 2001

The Review!
Weird. I've already seen the first 7 episodes of Utena TV series already and I thought that show was weird. The movie is even weirder. Not to say it's a bad thing, oh no. This is one enjoyable show.

So how to tell the story without giving much away? How bout this: Utena searches for the prince she so longs to be. During that search she found a princess name Anthy. She is the Rose Bride, one who will grant any wish or miracle, and she is engaged to whomever is the winner of the duel. Along the way, we meet characters that will shape what is to become of this show and give a bittersweet tale of a surreal fairy tale. And it ends with one of the most out of place climax no other movie has done, period.

So in a way, this has got to be the most unique piece of story telling ever done in a while. Laced with lots of symbolic meaning, which I have to admit some didn't strike me at first until I heard the commentary track, and killer artwork, it sure has a way of making you see the way things are meant to be felt. Two examples of it is the dancing scene with Utena and Anthy and the elevator scene with Touga and Utena. Those are the most powerful moments in the show. And it wouldn't hurt with a killer soundtrack might I add.

The video presentation is by far is one of the most striking of all. Colors are solid, with no rainbowing. But there's one thing I noticed and I think most others have, is that this an interlaced movie. Originally said it will be done progressive, I assume that CPM made a mistake with the authoring house. Still it's one great video presentation, progressive or not.

Audio is superb. Great use of the front soundstage. No dropouts or anything.

Extras here are the cream of the crop, with the inclusion of a commentary track by the director himself. I listen to this track my second time round to understand what's going on and what some of the scenes mean, and I can tell you when I go back watching it a third time, the out look of this movie is so much different. Also there's a behind the scenes on the dub of the show with, lots of artwork, a trivia game, and trailers. Not to mention the extra DVD-Rom stuff, for those who have DVD-Roms.

The dub is one thing I didn't enjoy in the TV series, but the movie feels somewhat different. I dunno how long it has been since the last episode of Utena they have dub, but with other projects the dub actors were doing, it hone in on their voice acting skill and it made the movie seem more lifelike, which I must admit it's enjoyable.

Overall, if you want something different, then by all means check this movie out. Don't worry too much about not having seen the TV series, as the movie tells a different story by itself. But those who have seen it would enjoy the more subtly things the movie has. Highly recommended.

Review Equipment
Panasonic SA-HT80, Sharp 25" X-51F4


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