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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Image Entertainment
  • MSRP: 24.99
  • Running time: 80
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Roujin Z

Roujin Z

By Roman Martel     February 18, 2002
Release Date: August 26, 1998

The Review!
It's new and it's here to make your life easier! It's the Z-001: the bed that does it all! No need to worry about cleaning and caring for your elderly relatives, because the Z-001 will do it all for you. The world thinks it's great, but to Takazawa, the man who must live in it, this mechanical wonder becomes a prison. But he will make the best of a bad situation, with the help of his young nurse Haruko, her college friends, the oldest (and best) hackers in the world, and his beloved wife, Haru. Nothing can keep him from a nice day at the beach, except maybe the military and their version of the Z-001.

-Artistic Ratings-
Animation: 5
Sound: 5
Plot: 5
Japanese: 3
English: 3
Music: 3
Overall: 4

-Disc Ratings-
Sound: 4
Picture: 5
Menu: 3
Presentation: 3
Goodies: 2
Overall: 3

This is just one of those movies that you really like or you really don't. We've had this film in our video store inventory for some time and I've had all kinds of reactions. Most people liked it and found it to be funny. Others simply didn't get it, or didn't care. Personally, I think this is a very good film and is definitely worth seeing, if not owning.

The animation is very smooth, fluid, and fun. The colors are a bit dulled, or even bland, but it adds to the overall theme of the film. I liked the character designs as well as the Z-001 design, especially when it starts assimilating things (if you haven't seen it then don't ask). The sound is very good. The use of the filter voices when the computer is speaking and the strange sounds that come from the Z-001 are some of the highlights that add to the film. The plot itself is what I think confuses most people. To tell you the truth I was a bit confused on my first viewing as well. This is a fun romp that has a serious message. We can not abandon the people we care for, even if they are old. People are the issue, not the machine. The way this message is presented is so light that it's a little strange. Just go with it, you'll enjoy yourself. The Japanese acting was good as usual. The English cast seemed a little confused by the whole thing and sometimes they end up sounding lame. But I liked the English script more than the Japanese one, so I think it balanced out. The music fits the film and doesn't distract, but there was nothing too special about it.

This disc looked and sounded very good on both my players. I believe it's only in Stereo and I would have preferred a surround track, but it works fine. The picture is clear and crisp, and in widescreen! That's always a big plus in my book! The menu works and that's about it, nothing to write home about. The overall presentation is average. The disc is in a snapper case and the cover doesn't draw your eye (the video tape has the same problem). The only place this disc suffers in my opinion is in the extras department. You get the movie in two languages, with subtitles, and chapter stops; no trailers for the movie, no trailers for up coming movies, no behind the scenes info about the movie. I would have liked to at least seen a little something more here. Oh well. With that all said and done, I recommend this disc. The story and the animation are worth it. If you're feeling doubtful check it out on VHS first. But I doubt you'll be disappointed.

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