Samurai X Vol. #2 -

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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: 15 & Up
  • Region: 4 - Australia / South America
  • Released By: Madman Entertainment
  • MSRP: 34.95 AU
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Rurouni Kenshin (aka Samurai X)

Samurai X Vol. #2


Samurai X Vol. #2
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
Exiled assassin, tormented woman.

After a series of disastrous events in Kyoto, Kenshin and Tomoe escape to a small farm in rural Japan. Living their lives as simple farmers, the two learn more about who they really are inside. Meanwhile, the political conflicts of the outside world inch closer day by day. A traitor is at work to bring down the rebellion, and destroy Kenshin in the process. Tomoe is torn by her familial allegiances and the ghosts of her tragic past. The fugitive couple soon find their lives inevitably drawn to a terrible conclusion. The forces that surround them manipulate their lives with invisible hands, weaving the loose threads for fate into terrifying tapestry for the stunning climax of SAMURAI X!

The Review!
Samurai X: Betrayal provides the final two episodes of the Rurouni Kenshin OAV in PAL format for the Australia and New Zealand markets, also useable on European players. Normally I’m not too fond of chapters that have names instead of numbers, but this sort of makes sense. After all you need to have trust before betrayal can take place ^_^

The conversion of the ADV masters to the PAL format is nice and spot on, easily equal to the NTSC version. Madman must of listened to all the fans posting on their site about switching instantly to the Rurouni Kenshin side of the reversible cover, because this time they remembered to add their little straight jacket guy emblem to the spine of the Kenshin side.

The menu uses the reversible Rurouni Kenshin cover art as the background. The menu makes sense and is easy to use, except for the option to play the Samurai X trailer. I doubt I’d find it unless the Trust cover mentioned that it was there somewhere.

Those worried about getting lumbered with inferior versions like many non-anime releases for the Region 4 market have nothing to fear, so you can support local companies and receive a near identical product for half the price of importing the US version.

Video Rating: A

Audio Rating: A

Content Rating: A

Package Rating: A

Menu Rating: B

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Character profiles,Screenwriter’s notes,Original trailer

Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor


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