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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: D
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Central Park Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Silent Service

Silent Service

By Aaron J. Heiner     February 18, 2002
Release Date: January 09, 2001

The Review!
The Seabat has gone rogue and no one knows why. This movie was, half military strategy movie and half political. The way the International policy was described as well as US military tactics portrayed are so unrealistic one might think the US military consists of people with the experience in combat of a sea cucumber. Not saying that a lot of them don't! The biggest thing that bugged me was how the movie ended. Squid, a fellow reviewer and myself were watching and then the credits rolled. We both blurted out loud: Where's the end of the movie? The movie does not end, it just stops. And when all is said and done, the story serves no point once the credit rolls and it leaves one to wonder: What the hell was the point of all the trouble everyone went through? There is a message served by all this but it does not justify the abrupt stop.
Manga typically never has been able to transfer or produce anime very well and continues the trend with this video. The video and audio could have been better during transfer especially since Silent Service was created for the theater by Sunrise in 1995.

The video was better than I had expected from Manga. The colors were vivant and lively, but I think that was more of Sunrises doing than Manga's ability to transfer video

The menus worked but that was a they do, and the Extras were not very impressive, if you could call them extras. I would have preferred some effort-any effort. At least the cover was brightly colored.

I had been looking forward for this movie for over two months to be released, and I received it two weeks late. But I was sorely disappointed and maybe I set my hopes to high for this movie. It has been a while since a good military modern day drama has been produced in anime form, or at least in a non-mecha story anyway, and still if you want a good military drama anime, then you will still need to wait.

Review Equipment
Sony DVPS330P DVD Player, Panasonic 27GT14, AIWA NSX-V76


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