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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: A+
- Menus Rating: A+
- Extras Rating: B
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Trigun
Trigun Vol. #3
By Chris Beveridge
July 25, 2000
Release Date: July 25, 2000
Trigun Vol. #3
What They Say
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
Wolfwood, the man of the cloth with the cross, is also a gunman with a past.
Like Vash, Wolfwood travels to redemption in the desert but continually finds that confrontations with one’s past can be far more deadly than a duel with pistols. Will these two kindred souls walk the same path or find each other obstacles to survival?The Review!
After what I thought were two decent if unspectacular volumes, the third volume really brought things to a level where I'm really enjoying it. And yes, I've gotten plenty of grief for not being an instant fan during the first seven episodes. I'm warming up to it now though.
Though presented in stereo, the audio tracks for this disc are very good. Between the rock oriented soundtrack, the loud guns and the furious action during the first episode, it's definitely a great listen. Dialogue was clean and undistorted in both tracks, and there's some decent directionality across the front soundstage throughout the episodes. Not a disappointment in this area at all.
One of the things that really hampered my enjoyment of the previous two volumes was the rampant amount of moire/rainbow patterns that showed throughout the episodes due to the style of artwork used. Thankfully Pioneer seems to have gotten a better handle on it this time around and it's far less noticeable. The rainbows are still there, but far less frequent and obvious, though it does depend on your system and calibration. On our main theater setup, the overall video is quite gorgeous in many of the more vivid scenes and appropriately "dry" during the exterior sequences. When we popped it into our Apex player that's connected to our 19" uncalibrated TV set, we saw a lot more of the rainbows showing up in characters faces and in the more detailed artwork. So your mileage may very well vary.
The first two covers were vary dark ones, hiding the good comedy and general adventure that was contained therein, though it probably helped sell a lot more of them, especially with the very slick card inserts in the front. The third volume, which features Nicholas D. Wolfwood prominently, not only hints at the fun within, but gives you a knowing nod and a wink to take the leap and join in the fun. The cover colors are quite good, especially with the insert card. The back gives a brief telling of the stories contained within and has some good pictures combined with the overall style of the artwork. The insert provides the front cover again with the episode numbers and the chapters for each, while the disc itself is the usual etched artwork.
The menu's... simply put, they rock. The first two were something that definitely top of the line and this one is no slouch itself. Great deep music, motions in the menus, quick access and an easy layout. To date, I think the Trigun menus are among the best out there, only below the Sol Bianca: The Legacy menu. And it's no surprise that they both come from the some company. Beautiful work guys, keep it up!
The extras on the disc are pretty decent, with 35 images worth of conceptual artwork for the weapons in the show along with 25 still images in a gallery. I'm still holding out for a creditless opening and ending for this show though.
All that aside, the most important thing is how's the show. As I mentioned at the beginning, I enjoyed the first seven episodes, but wasn't really as hyped to see it as a lot of others were. Those who had seen it previously always say to just give it a little bit and it'll get better. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. Trigun most certainly does.
The first episode brings to a close the whole sand steamer arc, which I thought overall was pretty week, but the final segment to it on this disc brought a lot of things to the front. The change in attitude from Vash during this episode helped flesh out the character a lot, even while giving him several opportunities to do several silly things (such as the multiple bashing on the kids head). The episode ended with some good fun fight sequences and basically brought the arc to a close in a decent if slightly clichéd way.
The second episode though, this is the one that won me over. Frankly, what won me over was the introduction of Nicholas D. Wolfwood. And a lot of this is attributed to the voice actor, Shou Hayami. The character itself, the scoundrel priest wandering the desert to do good, though with the typical style and charm reminiscent of Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars, isn't terribly original. But teamed with Vash and voiced by Hayami, he's a hoot. The style, the dialogue, the playfulness in everything. The guy is plain fun to watch!
His introduction brings him and Vash traveling along the desert with Meryl and Millie in tow. When the finally come across Wolfwood and bring him along, the two hit it off in the usual fashion, with Vash being less than enthralled with this new traveling mate. Of course, things don't stay quiet long with Vash and he ends up doing battle with some nasty robots alongside Wolfwood, which leads to more small but insightful revelations about both men.
The final episode brings Vash and Wolfwood back together again. In the slightly decent sized town they're in, Wolfwood enters Vash into a gun contest to help win some money for a poor family that he's helping out. Vash refuses at first, but it only takes a few bottles to change his mind. Much hilarity and gunplay ensues. What really makes what would be your usual Robin Hood fare fun to watch is the continual interplay between Vash and Wolfwood. They definitely make a great buddy pic team.
And keep an eye on Wolfwood and Millie!
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