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  • Audio Rating: C+
  • Video Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: C
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: MVM Entertainment
  • MSRP: ¬£19.99
  • Running time: 155
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Biohunter

Ultimate Anime Horror Collection

By Bryan Morton     January 24, 2007
Release Date: September 11, 2006


Ultimate Anime Horror Collection
© MVM Entertainment


What They Say
See Individual Disc Reviews for Full Breakdown

The Review!
MVM takes three alleged horror releases and packages them in one low-price set " but it's still not really worth the money...

Packaging:
The set comes in a reasonably sturdy cardboard slipcase, containing the three discs in their original packaging. The box artwork is very simple " a silhouette of an anonymous creature against the full moon, and the collection's name in ominous blood-red text (repeated on the box spine). The rear has short descriptions of each disc. I can't say it's a package that screams "quality", but then that's not what you're getting anyway...

Content: (please note that content portions of a review will contain spoilers)
For full details on each of the three movies that make up this set, your best bet is to read the reviews of the individual discs:
Bio Hunter
Twilight of the Dark Master
Psycho Diver

That's in order from best to worst. Bio Hunter is easily the best of the bunch, and manages to be quite enjoyable - even if that's more by being quite funny in places, rather than being actively scary. The characters have some charisma about them, as well, which helps get you into the series, although the background to the Demon Virus is left vague so you're never really quite sure why anything is happening.

Twilight of the Dark Master wins the award for creative demon designs, with some suitably gruesome beasts, but the characters are to a man (or woman) very unlikeable - which is probably just as well, as most of them die anyway. It also suffers from very bad pacing, which makes it feel like the show is twice as long as it is.

Psycho Diver is the lowlight of the set, and is an OVA with little or no redeeming qualities - and that's before you get to the absence of a Japanese language track or subtitles. I honestly can't think of the last time I saw any anime that was quite so tedious to watch - and I've watched a lot of anime over the years. I've never seen the alleged poster child of bad anime (MD Geist), but I'd suspect Psycho Diver is down there with it.

In summary:
Thankfully, the set is cheap, which eases the pain of Psycho Diver's inclusion. The other two discs do have their moments, so for £25 (or less depending on online discounts), you may just get your money's worth, but I would definitely recommend trying before you buy.

Features
3 MUST-HAVE HORROR MOVIES IN ONE GREAT SET

Bio Hunter
A strange virus attacks the human genetic code and transforms people into monsters with demonic powers. Komada and Koshigaya are just a couple of guys (Professors, actually) who hunt the night to extinguish the Demon Virus whenever they encounter it. One of them is already infected by it, and the infestation spreads every day....

Meanwhile, one monster is stalking the streets of Tokyo, ripping open young women and devouring their livers. A famed psychic holds the secret to the identity of the monster. Now it's up to Koshigaya and Komada to reach the psychic and his beautiful daughter, before it's too late!

Twilight of the Dark Master
From the beginning of time, Powerful, grotesque Demons and beautiful, noble Guardians have battled for Earth. A deep hatred eternally burns between Demon and Guardian; the Guardians knew the Demons' thirst for blood and power would destroy humanity and the world itself.

Eons later, in the year 2089, few Demons or Guardians remain in Neo-Shinjuku to continue their epic war. Humans rule the Earth, with no real memory of the monstrous Demons or angelic Guardians. Yet, deep within the dark underworld of the city, the supreme Demon is still alive and plotting, once again, to overtake mankind. Only one Guardian is left to do battle, and the fate of the human race hangs in the balance...

Twilight of the Dark Master's elaborate story will transport you to a world full of ornate imagery and exotic characters.

Psycho Diver
Yuki is a young, beautiful pop superstar with her life in turmoil. She is haunted by memories of a dark and violent past and is discovering she possesses extraordinary psycho-kinetic powers she cannot control. It is up to Bosujima, a PSYCHO DIVER with exceptional talents, to descend into her turbulent soul and set things right before her inner demon kills him. What he doesn't know is that there are others who will stop at nothing to control Yuki's fate... and that he is stepping into a power struggle he may not survive. Enter Bosujima, a "psycho diver" with the capability to enter people's heads and straighten out what's wrong with them. Well, most of the time, anyway.

PSYCHO DIVER: An elite specialist who enters a troubled soul through a laser-computer interface, removes the problem... and hopefully gets out alive.

Review Equipment
Panasonic TX-W28R30P 28" widescreen TV; Pioneer DV-626D player; Acoustic Solutions DS-222 5.1 speaker system.

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