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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Bandai Visual
  • MSRP: �11500
  • Running time: 92
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: You're Under Arrest

You're Under Arrest Regular Edition

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You're Under Arrest Regular Edition
© Bandai Visual


What They Say
Big theatrical anime hit of '99. There are 2 DVD versions: a Dolby Surround version and a special first-pressing limited DTS edition. Contains trailers, spots and a 24-page booklet! Running time: 92 mins. Widescreen (Vista).

The Review!
Let me start off by saying that I am a big YUA fan. I love the OAVs for the story and beautiful animation and the TV series is wonderful too. However, I decided to write this review since the previous reviews did not indicate the flaws with this DVD title.

I purchased the regular (Dolby Digital) edition DVD of this title from CDJapan for $135 including shipping.

Packaging:

The cover art though different from the DTS edition was still quite attractive. It has a nice foreground picture of Miyuki standing and holding what looks like a sniper rifle and a larger picture of Natsumi in the background.

The packaging was none too impressive for the price though. It had a typical Pioneer DVD keepcase. The DVD had a picture of Miyuki's Honda "Today" on it.

The 24 page booklet was not very remarkable. Only around 10 pages were color. The color pictures included various sexy pictures of Miyuki and Natsumi but they were a bit small since the booklet fits inside the keepcase. The booklet was printed on some cheap magazine paper medium that looks like it cost $0.50 to produce. I know I am going off topic with following statement but here goes. This booklet was a sheer disappointment to me after seeing my friend's purchase of the Nadesico Movie DVD, which was only $80 and came with a nice booklet that was around 80 pages in full color with good quality thick paper.

There should have been more DVD bonuses too. There were two movie trailers, a commercial for the You're Under Arrest Special, a YUA Playstation game commercial, and a sequence of slideshow commercials advertising YUA products. They could have included the music video for "Calling", the ending theme to the movie. sung by Nitro. A picture gallery would have be nice too instead of the tiny pictures included in the booklet.

As mentioned in Kenneth Lee's review, the menu is pretty impressive. So that did impress me as a bonus.

Video:

The DVD transfer is pretty good--sharp with no visible artifacts. Enough said.

The main menu and the chapter selection menu is well animated, even more so than the actual movie.

This is where I whine about the major problem with this movie. The last time I checked, anime implies animation, right?

The folks at Studio Deen decided to use still frames during the most action intensive sequences. That was absolutely absurd. I counted at least 17 instances where still frames were used instead of animation!

For the high price of 11,000 yen, there better be good animation and lots of it. I was severely disappointed by the frequent still frames that interrupt the action and story flow. I'm still trying to figure out where that high price came from. It clearly wasn't the packaging or animation. I guess TBS Video, Emotion, or Studio Deen spent a lot of money on the DVD menus. That's the only thing I can think of.

I think the OAVs were better animated actually. Although the movie backgrounds were well detailed, that's no excuse to skimp on animation like that.

***Plot spoilers***

Examples:
car chase sequence where two cars collide ==> still frame
something is about to crash ==> still frame
death-defying rescue ==> still frame
car chase sequence where passengers are speaking ==> still frame
people are jumping off a bridge ==> still frame
person is running from a gas filled room ==> still frame
and the list goes on...
***End of plot spoilers***

Story:

I won't comment on the story since my Japanese knowledge is quite poor. Although relatively serious compared to other YUA stuff, the typical YUA humor was maintained for comic relief. I thought that was good since it was consistent with the other YUA works.

The movie trailers seemed to market this movie as an action flick but there was relatively little action compared to other action titles. There were a couple of obligatory car chases, bullets flying, something exploding, and something crashing. That's about it. Nothing phenomenal.

***Minor plot spoiler***

I've loved YUA for its story about the quirky relationship between Miyuki and Natsumi. That seemed to be missing from the movie, though understandable. YUA has also seemed to be a reasonably believable anime too with some exaggeration on Natsumi's strength. But what Natsumi does near the end of the movie is so ridiculously unbelievable that I was thinking "Oh come on! No way is that possible!"

***End of minor plot spoiler***

Summary:

Overall, in my opinion, this DVD was not worth the price because of the cheapness in animation sequences and few DVD bonuses. Also the story is hard to follow if your Japanese knowledge is poor since there is lots of dialogue. This DVD title should only be purchased if you are a YUA otaku, such as myself. Otherwise, you would wait for a domestic release by Animeigo sometime in the next decade unless ADV Films acquires it first such as in the case of some other movie...

Features
Japanese Language,Extra Booklet with Gallery Illustration

Review Equipment
Pentium II/266 MHz, Hollywood Plus DVD decoder card, Dell 1025TX Trinitron 17" monitor, crappy Labtec speakers (I'm a poor graduate student), Toshiba 4.8X DVD ROM drive

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