|Category||Animation||Menu Animation and Audio
Dolby Digital Trailer - ****
Theatrical Trailer - 1.33:1, not 16x9, Dolby Digital 2.0 (1:30)
Featurette - Julie Strain "Super Goddess"
Featurette - Behind The Scenes
Storyboard Comparisons (5)
Featurette - Animation Tests
Gallery - Photo
|Running Time||84:25 minutes|
|Starring||Julie Strain Eastman
|Case||Transparent Soft Brackley|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||No||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448
French (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
German (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
Isolated Music Score (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
In a fairly banal story that has in a broad sense been the basic plot of B-grade science fiction for many a year, the story begins many years ago with a race called the Arrications. They discovered the essence of immortality and used the power as a means of subjugating the galaxy. Eventually the subjugated races of the galaxy managed to overthrow the Arrications and, determined not to allow immortal beings to subjugate them again, interred the essence in a chamber that could only be opened by a special key which was promptly tossed into the vastness of space where in theory it should be lost forever. Unfortunately, the essence of immortality also managed to seep into the ground on a planet called Eden and over the years this essence became a part of the DNA of the inhabitants of Eden. Enter into the scene one miner known as Tyler (Michael Ironside) who during a drilling shift on some far-flung planetoid in the galaxy discovers the key to the chamber. This sets into motion a sequence of events that will lead to the ultimate battle between good and evil.
Having the key is but step one towards immortality. Tyler also needs the essence and so launches an attack upon Eden that devastates the planet and captures a bunch of inhabitants from whom he intends to distil the essence. One of the captured is Kerrie, little sister of Julie (Julie Strain Eastman). Now Julie gets a tad pissed about the destruction of her planet, the murder of her father and the kidnapping of her little sister. And so the buxom amazon sets off in hot pursuit of Tyler and his associates with the express intent of killing the bastard. Naturally this proves a slightly difficult task for obvious reasons. But Julie is just a little more, but not much more, than a couple of big mammaries, and tracks him down for the ultimate battle - whilst also rescuing her little sister. Along the way she comes into contact with a mystic by the name of Odin (Billy Idol) who turns out not to be what he proclaims to be, and provides the twist in the story as we head to that ultimate battle.
About as predictable as a two bob watch, about the only thing that makes this work is the fact that the animation is damn good and Michael Ironside. His vocalization is worth the purchase price alone. As for the rest? Average or a little bit better than average, with the rather clichéd story thankfully not being extended beyond its welcome. It just about sustains its length, but some of the subsidiary dialogue is pretty woeful.
Not exactly a rip-roaring success in my view as a film, the animation elevates this to above average and makes it something that is at least worthwhile watching.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.
There is nothing at all wrong with the transfer here. It is brilliantly sharp throughout with oodles of detail on offer. This is basically a flawless presentation of animation that demonstrates how good animation can look on DVD...and they said animation was not a good medium for DVD! There is no grain to be seen anywhere in the transfer and low level noise was also absent from the transfer. The clarity was very good throughout.
Animation usually means bright, vibrant colours but in this instance there is not much in the way of bright, vibrant colours on offer here. That is not to say this is a dull transfer, but it certainly is true to say that the general tone of the colours is a tad muted. Overall, I felt the colours suited the film pretty well and there is certainly nothing wrong with the technical presentation - there is certainly no evidence of oversaturation nor colour bleed here. You could perhaps argue that a more vibrant palette would have conveyed some scenes a lot better, and certainly would have reduced the glaringly different colours of the CG animation, but then again you could also admit that it could have looked a lot worse.
There did not appear to be any MPEG artefacts in the transfer. Apart from exceedingly minor shimmer on a couple of occasions, there did not appear to be any film-to-video artefacts in the transfer. There did not appear to be any significant film artefacts in the transfer.
This is an RSDL
formatted DVD with the layer change coming at 60:48.
This comes during one of the number of black scene changes that occur throughout
the film, probably to aid advertisement insertion on television broadcasts,
and is completely unnoticeable and not disruptive to the flow of the film.
The dialogue was very clear, and very easy to understand. The usual animation sync issues exist here, but seemingly less than usual which would support the information in the featurette that the dialogue was re-recorded after the animation was completed in order to match the dialogue more closely to the animation.
The original music score comes from Frederic Talgorn and is a fairly clichéd type of effort. It is largely overshadowed by the fairly clichéd heavy metal music provided by the likes of Pantera and a bunch of similarly talentless bunch of bands. No doubt heavy metal freaks will love this soundtrack and the neighbours will be truly rocked to their foundations when the DVD is cranked up to the max.
I might have loads of complaints about the music
style and quality but the soundtrack itself? None at all about the soundtrack.
Words like awesome, dynamic, and ear-splitting spring to mind readily here.
Some serious bass channel activity gets this soundtrack rocking big time
and there is loads of action out of the surround channels, both front and
rear. The overall effect is really terrific and if this gets cranked up
a little too high, physical damage to property and health will probably
result! Despite the great dynamics of the soundtrack, it is still a really
quite naturally-balanced effort that has just the right sort of front soundscape
to make the dialogue of Michael Ironside in particular come across
in just the right sort of menacing way. Brilliant stuff indeed.
|Surround Channel Use|
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
15th January 2001
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515; S-video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega 80cm. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in|
|Amplification||Yamaha RXV-795. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right C-2; rears EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|