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|Category||Anime||Main Menu Animation
|Running Time||80:10 minutes|
The AV Channel
|Case||Transparent Soft Brackley|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 224 Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||No|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Ninja Resurrection is one of the titles that has been reissued in PAL, dub only.
Now interestingly, this particular title was the one anime title I have reviewed that has drawn the most communication from readers, at least one of which was almost vitriolic in its condemnation of my views about the DVD. Well, unfortunately I anticipate that I shall once again be inundated with such e-mails as I am not going to amend the original plot synopsis in any way, for the simple reason that the second episode on the DVD remains almost as mysterious in meaning to me as the first time I saw it. So you best head over to the original review to check out what you will object to.
Despite the fact that the rating on the contents has dropped from an R to an MA, there has been no diminishing of the violence shown here. It therefore remains a DVD that should not be indulged by those with an aversion to extreme animated violence and gore.
The basic shape of the transfer remains the same obviously, presented in a Full Frame format apart from the opening sequence to the second episode, which is in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The transfer is not 16x9 enhanced.
The basic comments relating to the NTSC version remain pretty much the same here. This is a decently sharp transfer without reaching any great extremes in ultimate sharpness, being as the overall style of the animation is slightly softer. Definition is pretty good too and there is enough detail here to allow the action to stand out. Shadow detail is good but not especially spectacular. The transfer is reasonably clear with no serious indications of grain. There are no problems with low level noise in the transfer.
The colours are nicely rendered, although the style of animation here is not for bright vibrant colours. The overall palette is a reasonably richly-toned effort that is no deterrent at all to diminishing the feel of the violence. A rather more vibrant transfer could perhaps have aided the overall feel a little more, but overall I have no qualms about the style of colour matching the style of the animation. There are no indications of oversaturation in the transfer, and colour bleed is also a non-issue.
There did not appear to be any MPEG artefacts in
the transfer. The one noticeable improvement in this PAL transfer is the
diminished aliasing in the transfer. In fact, there did not appear to be
any film-to-video artefacts in the transfer at all. There are no obvious
film artefacts in the transfer either, other than perhaps a couple of minor
white spots here and there.
The dialogue comes up well in the soundtrack, being clear and easy to understand. There did not appear to be any audio sync problems in the transfer, apart from the obligatory animation sync issues.
The original musical score comes from Masamichi Amano and is a fairly atypical example of the genre in having more of a Japanese sound to it than usual. A good if not entirely memorable score.
The soundtrack is a pretty reasonable effort, obviously
without anything in the way surround and bass channel use. Free of any
distortions, this is a quite open-sounding soundtrack with a decent enough
and natural soundscape.
|Surround Channel Use|
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
22nd May, 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|