|Category||Anime||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 2 - 1.33:1, not 16x9, Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Rating||Other Trailer(s)||Yes, 13 - ADV Film releases preview trailers|
|Year Released||1997 Japanese version
1998 English dubbed version
(not 60 minutes as stated on packaging)
|Other Extras||Character Biographies
English Cast Listing
Menu Audio and Animation
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||No||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||No||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384Kb/s)
Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
And if that sounds a little strange, then that is a reflection of what passes for the story here: but then again, based upon a video game, would you really be expecting Shakespeare? What passes for the broad story in Tekken - The Motion Picture is a little less than Shakespeare. Kazuya Mishima is dealt a severe test of character by his father, Heihachi Mishima, as a young boy - in the form of being thrown off a cliff and left to crawl back up to prove his mettle. His father is a devotee of an ancient mystique called Tekken, and people with the right stuff will amount to something in life - and being thrown off a cliff is a good test apparently. All this was witnessed by a young girl, Jun Kazama. Fast forward a few years and Jun suffers horrendous nightmares from the memories, Heihachi is head of a huge conglomerate that controls a significant bulk of the world's military hardware market and Kazuya is on a mission to kill his father in retribution. Trouble is, if he succeeds he will have passed his father's test and will take over the company - much to the horror of his adopted brother Lee Chaolan. So when the annual Mishima contest arrives, whereupon the last man standing has a shot at defeating grand champion Heihachi for a prize of $1 billion, Kazuya naturally enters, and Lee naturally does the underhanded things to stop him. Of course bad guy loses, good guy gets his chance at the boss and Jun saves the day by steering him away from the darkness.
What this really is all about is getting to see a bunch of fight scenes with a modicum of a story. Sort of an animated Jean Claude Van Damme film really, although this is miles better than anything he has done. And at that level it works well. There is some nice animation involved here, some interesting animation techniques used to good effect and overall this keeps the interest up for its length pretty well. The usual brief animated nudity is on display here, for those that have an aversion to such things. Not top drawer stuff by a long way but until we do get local releases of some seriously good anime, this will keep anime fans at least reasonably happy.
Given the shortish length of the film, I am guessing that this originated for television, and the transfer is presented in a Full Frame format, and is not 16x9 enhanced.
The overall transfer is in general quite sharp and well defined throughout, although there are a few sequences with intended softness which are a little distracting compared to the rest of the film. This is a quite clear transfer and there are no problems at all with low level noise in the transfer.
The colours are very nicely rendered, with a lot of very nice, brightish, vibrant colours on offer here. The colours are very sharp, with no hint of oversaturation and, apart from one very small instance, nothing remotely resembling colour bleed.
There is nothing even remotely resembling any MPEG artefacts in the transfer. However, the transfer does somewhat suffer from film-to-video artefacts, most noticeably quite extensive shimmering, especially when the camera pans up and down. Whilst it is nothing really horrendous, it is unfortunately quite noticeable and does detract somewhat from the transfer and the enjoyment of the film. There were no noticeable film artefacts. The presence of the shimmering really is a disappointment as otherwise this would have been a very good transfer indeed. Whilst it is doubtful that we will ever see such a beast, it would be interesting to see how much the shimmering would be rectified by the extra resolution of a PAL transfer.
There are three audio tracks on the DVD: an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, a Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and a French Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. The Japanese soundtrack is obviously the original track, whilst the English track is a dubbed track prepared in 1998 and it is therefore a little unusual in being a Dolby Digital 5.1 effort. Whilst my Japanese is non-existent, I nonetheless listened to both it and the English soundtrack, although obviously the Japanese soundtrack needed the English subtitles on as well.
Strict aficionados will abhor the presence of the English dub track, but I for one welcome its presence and it is the default soundtrack that I listen to. As usual, it is interesting to listen to the English soundtrack with the English subtitles on - as once again the non-correlation is quite amazing. You will soon appreciate the origin of the moniker "dubtitles".
The dialogue was always clear and easy to understand.
Naturally the animation suffers from the usual "audio sync" problems.
The original musical contribution comes from Toyama Kazuhiko and is nothing especially memorable.
The English soundtrack is a very nice 5.1 effort, nothing
really dynamic but with a nice presence in the bass channel. The surround
channels are reasonably well used, but lack the ultimate in detail that
perhaps would have elevated this to near reference standards. Front to
rear separation at times could have been a little better, but overall there
is not much to complain about here. The Japanese soundtrack obviously lacks
the surround presence at all, as it is very much straight stereo, but even
so the lack of this is not a real impediment to the enjoyment of the film.
Both soundtracks are free from distortion and are quite spacious, so the
resultant sound picture is generally quite a natural one.
A very good video transfer, with the shimmering caveat.
A very good audio transfer.
A decent extras package if not entirely DVD orientated.
© Ian Morris (have a
laugh, check out the bio)
12th March 2000
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515; S-video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega 84cm. 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 EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|