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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part II

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"Jin-Roh"  (Blu-ray)

Jin-Roh Synopsis

10 years have passed since war changed the face of Japan, a Japan which now burns with the fire of civil unrest. Fueled by rampant crime and poverty, a well armed anti-government group has risen amongst the people; with the intent of stopping the government through its terrorist plots. To combat this group, an elite group of heavily-armored soldiers was formed, trained like dogs, these men were to combat the growing unrest with extreme and severe prejudice; these men were the Capitol Police. However, when Constable Fuse, a member of the Capitol Police hesitates to kill a young courier, he is forced to face his own humanity and ultimately decide - is it better to live as a chained dog?

Specifications

    • Bandai Visual
      1999, Color, Rated R, 1 hour 42 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • 1080p
    • Japanese PCM 5.1/2.0
    • English DD 5.1
    • Directed by Hiroyuki Okiura
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

It's been a few years since I've seen this anime classic. Oshi is always known for his more political based story lines and this is no exception. Those looking for an action film may be a bit disappointed. Sure there is some nice action sequences, but this is more of a message film and the drama is well written. The animation is also quite good and still one of Production IG's best.

Technical

The 1080p presentation is far better than any DVD presentation I've seen of this film to date. I was surprised just how good it looked. Colors are a bit muted, but this film had an intentionally drab look to it to compliment the storyline. Detail in backgrounds is excellent and there is a complete lack of noise, film wear and compression. This transfer has gotten me really excited to see some more classic anime!

As good as the video presentation was, the audio takes it up a notch further. The uncompressed PCM mix is quite engaging and makes spectacular use of the rear soundstage. This film has impressive sound design and all of the action and onscreen mayhem is balanced well from channel to channel. Dialogue is natural in timbre and imaging is solid.

Extras

Not really any extras on the disc itself but this nicely packaged offering includes a 20 page booklet with a new interview from the director as well as a 522 page storyboard book. I'm sure there are some collectors that would love to add this to their shelves.