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ADV Films presents
"It seems our days on the Nautilus are far behind us."
DVD ReviewThe adventures of young inventor Jean and mysterious acrobat/princess Nadia (together with baby lion King) and little orphan Marie continue, as does the pursuit of nearly everyone for the Blue Water, the jewel Nadia wears as a pendant.
Stranded on a deserted island, Jean, Nadia and Marie, as well as baby lion Kingu, try to make the best of it, subject to Nadia's principles. The vegetarian vs. meateater arguments continue here. Nadia gets food poisoning, and Jean has a runin with hallucinogenic mushrooms. As their affections grow, Kingu begins to grow jealous and runs away. When a typhoon strikes, they find that another mysterious island has appeared nearby, and that it harbors what seems to be a new menace.
These episodes were hurriedly put together when the original run of the series on Japanese television was extended. Not only do these four episodes feel like filler, they look somewhat different as well. There are numerous inserts of much, much poorer quality animation. The characters look vastly different from shot to shot. Many sequences feature minimal animation, being for the most part completely static. Numerous shots are repeated, and there are copious flashbacks that in total make it clear that the budget was stretching to the breaking point here.
There are some good aspects to this disc, most notably the character interactions and some glimpses of Nadia's backstory. However, the love-hate gimmick between Jean and Nadia is wearing a bit thin and I was beginning to feel impatient for the story to move along. Episode 26 features a very extended fantasy sequence that does nothing to further the main plot or really give any additional insights into the characters.
Rating for Style: C+
Rating for Substance: C
Image Transfer Review: In addition to the poor quality inserts mentioned above, there is considerable instability of the picture. On several occasions objects and characters that are supposed to be still twitch on the screen. The inserts are not only poorly animated, but they also are blurry and look like fourth-generation dupes.
Image Transfer Grade: C
Audio Transfer Review: Both the English and Japanese tracks are presented in 2.0. The music and dialogue are quite clear and hiss-free. There is some surround activity in the island sequences, but it's fairly subtle.
Audio Transfer Grade: B+
Disc ExtrasStatic menu with music
Scene Access with 16 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
Extras Grade: D
Final CommentsA disc of filler episodes that doesn't really advance matters, this disc makes a poor followup to the dynamic disc 6.
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