07/24/2014  
Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II in Theaters Aug 29 & Blu-ray Sep 16Toy Story of Terror! On Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, and More Aug 19The Railway Man on Early Digital Aug 1 on DVD/Blu-ray Aug 12Gangster on DVD & VOD Jul 22Spartacus: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray, Digital HD, DVD Sep 16Awkward: Season 3 on DVD Aug 5Worm on DVD Aug 12

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Nick Jonas Releases 'Chains' Single ...
Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II in Theaters Aug 29 & Blu...
'Bosom Buddies' Star Donna Dixon Resurfaces, Stunning a...
'Fargo' will return to FX next season — but with new ca...
Toy Story of Terror! On Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, an...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
CREAM FAREWELL CONCERT...
JACK REACHER...
MANBORG...

CA Chuck Aliaga

CORRUPTION (BLU-RAY)...
THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
TANK GIRL (BLU-RAY)...
HORROR STORIES...
THE UNINVITED (BLU-RAY)...

RR Rich Rosell

THE GIRL...
THE HORDE...
LIFE IS SWEET (BLU-RAY)...
SHOUT AT THE DEVIL (BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO)...
THE BLUE ANGEL (BLU-RAY)...

MZ Mark Zimmer

BABY PEGGY: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM...
STORAGE WARS: VOLUME THREE...
Take Part in a Film Restoration...
THE 39 STEPS (BLU-RAY)...
DARK SHADOWS: THE BEST OF BARNABAS...

JS Jesse Shanks

2 BROKE GIRLS...
DOWNTON ABBEY SEASONS ONE & TWO LIMITED EDITION...
FLORENCE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RENAISSANCE...
NAZI COLLABORATORS...
KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (BLU-RAY)...
PURPLE NOON (BLU-RAY)...
WEEKEND (BLU-RAY)...
JUAN OF THE DEAD...
THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
SALO, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...

JC Joel Cunningham

YOJIMBO/SANJURO...
SUMMER HOURS (L'heure d'»t»)...
WIZARD OF OZ...
WINGS OF DESIRE...
HORTON HEARS A WHO!...

DH Dan Heaton

REVANCHE...
LAST DAYS OF DISCO...
NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
STARGATE SG-1: CHILDREN OF THE GODS...
STARGATE ATLANTIS: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

THE STEPFATHER...
THE HILLS RUN RED...
MANAGEMENT...
NIGHT OF DEATH...
GNAW...

KC Kevin Clemons

Freddy Got Fingered...

JU Jeff Ulmer

Secure The Second Season of The Border on DVD August 25...
THE WALTONS: THE COMPLETE 9TH SEASON...
Dance Me Outside kicks onto DVD May 6, 2008...

DD Dale Dobson

Film-Fest 4: Sundance 2000 & Hawaii...

RM Robert Mandel

Saving Private Ryan...

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

ADV Films presents
Golden Boy #2: Bound for Glory (1995)



Review By: Jeff Ulmer   
Published: September 26, 2002

Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Hiromi Tsuru, Yuka Koyama, Yuko Minaguchi, Yuri Shiratori, Juurouta Kosugi, Kikuko Inoue, Sakiko Tamagawa, Mika Kanai, Doug Smith, Sue Ulu, Laura Chapman, Yvonne Aguirre, Tiffany Grant, Allison Kieth, Kim Sevier
Other Stars: Junko Iwao, Miki Takahashi, Junko Shimakata, Mika Kanai, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Miho Yoshida, Yuko Mizutani, Kouji Ishii, Michiko Neya, Yoko Asada, Wataru Takagi, Goroh Naya, Ryuuzou Ishino, Tracey Shannon, Wendy Hughes, Renee Foresman, Mary Lou Reyes, Tristan McAvery, Brain Granveldt, Phil Ross, Marcie Corder, Charles Campbell
Director: Hiroyuki Kitakubo

Manufacturer: Americ Disc
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (17+ for mature situations, nudity)
Run Time: 01h:26m:21s
Release Date: June 18, 2002
UPC: 702727006623
Genre: anime


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
A B+A-A- C-

DVD Review

The final installment in Tatsuya Egawa's six-part Golden Boy OVA brings more mature humor and outrageous situations, featuring character designs by Toshihiro Kawamoto (Gundam 0083, Cowboy Bebop). Twenty-five-year-old Kintarou Oe is a student of life, moving from job to job, with no task too menial, as long as he can learn from it. However, he is not your average "freeter," he dropped out of Law School, but only after the curriculum became unchallenging. His one weakness is with the ladies, a fault that inevitably gets him in hot water, or in the case of the first episode, a swimming pool.

It is winter, and Kintarou is amazed to find people swimming at this time of year. His mind working the way it does, he quickly connects the aquatic fashionwear with its thin veiling of the female form, and when a leather-clad young beauty catches his eye, it unleashes his inner passions. Obsessed by her body, he is soon asking for a job as a swimming instructor, despite barely being able to manage the length of the pool on his own. The woman turns out to be the pool manager, and his obvious ineptitude precludes a position, but Kintarou is adamant that he can do the job, challenging his potential boss to a race in one month's time. A champion swimmer with a gold medal, she accepts, knowing there is no way this young man can best her, but she underestimates his tenacity for learning, as they both are Swimming in the Sea of Love.

In B@!!$ to the Walls Kintarou is working as a servant at a prominent aristocrat's house. Here, he meets Lady Reiko, a quiet and polite young woman, the perfect image of a traditional virtuousness; that is, until he discovers her gratifying herself with her motorcycle. Having sworn off men, she challenges Kintarou to a race through the canyon—on his bicycle—with the prize being her body should he win, a seemingly impossible task. Can Kintarou rise to the occasion? That should be pretty obvious by now.

The final chapter finds our student vying for a job at an animation studio, but as usual, his lack of experience isn't helping him land the position. Never deterred, he manages to become the production manager of the team producing a feature film for a headstrong producer determined to have her project finished on schedule or else! When unexpected problems arise that seem insurmountable, it is up to Kintarou to round up the talent to put the project to bed, so to speak. Hey, Animation is Fun!

This series has been hilarious, and with the last episode, wraps up perfectly. The humor is definitely adult, with plenty of fanservice, frank sexual discussion, nudity, and toilet hugging (one of Kintarou's favorite activities). The finale took the cake, and provided some education of its own on the animation process, and even the real life manga creator/supervisor makes a cameo. The animation is excellent, blending many styles of character and art design, changing tone on the fly from serious and dark, to light and ecchi seamlessly. The women are all viciously sexy, and Kintarou has many faces, echoing his diverse personality. The stories are molded together in the end, and hopefully set up a sequel. While certainly not for all tastes due to the sexual content, Golden Boy excels at what it does.

Rating for Style: A
Rating for Substance: B+

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicno


Image Transfer Review: Image quality is excellent, with vibrant, deep, and solid colors, and strong blacks. The great looking animation is well presented, with only minor aliasing standing out for flawsóeven the panning didn't seem to exhibit interlacing, and compression defects weren't an issue.

Image Transfer Grade: A-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Japanese, Englishyes


Audio Transfer Review: Stereo audio served the show well, with no technical deficiencies to report. Directionality was used effectively, while not being overdone. The overall sound was natural and full range on both original Japanese and the English dub.

Audio Transfer Grade: A-

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 17 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
2 Original Trailer(s)
Packaging: unmarked keepcase
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extra Extras:
  1. Clean opening and closing animation
  2. Image gallery
Extras Review: Extras are limited to clean opening and closing animation (once again, the black screen), a 10-image art gallery, plus preview trailers for episodes five and six. It's too bad we didn't get the preview for the third episode somewhere, but I can only assume it wasn't available. I couldn't find anything hidden this time out.

Extras Grade: C-

 

Final Comments

Golden Boy is a great series for mature audiences who enjoy sexually charged humor and good storytelling. The episodes here are packed with buxom females believing they are getting the better of their student, only to realize the truth when it's too late. The show comes to a nice conclusion, while leaving the door open for more. Due to the explicit content, this gets a hearty, though guarded recommendation.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

music, nick jonas, jonas brothers, jason evigan, r&b, chains, comedy, television, donna dixon, bosom buddies, dan aykroyd, james brown biopic, get on up, saturday night live, doctor detroit, fx, fargo, martin freeman, billy bob thornton, allison tolman, animation, drama, tca awards, breaking bad, true detective, matther mcconaughey, hbo, itunes festival 2014, september, pharrell williams, kylie minogue, maroon 5, david guetta, sam smith, blondie, beck, kasabian, movie, philip seymour hoffman, february death, cooper, tallulah, willa, mimi odonnell, james cahill jr., david friedman, box office, movies, action, app, james garner, maverick, the rockford files, devine secrets of the ya-ya sisterhood, 8 simple rules, the children's hour, doris day, reality, marvel comics, thor, femail, god of thunder, mjolmir, super hero, horror, johnny winter, blues guitar player, zurich switzerland, johnny winter album, willie dixon, walter horton, sex tape, the purge: anarchy, planes: fire & rescue, dawn of the planet of the apes, documentary, soccer, world cup, germany, argentina, mario goetze, dancing with the stars, abc, cheryl burke, botox, no eating disorder, no plastic surgery, simian flu, matt reeves, rick jaffa, amada silver, mark bomback, andy serkis, jason clark, keri russell, kodi smit-mcphee and gary oldman, daytime talk, the view, rosie o'donnell. whoopi goldberg, elisabeth hasselbeck

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too
Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact