11/22/2017  
Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...





Microsoft Store

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

Bandai Entertainment presents
Outlaw Star: Perfect Collection (1998)

"Go and meet your destiny, Gene Starwind!!"
- opening narration

Review By: Dan Lopez  
Published: November 05, 2002

Stars: Shigeru Shibuya, Ayako Kawasumi, Rica Matsumoto, Yuri Sa
Other Stars: Yűko Miyamura, Takaya Hashi
Director: Wendee Lee, Hongo Mitsuru

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (violence, language, nudity)
Run Time: 13h:00m:00s
Release Date: September 10, 2002
UPC: 669198082696
Genre: anime


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

DVD Review

Serial adventure stories are one of the great, classic forms of storytelling, but it's a style that's not seen often enough these days. Sci-fi shows, whether live-action or animated, seem to have latched on to a certain method that no longer resembles that episodic atmosphere. It is for this reason that Outlaw Star stands out in a crowd of sci-fi adventure anime, because it so thoroughly embodies that pulp-fiction aspect of classic serial storytelling. Like a stylish Western set in outer space, the show knows very much where it's going, what it wants to accomplish, and that it wants to be intense. Dramatically, Outlaw Star might not be challenging any frontiers, but it's fun, and that seems to be what really counts. Perfect Collection is simply the originally published 3 volumes of the entire series put into box format, but it makes a great way to experience the show in one dose.

Set in the future when space-travel is a regular part of life and most of the universe is charted and inhabited, the plot concerns Gene Starwind and Jim Hawkings. The pair operate a sort of jack-of-all-trades business, hiring themselves out for all sorts of jobs from being bodyguards to locating obscure, expensive technology. They also make money by killing off wanted criminals who have high bounties on their heads. All this changes, though, when Gene is hired as a temporary bodyguard for a mysterious space pilot named Hilda. He soon finds out this secretive woman is actually being hunted by one of the largest and deadliest gangs of space pirates. Gene is unsure why these pirates are pursuing Hilda, but in the process, he is forced to travel with her into space, something he's never done before.

On top of discovering the wonders of space travel, Gene and Jim are both about to have their lives changed forever. It starts when Hilda's mysterious package (for which she wants protection) turns out to be some kind of biomechanically manufactured girl, Melfina, whose purpose is unknown. What is known, though, is that Melfina has the ability to mentally bond with a special kind of spaceship and serve as its navigational core. Why is Hilda trying to unite this special starship with Melfina? Gene and Jim will quest to find out, because when the Kei Pirates successfully assassinate Hilda, they are left to their own devices with a powerful spacecraft, a strange girl, and a host of new enemies. Gene christens his new craft the "Outlaw Star" and vows to set off on his own adventure to discover what Hilda was searching for amongst the stars.

Outlaw Star is one of the finest anime programs out there, succeeding mainly because of its fast-paced action, wonderful character chemistry, great comedy, and cliffhanger plots. The balance is near-perfect between all these factors, and it really makes an obvious effect on the show. While the series takes a little while to get going into its core story, that actually turns out to be a good thing since it allows the viewer to get to know the characters, the situations, and become immersed in its world. The series is very much like a Western, with some similar situations and general nods to that genre. Of course, the difference is, it's all set in outer space amongst the outposts and stations all over the universe. Regardless of the time period, though, the concept of outlaws wandering their world searching for missions to take on or bad guys to get rid of is timeless. Ultimately, as the story evolves, Gene realizes his goal is to discover the "Galactic Leyline," the source of a rumored treasure in space and what the Pirate guilds have beenseeking for ages. Unfortunately, others are searching for it too, including a mysterious female assassin and an interstellar detective (who's so bad at her job she's essentially disowned by her home planet) named Aisha ClanClan, who is a weird half-cat, half-girl hybrid, known as a Ctarl-Ctarl. It is the interaction between all these players that forms most of the charm to the show, and there's so much to see and do (along with plenty of action) there's never a dull or 'filler' moment.

Rating for Style: A-
Rating for Substance: A-

 

Image Transfer

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


Image Transfer Review: Pioneer has always done a pretty good job with their transfers, and this is no exception. Artifact-free and generally clean of grain or major problems, the image is very cel-like and captures all the proper visual artistry of the hand-drawn work. Dark and murky scenes fare just as well, without any black level problems. There is almost no dot-crawl or moire, despite the clarity and sharpness, so that's definitely a plus.

Image Transfer Grade: A-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Japanese, Englishyes


Audio Transfer Review: The 2.0 Surround audio is superb on all of the discs. It's amazingly energetic and uses surround channel effects generously to augment the on-screen action. The track is very "airy" and fills the room well with plenty of outer space activity. While the English dub has some rather obvious weaknesses, it's acceptable, but the Japanese audio is more expressive and conveys the humor and subtleties better.

Audio Transfer Grade: B+

 

Disc Extras

Animated menu with music
Scene Access with 156 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
5 Other Trailer(s) featuring Cowboy Bebop, Tenamonya Teenagers, Angel Links, Don't Leave Me Alone, Daisy.
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
4 Discs
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extra Extras:
  1. Conceptual art.
  2. Textless opening and closing animations.
Extras Review: Various discs in the set contain roughly the same extra features. There are textless opening and closing animations, some previews for other discs, and conceptual art galleries of spacecraft and other visual elements of the series. While there aren't loads of supplements, what is there seems to fit the general mood of the anime, and the presentation is quite nice to boot with some extremely nice menus, covers and the new box for the set.

Extras Grade: C+

 

Final Comments

Outlaw Star is an exciting series from start to finish. It is fantastically rewarding as both a classic adventure serial with nods to other genres, as well as just your basic sci-fi story. It has set the stage for a few series since, but in general, none can top the energy, characters, and sheer power contained here. This is definitely a must-see, whether you are into anime or not.

 


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

television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store