11/21/2017  
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

Columbia TriStar Home Video presents
Heavy Gear #2: Battle For the Badlands (2002)

"Let's make Dragon stew!!"
- Gunther (Nicolas Guest)

Review By: Dan Lopez   
Published: October 24, 2002

Stars: Greg Ellis, Charles Shaughnessy, Lukas Haas, Clancy Brown
Other Stars: Michael Chiklis, David DeLuise, Sarah Douglas
Director: Vince Edwards, Alan Caldwell, Patrick Carroll

Manufacturer: DVCC
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for pervasive action violence.
Run Time: 01h:39m:00s
Release Date: August 10, 2002
Genre: anime


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

DVD Review

The second volume of Heavy Gear brings viewers back into the battle-ridden world of Terra Nova, where giant combat robots are about the best thing there is. As with the previous volume, most of the disc is concerned with the fights between the Shadow Dragons and the Vanguard, two of the fiercest teams on the Terra Nova surface. In specially arranged Gear tournaments, they sock it to each other using missiles, swords, lasers, giant machine guns, and pretty much anything else that's handy. Here, things begin with a duel on the so-called Towers of Terror, where Gear pilots have to climb giant towers while fighting each other at the same time. When Marcus Rover, our young hero from the first disc, unintentionally makes a mockery of the talent of the Vanguard, he sets the stage for the tournaments to come. The Vanguard (and one member in particular) focus totally on revenge for their embarrassment at the Towers, which leads to serious problems for the Shadow Dragons.

As the Gear tournament makes its way across Terra Nova's worst deserts, the Vanguard decide to sabotage the giant hover train they're all traveling on, and abandon the Dragons to the desert. Since the train also contains the annoying creator of the Gear tournament, he decides to declare the whole thing as part of the games, which means their performance during this act of treachery is actually counting towards their final scores. While the action is fast and fierce, I have no problem admitting that the stories here are weakening. It's a repetitive cycle where the Shadow Dragons win some form of victory against the Vanguard, but then the Vanguard just cheats (again) to catch up. The lack of honorable combat begins to get annoying. While this set the stage for characters on the first disc, here it seems like treading too much on familiar territory, sacrificing the possibility of more interesting stories as well. Why aren't there any other Gear teams on the show? It's implied there's dozens, but we only see the antics of the Vanguard.

Still, that's not to say Battle For the Badlands is not entertaining, it just lacks solid plotlines. It makes up for this, though, in fast-paced action, with plenty to pay attention to. Unfortunately, some of the other characters in the show take a backseat here, which I think is probably a bad decision as it breaks the feeling of team unity the first disc managed to set up. At this point, the characters are more familiar, though, and there's no question that the character of Greco is based on 'Oddball' from Kelly's Heroes. Heavy Gear stays loose and fun, it just lacks the story development we usually see from producer Audu Paden.

Rating for Style: B-
Rating for Substance: B-

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1:78:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: Widescreened at 1:78:1, the image is near-perfect, although probably not directly from a CG render. Still, it's clean and sharp, delivering precisely what the show deserves. While there is some slight sharpening issues (moire and dot-crawl here and there), they're pretty minor and really have to be looked for to be noticeable.

Image Transfer Grade: A-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Spanishyes
Dolby Digital
5.1
Englishno


Audio Transfer Review: The primary Dolby 5.1 track is pretty effective, but isn't as explosive as a lot of 5.1 tracks you might be used to. Still, it delivers a very clear and spatial front soundstage, with occasional surround channel material. There's a little bit of low bass here and there, but nothing very noticeable. The on-screen action is complimented by the audio, and the mix makes a nice improvement from the television format.

Audio Transfer Grade: B+

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 28 cues
Subtitles/Captions in ENglish, Spanish, French with remote access
0 Original Trailer(s)
3 Other Trailer(s) featuring Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, Cowboy Bebop, Metropolis
2 Feature/Episode commentaries by (1)Producer Audu Paden, producer Richard Raynis, writer Mark Hoffmeier, writer Mark Seidenberg, and more (2)Producer Audu Paden, animation director Steven Wendland, associate producer Kevin Gamble, animation , director Will Lau, designer Shawn Frewe
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extra Extras:
  1. Conceptual art gallery
Extras Review: As with the previous Heavy Gear volume, there are two incredibly thick commentary tracks here. The filmmaker's commentary features the producers and some members of the writing staff. Producer Audu Paden moderates the whole discussion very well. Pretty much everything you'd ever want to know about the evolution of these episodes is here, and the discussion is simply brimming with anecdotes and information. On the same level is the second 'technical' commentary, which contains contributions from animators, directors, and even a few voice cast members. It's got quite a lot people on it, way more than you might be able to keep track of for the average commentary, but it's worth a listen for anyone who enjoyed the disc. Things are finished with a conceptual gallery of technical drawings and some additional trailers.

Extras Grade: B

 

Final Comments

For sci-fi action fans, Heavy Gear's second disc should certainly satisfy. Despite a weak story, the excitement it taut and clever. Check it out.

 


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