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

ADV Films presents
Burn Up Excess #3: Under the Gun (1997)

"You really are the Edison of our time, totally different from someone with no brains and big breasts."
- Chimama (Diaki Nakamura)

Review By: Jeff Ulmer   
Published: January 08, 2003

Stars: Yuka Imai, Maya Okamoto, Sakura Tange, Mami Kingetsu, Ryutaro Okiaya, Yuri Amano, Amanda Win Lee, Lani Minella, Jason Lee, Beth Wernick, Allison Kieth, Kimberly Yates
Other Stars: Toshihiko Seki, Daiki Nakamura, Kyousei Tsukui, Toai Kawashima, Paula Tiso, Jim Gallant, Mike Ross, Paul Mercier, Dave Wittenberg, Steven Kruiser
Director: Shinichiro Kimura

MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (15+ for mature situations)
Run Time: 01h:20m:02s
Release Date: December 10, 2002
UPC: 072727015223
Genre: anime


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

DVD Review

The third of four discs in the Burn Up Excess series delivers three more episodes showcasing the Team Warrior, a group of police women who covertly take on the jobs the cops can't handle—for a price. Like the previous disc, this collection focuses on a single member of the team in each installment, with the brains of the bunch, Nanvel, taking the lead in the first episode, and Rio returning to the fore in the two-parter that follows.

There is great excitement in the air over Nanvel's latest creation, as Team Warrior celebrates her new optical makeover machine, which can visibly alter a person's appearance—great for taking off those unwanted pounds. However, the team of crossdressing villains who were first introduced in the last disc make their return after being released from prison, and are after the device to aid them in their new criminal agenda. Their plan is to kidnap Nanvel and force her to use the device to conceal their identities, but they get an unexpected bonus when Rio is also captured.

Next, after coughing up her last yen for an expensive scarf, Rio is once again in the poor house, but Maki comes to the rescue with another assignment, this time guarding a VIP on his way to the UN. When their transport plane is hijacked by members of a rogue nation's operatives, Rio discovers that her charge is a highly developed tank, who would provide an unstoppable force if it fell into the wrong hands. Crash landing in the middle of the desert, Rio has to use her wits to get the tank safely out of enemy territory, facing a formidable army in the process. What she doesn't know about the vehicle adds to her adventure, as Team Warrior can do little but stand by and watch.

Once again we get a pretty amusing set of episodes, though the fanservice levels are a bit toned down from previous episodes, despite Rio's bathing on several occasions in the last two episodes. Nanvel's creation, Pin Zou-chan (Great Pink Elephant), creates plenty of havoc, and the drag queens offer a chuckle or two, while Rio's escapades are pretty typical for the character. I wouldn't say these are really standouts in the series, and the underlying plot doesn't really advance much, despite the participation of our evil mastermind, Miss Ruby, in the serial episode. There is also the inclusion of the lecherous Yuji's Additional Theatre which tags on to the end of the first and last episodes, offering plenty of nose bleeding as he tries to capture Rio's nakedness on his video camera. The first installment also includes a novel yet quickly annoying test pattern sequence. Overall, this has been the least entertaining of the bunch, but we'll have to see whether the story gets a boost in the final three chapters, or if the episodic silliness continues as the series concludes on the next disc.

Rating for Style: B
Rating for Substance: B-

 

Image Transfer

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


Image Transfer Review: Video quality is very good, with strong, yet not overly saturated color, solid blacks, and what fine grain there is is well rendered. Dark blues, which are generally problematic when it comes to noise, have some issues, but nothing excessive. The look is consistent through the first two episodes, but the third exhibits a fair number of scenes which look oversharpened, and which also tend to have more prominent rainbowing and haloing on outlines.

Image Transfer Grade: B+

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
DS 2.0Japanese, English, Spanishyes


Audio Transfer Review: Stereo audio is quite good, with a decent amount of discreet directionality. Audio is clean, with a nice presence, dialogue is easy to discern, and there were no technical issues were noted. The English track has a bit more bottom end oomph to it. A Spanish language track is also included, which differs primarily in tonal quality in the voices.

Audio Transfer Grade: A-

 

Disc Extras

Full Motion menu with music
Scene Access with 15 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
6 Other Trailer(s) featuring Excel Saga,Farscape, Wild Arms, Andromeda, Chance POP Session, The Devil Lady
Packaging: Scanavo
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extra Extras:
  1. Jiggle Counter™
  2. Production sketches
  3. Clean opening and closing animation
Extras Review: ADV's patented Jiggle Counter™ returns once again, however this feature seems to have some glitches on this disc. In the first episode, there are some missed Rio jiggles, and it doesn't work on the second episode at all, as neither the English translation or sign-only Jiggle tracks (numbers 4 and 5) have any subtitles.

Additionally, the sign subtitles on the second omake theatre are inconsistent in a couple of places, deferring to regular dialogue style subs that I find preferrable to the larger sign subs, which I found pretty annoying, as it covered the top half of the screen for the duration of the omake.

A collection of production sketches cover the main character designs and some of the anciliary cast. ADV has translated the Japanese notes on the drawings, making them a lot more interesting and relevant.

Clean opening and closing credits return, as does the show's trailer.

Finally, previews for Excel Saga,Farscape: Season 2, Wild Arms, Andromeda, Chance POP Session, and The Devil Lady are also included.

There was no insert in our review copy.

Extras Grade: C+

 

Final Comments

The third disc of Burn Up Excess offers more comedic misadventures for Team Warrior. While not quite up to par with some of the previous discs, this still is good for a chuckle for those who enjoy light comedy, plenty of action and a hefty dose of fan service.

 


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