06/29/2016  
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

Ben Affleck Defends Tom Brady in Epic Expletive-Ridden ...
Five Things We Learned from Hamilton Mastermind Lin-Man...
'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Returning for Season 9 at HBO ...
Christina Grimmie 'Had the Biggest Heart,' Says Bria Ke...
Breaking: Nashville Will Return To TV on New Network...
President Obama joins Jimmy Fallon to 'slow jam the new...
Tim McGraw Brought His Teenage Daughter Maggie as His D...
'Humiliated' Woman Sues 'Ellen DeGeneres Show' for Titt...
Hairspray Live casts newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy T...
J.K. Rowling Slams Racists Unhappy Black Actress Will P...





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
Noir #2: The Hit List (2001)

"My name, my records, all lies. Who am I? I am Noir"
- Kirika (Houko Kuwashima)

Review By: Joel Cunningham   
Published: June 09, 2003

Stars: Kotono Mitsuishi, Houko Kuwashima
Other Stars: Aya Hisakawa, Tarako
Director: Kouichi Mashimo

Manufacturer: DVDL
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (15+ for animated violence)
Run Time: 01h:40m:00s
Release Date: April 08, 2003
UPC: 702727027222
Genre: anime


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
A- BA-A- D+

DVD Review

Noir #2: The Hit List continues the adventures of Mireille and Kirika, two professional assassins who carry out contracts together under the code name "Noir." The premise remains largely unchanged from the last volume—Kirika has no memory of her past, and Mireille is trying to discover more about her own, and they are working together only until their respective mysteries are solved.

Like most anime series that must fill a season with 26 episodes, Noir's central arc is dragged out quite a bit, with only a small mention or flashback or puzzle piece in the average episode. Therefore, the show's success rests on the strength of a particular installment's mission. There is a lot of angst and classy music, but in the end, this is really a show about elaborate, pathos-enriched action scenes, and this disc includes a few that are fairly effective.

In Lost Kitten, "Noir" is hired to kill a war criminal guilty of the murder of thousands of ethnic refugees, despite the fact that he has been living the life of a saint and feeding the poor since the conflict ended. Plus he takes care of a kitty, so he can't be all bad. In The Black Thread of Fate, Kirika is wounded when she can't pull the trigger fast enough during a mission to kill a popular revolutionary leader. Her misstep makes it difficult for Noir to flee the country, and Kirika is kidnapped by those looking to avenge the murder.

The final two episodes form a two-parter called Intoccabile Acts. The two assassins are in trouble with the mafia after killing a crime boss. To get back at them, the "Family" brings in a killer known as Intoccabile (Italian for "untouchable"), a young woman who had been banished from the mafia for killing her father. These two episodes provide some much needed insight into Mireille's past, and go a way towards explaining her ruthlessness on the job.

Noir isn't a particularly deep show, but it is slick and compelling. Action sequences are nicely animated and choreographed, and haunting choral music provides a nice aural backdrop for the sometimes bloody assassinations. My favorite aspect continues to be the exotic locations—after watching so many series set in Tokyo, New Tokyo, Tokyo-3, Neo-Tokyo, and the like, it is nice to travel to an animated European countryside or a French villa.

Rating for Style: A-
Rating for Substance: B

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.78:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: This is a great-looking show, and one of the few anime available in anamorphic widescreen, so I'm happy to say that it looks great on DVD as well. Colors are spot on and show no blooming or bleeding. Blacks are deep and show good shadow detail. Fine detail is excellent, showing off the intricate animation quite nicely. I noted no artifacting, and just a touch of aliasing in a few shots.

Image Transfer Grade: A-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
Dolby Digital
5.1
English, Japaneseyes


Audio Transfer Review: Audio is offered in the original Japanese or in nicely dubbed English. Both are mixed into DD 5.1 and sound quite good, though there isn't much difference between them. The surrounds enhance the score, and dialogue on both tracks is clear and anchored primarily in the center channel. Sound effects and the score are well positioned across the front soundstage.

Audio Transfer Grade: A-

 

Disc Extras

Animated menu with music
Scene Access with 24 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
6 Other Trailer(s) featuring Farscape: Season 2, Colorful, Excel Saga, You're Under Arrest: The Movie, Devil Lady, Zone of the Enders
6 TV Spots/Teasers
Packaging: generic plastic keepcase
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extra Extras:
  1. Clean Open and Close
  2. Production Gallery
Extras Review: This disc includes a typical ADV anime extras package. There's the clean opening and closing animation, a gallery of production art, a few original Japanese promos, and an ADV trailer gallery with spots for Farscape: Season 2, Colorful, Excel Saga, You're Under Arrest: The Movie, Devil Lady, and Zone of the Enders.

Extras Grade: D+

 

Final Comments

Noir is an atmospheric, moody episodic action series that pares out character development and motivation a little slowly for my liking, but it remains a stylish diversion. ADV has cut the episode number a bit for this volume, but these four installments are a worthwhile continuation of the assassin thriller.

 


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

celebrity, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, music, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, television, 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, movie, ghostbusters, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, taylor swift, calvin harris, 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, survivor: kaoh-rong, reality, michelle fitzgerald, aubry, tai, jeff probst, comedy remake, kristen wiig, kate mckinnon, leslie jones, beach boys, pet sounds, brian wilson, bob dylan, blonde on blonde, cannes film festival, selena gomez, beyonce, crazy in love, lemonade, sorry, donÕt hurt yourself, daddy lessons, dancing with the stars, nyle dimarco, bruno tonioli, carrie ann inaba, len goodman, live! with kelly and michael, kelly ripa michael strahan, beyoncˇ, jay z, rachel roy, cheating, prince, little red corvette, purple rain, linus and lucy, the bourne supremacy, the bourne ultimatum, matt damon, alicia vikander, vincent cassel, tommy lee jones, julia stiles, paul greengrass

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