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Perfect Blue Region 1 DVD review

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  1. Sigismund

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD WIDTH="40">&nbsp;</TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 18px; color: white; text-align: center '>PERFECT BLUE</TD><TD WIDTH="40"></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD WIDTH="120"><TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: center'>Reviewed June 2004 by <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?dvdid=Edward Marshall">Edward Marshall.</A></TD><TD WIDTH="120" STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: right'>

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD COLSPAN="2" VALIGN="TOP"><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/PerfectBlue/PerfectBlueR1.jpg" ALT="PERFECT BLUE" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>PERFECT BLUE (1997)<B> <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?compare=1683"><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/images/comparedvds.gif" WIDTH="121" HEIGHT="18" BORDER="0" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" ALT="Comparison feature coming soon"></A><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Genres</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=MYSTERY">MYSTERY</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=THRILLER">THRILLER</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=ANIMATION">ANIMATION</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=ANIME">ANIME</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Director</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=SATOSHI KON">SATOSHI KON</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Stars</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=HIDEKI HAMAZU">HIDEKI HAMAZU</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=SATOSHI KON">SATOSHI KON</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>Region</B></TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>1</B> <FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">(USA)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Supplier</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">Manga. Released Thursday 1st January 1970</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Price</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">22.44</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Discs</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">1</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Format</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">DVD9</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Time</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">81 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">14</FONT></TD></TR>
    </TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Picture</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Non-anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1&nbsp;</TD>
    </TR></TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Sound</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">English Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>English Dolby Digital 2.0<BR> Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Subtitles</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">English</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Case</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Amaray</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Extras</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Interview with Director Satoshi Kon<BR>Voice actor interviews (English & Japanese Mima)<BR>Original Theatrical Trailer<BR>Musical Photo Gallery<BR>Behind The Scenes Performances<BR>Bonus Audio Track<BR>Manga 2000 Previews</TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>The Movie</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Pop singer Mima Kirigoe leaves pop trio “Cham” and heads into a new career as an actress, as recommended by her slightly sleazy agent and much to the objections of his assistant, Mima’s friend, Rumi. When Mima lands a role in a sexually charged murder mystery, her life begins to fall into a hallucinogenic mix of reality and nightmares as she finds a web site that describes every intimate detail of her life. Soon, she finds the people responsible for her change from pop idol to actress are being killed in vengeful and violent attacks. But what, and who, is real in her new life and why is her old life haunting her?</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Perfect Blue is a rarity in anime. A genre-busting original that does not concern mystical, futuristic or psudo-Orwellian concepts. Instead, it’s a very good psychological thriller.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Originally conceived as a live-action project, Perfect Blue was retooled as an animated feature following delays caused by the 1994 earthquake. It’s origins definitely shine through though. Looking beyond the animated presentation, you soon begin trying to unravel the twisting plot attempting to keep track of what is real and what is maginary. Excellent</p></TD></TR></TABLE>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Picture</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>4</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The animation is not as fluid, detailed or natural as other anime produced around this time. However, for some reason this doesn’t seem so important. The characters have so much personality and the locations have been composed so well that the fact you’re watching an animation somehow doesn’t matter. What does matter is the fact that all we have on offer here is a matted 1.85:1 letterboxed image with no anamorphic enhancement. This is a real shame as those of you with large screen displays, or front projection setups, will have to zoom in on the image and suffer the accompanying magnification of the line structure. The print itself also seems to suffer from some occasional over saturation and has a little print noise throughout.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=PerfectBlue/PerfectBlue_1.jpg" ALT="PERFECT BLUE"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Sound</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>7</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">An oddity arose here. When I tried to play the disk in my usual review Pioneer player it stubbornly refused to believe a DD 5.1 track existed. Selecting the English or Japanese 5.1 tracks always resulted in my player saying a DD 2.0 signal was selected. Thankfully my home-theatre PC rig decided that I was right after all and sent out a genuine DD 5.1 signal to my amp. </p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Given the subject matter you probably wont expect much from the mix. Here you would be mistaken. Good use is made of the surrounds, portraying the unsettling nature of the situation that Mima finds herself slipping into in quite an effective way. Assuming your player will acknowledge it of course.</p>
    <P STYLE="font-size: 10px">In one of the disks extras there are a series of mini interviews with the voice actors and it is evident that they put a great deal of effort into their performances which has really paid off. I can honestly admit that this is one of the few occasions where, on watching a foreign movie, I have preferred the English dub. The original Japanese characterisations seem a little “thin” for some reason. In particular, the characterisation of Mima just seems too timid, even late on into the film’s plot. Interestingly, in an interview with the original Japanese actress, it does seem as though she was not prepared for the intensity of the role.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=PerfectBlue/PerfectBlue_2.jpg" ALT="PERFECT BLUE"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Extras</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>5</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Menus are animated and scored and follow the theme of the movie well. Whatever you do though do <b><u>not</u></b> run any of the extras until you have watched the movie. Spoilers are peppered throughout which would definitely ruin the twist ending. Consider yourselves warned!</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The features menu is designed to resemble a web home page, again a theme taken from the film, with the options being “hyperlinks” available from the “Mimas Room” site.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">”Cham In the studio” sends a camera to record the dubbing session for the pop groups’ tracks featured throughout the movie and an English language version of the main theme is also available.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">“My photo album” brings up a, rather weird, series of stills from the movie with cryptically written descriptions along the bottom of the screen, whilst “My favourite videos” and “My favourite DVDS” both run previews / ads for other Manga movies. </p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Of most interest though is the “My Friends” section which offers a series of mini interviews with director Satoshi Kon, the Japanese voice actress who played Mima and the English language voice cast.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=PerfectBlue/PerfectBlue_3.jpg" ALT="PERFECT BLUE"></P>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Verdict</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>7</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Anime meets psychological thriller.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Some may be put off by the adult nature of the scenes portrayed in the movie and the level of violence. In reality this is no worse than a Hollywood thriller though and it certainly should not deter adult audiences from seeing what is a must view anime. A shame about the video transfer though. </p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px"><i>Excuse me, who are you?</i></p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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