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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: DVD Operation 3

review by Wayne A.

 

Not Rated

Running Time: 125 Minutes

Starring Hikaru Midorikawa, Toshihiko Seki, Shigeru Nakahara, Ai Orikasa, Ryuzo Ishino, Akiko Ajima, Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Lisa Ann Beley, Ted Cole, Michael Dobson, Paul Dobson, Brian Drummond, Saffron Henderson, Mark Hildreth (English)

Studio: Sunrise (released through Bandai Entertainment)

Written by Katsuyuki Sumizawa

Directed by Masashi Ikeda

Retail Price: $24.98

Features: Scene access, character/mecha information, previews

Specs: Standard 1.33:1, 2.0 Dolby Digital English, 2.0 Dolby DigitalJapanese, English subtitles

The offensive against the gundams by Oz has left the pilots scattered and demoralized.

In the five episodes on this disc ("The Whereabouts of Happiness," "Bewildered Soldiers," "Catherine's Tears," "The Order to Destroy 01," and "To the Battleground - Antarctica") the pilots try to reorganize themselves and decide what to do next. Each of them, in their own way, struggles to their own conclusion and in the case of one pilot, tries to atone for the wrong he has committed. Without revealing too much, the disc ends picking up where the end of the second disc left off. This disc also brings the Romefeller Foundation on the stage. The foundation is made up of European aristocrats who are the real political and financial power behind Oz. The foundation has also funded mobile suit research and production.

The most memorable episode of the disc is "Catherine's Tears." Most of the episode revolves around two Oz mobile suit pilots who recruit Zechs to assist them in an offensive against Alliance soldiers who have not surrendered to Oz. While Zechs remains an honorable soldier who upholds his beliefs in the battlefield, the two soldiers who recruited him show that not everyone in Oz is as upright as he is. The episode ends with the storyline shifting to Trowa, who plans a final suicide mission against Oz, as being the initial staging of their conquest of the colonies. The episode's themes has a resonance that echoes through the rest of the series.

 

The transfer on this disc is noticeably darker than the previous two discs. The darks on the other two discs were done well, and didn't bleed into each other. On this disc, however, this is a problem.

The audio is clean, though like I have said for the first disc, the English track seems a little clearer than the Japanese track.

As I have said before, the sub and the dub are thin and not very well done at times. The extra information on Quatre, Treize and the Sandrock Gundam are as thin on this disc as the others.

Also of note is a foil trading card for Wing Zero, which is nicely done and a preview of Gundam 0083, which I hope will be released on DVD soon.

The darker video is strike against otherwise very good record for transfers from Bandai.

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