BluRay/DVD Reviews


By • Nov 19th, 2002 •

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Bandai Entertainment – 1998 – 150 mins

Widely considered to be one of the best Japanese animation T.V. episodics, COWBOY BEBOP is stylish, ‘cool’ and it has a great soundtrack. COWBOY BEBOP – BEST SESSIONS is a compilation of three ‘Directors Choice’ episodes and three ‘fan favorites’, which is a reasonable introduction to the series for those who aren’t familiar with it.

COWBOY BEBOP follows the adventures of a rag-tag team of intergalactic bounty hunters as they doggedly pursue outlaws, then botch the job, week after week. It’s a funny show with a cynical sense of humor and a lot of homogenized style. Sergio Leone, John Woo, Alfred Hitchcock, fashions from the 70s and 80s, Bruce Lee and much more are woven into the fabric of the future universe of COWBOY BEBOP. There’s a lot of personality to be found as well. We get to watch the characters aggravate each other with their incompetence. They’re all so smug, and they take turns ruining everything, then enjoying the disdain of the others.

The big advantage of having COWBOY BEBOP on DVD, as opposed to just watching it on ‘adult swim’, would have been the fact that you didn’t have to listen to the obnoxious English dub unless you wanted to be annoyed. You could enjoy it in its original language. But now, with ‘BEST SESSIONS’ the audio has been remastered for Dolby Digital 5.1, plus a DTS Japanese track, and you can really blow it out on every speaker with Spike, Jet and the rest of the gang.

The choice of episodes was perceptive on the DVD production team’s part. Having seen only the first season in its entirety, I felt it was hit and miss, though always above average for half hour, light entertainment. In ‘BEST SESSIONS’, all the episodes are good, particularly the one wherein the entire cast gets doped up and zones out on hallucinogenic mushrooms. But there’s no continuity — it’s a teaser collection essentially, and a good teaser, but unless you’re a collector you’ll probably be better off just buying seasons one through six and crossing your fingers. If nothing else, everybody always loves the Welsh Corgi.

Produced by Sunrise Inc. & Bandai Visual Co., Ltd.
Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe
Screenplay by Keiko Nobumoto

Aspect Ratio: Full frame
Remastered English and Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio, Japanese DTS 5.l Audio,
English subtitles.

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