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Guyver aka "The Guyver" aka Mutronics" [Blu-ray]
(Screaming Mad George and Steve Wang, 1991)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: New Line Cinema
Video: Arrow Video
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 32,910,799,030 bytes
Feature Size: 28,653,831,744 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.84 Mbps
Case: Transparent Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 19th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2083 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2083 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
English (SDH), none
•Brand new interview with producer Brian Yuzna (8:50)
• US Trailer (0:25) / German Trailer (2:33)
• Image Galleries (Behind the Scenes, Figurines, Artwork)
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nick Percival
• Limited edition O-card
• FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the films
Description: Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and the team
behind horror classic Re-animator join forces for this
electrifying live-action adaptation of Yoshiki Takaya's
celebrated manga series!
When a researcher at the Chronos Corporation is mysteriously killed, his daughter (Vivian Wu) ; her boyfriend, Sean (Jack Armstrong) ; and a rogue CIA agent named Max Reed (Mark Hamill) all suspect foul play. Sean discovers a top-secret suit of Chronos armor called "the Guyver," which fuses to his body when he tries it on, turning him into a supremely powerful cyborg. Chronos' evil CEO, Fulton Balcus (David Gale), is enraged and sends a crew of mutant alien monsters to get the Guyver back.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
It’s hard to believe that such an amazing anime series like “Guyver”
would be so poorly received here in the states. Back in 1991, my dad
rented “Guyver” for us and I absolutely adored it because I
thought the Guyver looked amazing. I loved the look, the concept, the
costume, and his elbow blades. Not to mention the movie starred Mark
Hamill and that bald guy I always see in horror movies who I always
thought was cool.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Eyebrow-raising Guyver gets an impressive dual-layered transfer to Blu-ray from Arrow Films in the UK. It has a max'ed-out bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. Detail is quite crisp in close-ups/ The 1080P supports a balanced presentation in the 1.78:1 frame. The many 'effects' don't become noticeably transparent. The grain texture is very appealing. This Blu-ray looks very strong in-motion with minor depth throughout.
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Arrow offer a linear PCM mono track at 2304 kbps or a more robust DTS-HD Master 5.1 bump. I opted for the surround only for the depth and it did add to the frenetic action and monster mayhem of the story. There is a score by Matthew Morse and its supportively as hokey as the film itself but adds some kitschy flavor. There is an optional score/effects track, optional English subtitles (SDH) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE (as stated on the website.)
Arrow add some supplements - there is a brand new, 9-minute, interview with producer Brian Yuzna discussing the production plus there is a US and German trailer plus three image galleries (Behind the Scenes, Figurines, and Artwork) The package itself has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nick Percival, a limited edition O-card and the first pressing has a fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film.
November 28th, 2016
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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