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Movie Renter's Guide Number 154 - January, 2008 - Part II

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"Freedom Vol. 3" (HD DVD Hybr8id)

movie-freedom-3.jpgSynopsis

What do you do when you discover everything you believe is a lie and your freedom an illusion? Entering forbidden territory, Takeru has uncovered Eden's most closely guarded secret -- and finds himself being hunted by the Guidance Council. Shattered and disillusioned, Takeru recklessly attempts to escape to the only place he can discover the truth -- and secure his freedom.

 

Specifications

  • Bandai Visual
    2006, Color, Unrated, 26 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Japanes DD+ 5.1
  • Japanese PCM 2.0
    Rating
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

The third installment of the Freedom series picks up right where the last one left off. This series has been quite the surprise so far and has held my interest fully. I only wish they would have decided to release all six episodes at once as it’s a bit frustrating to cut out of the action every 30 minutes and have to wait for the next part. Fans of Anime would be remiss to not check this series out though; I am looking forward to the next 3 volumes!

Technical

Volume 3 is identical to the first two in terms of video quality, which is expected. The mixture of CG and traditional hand drawn animation is excellent here and nearly the level you’d expect from a high budget feature film. There is some light twitter in some of the fine detail from time to time, but nothing too distracting. Dimension is excellent, and the blending of animation styles is seamless. Colors are very punchy and remind me of some of the cell animation used in some video games nowadays.

The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital Plus in its original Japanese dialect. For a series used to promote Cup O’ Noodles you can’t beat it. Dynamics are aggressive with ample use of the low end and some nice tactile response. Surrounds are active but not quite as aggressive this time around compared with the last volume. Imaging is excellent all around, and the dialogue sounds like every other Anime film I’ve watched: a bit high in balance, but not too distracting.

Extras

Extras are about the same as the last two. There is a picture-in-picture feature that shows the animation in different forms which is quite cool. You get to see what is hand drawn and what is CG while the main feature is running. There is also a trailer for the next episode. There is a storyboard-to-film comparison and network function that allows you to download more content including artwork and production features.