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Old 09-11-2007, 12:58 AM
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Default 'Wings of Honneamise' - High-Def Digest review

Kenneth's review of the anime classic 'Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise' is up. Although he's a huge fan of the film itself, he says the 4.5 star TrueHD audio mix is the one highlight on this otherwise middling HD DVD release. Add to that an exorbitant pricetag of $79.99 ($55.95 on Amazon), and this one's for fans only.

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Yeah, I don't get the pricing on this one. It looked interesting, but not 60 dollars interesting.
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Ill pass on this one,
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According to IMDB the original Aspect Ratio of this film is 1.85:1 not 1.66:1 as stated in the review. Now this is no biggie except, I have the Japanese Import of this title on Blu-ray and I can tell you that it is 1.85:1 and not 1.66:1. It is in full glorious widescreen. I also noticed *no* dirt on it whatsoever. Yes it was not perfect. There was obvious source damage in some scenes, but it was far better than the review here.

Is the US release an inferior product? Is the review wrong?
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According to IMDB the original Aspect Ratio of this film is 1.85:1 not 1.66:1 as stated in the review. Now this is no biggie except, I have the Japanese Import of this title on Blu-ray and I can tell you that it is 1.85:1 and not 1.66:1. It is in full glorious widescreen. I also noticed *no* dirt on it whatsoever. Yes it was not perfect. There was obvious source damage in some scenes, but it was far better than the review here.

Is the US release an inferior product? Is the review wrong?
Actually, it is 1.66:1 -- the original theatrical aspect ratio. Make sure your screen isn't auto-stretching the image (as some default settings are likely to do) and you will notice distinct (but thin) black pillar box lines on either side of the screen.

I have verified this on the Blu-ray and HD DVD editions again just to be sure. Reviews of the Japanese edition of the Blu-ray confirm this as well (the aspect ratio and the pillar boxes). Even if there was a discrepancy, I definitely don't think the American product would be inferior based on the aspect ratio if it was an accurate representation of the original theatrical presentation.

IMDB is most likely reporting previous aspect ratio numbers from earlier DVD releases in the US -- the ratio was artificially stretched on several occasions by the DVD producers to completely fill the screen.

As far as the dirt, watch the first act of the film closely. You'll see flecks of dirt appear for split seconds constantly (sometimes every few seconds). If you pause, you can see that these flecks are slightly transparent and asymmetrical -- this means they are flecks of dirt that were on the original animation cels. This is common to older anime and can be seen on most home video releases of these films before the late '90s.

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Dissapointing review but I bought it regardless.

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Post a picture of the case! My area stores didn't carry it...
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Actually, it is 1.66:1 -- the original theatrical aspect ratio. Make sure your screen isn't auto-stretching the image (as some default settings are likely to do) and you will notice distinct (but thin) black pillar box lines on either side of the screen.

I have verified this on the Blu-ray and HD DVD editions again just to be sure. Reviews of the Japanese edition of the Blu-ray confirm this as well (the aspect ratio and the pillar boxes). Even if there was a discrepancy, I definitely don't think the American product would be inferior based on the aspect ratio if it was an accurate representation of the original theatrical presentation.

IMDB is most likely reporting previous aspect ratio numbers from earlier DVD releases in the US -- the ratio was artificially stretched on several occasions by the DVD producers to completely fill the screen.

As far as the dirt, watch the first act of the film closely. You'll see flecks of dirt appear for split seconds constantly (sometimes every few seconds). If you pause, you can see that these flecks are slightly transparent and asymmetrical -- this means they are flecks of dirt that were on the original animation cels. This is common to older anime and can be seen on most home video releases of these films before the late '90s.

Hope all of that info helps!
Ken it's nice to see another person who likes this film. I never held it in the same regards as Akira anyway. I have to say I'm distressed that Bandai brought back the same halfassed DVD transfer for this new pressing. I would've thought for a re-issue they would fix the DVD picture that was so atrocious it was recommended one buy the VHS instead.
Judging on your HD DVD review for picture it looks like Bandai STILL didn't give the HD version much love which leaves me very distressed. I was hoping to see this being given a quality remastering, enough so that it would get 4 or 5 stars. Thank you Bandai for halfassing it and doing nothing to the DVD transfer the original U.S. company that had the rights did!
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I have to say I'm distressed that Bandai brought back the same halfassed DVD transfer for this new pressing.
Are you reffering to Bandai Visual's first Japanese R2 release or Manga's R1 transfer? Manga's transfer has long been considered one of the very worst ever done for DVD. Similar to Sony's release of Once Upon A Time In China, they took the old non-anamorphic D1 master and stretched it into anamorphic.

All of the other BV releases of the film have been a substantial improvement.
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Are you reffering to Bandai Visual's first Japanese R2 release or Manga's R1 transfer? Manga's transfer has long been considered one of the very worst ever done for DVD. Similar to Sony's release of Once Upon A Time In China, they took the old non-anamorphic D1 master and stretched it into anamorphic.

All of the other BV releases of the film have been a substantial improvement.
The DVD transfer included on the second disc is an improvement over other DVD transfers of the film in the past -- when I called it soft, I was comparing it to the HD DVD version which is clearly superior.
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