Trigun: Badlands Rumble Blu-ray and DVD Reviews
The well developed characters drive “Trigun: Badlands Rumble.”
It’s been 12 years since the anime series, but Vash The Stampede is back in an all-new feature film titled “Badlands Rumble.” In this 90 minute adventure, the bulk of the action takes place in Macca City where a wanted criminal (Gasback) is plotting revenge against Cain (a former henchman) by stealing a valuable statue made in his image. Since Gasback has a huge bounty on his head, countless bounty hunters are naturally out to collect the reward on him. Among those after Gasback- a mysterious bounty hunter named Amelia and the goofy main character of “Trigun,” Vash The Stampede (who seems to have his own agenda).
After watching “Badlands Rumble,” it’s not hard to see why Funimation is going all out to promote this title. This feature length anime film is a cinematic, humorous, beautifully animated, action-packed adventure that stands out when compared to other anime films. Yes, the plot may be thin, but it’s inconsequential because the story wisely focuses on the rich and well developed characters. The revelations and character developments regarding Amelia, Vash, Gasback, and Wolfwood are what make the story work.
Another impressive aspect of ‘Badlands’ is the animation. The animators have created a fully realized western world that looks like a cross between “The Road Warrior” and Tatooine from “Star Wars.” The environments, cityscapes, and character designs are all visually unique and detailed which gives the film real scope.
Summary: If you’re a “Trigun” fan or are looking for a solid anime film, you will be pleased by “Trigun: Badlands Rumble.”
The widescreen DVD transfer is somewhat lacking. The transfer is a bit fuzzy nor does it do the animation justice. Thankfully, the picture quality on the Blu-ray is fantastic. From the opening shot of the rolling dice to the colorful character designs, ‘Badlands’ really shines in 1080p.
The DVD contains English and Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks. The English voice cast try a little too hard, but they do an admirable job. The sound f/x, music, and action really sound great though. As for the Japanese track, this is the track of choice as the voice acting is much stronger here. On the Blu-ray, viewers can expect to find English and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio tracks. Since these are hi-def tracks, they naturally have more life to them (especially during the action and sound f/x heavy scenes).
DVD and Blu-ray Extras are the same except the DVD set includes a “Dragon Ball Z Kai” trailer:
* Trailers for “Evangelion,” “Eden Of The East,” “Soul Eater,” “Yu Yu Hakusho,” “D.Gray-Man,” “Darker Than Black,” “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” “Trigun: Badlands Rumble,” and Funimation.com
* 3 commercials, a promo video, and a web promo video.
* Interviews with Yasuhiro Nightow, Masaya Onosaka, Satsuki Yukino, Satoshi Nishimura, Show Hayami, Maaya Sakamoto, Takahiro Yoshimatsu, Hiromi Tsuru and Tsutomu Isobe.
* “Movie Premiere At Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro”- A nearly 9 minute Q&A from the premiere with the crew and cast.
* “Post Recording”- A behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the Japanese voice actors and actresses at work.
* “A Mildly Awesome Story By Something Yoshimatsu”- A very brief story about an odd autograph signing.
* “Video Footage From Anime Expo 2009”- A short 1 ½ minute montage of clips.
* “Talk Event At Kawasaki Cinecitta”- Footage of raffle drawings.
* “Special Talk Show”- A 38 minute Q&A at the Kawasaki Cinecitta with cast and crew.
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