BOOGIEPOP PHANTOM EVOLUTION 1-4 COMPLETE
MOVIE COMPANY: RIGHT STUF
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
RATING: For ages 15 and up
DURATION: 30 minutes per episode

 
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Anime Synopsis:

A scream in the night, and in that instant the world changed ... or at least, it appeared to. There have always been forces in the world and voices in the night: some friendly and other malevolent. Invisible until summoned; they slide through dimensions as people walk through doorways. They wait, and watch the doings of Man closely ... each for their own reasons. Sometimes, they appear ... and when they do, the world changes. Everyone knows about Boogiepop: meet her one dark night and you are taken. People tell each other the stories and laugh: no one believes that she exists in this day and age. Still, there are some strange things that appear to be going on just below the surface. Darkness takes many forms, though. Evil and good intermingle. The glass shatters. Time stands still. There is something in the darkness. You aren't alone. Are you safe? Five years ago, there was a string of grisly murders that shook the city to its core ... and in the present, psychic echoes reverberate. Contains the entire series!


DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Color, Dolby, AC-3
Bilingual: English & Japanese!, Directors commentary, 3 DVD's + 1 music CD.

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DVD REVIEW:

BOOGIEPOP PHANTOM is a horror anime that people have drawn comparisons to the popular LAIN series. I do want to say that there is no comparison between these two anime.

If anything, the only comparison is that both are thinking animations. That is, you need to watch the whole series to truly understand the anime.

Each episode is about a student who is murdered. You get to watch each story and wonder about this BOOGIEPOP PHANTOM that's killing them.

This is one of those animations that may take a few viewings to truly understand and possibly appreciate. The director's commentary has provided some really interesting insight into the making of the series, especially for the dub English market. Of course, I don't recommend listening to the commentary until you are done watching this animation.

The collected series comes in a really nice package. With a total of three DVD's and a music CD featuring classical music's most haunting composer, Richard Wagner. The CD consists of two tracks (Overture, "Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg" and the second track is a whistling Boogiepop version). As for special features, you are treated with a commentary from the Right Stuf staff.

So, if you want a change and want something that's really trippy and dark, BOOGIEPOP PHANTOM awaits you.

THE ANIME:  B+
THE DVD EXTRAS:  B+
THE DVD OVERALL:  B+

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