DVD: 20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End (Viz)


20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End

English DVD Title (Region 1)

20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End


Japanese (2.0 Stereo), Japanese (5.1 Surround)

Aspect Ratio:

141 minutes
1.85:1 Anamorphic


20th Century Boys





By: Anthony Romero

A year after its theatrical debut in Japan, Viz has wasted no time in bringing the first entry in the 20th Century Boys series to the US. This release is straight forward from the company, containing a good video and audio presentation but being light on any extra content.

 Video: Star Rating

Viz has done a good effort with the video track here. The print used is in great shape, as one would expect for a movie produced the year before. Colors are also distinct, although perhaps could have been a little more vibrant. The only real downfall of the video is that the transfer is slightly blurred, not being as sharp as it could be due to the amount of compression present.

20th Century Boys is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is Anamorphic for widescreen TVs.


 Audio: Star Rating

This disc has two audio tracks, both of which are in Japanese. One is a two channel stereo offering, while the second is a 5.1 surround track. Both are done well, with no complaints to be had with either. The surround track does a good job with the audio too, emphasizing effects like the explosions for example.

The audio is complimented by removable English subtitles.


 Extras: Star Rating

When it comes to supplemental content, this release is pretty bare bones. It has a number of trailers for the main feature, including a dubbed one from Viz. Beyond this, more trailers for other features make up the only other extras. These are a little awkward though. For example, the K-20: Legend of the Mask (2008) one can only be seen when the DVD is first put into the player, while the Japanese one for 20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope (2009) can only be viewed after watching the movie. Why all of these can't be selected from a menu is beyond me, but it makes the whole thing a cumbersome experience. Also, the Death Note trailers are all the Viz ones, which means filled with their bad, trailer only, dubbing.


 Overview: Star Rating

Bottom line, this is a decent effort if one is looking to check out the starting entry in the trilogy. It's not a spectacular DVD, but does a good job of presenting the film itself despite the lack of extras.