DVD Title
 20th Century Boys 3: Redemption
International Title
 20th Century Boys 3: Redemption
Movie Length: 155 minutes Original Length: 155 minutes
Company: Viz Release: 2010
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic: Yes
Region: 1 Discs: 1
Language/Sound: Order
Japanese (2.0 Stereo), Japanese (5.1 Surround)
· Menus (English)
· Chapters (22)
· Trailers: 20th Century Boys 3: Redemption (7 total, 1 Viz), 20th Century Boys (Viz), 20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope (Viz), 20th Century Boys Manga (Viz), Linda Linda Linda (Viz), Nana and Nana 2 (Viz), Detroit Metal City (Viz)
Anthony Romero

Viz finishes the 20th Century Boys series with the final entry in the trilogy. Sadly, although still a decent DVD, this one isn't up to par with the previous two from the company. The video quality in particular has dropped a bit, while a good audio presentation coupled with a lackluster selection of extras make this a mostly mixed release.

 Video: Star Rating

While their previous two efforts on this series were solid, the company makes a slight fumble on this one. On the plus side, the print is in great shape without any scratches or other signs of print damage. The colors are also distinct, but at the same time feel slightly muted and lacking in the rich tones that the DVD format is capable of. The real drawback, though, is that the print looks washed out. This is either due to the brightness being too high or due to over saturation, although if its the latter it's shocking that the colors aren't more vibrant as a result. Regardless, clouds and other things seem to vanish in the background thanks to this. What makes matters even worse is that the video track shows notable signs of compression in the form of pixilation, and really just lacks a sharp degree of detail to the frame. Its overall a disappointing effort after their previous two releases.

20th Century Boys 3: Redemption is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is Anamorphic for widescreen TVs.

 Audio: Star Rating

In total, there are two audio tracks included on this DVD. First up is a stereo track with two channel support, while the second is a surround track with 5.1 support. Quality on both tracks is great, without any discrepancies to note. However, the 5.1 track in particular excels as it really makes use of the extra directionality, such as during the numerous explosions during the film.

The audio is complimented by removable English subtitles.

 Extras: Star Rating

In terms of additional content, this disc only contains a wide selection of trailers. Most of these are the Viz trailers, either dubbed into English or having been edited with burned in subtitles or changed altogether as is the case with the Nana (2005) and Nana 2 (2006) which is actually the two films advertised together. In truth, these trailers aren't that interesting due to their nature, but thankfully the disc does contain seven of the original Japanese adverts for the main film. These are subtitled as well, and overall are a worthwhile bonus feature... it's just a shame the disc is so utterly lacking in this regard all the same.


Bottom line, despite its faults, this is still a decent DVD. Thanks to the problems with the video, though, its the weakest effort of the three 20th Century Boys DVDs from Viz.