DVD Title
Baoh
International Title
Baoh
DVD Length Original Length
50 Minutes 47 Minutes
Company Year of Manufacture
AnimEigo 2001
Language Subtitles
Japanese, English English
Region Number of Discs
1 1
Aspect Ratio Sound
1.33:1 (Anamorphic) 2.0 Stereo
Extras
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Menus (English)
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Chapters (9)
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Program Notes (English, found in case)
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Image Gallery
Captures
Review

One of the company's earliest DVDs, predating their first live action discs by about two years, Baoh is unfortunately host to several problems that AnimEigo would correct in their later titles. Despite the flaws of the video and audio presentations, though, this DVD is still quite watchable without a major complaint to be had. Sadly, the same can not be said of the barebones selection of extras found on this release.


 Video:

AnimEigo's video presentation is a mixed bag, which is mostly on account of the company still getting the hang of the DVD format. The most notable difference on the Boah DVD, in contrast to later AnimEigo titles, is the amount of digital inconsistencies present. Thankfully, artifacting is fairly minimal, but there are some pretty obvious signs of shimmering, a rainbow band of colors on fine details; furthermore, the entire movie looks slightly blurred while there are also minor hints of edge enhancement.

Still, to the company's credit, the color palette here is very distinct, without any muddled shades (although the main title does look slightly off). The print used in the transfer also appears to be in excellent shape. In fact there is hardly any sign of grain while there are only a few noticeable scratches, which are most apparent around the 24 minute mark.

Baoh is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, as the title was never screened in theaters but was released direct to video.


 Audio:

The audio presentation is fairly good on this release. There are two tracks present, both are 2.0 stereo with the first being the Japanese audio while the second is a English dub. Overall, the Japanese track sounds good, with clear dialogue and no inconsistencies, although the speaker distinction is a little on the weak side. The English track, on the other hand, is not so flawless, with the dialogue sounding much more muddled and boasting even weaker speaker distinction.

The audio can be accompanied by, removable, English subtitles. The subtitles are available in two types: a general one and one that only subtitles onscreen Japanese text, which is intended to correspond with the dub.


 Extras: Star Rating

Very slim selection of supplemental material here, to the point where I think I'm being generous in its low scoring. In total there are two extras on the Baoh DVD. The first is a image gallery that contains seven pictures, most of which are cels although a couple are for promotional sketches. The second extra is some of the company's trademark programs notes, found inside the cover and not on the disc for this release. The programs notes are brief, but unlike their Samurai releases they tend to focus more on aspects that directly relate to the film as opposed to going into real world history.

Naturally, some trailers would have made a nice inclusion, although since Baoh was a direct-to-video title it's unclear if any material like this would have existed in the first place.


 Overview:

Bottom line, Baoh isn't a spectacular release by any means, and is a nice benchmark to show how AnimEigo has progressed in the years that would follow. Fortunately, the video and audio segments are handled well enough here that one can't complain much. The title is a discount release as well (or was while it was in print), but this is more to do with the very brief running time than anything else.

- Anthony Romero  
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