DVD Title
Isola
International Title
Isola
DVD Length Original Length
93 Minutes 93 Minutes
Company Year of Manufacture
Adness 2005
Language Subtitles
Japanese English
Region Number of Discs
1 1
Aspect Ratio Sound
1.85:1 (Anamorphic) 2.0 Stereo, 5.1 Surround
Extras
. Menus (English)
. Chapters (12)
. Trailers: Isola, Shikoku, Inugami, Shadow of the Wraith
. Interviews: Actress Yoshino Kimura, Actress Yu Kurosawa (3 minutes)
Captures
Review

Adness adds another solid release to their growing line up of DVDs. Their Isola disc, sometimes titled Isola: Persona 13 or Isola: Multiple Personality Girl by retailers, has some very minor faults, but it's still an incredibly well done release of the film. Overall, the DVD contains a great video presentation, a nearly flawless audio presentation, and also boasts a few extras to tide one over.


 Video:

Isola features a very well done video presentation that has hardly any apparent flaws. The colors, for example, are incredibly vibrant on this release, displaying deep reds and blues that look simply outstanding. Digital inconsistencies are also handled very well as they are unnoticeable on this release; furthermore, the movie also looks very sharp without signs of edge enhancement being utilized. The print used for the transfer also looks to be in excellent condition, with no scratches present while there is an almost unnoticeable level of grain. In fact, about the only issue, or potential issue, is the brightness level, which, depending on a person's set up, could be too dark, but this is partially a fault of the source material itself.

Isola is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is Anamorphic for widescreen TVs.


 Audio:

This disc boasts an excellent audio presentation. The 2.0 stereo track is faithful to the way the film was intended to be experienced, and contains some nice speaker distinction, most notable with details such as rain fall. Adness went the extra mile, though, and included a 5.1 surround audio track that has excellent speaker distinction when the film allows. The disc warns, though, that one should have a "DTS compatible" player before attempting to listen to the 5.1 track.

Both tracks contain no pops or crackles, and dialogue is all easily audible as well. The audio presentation is accompanied by, removable, English subtitles.


 Extras: Star Rating

It's hard to be critical of Adness here. Compared to their Shikoku DVD, this release is a let down in terms of extras. However, simply the fact that it does contain the film's original Japanese trailer, along with the trailers to three other films, and three minutes of interviews already places it leagues ahead of most other Japanese region 1 DVDs on the market. The four trailers with the film are the same collection found on Adness' earlier Japanese horror DVDs, while the interview has its own set of problems unique from the film's video presentation. Artifacting on this short extra is much more noticeable, as it appears to be pretty compressed on the disc, while the brightness is set a little too high. Still it's quite watchable, although, as expected, it feels very short. The interviews are shown on the disc in a 1.33:1 ratio, or full screen.


 Overview: Star Rating

Bottom line, Adness has another good DVD under its belt. The extras are a little weak, but every other aspect of the disc is outstanding, and fans of the film should more than be stastified with this release.

- Anthony Romero  
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