DVD Title
Lupin the 3rd: Strange Psychokinetic Strategy
International Title
Lupin the 3rd: Strange Psychokinetic Strategy
DVD Length Original Length
82 Minutes 82 Minutes
Company Year of Manufacture
Discotek 2006
Language Subtitles
Japanese English
Region Number of Discs
1 1
Aspect Ratio Sound
2.35:1 (Anamorphic) 2.0 Stereo
Extras
. Menus (English)
. Chapters (17)
. Trailer: Lupin the 3rd: Strange Psychokinetic Strategy
. Photo Gallery
Captures
Review

The first Toho DVD from Discotek, with the promise of several others in the near future, is promising to say the least. A long elusive and sought after title by Lupin fans, Discotek does a great job in presenting the only live action title in the long running Lupin series with a good video and audio presentation. Sadly, the extras on this disc are scant at best, but at least it's not bare bones either.


 Video: Star Rating

Discotek churns out a good video presentation on this release, and one which looks reminiscent of Toho's region 2 discs. Of course it's not perfect, and the main fault to be cited here is that the film has a slight yellow tint to it while the depth of colors, although distinct, aren't as rich as they could be as there are no deep blacks to be seen. Of course anyone familiar with Toho's releases should be well versed with these problems, as they seem to be an ongoing trend in the company's transfer process on their older titles. Other aspects of the video track are generally top notch though, as the movie looks sharp while there are only minor signs of edge enhancement. The print used in the transfer is also in incredible shape as it displays no scratches at all. Grain is also fairly minimal, taking into consideration the 32 year old age of the source material, although it does get a little rough on the upper and bottom edges of the screen on occasion.

Strange Psychokinetic Strategy is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, or Toho Scope, and is Anamorphic for widescreen TVs. Unfortunately the image has been "windowboxed" as thick black borders appear to the left and right of the image when viewed on a DVD-Rom, although TVs and other setups will view the video without problem.


 Audio:

A very limited, although solid audio presentation from Discotek. Strange Psychokinetic Strategy has only one audio track, which is a 2.0 stereo mix of the film in Japanese. The two channel track doesn't really have very much directionality to it, but gets the job done without any inconsistencies and the presentation isn't likely to raise many complaints, even though some more options would have been nice.

The movie is accompanied by, removable, English subtitles that correspond to the Japanese track.


 Extras: Star Rating

Unfortunately there isn't much to be found here in the way of supplemental content. However, some credit should be given for the trailer present as it's in fantastic shape that is on par with the video presentation of the movie, if not better. The second feature is a good size photo gallery with production stills. Sadly these are all in black and white, and are all presented in rather small image size as well. For those interested, there is also six pages of linear notes found in the booklet that cover everything from the history of the series to song lyrics from the movie. On a closing note, it should be mentioned that the menus here look very rushed and rather simplistic in nature (featuring text with several of the default Photoshop filters like shadow and stroke), but it's a small detail in the grand scheme of things.


 Overview:
Bottom line, the lack of features is disheartening, but those looking to just experience the movie itself in a solid, no frill presentation should be more than satisfied with Discotek's release.
- Anthony Romero  
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