DVD Title
Super Star God: Gransazers: Super Battle Memory
International Title
The Gransazers: Super Battle Memory
DVD Length Original Length
70 Minutes 70 Minutes
Company Year of Manufacture
Toho 2005
Language Subtitles
Japanese None
Region Number of Discs
2 1
Aspect Ratio Sound
1.33:1 2.0 Stereo
Extras
. Menus (Japanese)
. Chapters (8)
. Trailers: The Gransazers: Super Battle Memory, Super Fleet Sazer-X the Movie, The Justirisers: Super Battle Memory, The Gransazers (DVDs), The Justirisers (DVDs), Cyber Cop (DVD), Guyferd (DVD)
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Review

This direct-to-video feature based around the ever popular The Gransazers show, the first entry in the "Super Star God" series, was given a simultaneous release across three formats: VHS, DVD and UMD. The movie will, with all likelihood, go down in history too as one of the few features given a UMD release by Toho, as seven months later it and The Justirisers: Super Battle Memory, which was released at the same time, remain the only features from the company on UMD as the format becomes increasingly unappealing in the eyes of studios. This aspect of the release aside, this DVD isn't a bad presentation of the movie as it does feature both good video and audio quality, although it lacks in terms of any redeemable extras.


 Video:

It's difficult to gauge the video quality on OVs (Original Videos) considering the fact that this is the source material. What you see is what you get, and there are no superior presentations of the movie to be found on a theatrical film negative. To elaborate, this release isn't perfect, although these problems have more to do with the manner in which the feature was created then the transfer process. For example, this movie is not incredibly sharp, while objects with a white color range tend to become indistinguishable against bright backgrounds at times. In other words, what little new footage there is looks identical to what you would expect from the show: shot in the same manner without using high grade film stock, and with the same level of care taken in terms of lightning. Beyond this, though, the DVD fares pretty well, with a nice range of colors, including deep reds and blues when allowed, while there are also no obvious signs digital compression. Edge enhancement also looks to have been kept to a minimum, while the movie also looks fairly sharp, taking into consideration that this wasn't shot using film stock.

The Gransazers: Super Battle Memory is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, or full screen.


 Audio:
Very straight forward audio presentation, as the disc contains the movie in a two channel stereo presentation in Japanese and nothing more. No subtitles, no alternate audio formats, nothing. Still, the audio track present isn't bad, as speaker distinction is noticeable while there are no inconsistencies to speak of.

 Extras:

In terms of supplemental content, sadly, there is nothing here beyond the bare minimum. The disc has more than half a dozen trailers with it, but most of these are related to DVD releases, while they also all play on one track of video, instead of being broken up for easier viewing.


 Overview:

Bottom line, this is a very straight forward, no frills, release intended to capitalize on the then upcoming feature Super Fleet Sazer-X the Movie (2005). The audio and video quality here are certainly good enough that anyone interested in the feature should be pleased, although how much of an audience this OV will find, even at a reduced price point for region 2s, is another question.

- Anthony Romero  
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