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Freedom Collector's Edition Double Play (Blu-ray/DVD)
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ANOTHER SCI-FI ANIME CLASSIC FROM THE PEN OF KATSUHIRO OTOMO (AKIRA) In the year 2041, mankind created their first space colony on the moon. But after a freak cataclysm devastated human civilisation on Earth, the republic of the moon built a domed megalopolis known as Eden. Now in the year 2267, a boy called Takeru spends his time engaging in hover-craft races against rival street gangs, unaware that he is about to embark in the journey of unearthing Eden's origin. This limited edition Collector's Edition includes All seven episodes of Freedom in HD on one Blu-ray disc plus the series on two standard definition DVD discs as well as a beautifully designed slip cover and bonus set of four art cards. Audio: All episodes contain English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 audio - expect the bonus content which is English 2.0.
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A wonderful and very optimistic adventure, dedicated to the space conquest. Many awsome scenes, impeccable design from Otomo (Akira). Only seven 30 minutes episodes, but worthing every penny.
The image looks great, the sound is amazing (5.1 DTS HD in japanese, optional subs in english ;5.1 DTS HD in english - the blu-ray said 2.0, but it's really 5.1 english, like it is written on the menu). Surprisingly, the first scene of the first episode is only in japanese with subs, but the english track takes over after the opening credits.
The bonuses ar only in low-def. There are two interviews of the creators of the anime. Apart that, these are only trailers.
There's one blu-ray for the entire serie in HD, and two DVDs for the low-def version. Four postcards of futuristic landscapes are included. Aspect Ratio 16/9 anamorphic.
First of all : Video quality.
3 years ago (!), Honneamise released a beautiful (but expensive) 4 discs + artbook US set. The UK boxset reviewed here have the same content (minus the artbook), except that it squeezes the 7 episodes on 1 disc, instead of 4 for the US set. The bitrate suffers quite a lot.
Moreover, if the extras are here put on a dedicated DVD (and thus, are presented in SD), they are also put on the BD (also in SD !), meaning that the episodes are losing even more space to breathe.
Furthermore, the 5 min Prologue is implemented twice : as a stand alone, and at the beginning of the 1st episode. That's another 5 useless and redondants minutes.
However, even if the bitrate suffers, and that every single bit is squeezed on 1 disc, the video quality is still quite good, but you can't miss the few instances of shimmerings and aliasings that pop out once in a while.
Audio quality :
This is where the real issues are.
First, the packaging states that the audio tracks are English & Japanese, both in 5.1 and 2.0, all 4 in DTS HD MA.
That's perfectly and completely wrong.
The audio menu on the disc, indeed, states only 2 tracks : English 5.1 DTS HD MA, and Japanese 5.1 DTS HA MA.
That's, again, perfectly and completely wrong.
In fact, you only have English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1... but in a 1.5 Mbps DTS lossy track.
However, both tracks are very good, and a 1.5 Mbps DTS track is still the best of lossy tracks, but still, this is false advertisement.Read more ›
This set is 4 blu rays with the 7 episodes spread over the 4 discs.
As a consequence the image quality is stunning hd .
It is strange however WHY the prologue episode is Japanese with subtitles and no English dubbed while the rest,1-7 have that option.The prologue however is only approx 8 mins in length so its no great problem just weird as why this is.
This is a beautiful set with great packaging and the image quality just screams out at you.
A great Anime series that at times can be quite moving.
Others have reviewed the storyline so no need for me to repeat it.
Im only a casual anime fan, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this series.
About the anime:
Well Otomo's art is definitely there, with all his typical character styles, behaviours and reactions. One can even notice some characters that resemble ones in the Akira film, and there are also fast bikes in this one too!
On the other hand, even if the characters are drawn and penciled by hand, most of their movements are computer aided or sometimes 3D. There is always a long discussion between "old school" affiliates -like me- and "Hollywood 3D animation lovers".
In my opinion the movement in Freedom is not bad, but since the drawings are "natural penciled", I would prefer the whole thing to be traditionally animated, because the movements of the characters just do not feel natural enough!
Example 1 : I LOVED the first movie of Berserk, but still think it would be better off traditionally made. The battles were awesome though...it is when characters turn their heads or move their feet that you see the difference...Stick to drawing guys!
Example 2 : Akira has a spectacle of movement flow, even for today`s standards. Check these explosions!
Example 3 : Cowboy Bebop has also an amazing movement flow and traditional, drawn, 3D backgrounds.
So I gave minus one star for this not natural, computer aided movements.
Backgrounds, tech drawings and details are what you would expect from Otomo, and they are a delight to watch, especially on blue ray.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great entertainment. No problems with the Blu-Ray. Well worth the price.
The DVD has slight sync problems during Episode 4 when played in my Sony Blu-Ray player, but plays... Read more
Very cool and nicely presented box set!!
The fact that the characters were designed by Katsuhiro Otomo, the man behind the classic Akira tells you all you need to know... Read more
Freedom is a seven-episode mini-series about a boy's struggle against authority and his quest for a girl, who he only knows from a photo found on the moon. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2013 by Roland Fender
The fact that director Shuhei Morita only directed one 25 minute animation prior to this series, goes a long way to explaining why the Freedom Project is all over the place. Read morePublished on 2 May 2012 by MR P M HEATON