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Angel Cop: The Collection
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Review by Earl Cressey | posted October 29, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Movie:
Angel Cop: The Collection is a compilation of all six episodes of the 1989 series. The episodes are titled: Special Security Force, The Disfigured City, The Death Warrant, Pain, Wrath of the Empire, and Doomsday. Each episode lasts about 25 minutes, and the DVD has a total running time of about 160 minutes.

In the future, the other world powers are dependent upon Japan for their economies, making Japan prey to terrorists who wish to disrupt world relations. In order to deal with this threat, Japan funds a new organization named the Special Security Force (SSF) to investigate terrorist activities and disrupt them. The four members of SSF include Angel, a rookie cop with questionable morals and an icy heart, Raiden, her partner, Hacker, explosives and armed combat expert, and Peace, an expert in computers. They are an elite, cutting-edge force with the powers of judge, jury and executioner. Their current assignment, handed down by Chief Taki, involves tracking down the leading terrorist group, the Red Mays, whose goal is world communism. Taki suspects that the Red Mays will attempt to free their leader, Suyama, when he lands at the airport in police custody. They do manage to free him and Tachihara, his partner, but are quickly pursued by the SSF. While attempting to capture them, Raiden is seriously injured and mysteriously vanishes. At the same time, Angel has found the Red Mays they pursued dead, their killer an enigmatic man who can teleport. They soon discover that the killer's name is Asura and that he is but one of three Hunters with extreme mental abilities. The other two are Frea and Lucifer, and together, they strive to eliminate the terrorist threat. Raiden also returns as a powerful cyborg, having been rebuilt by Ichihara when he was close to death. Things get interesting when Taki uncovers information of the mysterious H-File that contains data of a high-level government conspiracy. His superiors order the deaths of all the SSF in order to cover it up and prevent the data from leaking. The SSF must then defend themselves from the SWAT teams sent to kill them, while unraveling the mystery of the H-File and the Hunters.

Angel Cop: The Collection was really enjoyable. Some of the plot twists were predictable and some of the dialogue was pretty bad, but it was entertaining anime that I'm sure I'll revisit in the future. It is definitely not for the kids, however, as it features nudity, coarse language, and lots of violence.

Picture:
Angel Cop: The Collection is presented in 1:66:1 widescreen. The colors appear to be somewhat muted during the episodes as well. A few marks are noticeable in the print, along with some grain, but both are relatively minor and don't distract too much. Overall, for an eleven-year-old anime series, the print is remarkably good and extremely watchable.

Sound:
Angel Cop: The Collection is presented in Dolby Stereo 2.0 in both English and Japanese. The dialogue was clean and easily understood throughout the six episodes with no distortion that I could detect. Though the stereo tracks won't blow anyone away, they are decent enough for the episodes and help convey the action when appropriate. I had a problem with the subtitles, however. Most of the time, they don't match the spoken English and often, they are way off from what is being said. The spoken English is definitely rated R, but the subtitles, with a few exceptions, could be rated PG.

Extras:
For extras, you get the standard Manga 2000 Trailer featuring clips from other Manga releases, the Manga 2000 Fan Club Trailer with static screens of their titles, Manga's text catalogue of their titles with summaries, and a trailer of clips from DVDs released by both Manga and Palm Pictures. I was really disappointed that there was nothing for Angel Cop at all in the extras – not even a trailer or a TV spot. All of the extras are entirely promotional for other Manga DVDs.

Summary:
Angel Cop: The Collection is a great anime series collected on one DVD that fans of the genre should check out. If this disc had more extras or slightly better picture/sound quality, it would easily be highly recommended, but as is, its Recommended.

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