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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Burn Up Excess - Under The Gun (Vol. 3)
Burn Up Excess - Under The Gun (Vol. 3)
ADV Films // Unrated // December 10, 2002
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Review by Loren Halek | posted November 3, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie

Burn-Up Excess continues in this 3rd release. In some ways this is the best release in the series so far as we get to look at the soft and feeling person inside of Rio in the last 2 episodes in this release.

The eighth episode is about a band of men who are trying to be women (one of them actually looks like a woman, but speaks like a man). It seems Nanvel has created a machine that gives the optical illusion of making people look like they want to when wearing a transmitter. The group of men want to get ahold of the optical illusion machine, so they kidnap Nanvel and Rio. The men feel they can change their appearance so no one recognizes them as they go on a crime spree. During the captivity, Rio becomes fat eating all the food and she is sent away. Eventually Nanvel is brought home, but a few rips at Godzilla are recreated.

The ninth and tenth episode is a two-parter. Rio is sent to bodyguard Henry. Rio believes Henry is a human, but it turns out that Henry is a super-powerful flying tank. Rio is not too happy about this and she is not at all happy with having to bodyguard the tank. The two of them crash in the desert and they have to live with each other for a while. Henry is sentient and has a brain. Rio eventually gets so pissed that she tells Henry that if he dies he will have to die alone. This comes back at the end when Rio is knocked out and Henry saves her against a massive army. Henry is hurt quite a bit, but Rio is very glad Henry has helped her. It would be really cool if Henry is in later episodes of this series.

There is also some omake (extras) inside the first and last episode. Yugi recreates the optical illusion machine to make Rio naked. He gets her there and then starts to have a very bad nosebleed. Eventually Rio ends up making the whole police station invisible. The last one has Yugi doing a roving reporter gig on Rio and all the money she got for Henry's safety (1,500,000 yen). It seems everyone in Team Warrior are pissed that Rio did not give any money to them. Yugi gets up to Rio's room and sees she is asleep with very little on. He opens the door and starts to walk in. Just then, Henry's orbital satellite fires a laser and burns Yugi's pants off his ass and the balcony he is on. Pretty funny.


The DVD

Video: This aired in Japan back in 1997 and looks like a good transfer. I noticed no color problems or anything.

Sound: Presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 and in English, English with Song Subtitles, Japanese and Spanish. The English track on this disc is actually quite good. There is a bit of action in the rears since this is very much an action title, but the sound is not going to blow you away since it is a television show.

Menus: Laid out with the artwork and background of the cover (with Lilica), the menu is easy to navigate

Extras:

Opening and Closing Textless Credits: Mostly standard fare for an anime television series nowadays.

Trailer: A simple trailer with the main theme in the background.

Production Sketches: Sketches with the Japanese writing translated. Very nice.

Previews: Farscape Season 2, Excel Saga, Andromeda, Wild Arms, Chance POP Session and Devil Lady

Jiggle Counter: It makes a return here (not too surprising). They give you the total number from the last disc (although they call it the first disc) and then reset the numbers for this disc. Once again I question what they term as a jiggle, but who am I to argue, right?

Final Thoughts: This release of Burn-Up Excess was quite good. I really enjoyed the last two episodes, but the first one was very hilarious. The last two were a little more serious and may be a change in tone for the series. Highly Recommended.
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