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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Power Stone: The Last Battlefield (Vol. 6)
Power Stone: The Last Battlefield (Vol. 6)
ADV Films // Unrated // July 2, 2002
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Review by Earl Cressey | posted September 17, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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Based on the popular videogame series of the same name, Power Stone consists of twenty-six episodes spread over six volumes. The Last Battlefield, reviewed here, is Volume 6, and contains episodes 22-26:

Episode 22: Crisis in the House of Falcon
Episode 23: Pursuit of the Power Stones
Episode 24: United We Stand!
Episode 25: Battle Field
Episode 26: Hill of Destiny

After receiving a note from his father that his family was in crisis, Falcon returns home, only to discover it's a trick. While there, another power stone is stolen, prompting Falcon and his party to warn his other friends that possess power stones. Despite their efforts, more are stolen, and while several clues point to Valgas' involvement in the theft, Falcon refuses to accept this. On the trail of the stones, their quest leads them to Darkland, where Valgas and the final battle for the stones await.

While the episodes on this volume were certainly less repetitious than those on the previous one, they are by no means any less mediocre. They do move along at a fairly quick pace and offer a few minor surprises, however. The biggest complaints I had with the overall storyline in this last chapter were the fairly anti-climatic 'final battle' and that the show's promised 'miracle' was a bit of a cop-out. Overall, I enjoyed these episodes more than those on Volume 5, but none of the episodes on either volume convinced me to watch the first seventeen episodes or re-watch these last nine anytime soon.

Video:
Power Stone is presented in 1.33:1 full frame. The transfer is fine throughout, despite some minor cross coloration and aliasing. A few of the backgrounds do appear a bit soft, however. Colors look great and there is little in the way of print flaws.

Audio:
Power Stone is presented in Dolby 2.0 Stereo Surround in English. The stereo track is solid, with some subtle directionality. Dialogue is crisp and clean throughout with no distortion. No optional subtitles are included.

Extras:
Extras include trailers for other ADV releases.

Summary:
Die-hard fans of the games or children might enjoy Power Stone, but I found the series to often be predictable, repetitious, mediocre, and forgettable. ADV's presentation of the material is decent and the MSRP is reasonable, so fans of the series should consider a purchase.

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