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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Slayers: Gorgeous
Slayers: Gorgeous
ADV Films // Unrated // February 17, 2004
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Review by Don Houston | posted March 7, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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Movie: Anime with a sword and sorcery angle is plentiful these days but it wasn't always so. Whether you enjoy the more serious titles of stuff like Slayers Great, there is a lot to choose from and the latest release from the folks at ADV Films is Slayers Gorgeous. Where exactly the stand-alone movie falls into the Slayers Universe is tough to say since the whole series of movies and television episodes all seem so much alike. Although the formula remains fairly constant, the shows are goofy enough to get away with it since the innuendoes and other word play makes adults laugh almost as much as kids.

The story is set in a fantasy world where magic is the norm and medieval trappings are common. The two principle characters are Lina Inverse, a short but perky magician, and her rival/friend, Naga the Serpent, a tall and busty magician, who thinks she's superior in every way to her dwarfish pal. This time the movie centered on a kingdom where the king and his princess daughter are having a feud over her allowance. Like most children, she wants more, and like most fathers, he wants to remain in control. Lina Inverse, the half pint sorceress, sides with the father since he'll pay her the best. At the same time, her friend Naga The Serpent, the large breasted Amazonian sorceress, sides with the princess, and the two do battle as they always seem to do.

The princess has been raiding the local village with a bunch of dragons, dragons she can control by speaking to them. The king is upset and the townspeople are too as they aren't too keen on having to rebuild their town all the time. Once the ladies get through with the petty squabble, they are, as always, forced to deal with an even larger threat, one from within, which seeks to control the entire kingdom. Can Lina and Naga fight as a team or will they sabotage their own efforts as a furtherance to their rivalry?

Okay, those who enjoy the series will enjoy this one too. The characters rarely depart from the formula that made them so popular and this is not one of those times. That's a good thing for fans since the formula exists because it works, not because it fails. The themes are the same as always, goofy rivalry will win out over logical plans every time. I liked this one enough to rate it as Recommended, even though I prefer better extras and longer features. If you haven't seen any n this series previously, check it out as having just enough humor and fantasy to make me smile every time I watch it.

Picture: The picture was presented in non-anamorphic widescreen with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. My sources tell me the show was originally released in full frame 1.33:1 ratio but I have been unable to confirm this fact. The colors were on the dark side, befitting the subject matter here, and there was some grain with video noise but not enough to cause me to avoid this DVD. I saw no compression artifacts or print scratches.

Sound: The audio was presented with a choice of 2.0 Dolby Digital stereo tracks in the original Japanese with English subtitles or a dubbed English language track. I think the original audio track was superior this time although the sound effects and music were about the same in each. There was enough difference on the subtitles compared to the dubbed track that I wouldn't call them dub-titles.

Extras: There was some trailers and a single sheet paper insert.

Final Thoughts: Much like Slayers Great, the premise of this release was somewhat limited but I can't deny the appeal of the show. I noticed that this time, there was less of the adult innuendo compared to most of the other volumes but that just makes this a better volume for kids or younger audiences. In all, I look forward to seeing more of these releases in the future, noting that while they aren't very sophisticated, they do tend to make me giggle endlessly.

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