Meatball Machine: R1 vs R2J (NSFW)

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Meatball Machine: R1 vs R2J (NSFW)

Unread post by HungFist » 05 Mar 2011, 16:51

Region 1 TLA
DVD 9 (7.36 GB)
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: Japanese 2.0 (448 kbps)
Subtitles: English (optional)

Extras
Maximum Meatball Machine (33 min making of + 5 min Reject of Death making of)
Original Meatball Machine (13 min)
Reject of Death (10 min)
Necroborg Creature Designs (artwork pictures video)
Gleep & Glopp DVD Introduction (2 min)
Trailers for TLA releases (none for Meatball Machine)

R2J King Recods
DVD 9 (7.12 GB)
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: Japanese 2.0 (192 kbps)
Subtitles: None

Extras
Audio Commentary with Yudai Yamaguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura and Issei Takahashi
Audio Commentary with Yudai Yamaguchi, Shoichiro Masumoto and Aoba Kawai
Maximum Meatball Machine (33 min making of + 5 min Reject of Death making of)
Original Meatball Machine (13 min)
Reject of Death (10 min)
What’s Abot Doi (6 min)
Artwork gallery (One additional picture compared to R1, which shows the same images in video form)
Original Trailer
Trailers for King Records releases

Top: R1
Bottom: R2J

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The R1 release actually fares well. The transfer is even a bit sharper than he R2J (although the colors and compression may be marginally worse) and there’s a good set of high quality extras, including a 33 minute documentary discussing the various difficulties in the production, and the state of Japanese splatter cinema. The most important extras are the original Meatball Machine short movie by Yamamoto, and Reject of Death, a spin off movie directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura, and starring Asami, Takashi Shimizu, and Ayano Yamamoto. This spin off film is actually superior to the main feature, and must see for Nishimura fans for featuring various characters and concepts that he would later use in Tokyo Gore Police and other films. An interesting 5 minute making off is also included for Reject of Death.

The R2J is everything the R1 is, and more. The only thing missing is the incredibly dumb English language DVD introduction that TLA did for their disc. What’s new on the R2J is two audio commentaries, original trailer, and a quite worthless second spin off movie What’s About Doi. In this film one of the film’s character’s goes to an action figure shop. That’s all.

Below are some screencaps from the R2J extras

Documentary
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Reject of Death
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Original Meatball Machine
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What's About Doi?
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Artwork gallery
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Original trailer
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Summary: The R2J wins (for extras) as usual, however, the R1 is quite fine for language impaired and budget concerned fans. The R2J’s main asset over the R1 is the audio commentaries. If you don't want those, then go for the cheaper R1.

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