Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (R2J) (+ BD comparison)

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Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (R2J) (+ BD comparison)

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I don't have time to view and review this package yet... but since it's a limited set that is going out of print any second now I'll just post the most important stuff now.

Disc 1: Movie (84:25)
Video: 1.78:1 Anamorphic widescreen (progressive)
Audio: Japanese DD 2.0 (192 kbps)
Subtitles: None
+ Premiere (20:36)
+ Making Of, Part I (14:16)

Disc 2: Extras
Making Of, Part II (49:58)
Spin off movie (15:31)
Vampire Girl in Texas (6:54)
Photo gallery

Disc 3: Soundtrack CD (66:54)
1. Intro - Pinky Battle Action (5:13)
2. PINKY LOVE – Pretty Trippy’s Version (4:05) (performed by Trippy’s)
3. At the School (2:47)
4. Wrist Cut Club (2:16)
5. Monami (2:34)
6. Da Jugon’s Blood (2:03)
7. Can You Do It (3:19)
8. Locker Room Suspense (1:41)
9. Midori Caught a Blood (2:27)
10. Kenji’s Laboratory (4:02)
11. Wrist Cut Winner Is (3:40)
12. MAN HUNT (4:02) (Performed by Tomohiro Odawara)
13. Vampire Hunter (2:58)
14. Jealosy (2:20)
15. High School Murder Case (2:51)
16. Keiko Returns (3:04)
17. Le Dernier Vampire – Une Croix Du Sang (2:16)
18. Battle at Tokyo Tower (2:43)
19. Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (4:59)
20. Blood Will Tell (3:44)
21. Liquid Sunshine V.G. vs F.G. Version (4:53) (Performed by metalmouse)
22. BONUS TRACK: Doki Doki School Days (3:50) (performed by Trippy’s)

Packaging
- Three sleeve digipack
- 40 page booklet
- Artwork card
(these are limited to first press)

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4DigitalMedia will release this film in the UK March 15, 2010. It's a 1 disc edition with less extras, and probably standards conversion transfer. Specs here: http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2010 ... to-uk-dvd/

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Here's a review of the UK disc:
http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content/id/72 ... -girl.html

I still haven't viewed the R2J, but it should obviously be superior for featuring native ntsc transfer.

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Instant stiffy :D
2010 - The return of the HK movie industry :)
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Here's R2J caps.

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Here's a comparison cap for the dvdtimes review. Looks similar, although I'm seeing a bit more edge enhancement on the UK disc. Kevin complained about thick edge enhancement on the UK disc. The edge enhancement is there on R2J too, but it's most distracting in the opening scene (which is the one capped in the dvdtimes review). The rest of the film fares a bit better.

UK (shamelessly stolen from Kevin's review)
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UK --- R2J
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R2J
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Either way, the R2J offers a progressive transfer, while the UK disc was said to be a ghosting conversion mess.

The film is quite fantastic. Here's my mini review:

Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl (2009)
If Tokyo Gore Police had been a romantic high school comedy. Cute transfer student (Yukie Kawamura) and charming gothic lolita (Eri Otoguro) battle over the school's only decent guy. Love hurts, and leaves one hell of a mess. Yoshihiro Nishimura and Naoyuki Tomomatsu's film, drawing its inspiration from female manga artist Shungiku Uchida's comics, is hit and miss but with high accuracy. The sheer the amount of ridiculous jokes and gore effects is overwhelming. It's the combination of this kind of energy and cinematic skill – including terrific soundtrack that comes with a variety from chorus to cheesy love songs – that sets Vampire Girl apart from the standard Japanese gore film. Blood is plenty here too, although this time with CGI support. It's not a problem, as the film is a comedy, and there’s still thousands of liters of real fake blood. The visual look is competent with highly aesthetic bloodshed and eye popping caramel colors. The main actresses are both great and backed up by a load Nishimura regulars (Eihi Shiina, Takashi Shimizu, Cay Izumi、Jiji Bu) and some new faces, including Reiko Ike lookalike Sayaka Kametani. Some genre and cultural knowledge is recommended, as the film is packed with references to Nishimura's past works and Japanese social phenomena.

and the spin off film featured on the disc

Vampire Frankenstein Girl (2010)
A continuation of the very pleasant tradition of providing additional value to DVD buyers, Vampire Frankenstein Girl is Yoshihiro Nishimura’s 15 minute spin off for the main feature. Stylistically similar to the jaw ending opening episode of Tokyo Gore Police Short Collection, Vampire Frankenstein Girl gathers familiar supporting players (ganguro girls) and new characters, including leading girl Tsugumi Nagasawa, for violent showdown. Opening scene aside it’s a completely dialogue free, music video style mayhem collage that starts out lazy but aims high and eventually explodes in its gory, ridiculously imaginative glory. Nagasawa flies like a bird, Cay Izumi dances topless, Obama’s head explodes, and Trippi’s girls Maki Daimon and Youko Kobayashi perform Pinky Love in front of camera. Bravo!

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Texas premiere
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JP premiere
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Making of
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Stills gallery
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Long story short: the film is great, the transfer is fine, the extras are excellent, and the soundtrack is a must own. Buy, Buy, Buy.

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Here's Funamation BD review (10k... you know...)

http://10kbullets.com/reviews/v/vampire ... rl-bluray/

It has most of the R2J DVD extras, but missing the fantastic spin off movie (worth half of the disc price alone) as well as absolute must own soundtrack (worth the other half of the disc price)...

If we get a better screencap selection I can compare to my R2J DVD. The film is so good that the BD might serve as a film viewing edition for superior video and audio, but the R2J extras are priceless (and this comes from someone who ignores all extras on 97% of the discs he buys...)


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Not bad, but not very good either if you compare it to other BDs.

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