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Gungrave: Beyond The Grave
Vol. 1
Genre: Animé

Reviewed In Issue 92 (Jan 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of Tomokazu Seki, Tsutomu Isobe, Kumi Sakuma, Motomu Kiyokawa, Kikuko Inoue, Ryuzaburo Otomo, Takehito Koyasu, Chafurin, Humihiko Tachiki, Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Kenji Hamada, Yosuke Akimoto, Kenta Miyake, Shintaro Ohata, Yasuyuki Kase, Masako Katsuki, Joji Nakata, Nobuyuki Furuta, Toshihiko Nakajima & Shiho Kawaragi (English Version: Ron Allen, Abe Lasser, Kay Jensen, William Frederick, Michelle Ruff, John Daniels, Andrew Watton, Melvin Katt & Lex Lang, Tony Oliver, David Orozco, Dave Lelyveld, Steve Cannon, Melissa Williamson, Michael Mcconnohie & Midge Mayes)

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include a conceptual art gallery, a textless opening, a textless ending, and Geneon previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Geneon / Pioneer
(Catalog Number): 12286
(MPAA Rating): 16 UP
(Rating Reason):

Violence and strong language
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 7/06/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Toshiyuki Tsuru (English Version: Eric P. Sherman)
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In Volume One of the Gungrave series, Brandon Heat returns from Beyond The Grave to destroy his former friend Harry McDowel, who is leader of Millennion, the mob that uses undead monsters as its enforcers. Three of the four episodes are flashbacks of Brandon's past when he and Harry were close. Yasuhiro Nightow is the original author of the Gungrave series. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits fascinating anim

Not much of a difference can be heard between the Japanese DTS