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Gankutsuou: The Count Of Monte Cristo - Chapter One
Genre: Animé

Reviewed In Issue 101 (Oct 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of Joji Nakata, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Hirakawa, Akiko Yajima, Koji Ishii, Nobuo Tobita, Rio Natsuki & Mai Nakahara

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include the 20-minute act one storyboard by director Mahiro Maeda, a five-minute interview with director Mahiro Maeda, nine minutes of comments about "Gankutsuou" from voice actors, the promotional trailer, textless opening and ending, and other Geneon previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Geneon Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 12577
(MPAA Rating): 16UP
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(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): 94
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 10/25/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mahiro Maeda
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In "Gankutsuou: The Count Of Monte Cristo - Chapter One" noble young Albert (Fukuyama) and his friend Franz (Hirakawa) set their sights on adventure when they leave their privileged lives in Paris and travel to the moon, where they are introduced to the Count (Nakata). (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The moody, hazy animated picture is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The picture glows with color and light, and bizarre effects that take you to another world. Sometimes color saturation seems a bit weak, while other times hues are engulfing and rich. Noticeable pixelization is limited. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Japanese and English Dolby