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Eden of the East: Paradise Lost Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Region: AB (No Region C)
  • Discs: 2 (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • Blu-ray Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • List Price: $34.98

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

Click thumbnails for high-resolution 1920X1080p screen captures

(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:4.5/5]

The intrigue of Eden of the East comes to its conclusion in Movie 2 of the franchise, Paradise Lost. Helmed by director Kenji Kamiyama of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East: Paradise Lost continues in the same vein of beautifully crafted animation and character design with the superb drama and character development of its predecessors.

For those who missed Movie 1, The King of Eden, the story had gone international, picking up six-months after Takizawa saved Japan from what would have been a devastating missile strike equal or worse than the near apocalyptic “Careless Monday.” He then disappeared, leaving Saki behind, worried and searching for him everywhere, a search that would lead her all the way to New York City. She’d eventually find Takizawa, only to realize that he’d once again wiped his memory clean and had no memory of her.

Meanwhile, the Seleção restarted their dangerous game of win or die and someone moved against Takizawa. It seemed they want him out of the way. Was it because his last request to the mysterious, all-powerful Juiz over their Noblesse phone system was to make him the king of Japan? Possibly. The process had begun to make the legend who saved Japan, now known as “the Air King,” the king of Japan, and someone was using the newly upgraded and more powerful Eden search engine not only against Takizawa and Saki, but against their friends, the owners and developers of the system.

Paradise Lost picks up from the end of the King of Eden. Saki had gone to the United States to locate Takizawa and now they were on a plane being brought back to Japan, with one hitch – Takizawa had once again, it seems, had his memory wiped clean of all that he had done. He must regain his memory and find out the truth behind who is behind “the game” and now trying to frame him and his friends as terrorists who were the target of a missile attack launched on Japan. Secrets will be revealed – including the truth of who Takizawa’s mother and father are – and his relationship with Saki will grow ever closer in this thrilling and fitting end to a wonderfully addictive anime franchise.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

There’s still a bit of that intentional haze over this native HD AVC/MPEG-4 1080p/24 encodement of Paradise Lost, but as with the previous releases, it is detailed and absent any sort of aliasing. There is only an ever so slight bit of video noise apparent in some of the color fills, but that’s the only real flaw I can see here.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

The original Japanese and the English soundtracks are provided in lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. The Japanese track was my referenced for all these Eden of the East releases and they’ve been rather consistent from one to the next, as one would expect. This is a quiet mix, but a very atmospheric one with lots of ambience and subtle, but intelligent use of discrete panning. There is a lot of motion through the channels following the motion on screen and dialogue is clean.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2/5]

The extras are mostly of the promotional variety except for the U.S. Cast commentary as well as the odd and hard to follow “Visual commentary” by the director, which is a “pop-up” type text commentary that looks like instant messaging that plays along over a separately encoded complete version of the film.

The supplements included with this release are:

  • U.S. Cast Commentary
  • Visual Commentary on the Eden System with Director Kamiyama Interview (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 01:38:23)
  • Movie 2 Preview (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • TV Spot (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • Eden of the East Series Trailer (1.78:1;1080p/24)
  • Eden of the East “King of Eden” Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • Eden of the East “Paradise Lost” Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • Trailers:
    • Spice and Wolf
    • Noir
    • Peacemaker
    • RideBack
    • Casshern Sins
    • Black Blood Brothers
    • Dragon Ball Z
    • FUNimation.com

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

It’s been an interesting journey through the world of Eden of the East and it has finally come to its conclusion – for now, anyway. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this complex, beautifully animated franchise return in a new iteration.

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BestBuy.com:
Eden of the East the Movie II: Paradise Lost -

Purchase Eden of the East: Paradise Lost on Blu-ray+DVD at CD Universe

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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