7.7 C
New York
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Advertisement

Short Peace Blu-ray Review

short-peace-bluray-coverU.S. Release

– –

The Films

[Rating:5/5]

Short-Peace-BD_01

Short Peace (ショート・ピース) is an anime anthology consisting of four short animated films that is also part of a broader multimedia project that includes a Short Peace game as well. With the underlining theme of each film being Japan, each of the four films tells a story of the history of Japan.

In one of the most gorgeously animated sequences, the anthology opens with a brief, “Alice in Wonderland” type motif as a young girl follows a white rabbit down the proverbial rabbit hole into the world of Short Peace, it then launches into the Morita Shuhei written and directed short “Possessions” (AKA Tsukumo; 九十九). This Oscar-nominated short (Best Animated Short) follows a traveler who is confronted by a group of possessed objects in an abandoned shrine as he stops to take shelter during a rainstorm. Next up is “Combustible” (火要鎮), probably the most beautifully animated short of the whole collection. Written and directed by Otomo Katsuhiro, this tale set in ancient Japan tells of love, family honor, and a devastating fire, animated in a traditional, watercolor style. In writer/director Ando Hiroaki’s “Gambo”, from REDLINE‘s Ishii Katsuhito’s original story with character designs by Sadamoto Yoshiyuki (Neon Genesis Evangelion), a mysterious white bear protects a village and its royal family, including a little girl, from the ravages of a strange, troll-like red demon. Finally, the film closes on a short set in the post-modern era. “A Farewell to Weapons” (武器よさらば) from Katoki Hajime (Mobile Suit Gundam) also has the most straightforward animation of the entire anthology, but that’s not to say it doesn’t look really good also. It follows a group of soldiers in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo as they battle to de-weaponize an urban area and disarm deadly autonomous robots.

Each short tells of some struggle or battle, whether it is an emotional one (“Combustible”) or spiritual one (“Possessions”) or some combination of the two; in “Gambo” the townsfolk must overcome their fears and their prejudices in order to allow the great white bear to protect them against the red demon. ¾ of the anthology is set in Japan’s past, with the final short being placed in a futuristic sci-fi setting. This works, since so many anime productions are in the present or future, it is refreshing to have some that plumb the rich history of the country’s past.

It is truthfully the animation that really anchors this set, however. It is spellbinding. From the soft traditional sketches of “Combustible” to the more CG-laden work of “Possessions”, this is a beautiful looking anthology, the likes of which we have not seen in such a work of individual films since The Animatrix or Ishii Katsuhito’s REDLINE.

Video Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

Short-Peace-BD_02

The animation in each of these short films is breathtaking, and the AVC 1080p transfer to Blu-ray does a really god job capturing the details and colors in the animation. There are some visible gradations at times, but apart from that, this is rather nicely done.

Audio Quality

[Rating:5/5]

Short-Peace-BD_03

We get the rare 5.1 lossless surround mixes in both Japanese-language and English dubs provided in DTS-HD Master Audio for this Blu-ray release of Short Peace. They are terrific mixes with solidly discrete sounds in the surround channels that engulf you in a tight, 360-degree soundfield. During the short “Possessions” for example, chimes and other sounds move around the room, just as an example. The last short “A Farewell to Weapons” gives us battle sequences that place us right in the midst of firefights. Lows are big, but tight and the dialogue is full and clear.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:1/5]

Short-Peace-BD_04

  • Trailer (1080p/24)
  • Disc Credits
  • Exclusive Short Peace Post Cards

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

Short-Peace-BD_05

A magnificent achievement in animation and storytelling, the Short Peace anthology is a must see film for anime enthusiasts because of its awe inspiring animation, brilliant designs and moving stories.

Additional Screen Captures

[amazon-product]B00JXBLIU8[/amazon-product]

Short-Peace-BD_06

Short-Peace-BD_07

Short-Peace-BD_08

Short-Peace-BD_09

Short-Peace-BD_10

Short-Peace-BD_11

Short-Peace-BD_12

Short-Peace-BD_13

Short-Peace-BD_14

Short-Peace-BD_15

Short-Peace-BD_16

Short-Peace-BD_17

Short-Peace-BD_18

Short-Peace-BD_19

Short-Peace-BD_20

Short-Peace-BD_21

Short-Peace-BD_22

Short-Peace-BD_23

Short-Peace-BD_24

Short-Peace-BD_25

Short-Peace-BD_26

Short-Peace-BD_27

Short-Peace-BD_28

[amazon-product]B00JXBLIU8[/amazon-product]

Advertisement

Related Articles

Chernobyl (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The account of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Ukraine, Soviet Union, and the subsequent health and political fallout is told in five gripping episodes.

2067 (Blu-ray Review)

With the world deforested and people dying from a deadly disease caused by synthetic oxygen, a quiet tunnel worker receives a message from the future and must save humanity in this uneven but watchable dystopian Aussie indie sci-fi thriller.

The Irishman (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray Review)

Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-nominated (Best Director) late career crime world epic gets the Criterion Collection treatment it deserves.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stay Connected

299FansLike
0FollowersFollow
0FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Notice of Compliance with FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 255

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR part 255 guidelines, this website hereby states that it receives free discs and other theatrical or home entertainment “screeners” and access to screening links from studios and/or PR firms, and is provided with consumer electronics devices on loan from hardware manufacturers and/or PR firms respectively for the purposes of evaluating the products and its content for editorial reviews. We receive no compensation from these companies for our opinions or for the writing of reviews or editorials.
Permission is sometimes granted to companies to quote our work and editorial reviews free of charge. Our website may contain affiliate marketing links, which means we may get paid commission on sales of those products or the services we write about. Our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Latest Articles

Chernobyl (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The account of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Ukraine, Soviet Union, and the subsequent health and political fallout is told in five gripping episodes.

2067 (Blu-ray Review)

With the world deforested and people dying from a deadly disease caused by synthetic oxygen, a quiet tunnel worker receives a message from the future and must save humanity in this uneven but watchable dystopian Aussie indie sci-fi thriller.

The Irishman (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray Review)

Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-nominated (Best Director) late career crime world epic gets the Criterion Collection treatment it deserves.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray Review)

Criterion gives us a brilliant new 4K restoration on Blu-ray of Jim Jarmusch's 1999's indie classic about a loner assassin who follows the way of the samurai.

Westworld: Season Three — The New World (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The third season of HBO's flagship sci-fi series sends the Hosts into the real world for a somewhat disappointing eight episodes but a magnificent 4K Ultra HD release.
%d bloggers like this: