Senior HTF Member
- Jul 3, 1997
- Real Name
- Ronald Epstein
Received this rather quickly from TwilightTimeMovies.com. One of those films that I really had no particular interest in watching other than the fact I try to get my hands on as much 3D fare as I can.
Having watched Harlock: Space Pirate this morning, I must say I am somewhat impressed. Normally, this is not the kind of film I would spend this much time with, but I walked away from this CG sci-fi fantasy with new found respect for the craft.
While I can't say I completely loved the story, there's no doubt that Harlock: Space Pirate is a truly epic, engaging space opera that dazzles the viewer with enormous, beautifully-animated space battles that look spectacular in 3D.
In fact, it was mostly the film's spectacular CG animation and seemingly limitless 3D depth that kept me completely engaged from beginning to end. In fact, the animation is so good, I found myself forgetting that I was even watching CGI.
Alas, it's the story that sometimes detracted from the splendor of the film. For a film that is so beautifully rendered, the narrative just seems rather mediocre.
The film's transfer is simply incredible -- as you would expect from something created totally in the digital realm. Details and colors are stunning. The spacing and layering of objects offer many WOW moments. This is one of the few animated films I have seen that I could sense the priority 3D was given to its presentation.
All that being said, gimmickry is held to a minimal here. There isn't any "In Yo' Face" kind of pop-out, but there are quite a few moments where objects gently protrude forward for minimal outward effect.
The 5.1 DTS-HD MA track is enveloping, with effects nicely spread through the surrounds. What seems to be a bit lacking is LFE support. This is not a particularly "boomy" sounding presentation.
If you are like me, and not particularly a fan of anime, there is still much to like about Harlock: Space Pirate. Visually, it's an immensely breathtaking production. If you are not drawn into its story, you certainly will be captivated by its visuals.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in collecting the very best 3D titles available on Blu-ray.