Perfect Blue

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

After her rise to fame and fortune as a pop rock performer, Mima seeks new horizons in the field of acting, which she thinks she can handle. She was a smash success when she was with CHAM, her rock group, but now she must forge out on her own and that might not be as easy of a task. After some time passes, she manages to wrangle the lead in a new film, which requires her to shed some clothes. The film is a suspense/thriller loaded with sexual charisma, which Mima seems to have little problems with. Soon however, she finds herself in an unusual state, as reality and fantasy begin to mesh together. She has these visions that haunt her and when she wakes, it seems as though the entire world knows all of her little secrets. Where are these visions coming from and who is leaking all this inside information to the public? Perhaps this is all the work of an obsessed fan, or just maybe a much darker force is at work in Mima’s life.

In the realm of anime, I’ve seen a lot of films and liked many of them, but few were impressive enough to be added to my personal collection. Now that I’ve seen Perfect Blue on this terrific disc, I can add another title to that list and place this one into my collection. I know a lot of people associate animated features with kids, but trust me on this one, Perfect Blue is aimed at an older audience. This is a thriller that uses all sorts of means to reach the end and in truth, I think it rivals many live action efforts in the suspense/thriller genre. The usual elements needed in thrillers are all present, but they’re used in semi-unique ways, so you won’t be bored with this one. I like how the twists and turns work well within the film and don’t always work out in clean form, you have to think about some things, which is cool. I can see how some folks could be confused at times, but if you pay attention, then you should be able to take it all in. This is one of the finest anime films I’ve seen, as well as a very solid thriller, which should please fans of the genre. This disc is also a fine issue, so I am pleased to give this release a high recommendation.

Video: How does it look?

Perfect Blue is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. This is a solid transfer, with more than solid color hues and no evidence of poor contrast. The source print looks a little worn at times, but in the end, looks clean enough to keep the score from dropping much. As I mentioned, the colors look terrific and bold, but a few times, I saw some slight fades. No errors with the black levels, which look sharp and allow for a solid level of detail. I saw a few compression problems, but nothing too bad and I think the transfer is more than adequate in the end.

Audio: How does it sound?

This disc includes 5.1 surround tracks in Japanese and English, so both bases are covered and both sides should be pleased. Both mixes have very impressive audio presence, which includes a lot of effective surround use. I wouldn’t compare the mix to an action driven release, but this is a terrific mix, when you consider the nature of the film. The sound effects some through well and the music sounds excellent, no real complaints there. The dialogue on both is smooth and well presented, though as usual, I think the original Japanese should be used. The disc also includes a 2.0 surround track (English) and English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes some interviews with the director and voice talents involved, a selection of captioned photos from the film, some bonus footage from behind the scenes, and the film’s theatrical trailer. A very nice selection of bonus materials, although an in depth interview with the director or a commentary track would have been welcome, of course.

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