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This review originally appeared in issue 9 of THE CINEMA LASER.


If you are a fan of the BUBBLE GUM CRISIS series, then AnimEigo has got a great release that will be right up your alley. The AD POLICE FILES ($50) takes place in MegaTokyo in the year 2027 AD and mad Boomers are on the loose. You remember Boomers, those biomechanical life forms created to free mankind from physical labor. Unfortunately, Boomers have a tendency to go berserk and cause enormous death and destruction. That's where the AD Police come in, they are the police unit who specialize in dealing with Boomer incidents. Three AD Police files are contained on this single disc release. This is a very dark and violent release from the folks at AnimEigo, it is also one of their very best Japanese animation offerings.

File One is THE PHANTOM WOMAN. Someone has begun to illegally recycle parts from Boomers that have been scrapped. Now, there is a female Boomer on the rampage trying to reenact her final memory as a sexual fantasy­ her own destruction! So she seeks out the man who originally destroyed her to engage in some more "rough sex". The imagery in this particular episode is very disturbing because combines sex and extreme violence. File Two is THE RIPPER. There has been a series of vicious murders of prostitutes taking place in the subway. All the victims have been disemboweled. Is the killer a man, a woman, a Boomer, or could it be someone who has been augmented artificial organs? At what point does someone lose their humanity to artificial organs? File Three is THE MAN WHO BITES HIS TONGUE. The final episode take the theme of THE RIPPER all the way to the other extreme. A police officer loses his body in a battle with a berserk Boomer. He is given a cyborg body, with only his brain and tongue as the only reminders of his humanity. Is the preservation of life so important, once you have lost everything that made you human?

AnimEigo has done their usual sterling job of transferring this title to Laserdisc. The image is crisp and the color is excellent. The yellow subtitles are synchronized to the Japanese dialog and rapid exchanges require some rapid reading, but are otherwise excellent. The digital stereo soundtrack has a pleasing mix and is well worth amplifying. The 3M pressing is up to their usual level of excellence. AnimEigo has included liner notes, chapter markers, song lyrics and music videos that follow the three police files. As I stated above, this is one of AnimEigo's best releases, if you're a fan of Anime­ this disc is a must have!


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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