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WXIII: Patlabor The Movie 3 (2002/Maiden Japan/Sentai Blu-ray)

Picture: C+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Film: B+

In the future Tokyo is filled with 'Labors', heavy mechanized robots to build the new Babylon. Along with Labors are the Patlabors, police mecha designed to take down any Labor related crimes, but when a string of marine Labors are destroyed and their pilots eaten, what they thought was caused by eco terrorist, maybe a government/military cover up for a military bio-weapons project code named WXIII.

In Mamoru Oshii's WXIII: Patlabor The Movie 3 (2002), Tokyo Babylon a shining city of the future built on science and mecha technologies. However, in the rapid growth, unexpected danger, crime still arise, specially Labor related crimes. But this time, the Patlabor task force might be in over it's head, a monster roams and patrols the Tokyo bay. With a military cover up and the government involved, they cannot go public with the truth, but the real truth is with each passing moment... WXIII is getting hungry.

Based on the Patlabor TV series of a mechanized policed task force, the movies have gone far from the original plot of police mecha combating crime. The movies were more like horror themed releases instead of action/comedy/police drama, but it works and works well.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition widescreen image is digital and on the weak side despite how good this all is, but the Japanese & separate (if lesser) English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mixes are aggressive and help make up for that. Extras include Mobile Police Patlabor Minipato Shorts (running 38 minutes) and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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