+ DVD-Video/BCI Eclipse)
B/C+ Sound: B/B- Extras: C- Film: C+
films are so bizarre, you have to see them to believe them and when they even
get as bad as Katsuhide Motoki’s Kitaro (2007)
is one of those increasingly rare films in these overly digitized, prepackaged,
overprocessed blockbusters with no point.
Like Steven Chow’s CJ-7
(reviewed elsewhere on this site) we get “cutesy digital creatures” (making up
for the lack of complex, current digital animation) in a story that offers much
more of a fantasy world, though don’t expect Pan’s Labyrinth either.
world has the usual humans and spirits dubbed “yokai” plus also has a
combination of both (but no one says half-breed) in a world of battles that
will remind you more of Sid & Marty Krofft or Super Inframan (also reviewed on this site) than anything you’d
take seriously. Yet, even if you don’t
land up liking it, it is still a hoot.
The human cast is mostly children and this is amusing, but is worth a look
if you are interested or have children who you think might like something
different. Though not rated, I would
give it a PG-13.
1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image on the soft side, with some good color,
but the digital work adds to the softness and the anamorphically enhanced DVD
is poorer with more Video Black issues than the Blu-ray and has less detail in
a way that makes it hard to watch after seeing the Blu-ray version. Both versions offer DTS 6.1 ES and Dolby
Digital 5.1 EX mixes, with the DTS having the edge in both cases, but the
dialogue can be an issue in all cases and is only saved by the good use of
surrounds. Extras in both formats
include a making of featurette, TV special, TV spots and original theatrical
- Nicholas Sheffo