Dante’s Inferno – An Animated Epic (2009/Anchor Bay Blu-ray)
B- Sound: B Extras: C- Main Program: C+
latest interpretation of Dante’s Inferno is an animated one and we have already
covered this new version on DVD. If you
have not heard about it, try this link:
animation critic was very impressed with this work, while I found it
predictable, though ambitious. It is the
same old demonology tale with its Christo/Judao approach, but I also noticed
that as compared to animated works from the likes of Ralph Bakshi and the Heavy Metal gang, this one had its
violence, but that was not as graphic and the nudity was surprisingly
censored. Like Heavy Metal, this has multiple directors and the works do not
always gel. It will be a curio for sure,
but only diehard animation fans will care the most.
1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image looks good and better than the DVD, but
the style of using softer images (an Animé legacy) holds the quality back by
being done to the point of overkill. Too
bad, because when this is not done, the image can look very sharp and
clear. How amazing it would have been if
the whole thing looked that good throughout.
The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless mix sounds better than the DVD’s Dolby
Digital mix, but is not a spectacular improvement either.
the same as the DVD: Animatics and a Game Trailer.
- Nicholas Sheffo