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Origin: Spirits of the Past Blu-ray

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Special Edition FUNimation Entertainment | 2006 | 95 min | Rated PG | Jun 23, 2009

Origin: Spirits of the Past (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Japanese: Dolby TrueHD 5.1


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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 3.0 of 53.0
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Origin: Spirits of the Past


Origin: Spirits of the Past Blu-ray delivers great video and decent audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

The rebirth of the past from the ashes of the future....
A young boy named Agito enters a forbidden sanctuary where a glowing machine resides. This machine preserves a young girl named Toola, who has a mission entrusted by her from the past. Three-hundred years into the future, the Earth's environment has been ruined by the interference of mankind, and in between the 300 years, the forest has come to life and is at constant war with man. It is an unsteady peace in an unnatural time. Only by searching their souls and examining the past will Toola & Agito realize the origin of all things and unite mankind with the forest.

For more about Origin: Spirits of the Past and the Origin: Spirits of the Past Blu-ray release, see Origin: Spirits of the Past Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Ryo Katsuji, Aoi Miyazaki, Yűko Kotegawa, Masaru Hamaguchi

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Origin: Spirits of the Past Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in 1080p utilizing the AVC codec (at an average bitrate of 27Mbps), Origin: Spirits of the Past is a film tailormade for high-definition viewing. During the initial half hour of the film's runtime, I was entranced with the clarity of the visuals, and the precision in every aspect of the animation. Adding to the visuals, the color spectrum contained bold hues throughout every environment on display, with the highlight being the crystal blue water of the reservoir. Adding to the depth of the picture, black levels are inky deep, and contrast never exhibited a problem with handling differentiation between the dark and light portions of the picture. The only real problems I noticed during the film (which may seem a bit nitpicky), were a noticeable softening of detail during a train sequence around the 43 minute mark, and one instance of banding within a large plume of black smoke at the 44:36 mark. Oddly, detail took a slight hit through the second half of the film, but it's not very noticeable and likely won't bother many viewers.

Overall, this is a wonderful visual treat, and I have no trouble recommending you ditch your prior DVD version for this beautiful 1080p edition.

Origin: Spirits of the Past Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

There are two audio offerings on the disc, with a primary Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix dubbed in English, and a secondary Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix in the native language of Japanese. Here's where things get a little dicey, since there was clearly more emphasis placed on the quality of the English dub. As I've stated before, I prefer to watch any foreign films in their native language (with subtitles), so I immediately switched to the Japanese track as the film began. The opening song was playing at that point in time, and there was an immediately identifiable difference in the quality of the two tracks. I switched back and forth on multiple occasions trying to pinpoint the problem, before arriving at a conclusion that the dialogue in the Japanese track was similar in volume and quality to the English track, but there is an extreme softening of the musical score and sound effects. After doing some tinkering around with volume levels and still not arriving at an audio experience I felt satisfied with, I noticed that the sampling bitrate of the two tracks showed a wide disparity. The English track averaged 3.5Mbps, while the Japanese track averaged 1Mbps during the same sequence. I did some further testing at other points in the film, and it became clear that although both tracks are TrueHD 5.1 at 48Khz, there is a big difference in quality and bitrate.

The English track is incredible, with a wonderful level of detail and excellent spatial separation within the sound field. There's a great deal of action that takes place throughout the film and everything is handled with the utmost care. The volume balance between the dialogue, music, and sound effects never waivered and each element was afforded appropriate focus given the demands of each sequence. As stated above, the Japanese track is a big letdown. In fact, I eventually switched to the English track for the remainder of the film, since I felt I was missing a large chunk of the overall entertainment experience. Fortunately, the voice-acting on the dub is some of the best I've heard in an anime feature, so it didn't bother me all that much. Bottom line, if you absolutely must watch anime in the native language, you're going to be disappointed with this release. For everyone else, the English track is highly competent, with a level of quality that almost approaches reference levels. I'm scoring the Japanese track a 1 out of 5 and the English track a 4.5 out of 5 (which explains the overall score of 3).

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