Cowboy Bebop - Best Sessions
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
The hit anime series on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim now available in a special collector's edition - ONLY on DVD home video! 'Best Sessions' features six completely remixed episodes chosen by acclaimed director Shinichi Watanabe and fans of Cowboy Bebop! Experience the adventures of the Bebop and her crew like never before!
Meet Spike and Jet, a drifter and a retired cyborg cop who have formed a partnership in a bounty hunting enterprise. In a converted fishing ship the Bebop, with the help of the intelligent data dog, Ein, and the voluptuous and vexing femme fatale, Faye Valentine - Spike and Jet scour the galaxy in search of wanted criminals. They're going to clean up space, one bounty at a time!
A true DVD Collector's dream! Cowboy Bebop - Best Sessions will include six episodes completely remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound and DTS Surround sound. Featuring both the original Japanese and English language tracks, Dolby Digital 5.1 (Japanese and English), and an exclusive DTS (Japanese), English subtitles option, Filmography (Shinichi Watanabe, Toshihiro Kawamoto), Bandai Previews, and LIMITED Best Sessions collector's DVD slipcase!
Director Shinichiro Watanabe chose the three episodes from this popular sci-fi action series he felt contained the best overall sound quality and remixed them for Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS audio. The second trio of episodes was voted on by Japanese audiences. Watanabe makes skillful use of the new technology. The sound effects are highly directional, as is much of the dialogue: when Jet and Spike yell to each other at the beginning of "Asteroid Blues," their voices seem to come from different parts of the ship. However, the only thing new about this set is the remixed soundtrack; neither the visuals nor the story lines have been changed. Viewers who already have the complete series don't need to run out and buy the reworked episodes--unless they have a jazzy new sound system they want to show off. (Rated 13 and older: violence, nudity, profanity, alcohol and tobacco use, occasional ethnic stereotypes) --Charles Solomon
- Six episodes remastered in 5.1 and DTS audio on two discs inside a collector's slipcase
- Director's Choice:
- "Asteroid Blues"
- "Ballad of Fallen Angels"
- "Wild Horses"
- Fan Favorites:
- "Waltz For Venus"
- "Mushroom Samba"
- "Hard Luck Woman"
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
A. You are a huge Bebop fan
B. You have a kickass sound system
C. You want something to keep you occupied till the movie comes out
D. Combinations or all of the above
This DVD is awesome and Bebop rocks but I dont think that it has enough to earn 5 stars. The DTS is really cool but if only it had more special features! Maybe director interviews or cast interviews or something more. Or even a trailer for the American version of the movie!
The only real point of this DVD collection was to put out a little extra something for the die-hard fans (such as myself) and re-master the sound. If you have a Dolby system, it is actually quite amazing. In fact, in an interview with director Shinichiro Watanabe, he said that he chose the episodes on the first disc for the sound.
"If my selection was based solely on personal taste, I probably would have selected bizarre stories such as episode 20 ("Pierrotm Le Fou") and episode 6 ("Sympathy for the Devil"). But since my emphasis was on the sound, I chose episode 1 with its gun sequences and human interactions; episode 5 for the music being played; and episode 19 for its mecha action. I handled the storyboard for two of them, so I'm sure my color shows up the most in them."
The episodes on the first disc are still some of the best in the series (though I'd rank episodes 6 and 20 above 19, personally), regardless of what influenced his decision.
The episodes on the second disc (chosen by the fans) are also the best, exactly what I would have chosen. It starts with episode 8, Waltz for Venus (featuring the voice of Maaya Sakamoto as Stella), which is my personal favorite. Then it goes to episode 17, Mushroom Samba, probably the funniest of the series, followed up with episode 24, Hard Luck Woman, one of the more emotion-provoking episodes.
If you are a fan of the series (suppose you saw it on Cartoon Network, or something) but do not have the [$$$] for the Perfect Sessions, this is an excellent alternative. If you want to get a friend of yours into the series, this is a good place to start, and if you just want some good episodes with better sound (and some awesome trailers on the second disc) then this is for you. However, it doesn't really have any extras (beyond the trailers) and if you plan on getting the whole series anyway, there's no point, which is why it's got three stars from me instead of five. It's really not for everyone. The case sure looks cool, though.
Now, for the DVDs themselves. The first three episodes on the first disk were picked by the director just for having the best sound. "Asteroid Blues" for the gun sequences and human interactions, "Ballad of Fallen Angels" for the music and "Wild Horses" for the spaceship action. The first two are classics, but "Wild Horses" suffers from a confusing plot and a really annoying character.
The second disk includes 3 episodes that the fans in Japan (Not U.S. fans) voted for. They include the heartfelt "Waltz for Venus", "Mushroom Samba" the one where the crew trips on shrooms and "Hard Luck Woman" which has Faye and Ed finding out their pasts.
EXTRAS: None, except for some trailers on the second disk, woo-hoo.(*sarcasm*)
SOUND: Amazing, especially if you have a super cool home theater like me.
Should you buy this as your first Bebop DVD?: I'd say no. You should get Cowboy Bebop - Sesson 1 to get a better understanding of the series, besides it's cheaper.
So when should I buy this DVD?:
-When you have an awesome home theater
-When you don't want to spend $ on Sessions 2 and 4 just for "Waltz" and for "Samba"
-When you're already familiar with Cowboy Bebop and don't want to buy Session 1 just for "Asteroid" and "Ballad".
-When you're an obsessed Bebop fan!!!
If it were up to me, I would have added such episodes as "Pierrot Le Fou" or "Cowboy Funk" instead of "Wild Horses" and "Hard Luck Woman" I think this deserves 4.5 stars, so I'm going to give it five to balance out the total score.
The Best Sessions may not be the best, but they are the best introduction to the epic anime series for those who don't like anime, and whatever one thinks of the film, most of the elements that make the show so dazzling are missing from it. The Best Sessions is a bargain priced introduction to an incredible animation triumph, from the opening titles montage blending Jonny Quest and Peter Gunn to the enchanting closing with "The Real Folk Blues". Not to mention the strong story lines, careful, yet jaunty animation style, witty manga dialogues, and the most realized characters in Anime. The effect is as if a graphic novel had come to life, not taken itself too seriously (the bane of most GNs), and brought a first-person perspective to an entirely alien world. Mostly it's the experience of bounty hunter- drifter Spike, sometimes his (space)shipmate Jet, later acquaintance Valentine or computer wiz-kid Edward. Regardless, the effect is dazzling. Cartoon Network again scored with this one. Hard to believe it's from 1998. But for twenty bones, here's your chance to catch the buzz with the Best Sessions.
Most recent customer reviews
Look for similar items by category
- Movies & TV > Animation
- Movies & TV > Fully Loaded DVDs > DTS
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Action & Adventure
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Anime & Manga
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Drama
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Mystery & Thrillers
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Science Fiction
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Animation