Death Note Collection (Death Note / Death Note II: The Last Name) [Blu-ray]
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It’s a battle of wits. Law student Light is upset with the justice system and when he finds the Death Note dropped by a death god, he vows to rid the world of evil. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies. As criminals all over the world begin to mysteriously die, a world-renowned detective known only as ‘L’ is put on the case to stop this serial killer that the public calls ‘Kira’. The battle betweenLight and L continues in Death Note II: The Last Name as Light joins theinvestigation team. L suspects Light of being Kira while Light attempts to learn L’s real name. Time becomes even more crucial with the appearance of a second Kira. Whose name will be the last written in the Death Note?
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This Blu-Ray transfer is good; the movies have already been released on DVD, but obviously if you want top quality, this is the way to go. Audio transfer is excellent, and Japanese and dubbed English dialogue soundtracks are included. The voice acting for the English dub is much better than average; the producers used the same voice actors who dubbed the anime, so they're intimately familiar with the stories and characters.
The production quality itself was quite good too. The actors who portray Light and his nemesis, the quirky detective known as L, are astonishingly close to their anime/manga counterparts, and it's a special treat to see Takeshi Kaga (best known to Japanophile Americans as "Chairman Kaga" in the original "Iron Chef" show) as Light's father. The CGI used to create Ryuk and Rem, the two shinigami - death gods who are so central to the storyline - is effective although perhaps a bit lacking the sort of polish you'd expect from an high-budget Hollywood production.
Special features document the making of the two movies.
I guess you could say this was a prime example of "absolute power corrupts absolutely." Naturally, Light doesn't see himself as the villain, rather, he sees himself as a champion of justice; he isn't a mass murderer. In his mind, people trying to thwart his plans are as equally bad as the killers and crooks he's trying to rid the world of. So when a task force is set up to find him, he joins it.
Oh yes, he has a cartoon sidekick which takes a bit of getting used to, and when more death books pop up......It begs the question, why is this happening and why hasn't it happened before? And why do these particular people get the books?
I have yet to see Death Note: The Last Name, but I hope to soon purchase it and see how they do the rendition for the rest of the story.