Post Reply Gundam Unicorn at the Viz Cinema review (sort of)
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Posted 3/23/10 , edited 3/23/10
I just saw the entire thing at the Viz Cinema in San Francisco.

The movie starts pretty much exactly like what you see in this trailer:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-539610/mobile-suit-gundam-uc-unicorn-5/

There is a lot of action, but I don't really know if I should spoil the movie here, so I will refrain from revealing anything important. I definitely do feel that they are rushing the story a bit. I hope this won't be de-rigueur for future installments. I must also say that my companion was hopelessly lost. This movie is really inappropriate for people who are not already thoroughly familiar with Universal Century Gundam

A warning in case you are planning to go: I was a bit disappointed in the picture quality. It was shown on a large(ish) screen. The theater is about the same size as most indie theaters with seating for about 150+ people. My companion and I sat about 8 rows back, roughly 30 feet from the screen.

I noticed that all the CG background pans had a fuzzy, out of focus quality. It was quite dizzying and a bit disturbing, since all the stationary 2D character animation didn't seem to possess the same problem. I was wondering if it was the fact that I was sitting closer to the screen, but when I walked to the back of the theater, I encountered the same thing. This is not the first time I have been disappointed in the picture quality of an anime transferred to a large screen. I just wish it hadn't been this one too, since I had really been looking forward to it. I am curious if anyone here has bought the DVD or the blu-ray discs yet. I am hoping this is not a problem there as well. Anyone?

Viz Cinema is planning a Gundam Marathon on April 10 for the 3 movies (including Char's Counterattack) I was planning on going but now I wonder if I should save the $25 they are asking for the ticket. I don't want to experience hours of the same video playback problems...

I will probably call the theater tomorrow and report the problem. Hopefully this is something that can be fixed so I can reconsider that marathon they were advertising.

edited to add: It didn't help that what they were running was the dub. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't exactly inspired either. At least I would have had someplace to rest my eyes from time to time if they had run the subtitled version with the Japanese audio. If they are going to mess up the video, why not run the subtitles? *grumble, grumble*
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Interesting enough but I don't live in San Francisco and the movie ticket is a bit too much for me. Still, wouldn't mind paying $25 if I'm financially stable and if the theater is within reach.

btw, I can't view that link since I do not live in the U.S...
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