SRP $38.95 2.35:1 PCM 5.1 SONY

SONY has released "TEKKONKINKREET," an unusual and entertaining "anime" film. Two street kids, "black" and "White," fly above the city, keeping watch over their respective gangland.  Michael Arias, the visual effects designer for "Princess Mononoke" is responsible for this tale, and it also offers a similar anti-overdevelopment message. The film's true villain, "Snake," works for land developers, wanting to destroy the city, making room for a commercial amusement park.

It's up to Black and White, to thwart the commercial selfish plans of the developers.

While the story isn't as well developed as some of Arias's other films, it's entertaining and even provocative at times.

SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer. While there's no real sense of depth, the image is intentionally flat in its design.  Colors are rich in every scene.  It's a slick, well-polished image in every scene. A wonderful transfer for a flat-looking image.

SONY has provided a PCM 5.1 mix.  It's a subdued mix, and ultimately disappointing. There are minimal surround effects and separation is limited to the front, with generic moments. It's too restrained, and bass effects are minimal as well.