DVD Review: Harlock Space Pirate
Harlock Space Pirate is an intense visual treat that is only let down by some shoddy dubbing. Why Anchor Bay didn’t just release it subtitled is beyond me. But then I’m a subtitle freak, whilst the majority of entertainment consumers are freakishly afraid of subtitles, so the obvious reason for the dubbing is a desperate bid for a larger audience.
But not to matter, because the dubbing is a minor detail in this epic space opera that has so many nods to geek culture that it’s easy to get excited just thinking of all the great films and TV shows that get referenced.
But Harlock is more than just some geek smorgasbord, it’s an epic tale of Earth’s future, or maybe past… who knows which? One thing is for sure, population explosion had put earth’s resources under too much stress and we had to look to the stars for new planets to populate. The problem is that with man’s insatiable need to conquer, our population soon rose to 500 billion and the planets we colonised soon too became to ravaged to support life, so soon it was a race back to re-populate a recovered earth.
But the returning humans were too numerous for the rejuvenated planet to cope with and the humans knew this, so the homecoming war soon erupted high above earth’s atmosphere and an interstellar government formed to end the war and control the human population, banishing everyone from earth and holding it up as a vision of everything that is good.
But not everyone is happy with this banishment and the pirate Harlock aboard his dark matter powered ship has a plan, find the magical re-boot button and bring time back to when humanity was not hell bent on destroying everything.
But is Harlock really who he says he is, and what is the double agent on board up to. Who will ultimately win this struggle for the future of humanity?
A visual feast that it is, Harlock is still a cartoon at it’s heart. Whilst some parts will seem almost photo-realistic, as a whole, the visuals are more next gen gaming than Hollywood special effects, though don’t let that worry you, as I said at the start if my review, this is a visual feast.
Rating: M Violence, coarse language & nudity.
. o O ( FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM )