Devil May Cry V1 (2007)
By: Paul Ryan on October 2, 2009  | 
Madman (Australia), Region: 4, PAL. 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced). Japanese DD 5.1, Japanese DD 2.0. English Subtitles. 100 minutes
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Director: Shin Itagaki
Starring: Toshiyuki Morikawa, Misato Fukuen, Fumiko Orikasa, Akio Otsuka
Screenplay: Bingo Morihashi
Country: Japan
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Half-human, half-demon Dante is a mercenary who makes his living hunting down demons. Operating out of a converted pub, Dante is always deeply in debt and fobbing off creditors, even though he has a variety of contacts that bring him regular work. Saving the life of a young heiress name Patty, Dante winds up reluctantly taking custody of the little girl, who helps to prod him into action when there's money to be earned. The demons Dante fights are a cunning bunch who can take any form, animate or otherwise, and their motivations are often complex. Luckily, Dante has a slew of helpers with their own special abilities and knowledge…

Adapted from the Capcom videogame, Devil May Cry is a pleasing surprise. After years of mediocre-to-bad-downright-horrible Hollywood vidgame flicks, it's refreshing to see an adaptation that genuinely works in its own right. Somewhat reminiscent of the Angel TV series, this has a dry sense of humour and a steadily-developing arc across these four initial episodes:

1) Mission 01: Devil May Cry

2) Mission 02: Highway Star

3) Mission 03: Not Love

4) Mission 04: Rolling Thunder

The animation style takes on a number of live-action conventions, and the computer-assisted elements are integrated very smoothly. Action scenes are excitingly staged and lightning-paced, and the design is rich and colourful. All-in-all, this first volume of Devil May Cry is a fine start to what should be a very good series indeed.
The anamorphic video transfer is first-rate. Given the hyperkinetic fight scenes, the fine detail in the animation comes out especially clear.
Both the original Japanese audio and English dub come in 5.1 Dolby surround. Language aside, there's little difference in the quality of each track, and both are excellent.
Extra Features
Interview with Toshiyuki Morikawa: This is a brief collection of interview soundbites featuring Morikawa, who voices Dante in the Japanese-language version. He discusses the character, the process of adapting the game, and most importantly, his favourite pizza toppings.

Promos: Just under six minutes of promo spots for the game, TV series, DVD release and soundtrack CD. Completists rejoice!

Textless Opening and Closing Credits: For those who want to see what the credit sequences look like without, er, the credits, here you go…

Cut Scenes: Two very short cut scenes from the PS3 game Devil May Cry 4. One sees Dante menaced by a demon in a snowfield, the other has him facing off against a gigantic horned demon.

Tokyo Gameshow '06 and E3 2007 Previews: More promotional stuff from the above game, with the Gameshow trailer the only one to show any actual gameplay. As with the cut scenes, this is merely advertising for the game, and not very interesting in relation to the series itself.

Madman Trailers: Bonus trailers for Street Fighter II, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Gungrave, Death Note – V1 and Trinity Blood Complete Collection.
The Verdict
Definitely the most enjoyable videogame adaptation this reviewer has seen, Devil May Cry is great fun, action-packed and possessed of a wry sense of humour. Madman's disc is nicely put together, but the extra material is generally superficial and more focused on selling the game than exploring the show. Still, video and audio are excellent.
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