Anime DVD Review: Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 1

The Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 1 DVD includes the first five episodes of the Cowboy Bebop anime series: “Asteroid Blues,” “Stray Dog Strut,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Gateway Shuffle,” and “Ballad of Fallen Angels” This “remix” version of the Volume 1 DVD includes new Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mixes the episodes and it also includes bonus features that were not included on the original release of Volume 1. The audio options on this disc are English Stereo, Japanese Stereo, English Dolby Digital 5.1, and Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1. You can also choose to watch the disc with or without subtitles.

Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 1
English Publisher: Bandai
Format: DVD
Release Date: September 13, 2005

Cowboy Bebop is set in the year 2071, and the protagonists of the series are the members of a crew of bounty hunters that travel in a spaceship called the Bebop. Spike Spiegel and Jet Black are the first two characters who are introduced in the series; Spike is a former member of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate, while Jet is a former Inter-Solar System Police detective.

During the episode “Stray Dog Strut,” Spike and Jet pick up a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Ein. This dog is a former lab animal, it’s suggested throughout the series that Ein has an enhanced intelligence.

Faye Valentine is introduced in the episode, “Honky Tonk Women.” She is an amnesiac who was awakened after being in a cryogenic chamber for 54 years. She’s become a novice bounty hunter who has a gambling addiction, and she ends up joining the crew of the Bebop.

In the remaining two episodes, the Bebop crew goes after bounties. In “Ballad of Fallen Angels,” Spike ends up confronting an enemy from his past. This run-in serves as a way to provide the viewer with some character development for Spike Spiegel.

When it comes to the actual disc itself, there are animated interactive menus on the DVD. Unfortunately, the navigation on the main menu can be a little cumbersome to navigate with a DVD or Blu-ray player remote; fortunately, the sub-menus don’t suffer from this same issue. Even with this navigation issue on the main menu, the menus on this disc look better than the menus on the original pressings of the Cowboy Bebop DVDs.

There are several bonus features included on this disc. First, there are episode commentaries. Commentary on “Asteroid Blues” is provided by Koichi Yamadera (Spike’s Japanese voice actor) and Unsho Ishizuka (Jet’s Japanese voice actor), and commentary on “Ballad of Fallen Angels” is provided by ADR English Director Yutaka Maseba, and Wendee Lee (Faye’s English voice actor).

Next is an interview with Wendee Lee. The interview is done in a style where a question is shown on the screen, and then Wendee is shown answering the question. One amusing thing in this interview is the fact that early on in the interview, the footage from Cowboy Bebop that plays in the background behind Wendee doesn’t feature Faye Valentine. However, once the topic turns to Faye, footage featuring this character is featured prominently in the background. Once the discussion turns away from Faye, she only shows up occasionally in the background footage. Overall, though, the interview is rather well done. This interview runs for roughly eight-and-a-half minutes.

The “Cowboy Bebop Trailer Collection” includes a Cartoon Network promo collection and a trailer collection. The Cartoon Network promo collection was decent, although I thought that one or two of the promos were a little “over the top.” The trailer collection was decent, but some of the trailers did feel rather similar to each other, since I couldn’t readily notice any differences. There is also a trailer for Cowboy Bebop: The Movie included as a bonus feature on this disc.

There is a “textless ending,” which takes the footage from the ending credits are removes the credit text. There is also a collection of three trailers for properties that Bandai Entertainment was promoting at the time this DVD was released.

Overall, Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 1 is a decent release. If you don’t already have Cowboy Bebop in your home video collection and want to add it, you can either buy the six individually released Cowboy Bebop Remix DVDs, or you can purchase the Cowboy Bebop Remix DVD Collection that takes the six individual discs and collects them into one box set.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 1 that my husband and I purchased.

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