Anime DVD Review: Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 5

The Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 5 DVD includes four episodes of Cowboy Bebop: “Wild Horses,” “Pierrot Le Fou,” “Boogie-Woogie Feng-Shui,” and “Cowboy Funk.” This “remix” version of the Volume 5 DVD includes new Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mixes of the episodes and it also includes bonus features that were not included on the original release of Volume 5. The audio options on this disc are English Stereo, Japanese Stereo, English Dolby 5.1, and Japanese Dolby 5.1. You can also choose to watch the disc with or without subtitles.

Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 5
English Publisher: Bandai
Format: DVD
Release Date: May 9, 2006

During the episodes on this disc, we learn how Spike acquired his fighter, the Swordfish; we meet the daughter of one of Jet’s old acquaintances, and the young woman is gifted in the art of Feng-Shui; and we also meet a literal-looking “space cowboy” who makes a hobby out of bounty hunting, and he ends up becoming a thorn in Spike’s side.

The bounties in these episodes include: three individuals who are trying to infect ships with a virus, a seemingly invincible psychotic killer, and a man known as the “Teddy Bear Bomber” who dresses in a teddy bear costume and blows up teddy bears to try to get attention for the causes he believes in.

A couple of music references appear in the titles of the episodes on this disc. “Wild Horses” is named after a song by the Rolling Stones, while “Boogie-Woogie Feng-Shui” is an homage to the song “Boogie Woogie Woman” by B.B. King.

Just like the previous four Cowboy Bebop Remix DVDs, the menus on this DVD are animated. While I do have some issues in regards to navigating these DVD menus, I believe that the overall look and feel of these menus is a major improvement over the menus on the original pressing of the Cowboy Bebop DVDs.

This disc includes several bonus features. The first is Cowboy Bebop Session #0, which is a roughly half-hour long Cowboy Bebop documentary. Over the course of the half-hour, a lot of information is crammed in. Included in this documentary is stats and information on the main characters; interviews with the animation front liners, the director, the series composer, the producer, and some of the voice actors; an “unaired TV episode digest”; and “music” video for the Cowboy Bebop theme song; and a textless version of the ending credits. Tacked on after the end of the documentary was a video for a remix of the Cowboy Bebop theme song that was done by DJ FOOD, as well as an “information” section that lists the various Cowboy Bebop DVDs, CDs, and videogames that are available to purchase.

When I watched this documentary, I realized that portions of it had been previously released as extras on the original pressings of the Cowboy Bebop DVDs. However, it was nice to see them as part of a cohesive unit. At the end of Session #0, I found myself wondering why the remix video and the information page were tacked on at the end. Personally, I wasn’t terribly impressed with DJ FOOD’s remix of the Cowboy Bebop theme song. Also, I thought the remix video and the information page could have been included as additional extras to select from the extras menu instead of being tacked on to the end of Session #0.

The extras menu also includes the DVD credits, as well as trailers for other DVD releases that Bandai was promoting at the time this DVD was released. In other words, extras that have become rather standard on anime DVD releases.

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 5 that my husband and I purchased.

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