Aeon Flux The Complete Animated Collection
I didn't see a talkback and I thought it would be worth mentioning.
I know it might seems odd paying $40 for only 10 episodes, but these are ten very well-written and directed episodes. The video has been remastered and a few of the episodes have rewritten dialogue from the original voice actors directed by Peter Chung (creator). Some dialogue has been taken out, some added and some reworded. It is pretty obvious in the audio where dialogue was changed, but if you haven't seen these episodes you shouldn't notice. The biggest piece of dialogue I can spot being changed was Trevor's ending dialogues for Reraizure and End Sinister.
The extras are pretty good. All the shorts including the 12-minute pilot are included with commentary. There are some nice production stills and two full-length pencil tests on two of the shorts. The featurette on the history of Aeon Flux is pretty fun and informative. The second featurette on the devices of Aeon Flux is a little lacking and ends up with Aeon babbling on about Trevor's flawed ideals. Peter Chung's other works featured on the DVD are pretty slim with two Aeon-esque ads he did for MTV and a Spanish car commercial he animated. There is so much of Peter's other work that could've been displayed here. There is an episode of Liquid Television on the bonus disc as well, but it isn't exactly the highlight of the series. I hope MTV is planning on a Liquid Television box set as well so I could see some of my favorite and more entertaining shorts.
Any other thoughts?
I got this set for Xmas, and it is good, but, I can see why it only lasted 10 episodes. What I mean is, it was awesome, but not as awesome as I heard. For one thing, the first episode made it seem like you were already supposed to know who the characters were (and if it weren't for the movie, I wouldn't have known them) because they never introduced them properly. They're just there. Secondly, nothing is ever explained about the world they live in, it is just Aeon and Trevor making out or shooting at each other. At least in the movie they gave them a reason to love each other. It was nice seeing Una, handfoot (don't know her name), and the president in animated form no matter how quick they were gone. Lastly, there was no consistent plot. It played as if the episodes had nothing to do with each other at all, which would have been fine for the first 5 episodes, but if Chung truly wants to make more, he better figure out a centralized plot first.
I am pretty sure that the creator had nothing to do with the movie so I don't even consider it apart of AF. I would have preferred it if they had left the episodes the way they were originally but I guess that is what p2p is for.
Last edited by fuchikoma; 12-30-2005 at 11:16 AM.