Within the gangster Milennion Organisation, two childhood
friends Harry and Brandon must fight to survive. Harry fights
to control the organisation while Brandon becomes one of their
another month and another Gungrave: beyond the Grave release.
Volume four: Die Trying continues the story with the four
episodes covering chapters thirteen to sixteen of the series.
Rather than rehash the background information on the series
your best to read the review of season three. If you come
into the series at this point, there is still a lot to enjoy
but I would suggest you start watching them from the beginning.
By volume four, Brandon's lack of dialogue finally comes over
as quite introspection rather than brain death.
Betrayal: Harry has come to the attention of some of
the higher echelons of the Milennion organisation, and they
are not happy. His quest for power and control of the organisation
continues unabated, but will Big Daddy allow this threat to
his authority to continue. Brandon takes on a new role as
Big Daddy's bodyguard, but this conflicts with Harry's plans,
who intents to use Brandon to achieve total control.
Big Daddy's heart really isn't in the business anymore, so
he decides to retire before he is taken out, but there is
one problem. Harry's quest for power has made him a lot of
enemies including Big Daddy, who does not trust him and would
rather see anyone but Harry take over. Harry overhears a conversation
between Big Daddy and Brandon that suggests that Brandon would
be willing to overlook his friendship with Harry and eliminate
him if necessary, confrontation between the friends seems
Brandon is dead, killed by Harry when he wouldn't sign on
to eliminating Big Daddy. With control over eighty per cent
of the families operations Harry becomes the new head of Milennion,
but power comes at a price. His control over the Necrolyzation
Project, with its ability to provide him with an army of animated
corpse troops, looks to lead him to greater power, but Harry
is haunted by what he has done to his friend.
The Doc has escaped the destruction of the Necrolyzation lab,
but he has not gone alone, fleeing in his truck he takes with
him an unknown, newly animated, corpse. For reasons of his
own the Doc delivers a letter of confession from Brandon to
Big Daddy, admitting that he knew all about Harry's grab for
power. Big Daddy goes to meet the Doc to discover the identity
of the reanimated corpse.
extras on the disc are disappointingly small consisting of
ten pieces of production art, a couple of trailers and the
DVD authoring credits. The disc comes on a little stronger
on the audio department with a nice English 5.1 track as well
as Japanese DTS and stereo versions. The picture is as crisp
as ever, so I guess the DVD authors should feel justifiably
proud. The scripts continue to impress, as does the English
dub which I've found to be pleasantly superior to a lot of
its contemporaries, making Gungrave truly the Godfather of