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Deep within the Hidden Leaf Village, sharp and cunning Ninja carry an ultimate power while Naruto Uzumaki carries inside the ultimate secret.Twelve years ago, the fourth Hokage sacrificed himself and saved the village by sealing the Nine-tailed Fox Spirit an orphaned baby boy. Now, this plucky prankster must do what it takes achieve this life-long goal and become the next Hokage!Comes with a collectible Naruto storyboards booklet.325 minutesAudio: English, JapaneseSubtitles: English

Although some otaku (hardcore fans) have complained about the editing of the English dub of the popular ninja fantasy-adventure Naruto, the Uncut Box Set reveals the edits were quite minor. There's a little more blood in some of the fight scenes, and the opening and closing titles are the Japanese originals. In episode 3, Naruto's stomach problems are presented more vividly, and Kakashi delivers a more explicit jab to Naruto's butt in episode 4. More revealing differences turn up in the subtitles: In the English dub, Naruto declares he wants to become a great ninja so the whole village "will start treating me like somebody important"; in the original, it's "will acknowledge my existence." The three-disc Uncut Box, which includes the bound storyboards for Episode 8 (in Japanese), is a good buy. The first 13 episodes include Naruto's graduation from the Ninja Academy and his assignment to a team with Sakura (on whom he nurtures a crush) and Sasuke, his arch-rival. The reluctant trio begins to learn how to work as a team on their first mission under the supervision of Kakashi. The exotic jutsu (ninja techniques), stylized fights and slapstick comedy will keep any Naruto fan happy. (Unrated, suitable for ages 12 and older: violence, tobacco use, risqué and toilet humor) --Charles Solomon

Special Features

  • 13 original and uncut episodes on three discs
  • Includes original audio tracks and original series soundtracks
  • Japanese with optional English subtitles or English dubbed
  • Storyboards booklet

Product Details

  • Actors: Naruto
  • Directors: Hayato Date
  • Format: Dolby, Box set, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese (Unknown), English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: VIZ VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,612 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Naruto: Volume One" on IMDb

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Pecos Bill on November 29, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Most reviews don't seem to actually describe the show, assuming you've already seen it and simply are thinking about the DVDs. I'll see what I can do to describe the show and why it's so appealing:

The character of Naruto is a young ninja-in-training. His village once fought a terrible beast, the "Nine-Tailed Fox", and the only way to defeat it was to trap its soul in the body of an infant. That infant was Naruto.

His parents died in the battle and years later, Naruto finds himself a complete outcast from society. No family, no friends, and a village that doesn't seem to know he exists. He doesn't know the Nine-Tailed fox is imprisoned in him but the villagers all know and they shun him for the fear it causes them.

Naruto decides that the only way he's going to get the recognition he craves is to become the greatest ninja ever known.

Unfortunately for Naruto, his ninja skills are a bit, well, lacking. He is woefully inept at even the most basic ninja skills. Powers easily grasped by other trainees are difficult for him.

However, Naruto has several powerful strengths:
1) He has nearly unlimited energy. All ninjas use "chakra" (sort of like "spirit energy") to do special moves and Naruto seems to have more of it than anyone, thanks to the hidden power of the Nine-Tailed Fox.
2) He never gives up. Long past the point where anyone else would have quit, Naruto will keep trying.
3) Having grown up largely without family or friends, he takes great stock in his newfound campanions picked up in ninja school. Naruto is at his most powerful when his friends are in danger, and the full power of the Nine-Tailed Fox tends to manifest at that point.
4) Naruto has great charisma, of a type.
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122 of 142 people found the following review helpful By paxnirvana on July 15, 2006
Format: DVD
This is the kind of respect an anime series should get. Just translate the story as-is and leave the 'interpretation' and reaction to the viewer. Blood and all. [They are ninja you know...] Watch it subtitled for the full effect!

Don't get me wrong -- I fully understand the financial and practical value of releasing a dub version in order to reach the widest possible market. I understand that there are many people who just don't care to read the dialog instead of listen to it. And others who just don't want their pictures cluttered up with words.

But there are still those (like me) who want their anime as close to the original form as possible; uncut and in the original language, and with the original seiyuu (voice actor's) performances intact. So if that's what you're looking for, oh Reader Of This Review, RUN out and buy this set as soon as you can. The translation is good (well... except for "believe it", *sigh* Okay, okay... I can ignore that), the presentation fine and you get a nice bonus in the story-board booklet. But most importantly you get the whole the story of Naruto as originally intended... not just the parts deemed 'safe enough' for general American audiences.

Thank you, Viz, for giving us Naruto fans that much respect - and a choice. I, for one, eagerly await the release of the next set in this uncut series -- money in hand.

...I only wish the ONE PIECE anime could get this same respectful treatment as well. *cries*

2008 EDIT: Yes, this has both a dubbed English track and the Japanese language track with English subtitles. And yes, Funimation does have One Piece and promises us an un-cut release later this month. Woo hoo! Let the Pirate vs. Ninja wars really heat up!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jason Lee on January 3, 2007
Format: DVD
>> 13 episodes (for those wondering)

This would be a great deal and worth getting if Naruto ended at episode 50. Unfortunatly the series is REALLY long (and ongoing) as well as loaded with slowely paced episodes which makes the box set not worth its price.

As the review before says, it ends right at the zabuza fight which is where Naruto actually gets interesting.

Just think about it, the best parts in Naruto are around the first 110 episodes, at 40 bucks for 13 episodes thats around 340 dollars! not to mention the series is well over 200 episodes now.

But, the series is amazing. If you're a big fan (like me) maybe you wont mind dishing out that much money for naruto... However, I managed to get a good discount on them which is why im even considering it. It was inevitable that the producers would take advantage of the ongoing Naruto fad.

I would probably wait off until they release more episodes on DVD and make a savings account to afford them when the all come out. That way you wont be left on any cliff hangers =)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Luella Peebles on January 9, 2007
Format: DVD
I love this series so far, I just wish there were more DVDs in each set. There is only 3 in this one totaling 12 episodes. But it is definitely the way to buy this series. The other way is buying it in singles and you don't get as much for your money.

On a note about the series, the characters all have there own issues. The hero of this story, if you can call him that, is Naruto a hyperactive ninja who wants to do well but keep getting in his own way. He is flanked by his two fellow genin ninja Sasuke and Sakura. Who are both are really good at what they do but have some social issues they need to work out. Mainly when dealing with Naruto. Sasuke wants to be the best and restore his family honor so he really doesn't pay attention to the other ninjas. Where as Sakura thinks Sasuke is the hotting this ever, and she wants to date him. The problem is he not interested, and what makes it all worst is that Naruto has the hots for Sakura. Their teacher is my personally favorite character Kakashi Hatake. Who attitude for teaching is unusually at best, but seems to work for these kids. These first episodes are the usual set up ones to get you use to all the characters. The real fun stuff starts at the end of these disc. I would personally advice switching back and forth from English to Japanese just cause certain characters sound better in each languages. I like the Japanese Naruto over the American one just cause his voice is a bit grading in the American one. Other than that if you like Japanese amine this is a great series to get in to.
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The only import DVDs for Naruto that I've seen are from Hong Kong, and in that case the English subtitles are at best a shaky translation. They frequently mix up characters names, and the grammar is slapped together worse than most people use on the internet.
Jul 14, 2006 by K. Scott |  See all 9 posts
When does vol. 2 come out?
I don't know exactly when the second uncut set is scheduled for release, but I would assume it will come sometime in November, or December, either before, or after Volume 6 of the CN version is released.
The reason for my assumption is that the first uncut set was released prior to Volume 3 being... Read More
Aug 21, 2006 by Eric Tierney |  See all 3 posts
Limited edition: only 15,000 copies printed?????
Only 3 differences between the two are:
# Collectible gold-foil embossed box
I believe that even the cover art is different, but I could be wrong
# Naruto headband and wrist cuff
Sure, the headband and wrist cuff aren't that big of a deal, and doesn't really justify paying 15 dollars, or so,... Read More
Jun 21, 2006 by Eric Tierney |  See all 4 posts
Subtitled only in English?
Yeah, pretty sure. I don't have it in front of me to check but I'm pretty sure you could choose from:

Nov 10, 2008 by Pecos Bill |  See all 2 posts
anyone who bought this
Yes, they're the same, at least the uncut episodes on youtube are. The only thing that I don't like is that everything in words, even the episode titles are still in Japanese. Otherwise, I hope I answered your question.
Dec 17, 2006 by D. Busher |  See all 2 posts
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