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Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew

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The adventure explodes into action with the debut of Mewtwo, a bio-engineered Pokemon created from the DNA of Mew, the rarest of all Pokemon. Determined to prove its superiority, Mewtwo lures Ash, Pikachu and others into a Pokemon match like none before. Mewtwo vs. Mew. Super-clones vs. Pokemon. It's the ultimate showdown ... with the very future of the world at stake! Also, includes the mini-movie Pikachu's Vacation and never-before-seen bonus footage!

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commentary by M. Haigney & N. Grossfeld
Featurette:"Pikachu's Vacation" - 19:00 with chapters
Music Video:"Don't Say You Love Me" by M2M (3:42)
Other:Preview of "Pokemon: The Second Movie" (1:00) "Mewtwo's Origin" (2:17)


Special Features

  • Featurette: Story of Mewtwo's Origin
  • Preview of Pokemon: The Second Movie
  • M2M Music Video Don't Say You Love Me
  • Game Card Inside Specially Marked Packages
  • DVD-ROM Features: Pokemon fun facts, history of Anime, Pokemon Web World; Nintendo game guides; special events page

Product Details

  • Actors: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Unshô Ishizuka, Rica Matsumoto
  • Directors: Kunihiko Yuyama, Masamitsu Hidaka, Michael Haigney
  • Writers: Michael Haigney, John Touhey, Norman J. Grossfeld, Satoshi Tajiri, Takeshi Shudo
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2000
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305756430
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew" on IMDb

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By A Customer on March 17, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
My review is purely from a parent's perspective:
I have twoboys, 9 and almost 11. They love Pokemon. They loved Ninja Turtles,Power Rangers, Star Wars, etc. so you know they are prone to being led by commercialism. Pokemon encourages nurturing, caring, and ideals like honesty, acceptance, and forgiveness. The good trainers protect and care for Pokemon. The bad guys exploit them and put their own selfish motives ahead of the Pokemon. The middle-can-be-turned-around characters learn from their mistakes and are forgiven by the main characters. Even Jessie and James occasionally show remorse and are treated with compassion.
Do Pokemon battle? Yes. Unlike Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, and Star Wars, however, a Pokemon doesn't have to be hurt or killed to be defeated. Their weapons are inner strengths that they are born with. And no trainer worth his salt lets his Pokemon get injured. It's not hard to take the lessons from Pokemon and apply them to the reality of the child.
It's like Beanie Babies -- I know they're making a fortune leading our kids around by the nose. But it's relatively benign and I watch every video with them to make sure nothing changes. On a long trip in the truck, I let them play the two CD's -- the music is actually very enjoyable for me (and I'm 46!) and contains no bad language.
And I liked Pikachu's Vacation film much better than the actual Pokemon movie... but my boys loved both!
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Before you turn down this movie due to the negative reviews of other people, please read my review.

This is a much more powerful and deep tale than, "evil Pokemon wants to rule the world". Dr, Fuji was a scientist who wanted to bring back his dead daughter, Ai. He decided to do this, by cloning her. He decided to clone a Pokemon, and discover their life force, since the human clone could only live for four years. Thus, Mewtwo, a clone of the most rare and most powerful Pokemon ever, Mew, was born.

Even though they were in separate glass cylinders (that kept them alive) mew and Ai could communicate telepathically. Mewtwo began to learn about the world around him. But, as it happened, it had been four years, and Ai died. Her father, Dr. Fuji, was not worried. He had her DNA, and he could clone her again. This made Mewtwo angry. How dare he just replace her?! She was a living being! Not a toy you can just replace again and again! Mewtwo became unstable, and they had to tranquilize him.

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(Japanese Version)

Myuutsuu: Make them? As many as you want? That's not right. There's only one Ai.

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A year or so later, Mewtwo awoke. He learned that he was not born a Pokemon, but created. Created? He wondered. He was told that he was a clone. An experiment. A mere scientific product. He became angry. He was angry with the scientists who created him. They created him to be only an experiment, and nothing else. How could they? Furious at his own existence, he destroyed the lab, and everyone inside.
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By A Customer on March 15, 2000
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This movie is exellent! I loved it at the theaters. It was so cool watching Mewtwo and Mew fight it out. Another thing that was cool is Pikachu Vacation mini movie. I got some real laughs over there though their really was just only pokemon. The best part is when Raichu and Pikachu battle it out in a race. It also showed some pokemon from Gold and Silver. But even if you saw it at the theaters... STILL BUY IT. Chances are that you didn't get a card but when you buy the VHS or DVD you get the Mewtwo Promo card (I think it's a promo card. If not just know that it is a Mewtwo, and it has the same attacks of the promo Mewtwo.) with a different picture. You also get both Mewtwo Strikes Back and Pikachu's Vacation and a bonus..... A PREVIEW OF THE SECOND MOVIE!
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At first look, I thought the movie was going to be like the cartoon, ok but with something missing from it. But I was wrong! This movie is awesome. Even though it's not on video yet, you should pre-order it now! I listening to the soundtrck as I write this and it's awesome too! This is a must-see for all Pokemon fans, and even those who are not familiar with pokemon will get something out of it!
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A Kid's Review on December 12, 2004
Format: DVD
*Sigh* When I first saw this movie, I loved it. I was obsessed with it, I had no negative comments on it whatsoever except maybe the crappy DVD/VHS box art, but now...

I am a Pokemon Fan. Unlike most low raters of this movie, I am not giving it a two due to being biased against it, as I am an avid Pokemon lover, but the story behind this movie is just plain sad(sad as in sad, not pathetic)

The plot of this movie, in a nutshell, is Mewtwo, a super-powerful pokemon is resentful toward his human creators and wants to destroy them and take over the world, but then lures Pokemon trainers to an island fortress to clone their Pokemon and them pit them against the originals to prove that clones are stronger.

Do you know what the plot, in a nutshell, was in the JAPANESE version? They cut out the long, twenty minute beginning of the movie which may have been the best part: Mewtwo as a baby talking with a girl and three other clones about life and who they are. Then, in the main movie, Mewtwo, who has been created for the sole purpose of fighting, clones trainers' Pokemon in order to destroy all humans and allow clones to live not as the products as science. But when confronted by the trainers, Mewtwo, after having been told his sole purpose in life is to fight, pits the clones and originals against one another and they fight because they believe that their lives are not meant for anything else.

Nearly all Pokemon fans with a brain want to horribly maul the Engilsh dubbers for how they mutilated such a wonderful Japanese plot. For a long time I wondered why they changed it, until I realized, after a conversation about plot with my younger sister, the plan behind it.

Little kids don't like plot.
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