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Pokemon: The Movies 1-3 Steelbook Blu-ray Collection
JOIN ASH AND PIKACHU IN THREE THEATRICAL POKEMON ADVENTURES! Movie 1 Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket, had ambitious plans to take over the world, involving his latest experiment, a powerful clone of Mew—Mewtwo. Mewtwo is very powerful, and also very smart—smart enough to not want to be controlled by Giovanni. It escaped from the lab, and now Mewtwo begins to concoct its own scheme, clandestinely inviting a number of Pokemon Trainers to the ultimate test. Of course, if it's an event for talented Trainers, Ash Ketchum will be right in the front row! Ash's excitement turns to fear and anger when Mewtwo reveals its plan for domination, creating powerful clones of all of the kids' Pokemon so it can even the ""imbalance"" between Pokemon and their Trainers. Despite Ash's protests, Mewtwo refuses to believe that Pokemon and people can be friends. But faced with the determination of a young Trainer and the love of his Pokemon, Mewtwo just might have to reconsider, especially when pitted against the power of the mysterious Mew! Movie 2 Ash and his friends are on their journey through the Orange Islands—but even this seemingly quiet chain of islands dotted throughout the waters far south of Kanto has its own mysteries, adventures, and Legendary Pokemon! Lawrence III certainly knows it, which is why he's now traveling to the different islands and capturing the three Legendary birds—Moltres, Articuno, and Zapdos. But even with all their power, those three are merely a stepping stone to an even greater prize: Lugia, the guardian of the sea! Of course, Ash is completely unaware of all this when he arrives at his latest destination. The islanders have big plans for him, too, but nothing so sinister—they want him to take part in a ceremony to gather three elemental balls from different islands. When the weather across the world goes out of control, this task takes on a new importance, as the capture of the Legendary birds has thrown the environment out of balance. With Lugia's help, can Ash be the ""chosen one"" that everyone turns to? Movie 3 Little Molly Hale has always led a lonely life—but things only get worse for her when the long-lost Unown cause her father to mysteriously vanish one day. But things start to seem brighter when the power of the Unown starts to change the world around her into a fantasy land. She soon lives in a crystal palace, and has the Legendary Entei as a dad! There's only one thing missing from the equation—a mother. So Molly ends up claiming someone else's mom for her very own: Delia Ketchum, Ash's mom! Ash was expecting to have a fun time in the town of Greenfield, but now he must venture into a vast crystal wasteland in order to rescue the person who means the most to him. Brock, Misty, and Pikachu are right there by his side, but it won't be easy—Molly wants to stay in her fantasy world forever, and Entei will do whatever it takes to make that happen!]]>
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When these films were initially released on DVD in the US they had been thoroughly butchered during the localization process. DVD was a somewhat new format back in 1999, but even then studios were planning for the future, releasing most films in anamorphic widescreen to preserve their original aspect ratio. An unfortunate stigma at the time, however, was that widescreen kids' films had to be cropped to 4:3, and animated films in general had to have horrifically over-saturated colors to achieve wide appeal. This is why I procured copies of the Japanese releases alongside the U.S. DVDs. I even went so far as to attempt transplanting the English Dub over top of the widescreen color-correct Japanese video to get the films that _should_ have been released here - but even that effort was stymied by the fact that the people who adapted the movies were apparently so desperate to make their mark that they inexplicably moved scenes around and changed plot points, so much that the audio tracks would not line up. This is particularly egregious in Revelation Lugia a.k.a. "Pokemon the Movie 2000" where they found it necessary to change the entire central theme of the film to it's polar opposite. (::::Begin Spoiler:::: In the original film, the central theme was that no matter who, someone would fulfill the role of the hero - it could have been anyone but just happened to be Satoshi (Ash), but in the U.S. release they emphasized that Ash alone could have fulfilled that role - the theme "The Power of One" was antithesis to the original plot of the film ::::End Spoiler::::) I guess since it was a kids' movie no one was supposed to notice or care if they took liberties.
When I saw this was slated to come out on Blu-ray, I was thrilled because it was an opportunity for at least some of my biggest gripes about the original DVD releases to be fixed. The results, however, are a bit of a mixed bag.
This is without doubt the most bare-bones Blu-ray release I have ever seen.
What they got right:
The films are finally presented in their original widescreen aspect ratio.
The HD transfer makes this the clearest version of these films I've seen since watching them in the theater.
Unlike the last Pokemon Blu-ray release, each film comes on its own disc.
It comes in a really nice Steelbook case.
The animated menus are done well.
What they got wrong:
The Pikachu's Vacation, Pikachu's Rescue Adventure, and Pikachu and Pichu short films were not included. In fact, there are no extras of any kind - no trailers, no commentary, no interviews. The menu consist of "Play" and "Scene" and that's it.
The soundtrack is 2.0 stereo - which is a step back from the 5.1 DD tracks on the original DVD releases. (And a real shame because the 5.1 DVD soundtrack for Mewtwo Strikes Back took real advantage of the technology - I used to use it as a reference disc if you can believe it.)
No alternate languages. The original Japanese soundtrack would have been a nice addition. It would have required the use of branching to play the scenes in the correct order according to the language, but that's exactly why Blu-ray was designed with the capability to do it.
While the picture quality is much clearer than the DVD releases, the colors are still clearly oversaturated (although not as badly) and very little appears to have been done to clean up the film - film grain and specs are prevalent throughout.
I was really hoping that given most of the kids who saw this movie when it was first released are adults now, this release would have been more geared towards those of us who view these films with a degree of nostalgia, but clearly the publisher is still marketing to kids and still thinks kids "don't know any better."
It probably seems like I'm very down on this release, but I'm not. It's a bit overpriced for what you get, but I have a feeling that it was a miracle it was released at all and I'm glad to have it in my collection, there's just a lot of unrealized potential here.
This set contains Pokemon The First Movie (also known as Mew vs Mewtwo), Pokemon 2000 and Pokemon 3.
The first Pokemon movie was the first that I ever saw of Pokemon so it has a special place in my heart. And Pokemon 2000 will always be one of my favorites. I hadn't seen the 3rd movie until we got this set but my daughter loves it and has watched the Entei movie (as she calls it) multiple times now.
It comes in a nice metal case.
My only complaint, and this reason I didn't give this 5 stars, is the lack of extras. With a set like this and the price that you are paying there should have been the shorts and other features included. Still a great purchase if you're a Pokemon fan.
The steel case looks good but i don't like how the disc holders were designed, you have to take one disc out in order to get access to the other, page-style would've been appropriate.
Overall, i feel this could've been a great bluray release if they had included all the extras, shorts
alternate (japanese) audio,at least 5.1 audio,
alternate cuts such as the "origin of mewtwo" special.
this is what bluray format is for,
but for some reason they didn't want to take advantage of it.
The price is a little high for such bare bone release
but if you feel like you want to have the best-looking release yet, i think this is it.
Otherwise, GREAT COLLECTABLE. I will watch these with my sisters and relive the past in better quality than the DVDs of these movies in 4:3. The blu rays here are in 16:9 and there are very small black bars at the top and bottom but that's just something they couldn't fix as the aspect ratio can not fully expand to 16:9. Many movies do that.
But... Look, I don't need extra content I just want what was part of the movies to begin with.
This release is missing the shorts that preceded each movie!
The credits are even there for them!
But no short films!My two year old really loves Pikachu and the fact that all the shorts centered around him were missing is disheartening.