Sailor Moon Season 1 Part 1
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Sailor Moon Season One Part One (Blu-ray+DVD combo)
One of the most treasured anime series of all time returns for the first time on Blu-ray, uncut and remastered! This stunning limited edition set includes an all-new English dub, exclusive extra features! And it's all housed in a beautiful box that's fit for a Moon Princess. Usagi Tsukino is a cheerful 14-year-old schoolgirl who often finds herself in unwanted trouble. One day, she saves a talking cat named Luna from some mean kids, and her life is changed forever. Luna gives Usagi a magic brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon, defender of love and justice! Now Usagi must work with Luna to find the other Sailor Guardians and the Moon Princess, whose Legendary Silver Crystal is Earth's only hope against the dark forces of the evil Queen Beryl! Includes episodes 1-23 plus an hour of extra features.]]>
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I have been a fan of Sailor Moon ever since the dub was released in the US in 1995. We never got the rest of the R series or S, SuperS (until much later), and never Stars. I would print out the synopses from the Hitoshi Doi website (does anyone else remember that?) since I could not watch the episodes from Japan.
Around 1999, I went to a comic book convention where someone was selling some bootleg versions of the 3 Sailor Moon movies (which had not be licensed in the US yet), and I was in love. The Japanese version was soooo much better.
The first time (as far as I know) that Sailor Moon was legally available on DVD was the ADV releases. The first season came in a HUGE box and cost $200. It was so expensive that I could not afford to get the R season when it also came out for $200 in a similar huge box set.
Later I did get the S and SuperS series by Pioneer on DVD, but Stars has yet to be licensed until now. I also have the box set of all 3 movies from Pioneer, and I wonder if Viz will also be releasing the movies and the Ami's First Love mini-special.
I bought the Viz Blu-ray and DVD set in a heartbeat, since it would be nice to have all the episodes in similar box sets. I took a look at it, and it didn't seem perfect, but after comparing it with my ADV DVDs, it was a big improvement.
While trying to find the Amazon page for part 2 of this set, I was surprised by how many stars and how many bad reviews there were for this DVD set. So I decided to take another look at my Viz DVDs, my ADV DVDs, and the Viz stream episodes for comparison, and here's what I have found:
*There is some ghosting that is very apparent in the opening song and anytime something is light colored and fast. That being said, it doesn't happen often, but it is a bummer for anyone who likes the opening. (On the other hand, ADV has weird lines in all the episodes.) Ghosting is also apparent in the Viz streamed episodes, so maybe it shouldn't have been a big shock. I have been religiously watching the Classic streaming on Hulu and the quality has been fine. If the DVDs are basically the same, then I don't have that much of a problem. I have also been watching the stream through Roku on a 40 inch TV and it looks great.
*The sound quality on the Viz DVDs are muuuuuch better than the ADV DVDs.
*Light colors on the Viz DVDs can look grainy and overprocessed. I should have known because even the "announcement trailer" Viz published is a little grainy.
*The ADV DVDs episodes "shake", which doesn't happen in the Viz DVDs.
*The ADV DVDs also have black bars on the side, since Sailor Moon was never shown in widescreen. It's fine to me. I don't see what the big deal is.
*Sometimes lines are a bit blurry from being overprocessed, but I haven't really noticed until now while trying to look for them.
*The ADV DVDs came in a huge box set and cost $200 for 1 season of DVDs. The Viz release is in a smaller, cuter, more manageable box set and will cost about $100 for 1 season of DVDs AND blu-rays.
Overall, I think the Viz DVDs are not perfect, but when it's something from the early 90's which was never produced in stereo, it can't be 100% perfect. I have decided that I will continue to purchase the rest of the sets as long as what I see in the Viz streaming episodes is to my satisfaction. My images I have added, the first one is the Viz DVD and second one is the ADV DVD of the same scene in the same episode, for comparison.
I have both parts of season 1 and both parts of Sailor Moon R. Watched through all of the episodes and am very satisfied. Another plus is that this is the uncut version so the stuff that was edited/removed from the DiC dub has been restored from what I can see.
If you love Sailor Moon and wish to add a classic anime by today's standards, get this.
Sorry this review is long, but I wanted to make sure everybody got all the details of this as possible. A lot of people are complaining about the animation piece itself. Granted, I have only watched four episodes so far, but I have not see an issue and their was no issue from what my daughter told me (who is usually a bit to honest in my opinion about things.) Overall, for 24 bucks I think it is definitely well worth it. If it would of been 100 dollars I probably would have been upset, but for 24 dollars this is the best deal you are going to find in order to get Sailor Moon episodes without youtube. I plan on purchasing more of the dvd's. I will keep my post updated if I notice anything that is out of place. On an extra side note:
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