Unboxing: One Piece – Movie Collection 1 (DVD) [UK]

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When Manga Entertainment UK announced that they would be releasing the ‘entire’ back-catalogue of One Piece movies i was estatic; not because One Piece is one of my favourite Shonen franchises but because we get to experience something that other English speaking areas have not yet managed to experience. Unforunately this excitement died quite fast after shortly getting my hands on the first Movie Collection Set, but more on that later.

To start with One Piece – Movie Collection 1 contains the first three One Piece movies unedited and uncut in a single slime DVD Case; but more interestingly is that each movie is placed onto their own DVD disc. Basically their is three DVD Discs, one for each movie, with each move having their own main menu, scene selection and subtitle setup (as subs can be removed). The Artwork and packaging is nice and it all matches the previously released One Piece TV Collection Sets, so its nice for MangaUK to aim for some continuity in their releases.

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It’s also worth mentioning that this film colleciton is only available in their original Japanese with English Subtitle format; the reason for this is because the films have NEVER been dubbed into English and as such only a Japanese audio track exits. This ‘sub-only’ release is not an issue with me, as i do enjoy One Piece’s Japanese audio track.

From the outside this release looks nice, its got great artwork (both disc and outside) packaging and it contains each movie on their own DVD Discs but this is where the positives end. First of all the Technical Specifications list the films as available in English (and in 5.1 Surround Sound) which is obviously incorrect as an English Dub DOES NOT EXIST for these films. The second error is that all three films have been cropped into 16:9 when their original releases (i believe) were 4:3 – same as the TV Series, but i could be wrong. The final issue (with the packaging at least) is that the bonus OVA episode “Dream Soccer King” is listed as being included with the set but yet i can not find it anywhere on the disc – so yet again another packaging mistake by MangaUK.

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The problems don’t just stop at the ‘item listings’ on the back of the box either as the overal picture quality isn’t that great either. Of course the quality is “way better” than those fake bootleg Malaysian imports you see on eBay but its just disappointing to see that the picture quality doesn’t match-up to the quality shown on the back of the box; but more importantly the visual quality doesn’t match-up to those of the TV Series – its like they are two completely different franchises but with the same cast of characters, but then again this is probably the way it was designed – to offer a more cinematic (mature) viewing experience.

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Overall One Piece – Movie Collection 1, which contains the first three One Piece Movies, by Manga Entertainment UK is a really mixed bag. It’s a great idea and has great packaging design but unforunately the missing content, listing errors and rather poor odd picture quality does make it a questionable release. In hindsight if you are wanting to ‘collect’ (and watch) all One Piece releases then this release is ideal for you; either way One Piece – Movie Collection 1 will be available on DVD from the 28th July 2014.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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