Unboxing: Sailor Moon – Season 1 Part 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) [USA]
22/12/2014 1 Comment
When VIZ Media announced that Sailor Moon would be getting a Blu-ray release, with a newly re-mastered HD Source and brand new English Dub, i was estatic with the news (as i’ve only ever seen the Edited Dub version); however when it comes to the product itself there is a bit of a love-hate relationship going on.
From the offet the Limited Edition Blu-ray Bundle, which contains the first half of Season 1 (23 episodes) on both Blu-ray and DVD, look and feel superb – with it’s chipboard artbox and clean-cut artwork; however it’s the “newly remastered content” which lets the product down – something which will hopefully be addressed in future instalments.
So lets start at the beginning; the Limited Edition Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack, as mentioned, contains the first 23 episodes of the series remastered in High Definition and with a new English Dub. This Limited Edition bundle comes housed inside a chipboard artwork, which also has remove for Season 1 Part 2 to be kept in – just like FUNimation releases – and comes with an 80 page booklet which features character artwork and synopsis of each episode within Season 1. This booklet, if you are new the franchise, is pretty much one giant spoiler – but it’s a nice inclusion.
This is where the good news ends; as the Disc artwork, which looks quite nice with each disc being coloured after a Sailor character, can be quite annoying when trying to uncover which disc is what format. All six discs are the same colour and pattern with Disc Logos (and region logos) blending right into the artwork. Of course this is only a minor issue; the real issue is the visual quality of the product.
Whether it be the Blu-ray or DVD there are problems to be had; the Blu-ray, which looks nothing like the promotional materials, features smoothness, contrast alterations and ghosting effects which, at times, make this release worse quality than mayalisan bootlegs found on eBay. The DVD on the otherhand has its own problems by leaving the black borderframes in – which are supposed to be removed after the HD transfer. Basically despite being a Blu-ray it looks nothing like a High Definition quality transfer.
Overall i have mixed feelings about this release; the presentation of the box and packaging, as well as the variety of bonus materials, is exceptional – but its the lack of Quality Control on the visual content itself that makes it a terrible product; additionally the English Dub isn’t exactly great either.
Sailor Moon – Season 1 Part 1 is now available on Blu-ray and DVD within America.