Unboxing: Puella Magi Madoka Magica – Movies 1 & 2 (Limited Edition Blu-ray) [AUS]
15/07/2015 3 Comments
With Manga Entertainment releasing the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movies onto Blu-ray next month we’ve opted to unbox the Australian Limited Edition Blu-ray bundle which was released late last year by Madman Entertainment. Why exactly are we doing this? Well it gives you an idea of what to expect from Manga Entertainments release and, if it turns out to be different, gives you an idea on which version to choose.
So lets start with the basics; the Australian Blu-ray release of Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movies 1 and 2 sees two Blu-ray discs, each in their own amary cases, inside a chipboard artbox. Additionally ‘stuffed’ inside the package is a 38-page booklet featuring various artwork from the films. What makes this release special, other than the booklet and chipboard artbox, is that each amary case retains its own individual film sleeve and poster artwork while the chipboard artbox features its own, rather mesmerizing, artwork of Madoka in her magical girl (queen) form.
Its very magical. On the inside of the blu-ray cases however its very bland, with a minialistic inside artwork for both the sleeve and disc – it sort of makes all of the hardwork on the outside put to waste. Its a similar story with the booklet; it looks nice – and features some nice artwork – but it doesn’t fit in the artbox without something getting damaged. The discs themselves however feature nothing much to brag about, and we can assume the UK release of these films will be the same. For starters the audio is a simple DTS 5.1 audio track for the English dub, (where as it is DTS-HD 5.1 for the Japanese Audio, and the only extras are a selection of Japanese previews, textless song and trailers for other australian releases.
Whats amusing is that the bonus content on Movie 1 is the same content thats on the Movie 2 disc; there is no difference other than the menu layout and the film itself. I won’t dive much into the film(s) but its just a edit of the anime series, although some new scenes have been thrown in, however due to the length of each film and its unnatural pacing its probably better just watching the original series – it just flows better.
All-in-all the Limited Edition Blu-ray release of Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movies 1 and 2 is based saved for someone who either loves the franchise (and whats everything of it) or someone who has yet to see it; as the movies – and the upcoming Rebellion – are a great one way to watch the story unfold; although with each film clocking in at 2 hours you will be sat down for awhile. This set however is definately one for the collectors, and it looks superb on a shelf, so lets hope that the UK release by Animatsu Entertainment – which is due out on the 10th August 2015 – is just as good.