Unboxing: Sailor Moon – Part 1 & Part 2 (Limited Edition DVD) [AUS]
14/09/2016 Leave a comment
With Sailor Moon Crystal getting it’s western release within Australia this month (of which you may have seen unboxed on our Twitter feed) via Madman Entertainment; I thought it would be fun togo back and give our readers a closer look at Madman Entertainment’s DVD release of the original Sailor Moon TV series; starting with Sailor Moon – Part 1 and it’s follow-up release Sailor Moon – Part 2.
The Australian release of Sailor Moon is just as important as the American release of the franchise; Why exactly is that? Well when Viz Media announced it would be releasing Sailor Moon on DVD (and Blu-ray) they promised a superior quality product; however when the launch day arrived it turns out that their ‘superior’ product wasn’t all that great with ghosting effects, darker colours and incorrect aspect ratios on DVD version. Because of these issues Madman Entertainment, who were originally going to use Viz Media’s masters, decided to ditch the Blu-ray release – due to inadequate High Definition materials being available – and make their own DVD versions; which is exactly what they have done and it’s why this Australian release of the franchise has proved more popular across the globe.
Sailor Moon – Part 1 (Limited Edition):
The first Sailor Moon release by Madman Entertainment is available in two different editions, a Standard Edition and Limited Edition set, with the latter containing an artbox, which would also hold Part 2 to give the impression of a Complete Series Box Set, and an artbook featuring all sorts of newly drawn artwork. The packaging design and presentation is very similar to the American Viz Media Limited Edition release of Sailor Moon – Part 1 (which we also unboxed); whereby the artbox is partially pink with a tint of yellow and features Usagi on the front with the Sailor Moon logo. The artbook, as seen below, contains various individual character artwork as well as information about that particular character in addition to promotional images used for this new release; be warned however that some artwork will contain spoilers for episodes not included with this set.
Inside the artbox we have a standard DVD amaray case which holds four DVD discs, in comparison the VIZ Media release only had three DVD discs but featured the same number of episodes, with a slightly different styled artwork being used for the outer DVD sleeve. For comparison the America release had the same ‘pink cover’ on both the artwork and it’s Part 1 amaray sleeve; but here in this Australian release it is an entirely different cover that offers a Blue style with Usagi, Ami and Rei on the front. A sense of continunity can not be had with this set; but fortunately it all still manages to flow together especially with the back of the sleeve matching up with the same information to the one that was attached to the artbox.
Finally on the inside of the DVD Case we are treated to four DVD Discs, each of which having the same style but are coloured differently depending on what character is on the front. For instance artwork of Usagi will see the disc being pink while artwork of Ami will see the disc being blue and so forth. It may put some people off; but personally I find it a nice way of making each disc unique.
Sailor Moon – Part 2:
The second Sailor Moon release by Madman Entertainment was non-other-than Season 1 Part 2 and it features the remaining episodes of the series (yet again) across four DVD discs. Unlike the previous release Season 1 Part 2 was only released as a standard DVD set and as such there is nothing really special; it’s just the uniquely designed discs in a standard amaray case.
While this is the case it’s worth mentioning that the front cover of Part 2 remains consistent with the artbox design from Part 1 and the same can be said on the inside of the Amaray case whereby each DVD disc is coloured slightly differently in response to the character artwork that’s on them as well as that underneath the discs is a large piece of character artwork.
It’s worth mentioning that all of the DVD discs are Region 4 (so they can only be played on multi-regional devices) and that this release features the new Viz Media English Dub of Sailor Moon as well as it’s original Japanese audio with English Subtitles. In terms of bonus features then Part 1 features a behind the scenes look at the new Dub, along with textless songs and trailers, whereas Part 2 just features trailers and textless songs. Compared to the American release the list of bonus features is disappointing; but on the plus side this is a ‘better product’ than the US release it’s just a shame about the massive rating board logos on the artbox.
If you are looking for the original Sailor Moon anime on DVD then these Australian releases would be the way to go; as not only do they look great on the shelf but they are enjoyable to watch as well.