Blu-ray Review: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

Earlier in the year Manga Entertainment UK gave Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions are short, but relatively wide, theatrical release within the UK; and now five months later that film is being released on to Blu-ray and DVD with the film also being available as a bundle pack with the previous ‘anniversary’ film Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time. But how does this home video release shape up? Well let’s take a look!

Synopsis:

In celebration of the film and twenty years of the franchise in general, TV Tokyo began airing a remastered digital edition of the 2000–2004 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime in Japan.

The film will take place six months after the events of the manga, where it will feature Yugi Muto & Seto Kaiba in one more game of Duel Monsters to earn their own pride to each other, while facing an unknown threat.

Our View:

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions takes place six months after the events of the final episode of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! TV Series and Seto Kaiba is still sour about being beaten by Yugi and the Pharaoh and as such wants a rematch to prove that he is the best duelist within the world. In order to accomplish this dream Kaiba sets out on a mission to collect the pieces of the Millennium Puzzle so that the Pharaoh can be resurrected and their duel commence.

It’s the same old story that’s plagued pretty much the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, including the Warner Bros produced Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie; a single goal, which sees Kaiba to do anything to become the best duelist. Naturally however this isn’t the only talking point within this anniversary film as elsewhere a mysterious character, known as Diva, attempts to stop Kaiba and in turn the friends of Yugi from resurrecting the Pharaoh within the Millennium puzzle as Diva believes the prophecy passed down on his teachings would become a reality which in turn would harm the sacred land he is from.

It’s a two-pronged-approach to story-telling with the main protagonist Yugi Moto being a side-line; the end goal, for both Kaiba and Diva, is defeat the Pharaoh and as the film progresses we begin to learn more about Diva and Kaiba as well as the true intentions they harbor. Of course this all comes to an end when Kaiba opts to host a duelist tournament, with the winner reciving the final pieces of the puzzle; but when the match gets heated Diva becomes poccessed by evil spirits – including the Meillennium Ring – which prompts a final duel for everyone involved; with both Yugi and Kaiba teaming up to stop this new demonic threat.

Does the Pharaoh make an appearance? Well we will leave you to find that out for yourself; but on the whole the film wasn’t as entertaining as I had hoped and at times provided too much confusing backstory with at least thirty minutes worth of screen-time being uneeded in the overall grand scheme of things; such as Kaiba’s introduction at the start of the film or some of Diva and Bakura’s screentime.

Don’t get me wrong; Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is a good film and features a nice mixture of dueling, dialogue and mystery to forfill all of those Yu-Gi-Oh! needs but at times it felt that the film was too long for its own good and while the ending was satisfactory it wasn’t the ending I had hoped and those who hoped to see Kaiba and Yugi duel one-last-time may also feel the same.

Extras:

This Blu-ray release of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions does not feature any bonus materials but it does feature both English and Japanese audio tracks and despite being as part of the ‘same’ film each have their own merits.

The English audio track has a more engaging and interactive background score – as well as reusing songs from past the Yu-Gi-Oh! movie – whereas the Japanese audio track features more monotone and quiet background tracks which is quite a contrast to the more ‘pop-rock-centric’ English track. It’s also worth noting that the English Dub is filled with great one liners (especially Joey and Kaiba) each of which help brighten up the mood in what may be a stale moment of the film.

Sadly while the film and audio options are enjoyable this UK Release of the film contains no bonus features which is a real disappointment considering that a selection of English (and Japanese) promotional materials exist.

Specs:

Media: BD50
Region: B
Running Time: 2:01:42
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: DTS-HD 5.1 (English & Japanese) & LPCM 2.0 (English & Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White/Grey)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

Overall Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is an entertaining film that reignites the passion of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise and while it is an enjoyable film to watch, whether it be in English or Japanese, it is a bit long and has scenes that (in my mind at least)feel  unneeded in the grand scheme of things. In any event; it still is a great product, even if  it does not feature any bonus materials, but it does provide that one last authentic Yu-Gi-Oh! experience in the best visual quality.

Score: review-stars-3

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions will be available on DVD and Blu-ray from the 29th May 2017 within the UK.

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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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