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Ah! My Goddess!: The Movie (Aa! Megamisama! The Movie)R4

The Region 1 and Region 4 versions of this disc are quite similar, even to the arrangement of the menus (different artwork for the menus, though). Even the cover art is similar, but for some reason the shot of Belldandy on the cover is mirror imaged: on the R1 her right hand is raised, on the R4 it is her left.

The Region 4 disc is missing:

  • Dolby Digital 2.0 English and Japanese soundtracks (the R1 has both 5.1 and 2.0)
  • an attractive shiny slip cover over the keepcase
  • a small 4 page booklet with a short introduction to the six main characters
  • a thick plastic card with a picture of Belldandy on one side, and Peorth, Urd and Skuld on the other
  • 20 images in the Art Gallery (R1 has 32 images, R4 has only 12)

The Region 1 disc is missing:

  • a decent mount for the disc (it has a nasty five piece design that risks damage to the disc when removing it)
  • picture label
  • Madman Propaganda

These differences are slight, really. The main difference is the transfer itself. The R1 looks a little coarser, and the colours feel a bit too intense. It is good, just not quite as good as the R4. This is very strange, because the two versions have near identical run-times (106:19 for the R1, 106:23 for the R4) which usually indicates that one was sourced from the other, rather than both being sourced from film. The interlacing on the R4 suggests strongly that its PAL video was converted from the NTSC video. But the R4 looks better. Strange. Perhaps the R4 was converted from a better quality NTSC master than the R1? Or perhaps the guys at Madman have access to some goddess magic? Methinks we'd best not ask too many questions...

If you don't have a copy of this disc, then get the R4 it's better. If you have the R1 (it came out some while back), then it's hard to justify getting the R4 as well is there anyone you might want to give the R1 to?