Pokemon the Movie: Black/Pokemon the Movie: White (Blu-ray) (2011)
|Year Of Production||2011|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Kunihiko Yuyama|
Beyond Home Entertainment
Daniel J. Edelman
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Dolby Digital 5.1
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The Pokemon world is a huge favourite with pre-teen boys all around the world. Originating in Japan, the world of toys, TV Shows, video games, movies, books, card games and more has been expanding and very successful for many years since starting in 1996 with a video game. There have now been as many as 15 movies made as part of this multimedia extravaganza. This Blu-ray features two movies first released in 2011, which basically are two different versions of a very similar story. This will not deter the many Pokemon fans out there who will love this disc and the movies on it.
The two movies are Pokemon The Movie : Black - Victini and Reshiram and Pokemon The Movie : White - Victini and Zekrom. As is normal in this world the movie involves a group of friends, led by the perennial hero, Ash Ketchum, travelling through the land seeking new Pokemon and battles with other Pokemon trainers. In these films the friends meet a Victini (a type of Pokemon) and become friends with it. Soon however they all get caught up in a plan by a visitor called Damon and require the help of a Legendary Pokemon to stop his plan. This is either Reshiram or Zekrom, depending on the film.
These films follow the normal path of Pokemon adventures and will definitely appeal to fans of the franchise. Adults will not get much joy from them, but they are not meant to.
The two films run for over 90 minutes each, meaning there is 190 minutes of content here which makes this pretty good value.
It is worth noting that I had problems playing the second movie on this disc in one of my two Blu-ray players. In my Sony BDP760, the second filmed seemed to jam and jump and quickly became unwatchable. I have tried two copies of the disc and gotten the same problem. Having said that the disc worked perfectly in my Panasonic Blu-ray PVR. I cannot say what this means exactly but I have informed the local distributor and will provide any comments back from them to readers.
The video quality is excellent.
These features are presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080p encoded using AVC.
The picture is extremely sharp and clear throughout. Colour is excellent.
There are no noticeable artefacts.
There are no subtitles.
There are no obvious layer changes during playback.
The audio quality is very good.
The disc contains two soundtrack options, English DTS-HD MA 5.1 plus an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track for those who cannot handle high definition audio.
Dialogue very clear and easy to understand throughout.
The surround speakers are given quite a lot to do with off-screen voices, atmosphere and quite a few directional effects.
The subwoofer was used to provide bass to action scenes, support the music and for rumbles.
|Surround Channel Use|
The initial menu allows you to choose which movie you want and then the movie menus included music and motion plus allowing for scene selection.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
These films only seem to be available on DVD in other regions.
The video quality is excellent.
The audio quality is very good.No extras.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|