Sailor Moon-Volume 2: Sailor Scouts to the Rescue (1995)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
|Year Of Production||1995|
|Running Time||130:47 (Case: 135)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (61:09)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Junichi Sato|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This is the second volume of the first series of Sailor Moon. I'm not going over the basics of Sailor Moon again - I recommend you read my review of Sailor Moon Volume 1: a Heroine is Chosen first.
The episodes on this disc are:
Now we meet Sailor Mars. In Roman mythology, Mars was the god of War and that's not inappropriate here - Sailor Mars is much more aggressive than Sailor Moon or Sailor Mercury, and she has a potent flame attack. She's also skilled in martial arts and magic (her magic is an interesting Japanese form, involving Kanji characters written on slips of paper). She's quite an addition to the Sailor Scout team. I found it interesting that her Sailor Scout uniform includes shoes (I think they're court shoes) rather than the boots that Sailor Moon and Sailor Mercury wear.
Unfortunately, her aggression isn't limited to her Sailor Scout battles. She and Serena lock horns frequently over a number of subjects, including boys (and that includes Tuxedo Mask!). This makes for some interesting interaction - Sailor Mercury never challenged Sailor Moon like this. Strangely, Serena doesn't seem to act quite as responsibly now - she bursts into tears more, and resists doing her duty more, too. Maybe that's a temporary thing.
The morals of the episodes on this disc involve some big issues including recycling and pollution, as well as resisting the urge to settle for less than the best, and the value of teamwork. I'm surprised how nicely the morals are presented (American shows are usually incompetent at presenting morals).
Sailor Moon is good harmless fun. It's not sickly sweet, and adults can enjoy watching it with children. You could do far worse in choosing entertainment for your children (or yourself!)
The DVD is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and is not 16x9 enhanced. That's the original aspect ratio, as is appropriate for a TV series that was made in Japan in 1992 (the 1995 copyright is for the English adaptation).
The picture is a touch sharper than Volume 1. There's no low level noise.
Colour is bright and colourful, and fully saturated, which is good to see. There's no oversaturation, and only a moment or two of very minor colour bleed (actually, it could be part of the original artwork).
Strangely, the breaks where commercials were inserted are noticeably longer on this disc. One of them (61:09) is so long I thought it was the layer change. It's not a big problem, but it is strange that they are so much more noticeable on this disc than on the first. I hope this isn't the case on later discs.
There are fewer small film artefacts than on Volume 1, which is nice, but unfortunately there are other artefacts which look like various type of tape errors or MPEG coding problems. Look at 33:18 (some kind of analogue tape error), 33:28 and 48:09 (a few lines are blurred/missing/repeated). There's a strange kind of macro pixelization around 73:32-73:33 - it looks like a ripple moving down the screen. Even with these artefacts the show is still quite watchable - I'm just pointing out the technical flaws in the disc.
There are no subtitles. (The anime purists will hate that!)
The disc is single sided and RSDL-formatted. The layer change is at 65:23, between the third and fourth episodes (there are three episodes on each layer). It's a quick layer change, and well-placed.
There is only one soundtrack, in English (The anime purists will hate that too - they want the original Japanese sound as well as, or even instead of, the English version). The soundtrack is Dolby Digital 2.0, not surround encoded, and it sounds mono. There are no audio artefacts on this disc.
The dialogue is clear and readily understood. There are moments when the English voice acting doesn't match the mouth movements perfectly, but it's not enough to be truly annoying.
The English title music is credited to Bob Summers. It's bouncy, perky stuff.
The soundtrack makes absolutely no use of your surrounds or subwoofer.
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There are no extras.
The menu is lightly animated with background music. It offers a choice of which episode to start at - when you select an episode it starts playing there, but it continues through the remaining episodes.
There's not a lot to choose between the Region 1 and Region 4 versions of this DVD; both are dub-only and extra-free. The R4 is slightly cheaper, but that's about it.
Six more entertaining episodes - good fun. Not a fabulous DVD, though.
The video quality is far from perfect, but it won't interfere with watching the show.
The audio quality is good.
Don't bother looking for the extras - there're aren't any.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-S733A, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPH-G70 CRT Projector, QuadScan Elite scaler (Tripler), ScreenTechnics 110. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Front Left, Centre, Right: Krix Euphonix; Rears: Krix KDX-M; Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5|