Sailor Moon-Volume 7: Fight to the Finish (1995)
|Year Of Production||1995|
|Running Time||130:49 (Case: 135)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (65:24)||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 seventh volume of Sailor Moon on DVD. If you are not familiar with the Sailor Moon series then I strongly recommend you start with my review of Sailor Moon Volume 1: a Heroine is Chosen.
If you haven't seen volumes 1 to 6, then I recommend not reading further - skip to the discussion of the transfer.
The episodes on this disc are:
This volume is called Fight to the Finish, which is an accurate description of the first four episodes on this disc. That's the interesting point about this disc: it contains the last four episodes of the first series of Sailor Moon, and the first two episodes of the next series. The episodes are numbered in sequence, which is fair enough, but you'd think they'd give you some hint that there's the end of one series and the start of the next. The second series has the same title sequence, but everything shown in the titles took place in the first series, so maybe we'll see different titles later?
These are some of the best episodes in the series. The first episode gives Amy (the quietest of the Scouts) a chance to shine in combat against the brainwashed Tuxedo Mask (or Prince Darien, as he appears). The second shows Sailor Moon pitted against the other Scouts (some of this is very funny). The third and fourth episodes are effectively a double episode (presented as separate episodes): the confrontation between Serena and Queen Beryl, and with an interlude in which Queen Serenity explains the end of the Silver Millennium. The Day of Destiny episode includes two songs: Carry On and It's a New Day both are rather good.
The fifth and sixth episodes introduce new arch-enemies, and would have functioned (on TV) as the introduction to the new series, justifying called the Sailor Scouts out of retirement. In a way it's somewhat mean to have them on this disc, because it means that you're forced to keep buying the discs to see where the new storyline leads. Gosh, you don't think that's intentional, do you?
There is a serious moral at the end of every episode, but they're sugar-coated, so they go down smoothly.
This is the most dramatic so far of the Sailor Moon discs. Even so, you can let your children watch this without concern perhaps the best would be to watch this with them (and you will probably enjoy it, too). Recommended.
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).
This disc plays all the episodes in sequence, which is handy if you want them in sequence (or you want to plonk the kids in front of them). You can select an episode from the menu, but it will play from there to the end of the disc. All the timestamps mentioned in this section are cumulative from the start.
The picture is reasonably sharp and about as clear as this style of animation can get. Shadow detail is irrelevant to anime. There's no significant grain. There's no low level noise.
Colour is strong, but not completely saturated there are plenty of bright colours on show. There's no colour bleed or over-saturation.
There are plenty of tiny film artefacts, but they are not a problem. There are very few larger ones: like the hair at top left of frame at 57:10, the shadowy blob and track at 29:20. There's occasional minor telecine wobble. There's some aliasing, but it's not troubling. There's one nasty patch of tape tracking problems, starting at 88:06, and running for a few seconds fortunately, these come at the very start of Episode 41, The Return of Sailor Moon, in the teaser, so they aren't too annoying. Even with that problem, these episodes don't look at all bad, but Discs 4 and 5 were cleaner.
There are no subtitles.
The disc is single sided and RSDL-formatted; the layer change is at 65:24, between Episodes 39 and 40 barely noticeable.
There is only one soundtrack; English Dolby Digital 2.0, not surround encoded. It sounds mono. There are no audio artefacts on this disc.
The dialogue is clear and comprehensible. There are no obvious mismatches between the dialogue and mouth motion. There's one moment in the first episode when Malachite's voice sounds wrong almost as if they used the wrong voice actor.
The English title music is credited to Bob Summers. The songs in Day of Destiny are: Carry On by Michael Beghiat and John Author and It's a New Day by Michael Benghiat and Lois Blanch.
You'll get nothing from your surrounds or subwoofer with this soundtrack.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu is lightly animated (with a moving background) and accompanied by music. It offers a choice of which episode to start at. When you select an episode it starts playing there, but then continues through the remaining episodes.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The R1 and R4 versions of this disc offer the same features. Nothing to pick between them, really, except that ours is PAL, and theirs is NTSC. Even the package artwork is the same.
The last four episodes of the first series, and the first two of the next. Lots of plot development! Not a fabulous DVD, but far from the worst you'll ever see.
The video quality is not fabulous, but there's only one big flaw (nasty tracking glitches for a few seconds).
The audio quality is fine.
There are no extras on this disc.
|DVD||Sony DVP-NS905V, 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|