SAILOR MOON S (Hearts in Ice): THE MOVIE (UNCUT SPECIAL EDITION) (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)
October 1, 2002 by Dennis Amith
MOVIE COMPANY: Pioneer Entertainment
DIRECTED BY: Directed by Hiroki Shibata
PRODUCED BY: Hiroe Tsukamoto and Louis Hurtubise
RATING: For ages 13 and up
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DURATION: 60 minutes
Sailor Moon vs. Snow Queen! The Legendary Sailor Scouts’ Power Appears! As Usagi and her friends enjoy Christmas vacation, an unusual snow storm hits the town. When the Sailor Scouts search for the source, they discover the evil Snow Queen, Kaguya and her Snow Dancers have returned.
Long ago, Snow Queen Kaguya tries to invade Earth, but a great light forced her back. Ever since then she has been stuck on a long journey through space where all she did was think about how and when she would return to claim Earth as her own. But crucial to the plan is the crystal she sent disguised as a comet to Earth. Once Queen Kaguya finds the crystal she will be able to fulfill her plan to cover the Earth to ice, sucking away all life energy and instill permanent winter!
Will Sailor Moon find the crystal before Queen Kaguya! Will Sailor Moon’s powers be enough to defeat Snow Queen Kaguya and her Ice maiden to save Earth? All hope lies with the Legendary Ultimate Scouts’ Power!
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Animated
• Bilingual: English & Japanese!
• Image Gallery
• Character Information
KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): Luna’s transformation
First go to the main menu. Then click on Extra Stuff. When you get to this screen you will see an image of Luna the cat. Click on the crescent moon on the cat’s forehead. You will be able to see the scene where Luna transforms into a human being.
I have been an avid watcher of the “Sailor Moon” series for a long time now and I just had to check out the DVD version of the series which includes the Japanese uncut edition which I was happy about.
I must admit that I liked the dubbed version that was on TV but when watching this DVD, I didn’t care for the dub…because Sailor Moon is much enjoyable watching it in Japanese with the subtitles (if you don’t understand Japanese that is).
So, that out of the way, let’s talk about the movie. I remember seeing this movie years ago and I really enjoyed it a lot because it featured the new scouts and also something different with a storyline involving Luna and I enjoyed the storyline.
If anything bothered me the most, it was the video quality. It looks quite dated and I don’t think when I saw it the first time years ago it looked like this. I could be wrong but I thought the movie was more colorful (go into the special features and check out the images from the film). The audio is stereo/mono but I don’t think I recall anything major in terms of the use of awesome sound. If there was one big improvement with this DVD is that they added more to the special features…although it’s not much, it’s good enough. There is a secret feature which you will have to find for yourself, here’s a hint: Luna.
If there is one thing that I am happy about these DVD releases of the Sailor Moon movies is that you can see the difference between the English and the original Japanese versions in terms of storyline and for those who watch this movie via dubbed only, will miss out on one heck of a cool storyline ala original Japanese (with the options of English subtitles, of course).
Otherwise a good DVD. I hope to see more special features in the next Sailor Moon Super S DVD.
THE ANIME: B+
THE DVD EXTRAS: B
THE DVD OVERALL: B
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