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Blu-ray Disc Reviews: The Complete J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Reviews Listing (H-L)

September 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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The following is a listing of all Blu-ray reviews done for J!-ENT which are listed in alphanumeric order:

FOR BLU-RAY’S THAT START WITH #-G, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

FOR BLU-RAYS THAT START WITH M-R, PLEASE CLICK HERE

FOR BLU-RAYS THAT START WITH S-Z, PLEASE CLICK HERE!


 

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Hair

HAL

Hamatora the Animation – Complete Collection

Hanging for Django

Hannah Montana: The Movie

The Harimaya Bridge

Harley and the Davidsons

Harry Brown

The Hateful Eight

Hearts and Minds – The Criterion Collection #156

Heaven is for Real

Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork

Heaven’s Memo Pad – Complete Collection

Heavyweights

Hell and Back Again

Hellsing Ultimate: Volume 1-4 Collection

Hellsing Ultimate: Volumes 5-8 Collection

Hell’s House

Hello, My Name is Doris

The Help

Here Comes the Boom

HERO

The Hero

Heroic Age: The Complete Series

The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Season 1, Part 1

High and Low – The Criterion Collection #24

High School DxD: The Complete Series

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR DELUXE EXTENDED EDITION

Himalaya

The Hit List

The Hitch-Hiker

The Hollars

A Hollis Frampton Odyssey – The Criterion Collection #607

A Hologram for the King

Holy Motors

HOME

Honeymoon in Vegas

Hoodwinked Too!: Hood vs. Evil

The Horse Soldiers

The Horse Whisperer

Hotel Rwanda

THE HOUSE BUNNY

House of Cards: The Complete Fourth Season

The Housemaid (as part of “Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project”)  – The Criterion Collection #690

How to Be A Latin Lover

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Howl’s Moving Castle

The Hunger Games

Hysteria

I Am Number Four

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Iceman

The Ice Storm – The Criterion Collection #426

Ichi

Gabriel Iglesias: I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy: Live From El Paso

Hard Target 2

Hanamonogatari: Suruga Devil Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set

Helix: Season 2

Hunter x Hunter vol. 2

I Am Wrath

I knew her well – The Criterion Collection #801

Il Sorpasso – The Criterion Collection #707

I’ll Follow You Down

The Illusionist

I Love You, Beth Cooper

I LOVE YOU, MAN

I’m a Cyborg

In a Better World

In a Lonely Place – The Criterion Collection #810

In a World…

In Darkness

In the Land of Blood and Honey

In the Realm of the Senses – THE CRITERION COLLECTION (No. 466)

The Incredibles: 4-Disc Combo Pack

Incredibly Ever After

The Indian in the Cupboard: Anniversary Edition

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indignation

The Infiltrator

Inside Out

The Insider

The Intouchables

The Invisible Woman

InuYasha: The Movie the Complete Collection (BD)

Ip Man: The Final Fight

Ip Man: Ultimate Edition

Ip Man 3

Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United

Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore

Iron Monkey

Iron Protector

Iron Sky: Director’s Cut

Iron Soldiers

The irregular at magic high school – Vol. 1 enrollment

The irregular at magic high school – Vol. 2: Nine Schools Competition

The irregular at magic high school – Vol. 3: Yokohama Disturbance

Is This a Zombie?: The Complete Series – Anime Classics

It Could Happen To You

It Happened One Night – The Criterion Collection #736

It Might Get Loud

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas

Ivan’s Childhood – The Criterion Collection #397

I vinti (The Vanquished)

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

James and the Giant Peach: Special Edition

Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back

Jennifer’s Body

Jerry Maguire: 20th Anniversary Edition

JFK: A New World Order – Commemorative Documentary Series

Jimmy’s Hall

JIN-ROH: The Wolf Brigade

Jodorowsky’s Dune

John Carter

JONAS BROTHERS: THE 3D CONCERT EXPERIENCE: DELUXE EXTENDED MOVIE

Jormungand: The Complete First Season

Joshy

Joss Whedon’s “dollhouse” – Season 1

Jules & Jim

Julie & Julia

Jumanji: Anniversary Edition

Jumping the Broom

The Jungle Book (2016)

The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition

The Jungle Book 2

Just Go With It

KanColle Kantai Collection

The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates – The Criterion Collection #808

Kid Cannabis

Kill ‘Em All

The Kindergarten Teacher

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

K-ON!: Volume 1

K-ON!: Volume 2

K-ON!: Volume 3

K-ON!: Volume 4

K-On! Season Two, Collection 1

K-On! Season Two, Collection 2

K-ON!: The Movie

Kamisama Kiss: The Complete Series

Kamui Gaiden

The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid (2010)

The Kid – The Criterion Collection #799

Kids on the Slope: Complete Collection

Kill la Kill Volume 1: Limited Edition

Kill la Kill Volume 2: Limited Edition

Kill la Kill Volume 3: Limited Edition

Kill la Kill Volume 4: Limited Edition

Kill la Kill Volume 5: Limited Edition

Kill Switch

Kill Your Darlings

Kill Zone 2

The Kindergarten Teacher

The King of the Streets

King of Thorn

The Kings of Summer

KITARO

THE KITE RUNNER

Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu

Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu

Knights of Badassdom

Koimonogatari: Hitagi End Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set

Kokoro Connection: The Complete TV Series

Kokoro Connect – Original Anime Selection

Korczak

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kundo

Kung Fu Dunk

Kung Fu Killer

Kung Fu Yoga

Kurokami the Animation Volume 1

Kurokami the Animation Volume 2

Kurokami the Animation Volume 3

Kurokami the Animation Volume 4

Kurokami the Animation Volume 5

Kurokami the Animation Volume 6

Kwaidan – The Criterion Collection #90

Laid in America

L’Amore in Citta (Love in the City)

Laughing Under the Clouds: The Complete Series

L’Eclisse – The Criterion Collection #278 (Blu-ray)

La Cage aux Folles – The Criterion Collection #671

La chienne – The Criterion Collection #818

La Ciénaga – The Criterion Collection #743

La Notte – The Criterion Collection #678

La Promesse – The Criterion Collection #620

Labyrinth of Lies

Lady & the Tramp: Diamond Edition

Lady & The Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure

Lady Cop & Papa Crook

The Lady in the Van

Lagrange ~The Flower of Rin-ne~ Set 1

Land Ho!

Lars and the Real Girl

Last Action Hero

The Last of England

The Last Kiss

THE LAST METRO – THE CRITERION COLLECTION (No. 462)

The Last Naruto the Movie

The Last Ship: The Complete First Season

The Last Song

Last Tango in Paris: Uncut Version

Last Vegas

Late Spring – The Criterion Collection #331

Lawrence of Arabia

Lay the Favorite

Le Amiche – The Criterion Collection #817

Le Beau Serge – The Criterion Collection #580

Le Havre – The Criterion Collection #619

Le Quattro Volte

Leaving Las Vegas

Legally Blonde 2: Red White & Blonde

The Legend is Born: Ip Man

The Legend of Korra – Book One: Air

The Legend of Korra – Book Two: Spirits

The Legend of Korra – Book Three: Change

Legends of the Dark King: A Fist of the North Star Story

The Legend of Drunken Master

Legend of the Millennium Dragon

Legion

Léon Morin, Priest – The Criterion Collection #572

Leon the Professional (2009 Blu-ray release)

Leon the Professional (2015 Blu-ray release)

Les Miserables (1998)

Les Vampires

Letter Never Sent – The Criterion Collection #601

Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife

Level E: Complete Series

Leviathan

Life

Life, Above All

The Life of Oharu – The Criterion Collection #664

The Light Between Oceans

Like Someone in Love – The Criterion Collection #708

Limelight – The Criterion Collection #756

Lincoln

Lion

The Lion King: Diamond Edition

The Lion King 1 1/2: Special Edition

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Littlerock

Lockout: Unrated Edition

Lola – The Criterion Collection #714 (as part of “The Essential Jacques Demy” Blu-ray + DVD Box Set)

The Lone Ranger

Lonesome – The Criterion Collection #623

The Long Riders

The Lookalike

Looper

Lord of the Flies – The Criterion Collection #43

Los Angeles Lakers 2010 NBA Finals Series Collector’s Edition

LOST – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

LOST – THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

LOST – THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON

LOST – THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON

LOST – THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON

The Lost City of Z

Lost Girl: Season One

Lost Girl: Season Two

Lost Girl: Season Three

Lost in Hong Kong

Lost in Thailand

Loups=Garous: The Motion Picture

The Lunchbox

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine


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Blu-ray Disc Reviews: The Complete J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Reviews Listing (M-R)

August 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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The following is a listing of all Blu-ray reviews done for J!-ENT which are listed in alphanumeric order:

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FOR BLU-RAYS THAT START WITH H-L, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

FOR BLU-RAYS THAT START WITH S-Z, PLEASE CLICK HERE!


Macbeth

MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA

Made in Dagenham

Kathleen Madigan: Gone Madigan

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

The Magnificent Seven

Maid in Manhattan

Major League: WILD THING EDITION

Make Way For Tomorrow – The Criterion Collection #505

Make Your Move

Maken-ki! – Complete Series

The Makioka Sisters – The Criterion Collection #567

Maleficent

Mamma Mia! The Movie

A Man Escaped – The Criterion Collection #650

The Man From Nowhere

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Man of Steel

The Manchurian Candidate

Manhattan

March of the Wooden Soldiers

Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion

Maria the Virgin Witch

The Marine 2

Marley & Me: 3-Disc Bad Dog Edition

Marriage Italian Style

Mars Needs Moms: 2-Disc Combo Pack Edition

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project – The Criterion Collection #685-690

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron – Collector’s Edition

Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary

The Mask of Zorro

Masquerade

Mass Effect: Paragon Lost

A Master Builder – The Criterion Collection #762

Master of the House – The Criterion Collection #706

Material Girls

Mauvais Sang

McCanick

McKenna Shoots for the Stars

MEAN GIRLS

Merchants of Doubt

The Merchant of Four Seasons – The Criterion Collection #758

The Mermaid

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – THE CRITERION COLLECTION #535

The Messenger

Metropolis (The Complete Metropolis)

Metropolitan – The Criterion Collection #326

Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot)

Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT

Michiko & Hatchin: The Complete Series – Part One

Michiko & Hatchin: The Complete Series – Part Two

Mickey’s Christmas Carol: 30th Anniversary Edition

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Midnight Express

A MIGHTY HEART

Mikunopolis in Los Angeles [Happy to Meet You I’m Hatsune Miku]

MILK

minions Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD+ Digital HD

MIRACLE

MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA

Miracles from Heaven

The Misfits

Mister Johnson – The Criterion Collection #774

Moana

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie – A Wakening of the Trailblazer

Modern Times – THE CRITERION COLLECTION #543

Mojin – The Lost Legend –

The Moment of Truth – The Criterion Collection #595

Moms’ Night Out

Mona Lisa Smile

Money Monster

Monsieur Verdoux – The Criterion Collection #652

A Monster in Paris

Monster House in 3D

Monsters, Inc.

Monsters University

Monty Python and the Holy Grail: 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition

MOON

Moonlight

Moonrise Kingdom – The Criterion Collection #776

Moonstruck

More Than Honey

morning light

Morris from America

Motto To Love RU – Complete Collection

Mountains May Depart

Mr. Church

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town: 80th Anniversary

Mr. Robot – Season 1

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Turner

Muay Thai Warrior

Much Ado About Nothing

The Muppets: The Wocka Wocka Value Pack

The Music Room – The Criterion Collection #573

My Dinner with Andre – The Criterion Collection #479 (as part of “André Gregory & Wallace Shawn: 3 Films”)

My Girl

My Hero Academia: Season One

My Life as a Dog – The Criterion Collection #178

My Neighbor Totoro

My Way

My Winnipeg – The Criterion Collection #741

Mystery Road

Mystic Pizza

The Naked Island – The Criterion Collection #811

Napoli Napoli Napoli (Naples Naples Naples)

Narcos: Season One

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower

The Natural

The Navigator

Need For Speed

Needless: Collection 1

Needless: Collection 2

Nekomonogatari Black – Tsubasa Family Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

Nekomonogatari White – Tsubasa Tiger – Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set

Neon Bull

Nerdland

Nerve

New World

New York, New York

Newsies: 20th Anniversary Edition

NEXT AVENGERS: HEROES OF TOMORROW

Nick & Norah’s INFINITE PLAYLIST

The Night Before

The Night Manager: Uncensored Edition

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Nightfall

Ninjaslayer From Animation

Nisekoi: False Love Part 1

Nisekoi: False Love Part 2

Nisekoi: False Love Part 3

Nisekoi: False Love Part 4

Nisekoi: False Love – Season Two, Volume 1

Nisemonogatari – Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set

No

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – 2-DISC COLLECTOR’S EDITION

No Good Deed

No Tears for the Dead

No Way Back

Northern Limit Line

Nosferatu

Nostalghia

Not the Messiah: He’s a Very Naughty Boy

Not Suitable for Children

Nothing Sacred

Notorious (1946)

NOTORIOUS – UNRATED DIRECTOR’S CUT

Nowhere Boy

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Demon Capital Set 1

Obit.

Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror

OBSESSED

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Of Gods and Men

Of Human Bondage

Oka!

Old Dogs

Olympus Has Fallen

Okami-san and Her Seven Companions

On the Job

Once Upon a Time: The Complete First Season

Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season

Once Upon a Time: The Complete Fifth Season

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

THE ONE

One Piece Film Gold

One Piece: Heart of Gold

One Piece Movie 8: The Desert Princess and the Pirates – Adventures in Alabasta

One Week Friends

Only Lovers Left Alive

The Organizer – The Criterion Collection #610

ORIGIN: SPIRITS OF THE PAST

The Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Original Sin

Orpheus – The Criterion Collection #68

The Other Guys: The Unrated Other Edition

Otorimonogatari: Nadeko Medusa Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set

Our Kind of Traitor

Our Hospitality

Ouran High School Host Club – The Complete Series

Outlander: Season Two

Overboard

Owarimonogatari: Volume 1 – Limited Edition

Owarimonogatari: Volume 2 – Limited Edition

Oz the Great and Powerful (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy)

Painted Skin: The Resurrection

Pale Flower – The Criterion Collection #564

The Palm Beach Story – The Criterion Collection #742

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: The Complete Series

Paris Belongs to Us – The Criterion Collection #802

Parker

The Past

Patlabor the Mobile Police: The Original OVA Series

Patlabor: The Mobile Police – The Television Series Collection 1

Patlabor: The Mobile Police – The Television Series Collection 2

Patlabor: The Mobile Police – The Television Series Collection 3

Patlabor: The Mobile Police – the Television Series Collection 4

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

PAYCHECK

The Penalty

Penguindrum Vol. 1

Penguindrum Vol. 2

People Like Us

People on Sunday – The Criterion Collection #569

The Perfect Guy

The Perfect Match

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Persona 4: The Animation – Collection One

Persona 4: The Animation – Collection Two

Persona 4: The Golden Animation Vol. 1

Persona 4: The Golden Animation Vol. 2

Pete’s Dragon

Peter Pan: Diamond Edition

The Phantom Carriage – The Criterion Collection #579

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ – The Complete Series

Phenomenon

Phi-Brain: Puzzle of God – Collection 1

Phi-Brain: Puzzle of God – Collection 2

Pickpocket – The Criterion Collection #314b

Pierre Etaix – The Criterion Collection #655

Pierrot Le Fou – The Criterion Collection #421

pina – The Criterion Collection #644

THE PINK PANTHER

Pinocchio: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition

Pinocchio: The Signature Collection

The Pirates

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – 2-Disc Combo Pack

Pixels

Planes: Fire & Rescue

Planet 51

Planzet

Plastic Memories Vol. 1

Platoon

Playing for Keeps

Playtime – THE CRITERION COLLECTION (no. 112)

Pocahontas and Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

A Poem is a Naked Person – The Criterion Collection #805

Police Story: Lockdown

Poltergeist II: The Other Side

Pompeii

Ponyo

Posse

Powers: Season 1

Precious Cargo

Premium Rush

Prep & Landing/Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice – Totally Tinsel Collection

PRETTY WOMAN

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Priest: Unrated

PRIMAL FEAR: HARD EVIDENCE EDITION

Primeval: New World – The Complete Series

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy)

Prince of Stride: Alternative – The Complete Series

The Princess Diaries: 10th Anniversary Edition

The Princess and the Frog

Princess Jellyfish: The Complete Collection

Prom

A Prophet

The Proposal

PSYCHO-PASS Season 1 – Complete Collection – Premium Edition

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Limited Edition

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: -Rebellion-

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Vol. 1 – Limited Edition Box Set

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Vol. 2 – Limited Edition Box Set

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Vol. 3 – Limited Edition Box Set

Punching Henry

Quantum of Solace

Queen of Katwe

The Qatsi Trilogy – The Criterion Collection #639-642

Queen’s Blade: Rebellion – Complete Collection

Quick

The Quick and the Dead

Quigley Down Under

Rabin, the Last Day

Race to Witch Mountain

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis

Raging Bull: 30th Anniversary Edition

The Raid: Redemption

The Raid 2

Rain Man

Rampo Kitan – Game of Laplace: The Complete Series

Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 1: Special Edition (BD)

Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 2: Special Edition (BD)

Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 3: Special Edition (BD)

Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 4: Special Edition (BD)

Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 5: Special Edition (BD)

Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 6: Special Edition (BD)

Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 7: Special Edition (BD)

Ransom: 15th Anniversary Edition

Rapt

Real Steel

Rebecca

Red Army

Red Desert: THE CRITERION COLLECTION #522

The Red Turtle

Redes (as part of “Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project”) – The Criterion Collection #686

Regular Show: The Complete First and Second Seasons

The Remaining

RENT: Filmed LIVE on Broadway

The Rescuers: 35th Anniversary Edition/The Rescuers Down Under

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Resident Evil: Damnation

resident evil: DEGENERATION

Resident Evil: Retribution

Resident Evil: Vendetta

Restless

The Retrieval

The Return of the Magnificent Seven

REVANCHE – THE CRITERION COLLECTION #502

Revolutionary Road

Rick and Morty: Season 2

Rideback: The Complete Series

Riding Giants

Rififi – The Criterion Collection #115

Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne – The Complete Series

Rio

Rise of the Legend

The River – The Criterion Collection #276 (Blu-ray)

A River Called Titas (as part of “Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project”) – The Criterion Collection #687

The River Why

The Robber

Robin Hood: 40th Anniversary Edition

Robinson Crusoe on Mars – The Criterion Collection #404

Robocop 2

Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special

Robotics;Notes: Part One

The Rocketeer: 20th Anniversary Edition

Rocky (Digibook Version)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Rolling Girls: The Complete Series

The Rooftop

A Room with a View – The Criterion Collection #775

Rosetta – The Criterion Collection #621

ROXANNE

Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (2007 Blu-ray release)

Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (2013 Blu-ray release)

The Runaways

Rurouni Kenshin: The Movie

Rurouni Kenshi: New Kyoto Arc

Rush Hour 3

Russian Ark

Rust and Bone


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Blu-ray Disc Reviews: The Complete J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Reviews Listing (S-Z)

July 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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The Sacrifice: Remastered Edition

Sadako 3D

Saekano Blu-ray Set 1

Saekano Blu-ray Set 2

Safe – The Criterion Collection #739

Safety Last! – The Criterion Collection #662

Safety Not Guaranteed

Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2

Sailor Moon R: The Movie

Sailor Moon: Season One – Part One

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

SALT: UNRATED DELUXE EDITION

Samurai 7 (Akira Kurosawa’s) – The Complete Series

Samurai Champloo – The Complete Series

The Samurai Trilogy – The Criterion Collection #14,15,16

Sankarea: Undying Love – The Complete Series

Sansho the Bailiff – The Criterion Collection #386

Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

Saving General Yang

Say Anything…

Say “I Love You.”

Scarlet Street

The Scent of Green Papaya

Scrubs – The Complete Eighth Season

The Sea of Trees

The Search for Santa Paws

The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos)

The Secret of the Grain – THE CRITERION COLLECTION #527

The Secret of NIMH

Secret Sunshine – The Criterion Collection #576

The Secret World of Arrietty (BD)

Secretariat

Sector 7 (BD)

Sekirei: Pure Engagement – The Complete Series

Sengoku Basara: End of Judgment

Sengoku Basara: The Last Party

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings – The Complete 1st Season

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings – Season One

Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash!

A Separation

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign – Season, 1 Part 1

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign – Season 1, Part 2

Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy – Uncensored!

Seven Chances

SEVEN POUNDS

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) – THE CRITERION COLLECTION #2

SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE – EXTENDED CUT

Shakugan no Shana: The Movie

Shakugan no Shana: Season One Box Set

Shakugan no Shana: Season Two

Shakugan no Shana Season 3, Part One

Shakugan no Shana Season 3, Part Two

Shakugan no Shana S: OVA Series

The Shallows

Shanghai Noon/Shanghai Knights: 2-Movie Collection

Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure: 2-Disc Combo Pack

The Sheik

Sherlock Jr. and Three Ages

Shiki: Part One

Shirobako Collection 1

Shoah – The Criterion Collection #663

Shoot ‘Em Up

Shoot the Sun Down: Restored Director’s Cut

Short Circuit

Sid & Nancy: Collector’s Edition

Silverado

A Simple Life

The Simpsons 20 Years – The Complete Twentieth Season

SIN CITY (Frank Miller’s)

Sister Act: 20th Anniversary Edition/Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

Six – Season 1

Skateland

Skiptrace

The Sky Crawlers

The Sky on Fire

Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series

The Slayers Evolution-R

The Slayers Revolution

Slightly Single in LA

Sling Blade

Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende) – The Criterion Collection #237

Kevin Smith 3- Movie Collection

The Smurfs 2

Sniper: Reloaded

Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Diamond Edition)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Signature Collection

Snowden

The Soloist

Some Like It Hot

The Son of No One

Son of Saul

SONDHEIM! The Birthday Concert

The Son of the Sheik

Song to Song

Sons of Anarchy – Season One

Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property – The Complete First Season

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

SOS! Tokyo Metro Explorers: The Next

Soul Eater: The Meister Collection

Soul Eater: The Weapon Collection

Soul Power

Soul Surfer

The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Edition

SOUTH PARK – THE COMPLETE TWELFTH SEASON

Space Battleship Yamato

SPACE BUDDIES

Sparkle

A Special Day – The Criterion Collection #778

Special ID

Spellbound

Spice and Wolf – The Complete Series

Spice and Wolf – Season Two

The Spiders

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Spooky Buddies

Spotlight

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold – The Criterion Collection #452

St. Elmo’s Fire

Stalingrad

Stand by Me: 25th Anniversary

A Star is Born

Star Driver Vol. 1

Star Driver Vol. 2

Stargate Atlantis: The Complete Series

Starship Troopers: Invasion

STARMAN

Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Lost Missions

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One

Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Two

Steins;Gate: Part 1

Steins;Gate: Part 2

Step Into Liquid

Step Up 3

Steve Nile’s “Remains”

Still Alice

Straight Outta Compton: Unrated Director’s Cut

Strange Wilderness

The Stranger

Stranger than Fiction: Special Edition

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

Strike

Strike Witches: Season Two (Blu-ray)

STRIKING DISTANCE

Summer Interlude – The Criterion Collection #613

Sundays and Cybèle – The Criterion Collection #728

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans – The Masters of Cinema Series #1

SUNSHINE

Supergirl: The Complete First Season

Surrogates

The Suspect

The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale

S.W.A.T. Firefight

Swelter

SWING VOTE

The Switch

Sword Art Online: Extra Edition

Sword Art Online: Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set I

Sword Art Online: Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set II

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Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Three (a J!-ENT Anime Blu-ray Review)

December 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The action and battles continue as of “Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Three”!  Featuring Vegeta, Krillin and Gohan vs. the Ginyu Force and Piccolo vs. Frieza.  All-action, no filler and just an all-out action-packed volume of “Dragon Ball Z Kai”!

 

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TITLE: Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Three

DURATION: (Episodes 27-39) 325 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (4:3), English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: Toei Animation/FUNimation Entertainment

RATED: TV PG

Release Date: December 14, 2010

Originally created by Akira Toriyama

Directed by Yasuhiro Nowatari

Produced by Kazuya Watanabe, Kohei Obara, Kyotaro Kimura, Makoto Seino

Music by Kenji Yamamoto

Theme Song Arrangement: Seiichi Kyouda

Anime Production: Toei Animation

Featuring the following voice talent:

Masako Nozawa/Colleen Clinkenbeard as Son Gohan

Masako Nozawa/Sean Schemmel as Son Goku

Hikaru Midorikawa/John Burgmeier as Tenshinhan (Tien)

Hiromi Tsuru/Monica Rial as Bulma

Masaharu Satou/Mike McFarland as Kame-sennin

Mayumi Tanaka/Sonny Strait as Krillin (Kuririn)

Naoki Tatsuta/Bryan Massey as Oolong

Naoko Watanabe/Cynthia Cranz as Chi-Chi

Ryo Horikawa/Christopher R. Sabat as Vegeta

Brina Palencia as Chiaotzu/Puar

Tohru Furuya/Christopher R. Sabat as Yamcha

Toshio Furukawa/Christopher R. Sabat as Piccolo

Shigeru Chiba/Justin Cook as Raditz

Tetsu Inada/Phil Parsons as Nappa

Yasuhiko Kawazu/Christopher R. Sabat as Mr. Popo

Mayumi Tanaka/Mike McFarland as Yajirobe

The last descendants of an evil race of warriors known as the Saiyans are on a collision course with Earth, and Goku – the strongest fighter on the planet – is all that stands between humanity and extinction. To save his friends and the world he loves, Goku must travel to a realm from which few return, but should he survive, he’ll discover the power to face the villainous Saiyan warlord, Prince Vegeta.

For the past few years, I have been raving about FUNimation Entertainment’s releases of “Dragon Ball Z” from the original orange box collections to the recent Dragon Box Z DVD box set releases. And yes, I am a big fan of the anime series and simiar to the first two Blu-ray releases of “Dragon Ball Z Kai”, I’m going to give my thumbs up to “Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Three”.

Having grown up with “Dragon Ball Z” and during my teenage years visiting the local Japanese video rental store and always in heavy anticipation of what was being shown on television in Japan that week and waiting the two weeks it would arrive in the US and watching it in Japanese, despite not knowing what was being said, I enjoyed the series tremendously.

The main protagonist Son Goku was Japan’s equivalent to America’s Superman. I’m sure the juxtaposition of both Superman and Dragonball can be seen as a baby from other planet comes to Earth, the baby growing up to becoming a boy with tremendous strength and abilities and raised by a loving person who instilled good in his heart.

Granted, Goku’s original mission when landing on Earth was to destroy humanity but learning kindness towards people, nature and animals, he became a hero that protected all that he loved from any evil. But most importantly, Goku was a character that was far from perfect. He was a character that was always learning about people, enjoying life but most of all, setting a goal to becoming stronger and developing his skills in order to protect the people and the planet that he loves.

I was captivated by the original “Dragon Ball” series (which featured Goku as a child) and later with “Dragon Ball Z” featuring Goku as an adult. The series would bring back the characters that were seen on the original “Dragon Ball” series but this time around, the series took on more of a serious tone as the enemies became more deadly and Goku and his friends were put into grave situations that they have never had to face before. “Dragon Ball Z” would feature wonderful character development, intense action sequences and most of all, knowing how to extend the series to tease fans and keep people in high anticipation of what would be happening next.

Since then, I have had the opportunity to see this DBZ fandom grow in the US from the very early ’90s and seeing “Dragon Ball Z” viewing parties at the early anime conventions and then seeing how the series exploded into American pop culture once the series began airing on television in the US and with its DVD releases. It’s hard to believe that this series I have followed for years and began in 1989 has celebrated its 20th Anniversary celebration in 2009. But the celebration was fantastic news for fans as this time, “Dragon Ball Z” would be remastered for HD TV and would be called “Dragon Ball Z Kai” which would include a brand new opening and ending sequence, commercial cut scenes, new frames produced digitally, re-recording of the voice talent, new music and most importantly, focusing on the main story arcs and reducing the series 291 episodes to a total of 100 episodes.

Needless to say, “Dragon Ball Z Kai” received rave reviews from fans in Japan, while some hardcore DBZ fans had a hard time watching a new interpretation of the series (especially with newer music) but when it was announced that the series would be released in the USA on Blu-ray and DVD, fans were happy and with the first volume, needless to say, I was quite happy with the first Blu-ray release of “Dragon Ball Z Kai” and if you enjoyed the first two volumes, there is no doubt that you are going to enjoy “Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Three”.

For my review of this Blu-ray release, I’m going to assume that many of the people reading this are familiar with the series. If you aren’t, if you want to experience the full “Dragon Ball Z” 291 episodes, FUNimation Entertainment currently has two releases of the series on DVD but at the same time, it is not imperative to watch the original “Dragon Ball” series to understand “Dragon Ball Z Kai” but it is important if you want to know the relationships of each character.

Currently available from FUNimation Entertainment is “Dragon Ball” which covers the younger years of Goku. “Dragon Ball Z” covers the adults years of Goku and have been released in nine volumes (seasons) via an “orange box release”. All nine volumes covers all 291 episodes and were remastered by FUNimation Entertainment but presented in 16×9 and utilizes both English and Japanese dub but caters to the English audience crowd who watched the series on television.

In 2009 and currently in the present, FUNimation Entertainment has released the “Dragon Box Z” DVD box set releases (as of this review, there have been a total of four volumes released featuring over 30-episodes each). These releases are to satisfy the hardcore Dragon Ball Z fans who wanted the original Japanese uncut episodes, original Japanese music score but most importantly, the series being presented in its original aspect ratio of 4×3.

Also, released from FUNimation Entertainment were the movies and specials (on Blu-ray and DVD) and also the next story arc known as “Dragon Ball GT” (which “Dragon Ball” manga creator Akira Toriyama had nothing to do with until the final episode) which were also released in 2009 by FUNimation.

So, here were are in 2010 with the third volume release of “Dragon Ball Z Kai” presented in HD.  These episodes are without the non-essential scenes or filler episodes and instead of 291 episodes, “Dragon Ball Z Kai” has a duration of 100 episodes and the first two volumes on Blu-ray and DVD from FUNimation Entertainment consists of 13 episodes each. It’s important to note that this is not a remake of the series, nor is it a new HD recreation of the animated version of the series. The series uses the original 1989 animation but is cleaned up of all damaged cels and blemishes. Only the opening, ending and commercial cut scenes feature new animation.

Here is a basic summary of “Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Three” (episodes 27-39) on the two Blu-ray discs:

Disc 1:

  • EPISODE 27 – “A TOUCH-AND-GO SITUATION! GOHAN, PROTECT THE FOUR STAR BALL!” – Vegeta tries to get all seven dragon balls.
  • EPISODE 28 – “THE COUNTDOWN TO BATTLE BEGINS! ENTER, THE GINYU FORCE!” – Krillin brings Gohan to meet with the Grand Elder in order to bring out his inner power.  Goku completes his 100x Earth gravity training.
  • EPISODE 29 – “FIRST UP FOR THE GINYU FORCE! GULDO’S TIME FREEZE!” – Vegeta, Krillin and Gohan race to find the remaining five dragon balls before the Ginyu Force gets their hands on them.
  • EPISODE 30 – “THE NIGHTMARE RECDOME! COME OUT AND PLAY VEGETA!” – Vegeta vs. Recoome. Frieza tries to activate the seven dragon balls.
  • EPISODE 31 – “GOKU ARRIVES AT LAST! TAKE DOWN THE GINYU FORCE!” – With Vegeta, Krillin and Gohan barely alive after losing to the Ginyu Force, Goku arrives just in time to fight them.
  • EPISODE 32 – “THE STAR PLAYER APEARS! GINYU vs. GOKU!” – Goku vs. King Ginyu.
  • EPISODE 33 – “FULL POWER , GOKU! CAPTAIN GINYU’S DESPERATE ATTACK!” – Gohan shows Ginyu his full maximum power. Nail takes on Frieza.
  • EPISODE 34 – “SURPRISE! GOKU IS GINYU AND GINYU IS GOKU!” – Ginyu uses his special beam to switch bodies with Goku and tries to convince Krillin and Gohan to defeat Ginyu.
  • EPISODE 35 – “GOKU’S COMEBACK! CALL FORTH PORUNGA!” – Vegeta fights against Ginyu (who is Goku in Ginyu’s body).

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 36 – “FRIEZA CLOSES IN! MIGHTY PORUNGA, GRANT OUR WISH!” – Krillin and Gohan use the dragon balls and use their first wish, to revive Piccolo.
  • EPISODE 37 – “A NIGHTMARE TRANSFORMATION! FRIEZA’S POWER LEVEL ONE MILLION!” – Vegeta is back and now he must get to Frieza.  Meanwhile, Frieza shows his latest transformation.
  • EPISODE 38 – “FRIEZA BARES HIS FANGS! GOHAN’S OVERWHELMING ATTACK!” – Krillin and Gohan take on Frieza.
  • EPISODE 39 – “PICCOLO REBORN! FRIEZA’S SECOND TRANSFORMATION” – Piccolo vs. Frieza who shows off his second to last transformation.

VIDEO:

I always find it interesting when it comes to “Dragon Ball Z” because each review, I’ve always mentioned how things look much better when I saw the series especially comparing to my old Japanese TV recordings. But with the release of the series via the orange box season sets and then the Dragon Box Z releases, although they look good…nothing compares to how gorgeous “Dragon Ball Z Kai” looks. The picture quality is clean, no spotting, no blemishes, no dust, no speckles… Colors are absolutely vibrant, blacks are nice and deep and the series looks absolutely fantastic on Blu-ray.

Presented in 1080p High Definition and 4×3. As mentioned earlier, “Dragon Ball Z Kai” is not a remaking of the series in HD. The most noticeable addition is the opening and ending sequence and also the commercial cut scenes which use new animation and featured in HD. But ow awesome would it be if a “Dragon Ball” related series was re-created to look like those digital HD scenes? That would have been amazing.

But once the series begins, for those who have been watching “Dragon Ball Z” long enough or multiple times will just in awe of how beautiful and how clean the anime series looks in HD on Blu-ray. You’ll also notice scenes that you have never seen before.

First, lets discuss the picture quality. Not one blemish can be seen in these episodes. With the sketches and animation cels having since been discarded and anime series back in the ’80s and early ’90s not really being taken care of, Toei animation had new frames produced for this series and it was a laborious job of digitally tracing over still frames from existing footage and filling them with softer colors. Some scenes were cropped and new scenes were added.

But watching this series on Blu-ray, I can say that “Dragon Ball Z Kai” does not look like a series that came from 1989. Tohei Animation did a wonderful job with this animated TV series, editing these episodes and choosing what scenes to include and what new scenes to add to ensure that the pacing works out fine. In terms of picture quality, those ugly dust, speckles and blemishes are gone, I did not see any major edge enhancement or compression artifacts. I have no doubt that fans will enjoy this HD presentation of “Dragon Ball Z Kai”.

Of course, for those wanting the true anime on HD treatment, this is probably not the series one should look for as you do get the original late ’80s animation and this series was created long before animators considered HD let alone were making the series digitally. But it all comes down to how it looks compared to the original series released on DVD and I have to say that this is the best looking version of the series available despite it being a modified and shortened version of the “Dragon Ball Z” series.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

This is where “Dragon Ball Z Kai” shines on Blu-ray and its the lossless audio. The series is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English) and Dolby TrueHD 2.0 (Japanese).

Because the English is mixed and utilizes more channels, there is a dramatic difference in sound, although for those with a modern receiver and have a solid 5.1 or 7.2 setup, can easily switch their receiver to stereo on all channels for the Japanese soundtrack for a more immersive soundscape.

There are online stores showing that the Japanese is Dolby Digital 2.0 but this is incorrect, it is indeed a lossless Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 soundtrack. And both soundtracks sound great!

But here is the lowdown on the lossless audio. Sound effects are now heavily utilized on the surround channels. For example, in “Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Three”, there is a good amount of surround audio during Goku and Vegeta’s battle, while in the Planet Namek scenes, you can hear a lot of flight (as a big part of the series in this arc features characters flying after the enemy or to get from place-to-place).

But the biggest and most noticeable difference when it comes to “Dragon Ball Z Kai” and its previous “Dragon Ball Z” releases on video is the music. As a hero like Superman or Batman will have its own musical orchestra driven theme song in a film, Goku now has a theme, the enemies have their theme and when a Z-Warrior passes away, there is a theme. Music is used to full effect in the series and the majority of it is orchestra driven and also utilized in the surround channels. You will hear the strings or brass playing through the surrounds and its done rather nicely. Some people may have an issue with the battle music as the music tends to incorporate the style that you hear from the most recent video games and transitions from jazz/funk to synthrock.

But these effects and music sound so delightful via lossless, its hard not to be impressed by it. Again, the English soundtrack is much more immersive because it utilizes a 5.1 lossless soundtrack versus the Japanese 2.0 lossless track. But I know fans who have wanted anime on Blu-ray with Japanese lossless should be happy. It’s important to note that this is a TV series and not an OVA or film, so the fact that there is so much going on with this TV series audio-wise is pretty awesome.

Granted, I know there are hardcore fans who will tell me that they loved the original Japanese music and I’m sure there will be fans including myself who love the new music, but of course, this is all subjective. And with that being said, for those who liked the Falcouner music, then buy the orange season box sets. If you want the original Japanese BGM, then the “Dragon Box Z” sets is for you. If you want a lossless soundtrack with outstanding music that is fully utilized with your home theater setup, “Dragon Ball Z Kai” is fantastic.

As for the dubwork, the voice acting has also been revamped with Colleen Clinkenbeard now providing the voice for Son Gohan, Monica Rial for Bulma and Brina Palencia for Chiaotzu and Puar. In Japan, the most noticeable difference is for Kame Sen’nin (Master Roshi) as Kohei Miayuchi passed away during the final season of “Dragon Ball Z” back in 1995 and for DBZ Kai is voiced by Masaharu Satou.

For the most part, both voice acting for the English and Japanese were very good. Of course, listening to both soundtracks voices are much different from each other especially the voice of the main character Goku. But depending on your preference, both Masako Nozawa and Sean Schemmel do a fantastic job as Goku. For those who watched the English dub and have played all the DBZ video games will probably see the most noticeable different with the character of young Gohan.

Overall, because of the clarity of the audio and how much it plays in the part of enhancing the enjoyment of the anime series, the lossless soundtrack for “Dragon Ball Z” is awesome! I enjoy the new BGM and if you have a 5.1 or 7.2 setup, you’re going to enjoy the soundtrack of this series.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Three” comes with the following special features:

  • U.S. Cast Interview – (7:26) Featuring producer Justin Cook discussing the differences between “Dragon Ball Z Kai” and “Dragon Ball Z” and voice talents Sean Schemmel, Monica Rial, Sonny Strait, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Mike McFarland talk about their character and working on “Dragon Ball Z Kai”.
  • Textless Opening Song
  • Textless Closing Song
  • Trailers – Trailers for upcoming or currently available titles from FUNimation Entertainment.

All that went through my mind when I was watching “Dragon Ball Z Kai” was how awesome an experience it was to see this series finally in HD and how fantastic it looked and how incredible the lossless audio track was.

“Dragon Ball Z – Part Three” focuses on the battle between Vegeta, Krillin and Gohan vs. the Ginyu Team and Piccolo vs. Frieza. Goku does make his return but bare in mind, even the original Frieza storyline for “Dragon Ball Z” was one of the longest and thus the fight between Goku vs. Frieza will continue in the next two volumes of “Dragon Ball Z Kai” (up to episode 54 and then transitions to the Future Trunks and Android storyline).

You get a lot of action in this volume alone but I have to admit that even during the airing of “Dragon Ball Z”, I was getting impatient as I wanted the Goku vs. Frieza storyline to start immediately and I wouldn’t be surprised if others feel the same way because with only a 100 episodes in this series, I was thinking how much more can they put into the Frieza storyline, especially with the Future Trunks, Android saga, Cell Saga and Majin Boo Saga still left.

As a person who has followed the series for nearly 20 years, watching “Dragon Ball Z Kai” was a bit surreal because everything looked so clean. Especially comparing with how it looks to the first movie on Blu-ray which had dust and scratches galore and HD enhancing those defects, it was great to see a blemish-free DBZ series.

Now does “Dragon Ball Z Kai” replace my feelings towards the original series. Of course not but I can tell you right now that when watching “Dragon Ball Z” many years ago and even watching it again and again, part of the experience at the time was being kept at the edge of your seat because each saga lasted so long. We would literally have to wait as it would come out to our Japanese video rental store and would contain maybe two to four episodes. And this really tested your patience especially with each saga or battle lasting like 30 episodes or more.

If you were an original DVD purchaser of “Dragon Ball Z” when it was released per volume, not only was it an excruciating wait, it was an expensive wait to collect all volumes. Sure, the DVD box set releases definitely have fixed the problem and is much cheaper than how things were back then.

But what “Dragon Ball Z Kai” does is cut down all non-essential scenes, all filler episodes and focusing on the more important scenes of the story including the action sequences. Footage was re-edited to closely follow the manga and the action is now a more faster pace and I found the pacing for this series to be quite enjoyable and for those watching anything Dragon Ball related for the first time, especially on television, “Dragon Ball Z” makes it much easier for those viewers, especially those with a short attention span.

For long-time fans, this new revision of the series maintains the heart and soul of “Dragon Ball Z” but gives us the best looking and best sound version of the series. It’s not meant to replace the previous “Dragon Ball Z” series that we have enjoyed (and for many, have spent money for via the box sets) but to compliment it and also to bring the series to HD and now on Blu-ray.

“Dragon Ball Z” has been such a part of the lives of many people for two decades and with this release, hopefully will entertain a new generation of DBZ fans or hook fans who have been curious about the series for a long time. Because the series only lasts 100 episodes, there will be multiple volumes but this is one series that gets better and better with each season and the characters grow especially in powers and skill as they take on enemies that are much worse than the previous enemy.

As for the Blu-ray release and its special features, I admit that I was surprised to find the voice talent interview with the American English dub actors.  But for me, it was great to put a face to the voice I have listened to for so long.  And I hope that FUNimation at least continues this with the upcoming Blu-ray.  I would be happy to see commentary added someday.

Overall, “Dragon Ball Z Kai” is easily a must-own anime on Blu-ray series. Granted, I’m sure that many of us are quite biased towards the “Dragon Ball” series but for those who have always been curious about “Dragon Ball Z” and have no intention watching every episode made, then “Dragon Ball Z Kai” is recommended because it’s a much shorter run at 100 episodes and this particular release cover episodes 27-39 thus far.

If you are a fan of “Dragon Ball Z” or one who has always been curious about the series, then it’s about time to watch this series in HD. Definitely recommended!

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