This post will be a review of Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 Limited Edition DVD/Blu-Ray Combo released by Madman for Australia and New Zealand.
Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1 contains the entire first season with 14 episodes. It has the original Japanese audio with English subtitles, as well an English dub by Viz Media.
Firstly, let’s take a look at the packaging! (Click on the thumbnails for a larger view)
- DVD & Blu-ray Combo Pack
- Limited Edition Collector’s Box
- Art Cards
- Art Booklet
- Textless Opening & Closing
Limited Edition Collector’s Box
I really love this box design. Look how gorgeous and shiny the details are :D The golden foil makes it extra sparkly and is my favourite part of the packaging.
The back cover design is also very pretty, though I did notice an unfortunate grammatical error: “What is his connection to the Sailor Moon?” It’s minor but an official product shouldn’t have copy errors. This can also be found on various websites containing a synopsis of this series.
While the box looks aesthetically pleasing, the material is a bit of a let down. The cardboard box is thin and flimsy which makes it feel less “premium”. Seeing how this is a limited edition collector’s box, it deserves the same hard-cover treatment as other LE releases like Madoka Magica.
DVD & Blu-ray Combo Pack
There are 3 formats of Sailor Moon Crystal set 1 that can be purchased: DVD, Blu-Ray or this Limited Edition Combo Pack. To be honest, I never really understood the purpose of a Blu-Ray/DVD combo. If you had a Blu-Ray player, chances are you wouldn’t watch this on DVD. The video quality is just so much better on Blu-Ray, it’s time to make the switch if you haven’t already ;)
I would’ve preferred a Blu-Ray only Limited Edition, and save on costs from the DVD to improve the box quality instead. Fans aren’t buying the combo pack to have it on DVD and Blu-Ray, they want the bonus materials. The 2 DVD discs seems a bit wasteful as I would never use them… but that’s just me. This is probably awesome for fans who only have DVD players and wish to get a hold of all the bonus goodies.
There are 4 discs in total; 2 DVD and 2 Blu-Ray discs, each containing 7 episodes per disc. Considering the Japanese releases have 2 episodes per volume, this sure is a sweet deal.
There are 7 pretty art cards (the same size as the box), featuring art used in the Japanese release. These are from the first 7 volumes and I’d imagine we’d get the last 7 in the next set. These are single-sided.
Included is a thin 20 paged art booklet containing character sheets and some items/props. There are no profile pages, text, or screen captures from the series.
Upon loading the Blu-Ray disc, I was very underwhelmed by the menu screen. Not only was it completely static, but the design felt flat and uninteresting. Even the choice of fonts failed to generate any kind of excitement. It may not seem that important, but it does contribute to the viewers enjoyment level. I really hope this is improved in future Sailor Moon Crystal releases. Viz Media’s US release promised “intricate, sparkling, full motion menus”~ I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t get the same treatment here in Australia.
All in all, this is a very exciting time. We’re finally getting Sailor Moon Crystal on Blu-Ray :D! Despite a few complaints, this would be a delightful addition to any fan’s collection. The packaging looks really nice, especially the golden foil on the box. I like the inclusion of the art cards and the booklet, though I was a bit disappointed by the cardboard material. The video quality is great, though the menu needs some work. I really hope Madman will listen to feedback and improve future releases…because you know what? Sailor Moon Crystal only gets better and better!
Thank you for reading and I hope you found my review helpful.
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Note: This is Madman’s AU/NZ release of Sailor Moon Crystal Set 1. The Blu-Ray is Region B. DVD is Region 4. If you’re interested in getting a copy, you can order it here. For more links to other merchandise, check out our Sailor Moon Shopping Guide!