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Sailor Moon R: The Movie Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

Sailor Moon R

“Sailor Moon R: The Movie” will appeal to fans of the popular franchise.

The 1993 film “Sailor Moon R: The Movie” finds the Sailor Guardians (Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupter and Sailor Venus) facing a variety of dangers as they try to protect Earth from danger. In this adventure, they encounter an asteroid, a mysterious stranger (Fiore) who has a history with Mamoru (AKA Tuxedo Mask), and evil flowers that can drain energy and possess people. To say anything more would be entering spoiler territory.

For a feature film, “Sailor Moon R: The Movie” has a rather low key and frankly dull plot. Sure, there’s evil that threatens the world, but I was expecting something a little bigger and more epic than flowers and the emo Fiore. The exaggerated emotions, endless shouting about powers, and dopey humor don’t exactly help the film’s cause either. At any rate, I’m obviously not the target audience for this film. This is a film made for the fans of the long-running global hit. They are the ones who will appreciate what this film has to offer.

Even though I am not fond of this movie, I will say that I admire the iconic “Sailor Moon” franchise which has continued to endure for generations now. It deserves a lot of credit for being one of the few mainstream series about strong female heroes that also happens to dish out poignant messages about such topics as friendships. For those reasons alone, “Sailor Moon” deserves to be respected and applauded.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? Considering the film is from 1993, I was surprised at how clean and colorful the transfer is. Fans will not be disappointed.

Audio Tracks: English and Japanese Stereo. How does it sound? The new English dub is decent, but the original language Japanese track is certainly preferable.

Extras:
* “Sailor Moon R: The Movie” trailer and trailers for other Viz Media titles.
* A near 11 minute theatrical intro/interview with English voice cast members Stephanie Sheh, Ben Diskin and Robbie Daymond.
* “Make Up! Sailor Guardians Featurette”- A 16 1/2 animated segment that delves into the characters.
* Still gallery.
* “2017 Los Angeles Premiere”- A 34 minute Q&A with cast and crew of the English release.

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May 3, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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