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  • Audio Rating: B-
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 4 - Australia / South America
  • Released By: Madman Entertainment
  • MSRP: 24.95 AU
  • Running time: 70
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Cardcaptors

Cardcaptors Vol. #2

    December 29, 2001


Cardcaptors Vol. #2
© Madman Entertainment


What They Say
An unexpected find:
What does a tree need to grow? Why, a little sunshine and water of course. Sakura and her friends find out the hard way when they must capture two cards – the Wood and the Rain. See how an ordinary day of housework for Sakura can turn into another quest for the Clow Cards.

Trouble at Twin Bells:
Twin Bells is the new toyshop in town run by Maggie. When stuffed toys bought from there start disappearing from their new homes, Sakura and her gang fear that a Clow Card may be the culprit. Enter the Jump Card!

Seeing is believing:
Reports of ghosts leads Sakura into the woods, where Sakura thinks she sees the spirit of her beloved mother. Overjoyed, Sakura wants to believe it is her, but is it truly her mother, or is it the Illusion Card?

The Review!
Sakura starts to get into role as the Cardcaptor (shudder) with some minor background throw in towards the end.

Audio:
Cardcaptor equals English dub only, and perfect example of the utter re-writing of shows that sub fans hate. The names…oh god, the names. Beyond that, the sound track is technically solid, with some nice action scenes.

Video:
Three episodes to a single layer disc is about right for quality, and this is neither technically outstanding, or unwatchable. As with Madman’s previous dub only disc, no subtitles are provided.

Menu:
The menu, while animated, falls on the rather pastel dull side. On the right is the same image as the front cover, and in large print on the left is episode titles.. Much like the later DBZ discs, there is no chapter selection provided via the menu, and only the first episode has the opening titles and last the closing credits. Eyecatches? What are those? None to see here.

Extras:
It appears all the discs will feature the same style of extras, modified for each time. First up, the character profiles are now for Niki, Chelsea and Sakura’s mother, Natasha. They’re written from the point of the view characters themselves, these one episode characters just get a single page. The Clow Cards area covers the four cards Sakura faces on this disc (Wood, Rain, Jump, Illusion) with a brief description of their powers and effects. The Story is unchanged off the first disc, and serves as a text based recap of basics of the series.

Packaging:
Standard Madman double sided cover in clear keepcase. The front has the Sakura in her battle costume from the opening titles, on top of a blue and pink pastel flowery background. One interesting point is much like the DBZ discs, this features an Australian rating higher then I’d consider warranted for it’s intended market, PG due to those supernatural themes. The back has a combination of screen captures and art book images on right and episode descriptions on the right. While having a decent list of whom licensed what and who the creators were, it’s short on technical information such as region code. Inside the double-sided cover are shots of the four Clow cards seen in this volume, except for the Illusion Card which is represented as a magic eye question mark, against a pastel background. The disc itself features a repeat of the front cover image.

Content:
Sakura plans to go to a theme park with Madison, but forgets she’s up for housecleaning. It does have it’s compensations when she stumbles across two of the Clow Cards, but she doesn’t sign them and they begin to run amuck. Madison arrives so she can start filming and Sakura thinks she’s got the Wood Card beat, until it starts growing again. Plants need more than sunlight to grow, and Sakura has to defeat the Rain Card that’s fueling the Wood Card.

Sakura suspects Clow Card weirdness is afoot when stuffed toys bought from a newly opened toy store hop back there in the middle of the night, and she guesses right when the Jump Card appears. The hoping devrish proves hard to capture when it’s the size of a stuffed toy, but then it decides to grow to monster proportions.

After learning about a possible ghost, Sakura and her school friends head into the woods to see it for themselves, but end up seeing different scary, and non-scary, things. Sakura goes back and this time sees her mother and nearly falls to her death in attempt to get close to her, only to be saved by Julian. She returns and realizes that her real mother would never lure her over the cliff, and that the ghost is really a Clow Card.

At this point, Cardcaptors has fallen into formula land. Only for fans, and assume most of those will import the superior Card Captor Sakura instead.

Features
English language,Character profiles,Clow Card profiles,Story of the Clow Book

Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor

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