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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. #3

    December 29, 2001

Cardcaptors Vol. #3
© Madman Entertainment

What They Say
The mysterious painting:
At the art gallery, Sakura and Co. observe that all is not right with a certain painting. They soon discover that Silent Card is responsible for altering the picture. But how will they command this Clow Card to “return to its power confined” when they can’t make any noise near it?

Sakura’s Rival:
Sakura and Madison are caught in a storm which turns out to be the work of the Thunder Card. Wearing of her awesome battle costumes Sakura still needs help capturing this card, which arrives in the form of the mysterious new kid Li Showron and the Shadow Card.

Double-edged sword:
When Sakura notices that the Sword Card has inhabited Rita’s brooch, she finds a way to prove herself to the critical Li Showron. How will she return her friend Rita back to normal and capture another Clow Card? As Sakura discovers yet again, help comes in strange forms, this time in the form of the Illusion Card.

The Review!
They’ve built her up as competent, now it’s time to turn her to emotional putty. Bring in the “I hate him” love interest! 7 episodes and three volume later, the Australian release of Cardcaptors reaches the start of the first Region 1 disc, with the introduction Li.

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.

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.

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.

It appears all the discs will feature the same style of extras, slightly modified for each volume. First up, the character profiles are now for Li Showron, Rita and Tori Avalon. They’re written from the point of the view characters themselves, Rita’s profile being one page, while series regulars Li and Tori get two pages. The Clow Cards are covers the three cards Sakura faces on this disc (Silent, Thunder, Sword) with a brief description of their powers and effects. The Story still unchanged from the first disc serves as a text based recap of basics of the series.

Standard Madman double sided cover in clear keepcase. The front has Li in his green battle suit gripping his sword, on top of an orange and green pastel flowery background. One interesting point is much like the DBZ discs this features a Australian rating high 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 the creators were, it’s short on technical information such as region code. Inside the double-sided cover are shots of the three Clow cards seen in this volume against a pastel background. The lower number of cards leaves a fair degree of empty space this time. The disc itself features a repeat of the front cover image of Li.

After let Sakura ego inflate as she starts to get into the Cardcaptoring caper, Li is introduced to provide competition and love interest in one.

The Silent Card craves quiet and picks an art gallery to hide itself, and Sakura has to sneak into it at night attempt to capture it. But she doesn’t count on the fact that an artist’s son…urm daughter wants to change back the Silent Card’s hiding place to normal and the fact she can’t utter the words to seal the card again without being transported away. She eventually solves the problem with some creative use of the Clow Cards, but who is that mysterious boy watching the proceedings…

Just another day at school, until Sakura meets a new exchange student from Hong Kong who does nothing but glare at her. Not without reason either, he knows about the Clow Cards and can’t believe that Sakura thinks she can get them back. He appears to be partly right when Sakura has a bit of trouble with the Thunder card and he has to help bail her out, dampening her growing confidence a tad.

Sakura, Madison and friend Rita go buy brooches, but Rita selects one that’s the Sword Card. Li arrives to defeat the card, but what about Rita? Sakura uses the Illusion Card to get her drop the sword and things are okay, heck, even Li praises her for once.

In some ways, apart from the loss of Episode 1, I can see many advantages to jumping ahead to Li, even if he leaps being glare at Sakura and run away from Julian at the drop of hat. Most Clamp fans will probably end up just importing the superior Cardcaptor Sakura instead though.

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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