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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A+
- Menus Rating: N/A
- Extras Rating: C+
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment, Japan
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Chobits
Chobits - Disc 1 (Limited Edition)
March 07, 2003
What They SayThe Review!
This disc is my second region 2 disc and, on the basis of quality alone, has almost made me decide to leave the domestic market behind. This disc has been almost flawlessly mastered, and leaves only a couple of things missing that would have made this a "perfect" release. Let's go ahead and get down to the nitty gritty of this.
(Bear in mind that this disc had to be viewed from a rip I made, since my player doesn't like switching regions that much)
Menus: Try as I might, I couldn't find a single one on the disc. There wouldn't be much to see, since there is only chapter selection truly available. Still, it would've been nice to see something in the way of a menu selection. This may be due to how I view the disc, but hey, you use what you can.
Audio: This is the original Japanese track. It has been well transfered, as you would expect from a show this recent. Nothing detracting at all, but then again, nothing stands out about it either. There were a couple of spots where an audiable hiss could be made out, but these were few and far between and, of course, can be blamed on my method of viewing.
Video: This is one of two areas where this disc truly shined. The transfer quality was extremely crisp and clear. Colors were very vibrant, and no washing or distorion could be noticed. Compared to watching even a high quality fansub of this, it showed that when it comes to quality, DVD can be king, and Pioneer has taken full advantage of that highened quality. I can't begin to describe how much of a joy it was to watch these episodes the way the creators had meant for them to be seen.
Packaging: The other shining point. For this disc, the cover art was well done. The entire theme of the disc packaging seemed to be done in a sewing cross hatch pattern which seemed to fit the series in an odd way. Inside, the disc contained a page of stickers with screen shots from the show, as well as a cast and crew interview. Along with this first disc was included a plastic disc holder for the first three discs. The artwork on it is also remarkable, as each side is one half of a spread of the main character, Chii. The spine of the disc holder shows a picture of Sumomo, and labels the discs inside in both Japanese and English, which makes it all the better for us stateside. The last point on this was the included stationary kit. This kit, done in the pastel pink that the rest of the package lettering is made of, contains a mechanical pencil, eraser holder, scissors, and a letter opener in an egg shaped carrying case. Even though it's a relatively small thing, it's the packaging extras here that sell this
Extras: As far as disc extras, all that was included was a creditless opening. Nice, but standard fare. Nothing new.
Content: This disc contains the first three episodes of the series in their original widescreen format. The format isn't as utilized as it could have been, but it is too be expected, since the eipsodes were turned into pan&scan for TV. Still, the extra space does add a nice feeling to the show, and points to a trend of shows being done in widescreen for eventual DVD release, and reduced to pan&scan for the TV release.
I won't give any of the plot away. There are enough sites already dedicated to it, and I'm sure the review of the domestic release (due out in March 2003) will cover that.
Overall, this is a great package, and although it is a bit pricey, even by Japanese standards, it is well worth your money. I would only hope that Pioneer of America will take a lesson from how this package was put together, add some menus, and a little more extra content, and then who knows? They may create the "perfect" disc after all. We'll just have to wait and see.
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