Cardcaptor Sakura The Movie (of 1) (Mania.com)

Review Date: -
Release Date: Friday, February 25, 2000



What They Say
The '99 summer's blockbuster theatrical hit ''Sakura'' the movie is already coming out on DVD! Carries an all-color 24-page booklet, illustrated by CLAMP

The Review!
Sakura Kinomoto is a 4th Grade Elementary School Student. One day, while returning home along with Tomoyo Daidouji, she stops at the local gift store to purchase a small kit. The store happens to be holding a raffle, and Sakura magically picks out the golden ball from the box. She wins a trip to Hong Kong!

Unfortunately Sakura's father has to work, so Tomoyo, Yukito, and Touya accompany her on her trip. Before the trip, Sakura has a mysterious dream... She's in this chamber with a pool of water at the floor. Some person is calling her...

Everyone heads off to Hong Kong, and they have a wonderful, relaxing time. Hong Kong is certainly beautiful, situated by the sea. They visit the major tourist sites and the shopping arcades. Sakura is browsing through the "Bird Alley" when she suddenly senses someone. Up above are two birds-- the birds she has seen in her dream. She chases after them, only to discover a recessed well. Unfortuantely nothing results, but at the same time they run into Shaoran and Meilin.

Sakura and her friends continue their vacation... But who is this mysterious person in her dreams? What does she want?

Overall, the movie is great. If you like Card Captor Sakura, you will love the movie. After watching the movie in a theater in Shibuya (Japan), I simply had to by it. The price is a bit steep-- around $100 US, but the movie is great, with some action and a good ending.

Although I was only using TV Speakers, the sound is great. There are two reasons why I bought the DVD over the LD version. Number 1, with the DVD you don't have to flip the disc over. Number 2, only the DVD has the Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtrack. The ending song that plays during the credits is also quite excellent.

The menu is quite nice-- it shows the trailer playing in the background. It also has chapter access, which is also very nicely animated. The only thing they could have done better is added in some background music to play along with the menus.

The video looks quite nice, even with just a RCA Video cable. The disc itself is dual layer, so they had plenty of space to encode the video.

The case is a typical Amaray case. The 24-page booklet is the same size as the case, but it is packaged outside of the case.

I would strongly recommend this movie to any Card Captor Sakura fans. I would recommend it to everyone else too, if you happen to have a spare $100 and a code-free player... Nelvana does not currently own the rights to this movie, so we probably won't see it in the US for a year or two.

Features
24 page illustrated booklet,TV and Theater Trailers,Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtrack,Japanese Dolby Surround Soundtrack


Review Equipment
Toshiba SD-P420 (Region 2, Portable) DVD Player, Panasonic TH-27VS10 Television, TV (Stereo) Speakers, RCA A/V Cables



Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: A+
Video Rating: A+
Packaging Rating: A+
Menus Rating: A
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: All
Region: 2 - Japan
Released By: Bandai Visual
MSRP: 9800
Running time: 86
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Cardcaptor Sakura