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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: A+
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: A+
- Extras Rating: A+
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Europe
- Released By: Dynamic Italia
- MSRP: €25,77
- Running time: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Inu Yasha
Inu Yasha (2nd Travel)
July 04, 2002
Release Date: March 31, 2002
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Catalogue Number: DID 90171The Review!
THE STORY (SPOILER ALERT!): Thankfully, Dynamic have added one more episode onto the DVD this time, so it contains episodes 3-5
Episode 3 ("La Via del Ritorno Attraverso il Pozzo", "The Way Home Through the Well") introduces Yura, the hair demon. The relationship between Kagome and Inuyasha isn't too good, and she decides to go back home. In the meantime, Yura makes her appearance. Inuyasha could easily defeat her, but he can't see the hairs manoeuvred by her... Kaede suggests that only Kagome can help him!
Episode 4 ("Yura, il Demone dei Capelli", "Yura, the Hair Demon") has Inuyasha going back through the well to drag Kagome back to his time. Through various encounters with Yura's killer hair (don't laugh, please...), they manage to defeat her and claim back the fragment of the Sphere that she stole.
Episode 5 ("Sesshomaru, il Glaciale Principe dei Demoni", "Sesshomaru, the Glacial Prince of Demons") introduces Sesshomaru, apparently a very powerful demon, who is searching for a tomb. Not just any old tomb though, the tomb of Inuyasha's father. Who is Sesshomaru, then? Ah, that would be telling...
AUDIO: Ooh, I just love that DTS track! Dolby Digital is also really spectacular, but even the plain old Surround track does its bit well. Just in case you're wondering, no, the DTS is NOT a conversion from Surround, it's a brand new remix!
The music comes across very well in this DVD, it's great! Oh yes, and this is the first DVD that uses the Italian versions of the Opening and Endings. The Opening, "Change The World", originally by V6 is sung by Max Alto, the VA of Inuyasha. It's a kind of a Dance remix, and it works really well with the opening sequence. The sound effects during the opening have also been beefed up, with clangs and whooshes really coming through. The ending, "My Will", by the Milanese group "Name", is more rock-like than the original version. Not bad, but in this case I prefer Dream's version.
VIDEO: Really good, just like the first DVD. No problems to speak of, much better than the VHS version.
PACKAGING: Consistent design with the first DVD, you get yet another postcard inside the box (again, it's the cover image), along with a Dynamic Italia catalogue.
MENUS: Updated to reflect the new characters introduced in the episodes. This means that Yura makes her appearance in the menus. The background music for each menu is the same as the last DVD's, which is no bad thing - it's very atmospheric!
EXTRAS: More clean Openings and Endings, Japanese "Next Episode" Previews, Character Notes and Art Gallery. The exclusive content this time comes in the form of the MTV promos. Thanks to a partnership between Dynamic Italia and MTV Italy, Inuyasha was first aired on MTV (yes, Music Television - MTV have loads of anime on rotation, all dubbed by Dynamic Italia. MTV is also a normal terrestrial channel in Italy, viewable by everyone). The 4 promos are nothing more than the ads that MTV used to publicise Inuyasha. They're all pretty much the same, with mainly only the "Tonight @ 9:30", "Thursday", or "Coming Up Next" text changing, but even so, it's a good idea.
OVERALL: If you bought the first DVD, this is practically essential. The plot thickens, and the quality remains constant - yet another excellent DVD by Dynamic!
Italian DTS 5.1,Italian Dolby Digital 5.1,Italian Dolby Digital Surround 2.0,Japanese Dolby Digital Surround 2.0,Italian Subtitles,Clean Italian Opening and Ending,Japanese Preview #3,Japanese Preview #4,Japanese Preview #5,MTV Promo Launch,MTV Promo Generic,MTV Promo Tonight,MTV Promo Coming Up Next,Character Notes,Art Gallery,Dynamic Italia Trailers,Limited Edition Postcard
Philips 60" Retro-Projection TV, Sony Dolby Digital Decoder, Pioneer DVD-ROM