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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Victor Entertainment
  • MSRP: ¥4300
  • Running time: 129
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Pokemon

Pocket Monsters: Mewtwo Strikes Back


What They Say

The Review!
Well, I won't bore you with yet another recap of this movie. If you don't know what it's about, you shouldn't be buying the Japanese release of it! Anyway, the two major high points of this disc are: First, a wide screen release. Second, 10 extra minutes of footage not seen in any English release! And best of all.. it's all dubbed in English! The worst thing about this disc? Japanese menus. But that can't be helped, it IS Japanese after all! The 10 extra minutes alone though is worth the money if you are a Pokemon fan. It gives a GOOD explanation as to WHY Pokemon cloning was ever even tried. It also explains some of Mewtwo's bitterness towards mankind.
Explanation of my ratings:

Audio: A - The 5.1 tracks are excellent. Both the English and Japanese sound amazing. Very nice transfers.

Video: A - Again, it looks stunning. Vibrant colors, great animation and no digital artifacting.

Packaging: A - The box is nice. Great colors, eye catching, some nice screen caps from the show. I've been told the description on the back is nice too.

Menu: A - The menus are very well done and have any option you could want (except Japanese with English subs). Unfortunately, they are all in Japanese, but that's... OK. They aren't too hard to figure out with a little trial and error.

Content: A - It's great. English and Japanese audio on a Japanese disc. What more could you want? Extras you say? Sure! 10 Extra minutes of footage not enough? Well we have trailers and a full preview of the American soundtrack! Yay!

Japanese 5.1/2.0,English 5.1/2.0 w/Japanese Subtitles,English 5.1/2.0 w/English Subtitles,English 5.1/2.0

Review Equipment
Old Zenith 29" TV, Sony DB830 Dolby Digital Receiver, Sony Center and rear speakers, Pioneer HPM-60 Front Channel speakers, Pioneer DV333 Region Free DVD Player, Monster Optical Audio cable


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