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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 4 - Australia / South America
  • Released By: Madman Entertainment
  • MSRP: 36.95 AU
  • Running time: 98
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Pokemon

Pokemon 2000

    December 29, 2001


Pokemon 2000
© Madman Entertainment


What They Say
One person can make all the difference.

The Power of One: Get set for an unforgettable adventure featuring all-new Pokemon! An ancient legend comes true when Pokemon Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres are disturbed after centuries of harmony. As the very forces of nature come unbalanced, life on earth depends on the unlikely teaming of the mystical Pokemon Lugia and a mysterious “chosen one” foretold in the legend. Can Ash Ketchum summon the courage to save the day? See how one person can make all the difference.

The Review!
Like clockwork, nearly a year after the first Pokemon movie appeared the second, Pokemon 2000. Personally I think the clone plot of the first movie would have been suited to this disc, because it certainly feels like they just cloned the first movie….

Audio:
DVD has expanded the audio options in many ways, but it appears to also let US movie studios get lazy.
Creating another master for PAL seemed to always annoy the heck out of them, and now thanks to DVD, they can create a single version for use in the large majority of PAL using countries. On the A side you have the English, Dutch and French tracks, and on the B side you have the Italian, German and once again, the English track. At least English speakers don’t need to remember which side is which.

Video:
Colorful and technically good, reproducing Pokemon perfectly. Thankful the features listing on the back cover is wrong in listing this disc as a flipper, as both sides repeat the same video, only differing in available audio options.

Menu:
A Static menu with music from the Pikachu’s Rescue playing in the background. Despite minor differences, these greatly resemble the menus on the first movie, right down to the movie auto-playing if left at the main menu.

Extras:
Compared to the first movie that had a more generalized Pokemon extras section, this disc centers more on vocal songs for this movie, using clips from a TV special dedicated to the subject. It’s quite shocking at times to see the massive age gap between performers. Beyond that there is a theatrical trailer for this movie, a teaser trailer for the next Pokemon movie and DVD-ROM content in the form of a themed InterActual DVD player with links to official Pokemon sites.

Packaging:
At least the packaging, if not the disc, is designed purely for Australia, with the stock double-sided cover in a clear Amaray keepcase.

The front uses a reasonably eye-catching combination of the title, the legendary Pokemon, and finally sihoulette of Ash and various Pokemon standing on an Earth globe Pokeball. The back features a rather overblown blurb, and a comprehensive feature listing. Nothing gets my heckles up than flipper discs, and I was rather concerned when the back claims that’s what this is, but someone at Warner must of thought that double-sided disc instantly means flipper and goofed up. I’m also curious that it also incorrectly claims the disc is just a Region 4 one, unlike Madman Entertainment’s covers that correctly list they’re coded for Region 2 and 4 if the disc, like this one, is.

On the inside we have shots of some of the new Pokemon introduced in the short and main feature, along with chapter list for both. The disc side lets the ship down with the DVD insignia tiled in red. For whatever reason, Warner selected to make use of a double-sided disc instead of dual layer to accommodate the required audio options, something that seems weirdly at odds with making this disc child friendly.

Content:
Just like the first Pokemon movie, this disc is split into throwaway short that centers on the various pokemon doing various pokemon things, while introducing new ones, and then the main feature which is effectively an longer than normal episode.

This time the movie proper has a rather over zealous collector seeking to capture three legendary Pokemon, which will force out the ultimate prize, yet another Pokemon, and oh yeah, and the end of the world. Ash and co are having a relaxing boat ride, when they get blown off course and land on the mystical islands that happen to be the home of the legendary Pokemon. Being selected to take part in the island natives ritual, Ash soon drags himself, his friends and of course Team Rocket into saving the world

While there are some nice touches, such as the best indictment against Pokemon card collecting ever and Team Rocket’s fourth wall breaking asides, this is nearly a paint by numbers copy of the first movie. Of interest to fans only.

Features
English 5.1 track,French 5.1 track,Italian 5.1 track,German 5.1 track,English subtitles,French subtitles,Italian subtitles,Dutch subtitles,Arabic subtitles,Spanish subtitles,Portuguese subtitles,German subtitles,Italian for the hearing impaired subtitles,English for the hearing impaired subtitles,3 music videos,Making of the soundtrack featurette,Theatrical trailer,Pokemon 3 teaser trailer,DVD-ROM content

Review Equipment
JNL-7001 DVD Player, Commodore 1802 PAL Color Monitor

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