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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: C
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 70
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Pokemon

Pokemon Vol. #21: The Po-Ke Corral!

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: September 19, 2000


Pokemon Vol. #21: The Po-Ke Corral!
© Viz Media


What They Say
When a Jynx gets lost, Ash and his friends have to escort it back home--to Santa's workshop!? And what grudge does Jessie hold against the jolly old elf? Then, Ash gets lost in a blizzard! Can he make it through with only his Pokemon to help? Plus, it's Ash versus Gary in a contest to see who is the better Pokemon trainer--but can Professor Oak's lab survive the contest? Season Two, Episodes 10-12: "Holiday Hi-Jynx," Snow Way Out," "Showdown at the Po-Ke Corral."

The Review!
Viz groups together three more episodes for all you Poké-lovers out there that transition us from Ash?s collecting his first eight badges to the start of the first Pokémon tournament that he?ll attend.

Audio:

4Kids put together a simple stereo 2.0 show mix with pretty much all the sound directed towards the front sound stage. The sound track is clear though, and there were no problems in the sound levels. Dialogue is also very clear.

Video:

Being kids? show, a lot of bright colors are used throughout the series and they come across really well here. For the majority of the DVD, the compression was also great and I didn?t notice any cross coloration or artifacts. During some high motion scenes, I did see a small ?glitch? in the video. There are also some really awful digital overlays 4Kids used that look awful.

Packaging:

Ash, Pikachu, and Gary get the front cover with Professor Oak?s field outside his laboratory as a background. With the sun setting in the background, the title of The Po-Ké Corral! is entirely appropriate. The back cover features scenes from the Holiday Hi-Jinx episode, and a description of all three episodes on this DVD. Listings of all the episodes on the DVD are present, but no volume number or episode numbers.

Inside there is a holographic card featuring Togepi, and an insert with all the chapters on the DVD. The DVD is silk-screened with Ash, Pikachu, and Gary.

Menu:

When you put in the DVD, you immediately get an ad for the Pokémon series on VHS and DVD. Come on, someone just bought the DVD, do you have to advertise the item they bought? Viz also plugs their other Pokémon products. Then the US opening plays, and then it goes into the episodes. Wait, where?s the menu? The DVD is in child mode, and just plays automatically. The opening only plays once, as does the ending. There are no chapter breaks in the episodes.

When the show is finished, or by pressing menu, you can bring up the simple menu that allows you to select from start at the opening, the start of an episode or the ending credits. You can also turn on Closed Captions. Very simplistic, but at least the choices are animated. No sound though.

Extras:

None.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

After Ash finishes his tour of the Gyms, he heads back home to Pallet town. On the way back he has two small adventures. Holiday Hi-Jinx takes us on a small side trip to the North Pole when the gang discovers a Jinx that belongs to Santa Claus. Jesse of Team Rocket has her own plans due to a childhood memory of a Jinx stealing one of her toys at Christmas.

In Snow Way Out as the gang returns home, they have to cross over a mountain and they become stuck in a snowstorm. When Pikachu gets separated, Ash goes out by himself to rescue him. They get stuck alone, and hide in a snow cave. As Ash freezes inside, his Pokémon come out of their Pokéballs to keep him warm. ?Can you feel the love, tonight?.??

Lastly, in Showdown at Po-Ké Corral, the gang is staying at Ash?s Mom?s house in Pallet Town. It?s always great to see Brock in an apron being all domestic. They all gather at Professor Oak?s where Gary is also waiting. Ash and Gary get into another boasting tournament, but it?s Professor Oak who lays down our lesson when we learn that there is more than one way to be a Pokémon Master, and more than one correct way.

The ?lessons? that kids are supposed to pick up from watching these always stand out to me, but who knows if kids really pick up on them. We get another batch of three episodes here, so it?s hardly a value unless you?re a die-hard fan.

Features
English Language

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiverv via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears

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