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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: 24.95
  • Running time: 70
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Pokemon

Pokemon Vol. #24: Into the Arena

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: November 21, 2000


Pokemon Vol. #24: Into the Arena
© Viz Media


What They Say
The Secret of Pokemopolis. Ash and his friends dig up some unusual artifacts that come from an ancient culture, but can anybody stop the gigantic Gengar they have awakened? Then, the training is over, and it's off to the Indigo League, but Ash can't take part if somebody steals his Pokemon badges! Plus, the Indigo League has a long tradition of carrying the torch with the undying flame, but Team Rocket is determined to put it out! Season Two, Episodes 19-21.

The Review!
The badges have been collected, the training is done. Now it?s time for Ash to head to the Pokémon League. Of course, it won?t be as simple as just walking there. From ancient pokémon, to Team Rocket, there will always be obstacles in Ash?s path.

Audio:

We have a simple stereo mix with 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:

The show is filled with a lot of bright colors and they come across really well here. For the majority of the DVD, the compression was great and I didn?t notice any cross coloration or artifacts.

Packaging:

Ash and Pikachu get the front cover with Moltres. The legendary fire Pokémon provides some flames for the cover. The Pokémon league arena is in the background. There is no volume number, but the back cover does list the episodes present on the DVD.

Inside there is a holographic card featuring Charizard, and an insert with all the chapters on the DVD.

Menu:

When you insert the DVD, you immediately get an ad for the Pokémon series on VHS and DVD. Then the US opening plays, and then it goes into the episodes. Front loaded trailers and skipping of the main menu, bad Viz.

The menu is simple and allows you to select to start at the opening, the start of an episode or the ending credits. You can also turn on Closed Captioning. 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)

Ash and Brock put in some training in The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémoplis and uncover the ruins of an ancient civilization. A team of archaeologists get involved and soon, the group is in a mess as giant ancient Pokémon begin to do battle. And it?s up to Jigglypuff to save the day?

The trio head out for the Pokémon League Tournament in Bad to the Bone when the group encounter a trainer and his Marowak who?ve had their badges taken from them! Marowak leaves his trainer for his failure. Can the three get the two back together?

Lastly, in All Fired Up! the three encounter the torch bearer that carries the flame that will light up the fire at the Arena. The torch is lit by the flames of Moltres, so Team Rocket is determined to get it for themselves.

These episodes are the prelude to the beginning of the last arc in Ash?s first journey. He?s finally at the tournament. Boy did it take a long time to get here. Again, only recommended for the hardcore Pokémon family, or for a kid.

Features
English Language

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

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