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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: 75
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Pokemon
Pokemon Vol. #50: Midnight Heroes
By Andrew Tei
September 14, 2003
Release Date: January 29, 2002
What They Say
Mysterious Pokemon have been turningito thievery! Ash must find which Pokemon are behind theicrimes andiwhy they are so desperate! Then, Ash andiMisty both wantito catch theienergetic wild Totodile they just found, but Totodile just wantsito dance! Plus, beautiful trainer Mickey andiher Skarmory challenge Ash andiCyndaquilitoia battle! Can Ash train Cyndaquilito get its flame lit quickly enoughito avoid Scarmory's deadly Steel Wing attack? The Review!
Goldenrod City is the next stop on the journey to the Johto League.Audio:
This English language only release comes with a basic stereo mix that has all sound directed towards the front sound stage. Dialogue and sound are clear though. Video:
I thought the video appeared a bit soft in spots, especially during the third episode. There were no mpeg artifacts, lime shimmering, or cross coloration. Colors are bright and clear.Packaging:
This silver case features a fantastic nighttime cover of a Houndour leaping in the air with Pikachu riding on it. Ash is watching from the ground, and there are some other Houndour on a cliff with the moon behind them. The artwork here is really well done. Again, we don’t have a volume number anymore, but the episodes are listed on the back. A Skarmory is listed on the back in the stats section, and a dancing Totodile is also featured. Menu:
Repeating the same scheme as previous volumes, the menu is very simple selection screen featuring a Pokédex. You can start from the opening, the beginning of one of the episodes, or the end credits. The menu is static and has no audio. Extras:
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Let’s just step right into the story.
At the beginning of Hour of the Houndour
, Ash gets his backpack stolen. Nurse Joy has a ham stolen by Team Rocket. While Team Rocket fights over it, the ham gets stolen from them. Mysterious footprints lead off into the forest, and the trio head off in pursuit. They reach a dead end, but Brock sets up a trap to lead the thief back. It turns out a pack of Houndour, a Dark type dog Pokémon, has been stealing the items, and they don’t like being tricked. The odds look bad against our little gang.
Next up is The Totodile Duel
features an interesting little competition between Ash and Misty as they both try to catch a very energetic Totodile. Misty tries to first catch the Totodile with a lure, and Ash tries to catch it with a Pokéball. Both fail miserably. Even Team Rocket has their attempt. Eventually, both Ash and Misty use the special Pokéballs they got to catch it. Unfortunately, after they catch the Totodile they have no idea whose Pokéball actually caught it. Since they can’t decide to whom it belongs to, Brock steps in and declares a best of three matches between Ash and Misty. It’ll be Chikorita versus Staryu, Bulbasur versus Poliwag, and Pikachu versus Togepi?
We conclude this volume of Pokémon with Hot Matches
where a trainer, Miky, in the mountains has been challenging others with a steel type Pokémon, Skarmory. Miky has been battling various Pokémon types in the mountain to train her Pokémon and now wants to concentrate on fighting fire type Pokémon, which steel types are weak against. Brock loses with with Vulpix, and Ash was on the verge of losing with Cyndaquil when Team Rocket interferes. After the two trainers rescue their Pokémon, Ash learns that Miky trains with her Skarmory intensely, so he decides to do the same thing with Cyndaquil. This can only lead to a rematch.
Wow, every single episode on this DVD was filler, but really enjoyable. The Houndour was a great episode depicting wild Pokémon, Totodile was absolutely hilarious, and the last volume has some serious Pokémon battles! Add in a dose of Nurse Joy and Brock, and you have an almost perfect combination. I feel jazzed up, go grab this volume.
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36” Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears