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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon S: Hearts In Ice

By Felix Kuo     February 18, 2002
Release Date: May 23, 2000

The Review!
Ever since I first saw the S season of Sailor Moon I've been somewhat more interested the series (the other seasons seemed lacking). First it was the Sailor Moon R and then in natural succession, the S movie. While R turned out quite excellent, I had even high hopes for S, particularly because of the presence of the Haruka and Michiru (Uranus and Neptune). Although I still enjoyed the movie, even their presence failed to help achieve my expectations.

On the video front, the transfer is clean. Artifacts were nonexistent
and pixellation remained largely undetectable. Compared to anything recent, the video isn't spectacular and you'll notice many regurgitated sequences since the start of the series. Expanding on the "flatness," I believe is a side effect of the backdrops. Most of the backgrounds lack a certain depth to them, whether it be the absence of three dimensional objects or the somewhat coarse line art typically associated with older anime. On a side note, I really liked the light/prism effect near the end of the film which just added that special quality "wow" to it. VIDEO: A-

The acoustics were nothing special, just ordinary. The majority of the sound came primarily from the center, but no real problems to detract from the movie itself (possibly a slight hiss at higher volumes). However, I was very disappointed of the absence of any kind of ending theme (similar to Moon Revenge in R) and overall the BGM left nothing truly memorable. A side plus, the outer senshi transformation theme still rocks! AUDIO: B

The menus/packaging is just awesome. Actually, anything deviating from the standard gray Amaray is a bonus for me. What truly amazed me was the menus which conveyed a very polished, cohesive, and theme oriented presentation. While, there's a substantial amount of extras, no new "innovations" were really added since R. I really think some trailers (come on the movie's only one hour) and a script would have been a nice touch. PACKAGE/MENU: A+

As far as the story goes, I think attempting to develop a love story
within an hour is pretty much hopeless. In essence you could tell what the movie was getting at, but with such short time allotted to relation events plus the intermingling of action sequences and you're left with a very rushed feel. The biggie for me was also the missing presence of the outer senshi. Sure, they naturally like to work apart from the inner senshi, but I think aside from the fighting, they had a total of 3 scenes and 5 lines. I don't know, why not stick in an arcade or car sequence? Hoo boy, are the new dubs horrid. I've been desensitized to the others, but the new ones will take at least several more years. At the very least, they should've swapped Michiru and Haruka's voices. As a final note, was it just me or did some of the lines, events have a very deja vu feeling to them? CONTENT: B

Review Equipment
P!!! 600, RealMAGIC Hollywood+ (WIN2000 beta 1, WIN98 1.81), Toshiba SD-M1020, Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 900u, Monster MX300, Yamaha YST-M15 satellites/MSW 5 sub woofer and Cambridge Soundworks: PC Works


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