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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: A-
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • 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 SS Movie: Black Dream Hole

By Chris Beveridge     August 22, 2000
Release Date: August 22, 2000


Sailor Moon SS Movie: Black Dream Hole
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
The wicked Badiyanu has come to capture all the children to gain enough power to absorb the earth into her Black Dream Hole. The Black Dream Hole is located in the center of Badiyanu’s castle and absorbs all the dream energy from the children. The more children Badiyanu kidnaps, the larger the dream hole gets. Once it reaches a certain size it will be large enough to swallow the planet sentencing all the people to eternal sleep in evil dream boxes! When Badiyanu finds out Mini Moon has an enormous power that will greatly assist her in her quest, she kidnaps Mini Moon along with the other children.
Will Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts reach Mini Moon and the children in time? Or will Badiyanu prevail in drawing the earth into the eternal Dream Vortex.

The Review!
The final movie of the Sailor Moon series has hit DVD just a scant week after the announcement of the S and SS TV series seasons coming out in uncut form soon.

The uncut edition presented here has both English and Japanese with the English language uncut though they use the Americanized versions for most things. The English track is in stereo while the Japanese language track is in its original mono. Both sound good, though I do admit to only spot checking the English track. The Japanese track sounds good for mono, though just a touch low.

Much like the past two movies, the video quality is great for this release. Darks are solid with no visible breakup and the vibrant colors when used look wonderful. The majority of the backgrounds and secondary pieces of animation are in a pastel colored style, so it doesn't look quite as rich as a lot of other shows out there, but it looks solid across the board. There's several bits of very fluid animation and it looks very good here.

Compared to the previous volume, I'm not all that thrilled with the cover. Of course, the second movie's cover really appealed to the darker side of things with the lush deep blues and blacks, so this switch to a simple bright yellow (on top of her bright yellow hair) just gives me a bit of the shiver. Similar to the past two though, the front cover does have gold foil used on it and it does work well. The back cover gives a good synopsis of the show as well as some animation from the series. Pretty much everything is in place, though the special features section is a bit hard to read with the white text on dark yellow on top of a lighter yellow background.

The folks at Nightjar have provided another set of simple yet well done menus for this release and have kept things very close to in-theme for all three Sailor Moon movie releases. The bits of animation, the layering and the audio all work well together on top of the fact that the menus are very functional and have excellent access times.

There's a decent amount of extras on the disc with the image gallery, the edited opening used on the VHS dub tapes and the character information that also showcases transformations and powers. Everything is set up nicely, but most of it is things we've seen before in one incarnation or another.

The final movie in the series, Super S is pretty good, though it feels a bit less than the second one to me. The story follows the fairy tale of the three o'clock fairy, someone who steals children away like the pied piper.

In the middle of the night, as done in many countries before apparently, a pied piper styled person comes and whisks away the children in the middle of the night. When they get to where Sailor Moon lives, they end up getting a bit more than they bargained for when Chibi-Usa gets pulled into things. This of course brings the entire Sailor crew into play.

With the help of one of the pipers that Chibi-Usa befriended, Sailor Moon and her friends head off to the magical castle in the sky where all the children are being kept. This brings Badiyanu fully into the picture, as she reveals her plan of stealing the children's "sugar energy" to bring about a mega black dream hole that will paralyze the world into place, and let everyone succumb to their dreams.

According to the copyright information, this final movie was released in 1995. The animation for it is pretty similar to the earlier movies in the series, though there is a bit more polish in the more animated sequences. Again, like the first two movies, this one feels like a much longer episode with a better budget. It's not really a bad thing, but don't go looking for something more than its setting out to be.

If you're a Sailor Moon junkie, this disc will whet your appetite for the TV series. Personally, I can't wait to see more.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Transformations,Edited Opening,Image Gallery

Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.

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