Mania Grade: C+
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- Audio Rating: A-/B
- Video Rating: A-
- Packaging Rating: B-
- Menus Rating: B+
- 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 Thomas Kinnen
February 18, 2002
Release Date: August 22, 2000
Sailor Moon The Movie Super S is the third of the Sailor Moon movies and the latest of the uncut releases in the US.
On the video side the colors were very solid. Of the three movies this one appears the best and the quality was noticeably above the previous movies released on DVD. The only distraction was a bit of jitter in the opening while panning and a few seconds of pixilization during the battle at the end of the movie. While all instances were probably less then 4 seconds combined they were extremely visible. Because of those instances the video rates an A- and not a +.
I watched the movie once in English with my son and then once and Japanese by myself. Over all the English audio seemed much fuller and more alive. Good use of the front sound stage and the rear speakers were active in a number of the scenes. One thing I did not like was the way Sailor Pluto's attack was yelled in English in comparison to the Japanese audio. The Japanese audio track while overall appeared to be better for the acting side seemed dead and missing the "umph" of the English track for the background and music. Overall the audio rated A- for the English and B for the Japanese audio track.
For content this movie comes in last of the three. Overall it tended to remind me of a filler TV episode. The story is based on the fairy tale of the three o'clock fairy, though most references to the three o'clock fairy seemed to be missing in the English adaptation. This change lead to fairly different beginning to the movie in the English adaptation in comparison to the Japanese version. In addition to the three o'clock fairy becoming three o'clock Mondays and a family tradition for Makoto in the English version Ami's dialog about making cookies with her mother is also altered. Considering the English version made no reference to the "100% power increase" it made less sense when that is used latter in the movie in the English adaptation. For an interesting time turn on the subtitles while listing to the English audio for the opening. Over these changes make me give the English content a C+ and the Japanese content a B-.
The Packaging while fairly eye catching only rates a B- in my book. While attention getting at first tended to make my eyes hurt after looking at it for a bit. I also found parts of the back cover hard to read where it was white on yellow.
The menus while simple work well. Like the other movies the same background music was used and the menus worked fast and were easy to use. The menus get a good solid B+ for being simple, fast and function.
The extras on the DVD were very good including Transformations, Edited Opening, Image Gallery, and Character info. One thing that stood out was that though the outers were listed in the transformation section you did not actually see them transform in the move so the clip was actually when they arrived at the battle already transformed. Overall a good strong B for Extra.
Overall this movie is a good choice for an Sailor Moon fan.
RCA 47" Home Theater Projection TV, Pioneer 626 DVD player, Sony STR-DE935 DD/DTS receiver, Monster 3 cables and JBL speakers.