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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: C+
- Packaging Rating: B-
- Menus Rating: B-
- Extras Rating: C
- Age Rating: 3 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
- MSRP: 24.95
- Running time: 60
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: YuGiOh
YuGiOh Vol. #01: The Heart of the Cards (Edited)
By Shawn Adeli
November 23, 2002
Release Date: September 24, 2002
Yu-Gi-Oh is a great series, but this REALLY dissapointed me.
The only had english and spanish. A majoy letdown considering that the english dub didn't leave ONE LINE saying what it should. The audio was fine but badly acted. It was clear, and it's music came through well.
OMG shoot me. The total DVD size for this is 2.5GB.... and that's INCLUDING the DVD menus, extras, etc. The video quality bitrate is LOW. They could have fit 12 episodes on a Dual Layered DVD with this bitrate. The video was very grainy, and lots of the edges seemed very very jagged and looking like the film was cut, and then glued back 1 CM to the right of where it started. The video was tampered, edited, and LOW quality.
The front cover is beautiful, but that's because it's a modified r2 version. They made their logo too big on it though. Aside from the front cover, it looks horrible. The back is a sandy 'burnt' looking Egyptian heiryglipics (I know it's spelled wrong) which would be good for it's ancient egyptian feel, had it not been such a bad image. It shows only 3 very low quality screenshots on the back, and small undetailed episode descritpions. One things sums this up: WAY TOO MUCH unused space, and very bad layout.
A still menu, with english music playing in the background. It looks OK, but it very low on interesting. The button highlights are boring and unimaginitive, and it just looks..... not good.
Yuck yuck yuck YUCK ! They had character profiles, which for some reason had only TWO characters: yugi and his grandfather. They only did TWO ? C'mon !! Then they had a music video. 'Yu-Gi-Oh Rap' which was just downright horrible and painful to watch. A very bad person tries to rap the storlying of the show....I'm guessing they were trying to do the Poke Rap from Pokemon all over. There is then some boring FOX commercials, badly made Yu-Gi-Oh ones, and strangely enough, a Dragonball Z movie one.
Content: (spoiler free!)
This show is a very wonderful one. I've watched VERY much of the Japanese episodes, and love this show. This DVD however is going in the garbage.
Yugi is a regular boy who was given a puzzle from ancient egypt. It turned out to be a Millennium Item, a mystical item (there's 7 total) that gives its owner a power. He managed to solve it and created 'another side of him'. Now, he can change into his darker, older, and braver self in times of trouble. Sadly enough, this episode wasn't on the disc. They skipped the first series where all this happens and went to the second series, which had a higher budget.
Anyway, Yugi is obsessed with Duel Monsters, a card game that is famous all over Japan with everyone. His Grandfather has a rare (and I mean rare) card, the Blue Eyes White Dragon. When Kaiba, head of Kaiba Corporation, hears of this, he kidnapes Yugi's Grandfather and forces him to duel for his precious card, which was a gift from a friend.
His Grandfather loses, and it's up to Yugi to win.
Soon, Pegasus hears of yugi awesome talent and seeks him out. In a huge battle, they duel only for Yugi to discover that Pegasus has a Millennium Item also, which lets him read minds ! Pegasus wants Yugi to duel in a huge huge tournament, and steals Yugi's Grandfathers soul with the Millennium Eye in order to make sure he goes. Yugi, with his Duel-Master-In-Training friend Jounouchi duel their way to get to Pegasus and win his Grandfather back.
About the dub: The dialogue is MANGLED.
Kaiba: So you've finally given up in despair, huh?
Yugi: That's not true. I have hope !
Kaiba: Draw your last pathetic card so I can end this !
Yugi: My Grandfathers deck has no pathetic cards !
You follow ? And VA were WAY off character, and didn't sound like they should, and they sometimes ruined bits of the series, like when Yugi says "Could it have something to do with my Millennium Puzzle?" Yugi is unaware of his Millennium Puzzle having anything to do with it until he later faces Pegasus.
While the new music they made was pretty nice, the Japanese music was still better.
This was a butchered release, and I advise you wait for a Japanese version to come out. If it doesn't, get the r2's. Anything is better then this.
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