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A Sub-Par release of a great film.
Reviewed in Canada on February 4, 2015
Well I should start by saying I love the show and thoroughly enjoyed the movie. So my rating and review will focus entirely on the Blu Ray release.
- The picture quality is clearer than the DVD, though given the fact the show was created with hand drawings and film it will never be as crisp as modern titles produced digitally. And if the DVD is played through a player that upscales (basically every Blu Ray player) you likely won't notice much of a difference.
- A number of film defects and some dust has been cleared away for this release, which is nice.
- There are Spanish subtitles, which the DVD lacked. If you speak Spanish this could be nice.
- The picture quality is brighter than the DVD, occasionally too much in my opinion. I also noticed a number of times during the film in which the colours were more saturated on the DVD! This is surprising given one of the best parts of Blu Ray is it's ability to handle colour better than DVD. There were also a number of times that the characters seemed to stick out from the background more than on the DVD. Often this seemed to be a colour issue.
- The audio is a disappointment. The DVD came with 5.1 audio of both the English and Japanese dubs, where the Blu Ray only comes with stereo for both. From my TV speakers the audio otherwise sounded as good as the DVD, but if you have a surround setup prepare to be disappointed. This is even more jarring given that the TV series comes with a 5.1 soundtrack on both the DVD and the Blu Ray releases!
- If you speak French you're screwed. My DVD came with a French dub which is completely absent from the Blu Ray. Also, the french subtitles are gone too. Given subtitles take zero space this is a shame. Sorry French speakers, stick with the DVD.
- All of the extras are gone. While the extras on the DVD were nothing particularly special, it is strange they didn't get ported over. Not a huge loss, but it speaks volumes to the lack of care this release was given.
- If you own the DVD, don't bother upgrading. If you don't own the movie, get the DVD, it's better and probably cheaper too. And if your DVD player is any good you probably won't notice the difference anyway. If we're lucky the recent release of the series on Blu Ray will spur a better release of this film, but for now stick to the DVD.