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Sailor Moon DVD
Sailor Moon Vol2
The first appearance of Sailor Mars and the death of a Negaverse general!
The DVD used for this review is the Region 4, Australian / New Zealand version which seems to contain the same episodes taken from the same source as the Region 1, North American DVD but with a fresher redesigned navigation menu that actually lists the episodes in numerical order rather than the "title only" approach used by the Region 1 designers. The Region 1 menus were also static and silent while the Region 4 ones are animated with music in the background (more on the menus further down this page).
The cover features a piece of artwork created for the Region 1 DVD cover though with one major difference, the inclusion of a disk number on the spine and the front top right corner!
The artwork, created for these DVDs featuring Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury and the new Sailor Scout, Sailor Mars is very fun and goes nicely with the blue and green backdrop. The back cover continues the theme with some blue flowers and screenshots of the episodes on the disk in star shaped frames.
Similar with other DVDs in the series, the main menu uses the artwork from the cover, slightly rearranged (in this case the removal of Sailor Mercury and the moving of Sailor Moon to the foreground) against an animated background. I really love the way these menus are done and look forward to the next one.
The Special Features
Unfortunately there aren't any Special Features on this DVD which is a shame, but then the Japanese DVDs didn't really have any Special Features either. There is though an Easter Egg to be found if you highlight the link for Episode #9, Cruise Blues and press LEFT on your DVD player remote. The giant number "2" will light up. Press ENTER and you'll get a static DVD credits page. Not much, but a nice hidden secret.
An Uncharmed Life, Nightmare in Dreamland, Cruise Blues, Fight to the Finish, Match Point for Sailor Moon and An Unnatural Phenomenon are all rather enjoyable episodes with several standing above the others as must see Sailor Moon episodes.
An Uncharmed Life features the first appearance of Raye Hino, aka Sailor Mars which simply a must watch. The following episode, Nightmare in Dreamland is also well worth a look as it features the gang going to a theme park which is being taken over by the Negaverse and features one of the most popular Monsters of the Day, the Dream Dolly.
Fight to the Finish moves the plot forward significantly as it features Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars and Tuxedo Mask finally fighting to the finish with Jadeite.
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