downloads & media
The famous first season of the Sailor Moon anime is a rather complex season to collect as it has been released in several different formats in different regions, neither offering Sailor Moon fans a truly comprehensive collection..
To make shopping easier I have listed the Sailor Moon Blu-rays and DVDs here by region and content. The first batch feature the edited DiC English dub of the series that has aired on TV in Australia, North America, UK, New Zealand and other English speaking countries. This version of Sailor Moon is now entirely out of print worldwide so if you're after it, you really should grab the first copy you see ASAP. Odds of this version being re-released in the future are very slim though we can always dream.
In the middle of the page is the Region 1 (North American DVD) box set of the first season that features every episode uncut with the original Japanese audio and English subtitles.
Next is a listing of the official Region 2 Japanese Sailor Moon DVDs that are completely uncut and with Japanese audio though have no English subtitles. It is worth mentioning that the audio and picture has been digitally remastered and looks simply incredible compared to every other release on the market. (Check out a Sailor Moon DVD comparison screencap image here.)
At the bottom of the page is the latest official release of the Sailor Moon anime by VIZ Media which has the original Japanese with English subtitles and a completely new English dub. Scroll down for more info on this version.
With the listings of the Sailor Moon Season One Blu-rays and DVDs you will see links to my review of each release (which features my in-depth review of each disks' contents accompanied by screencaps of the menus) and their relevant pages at Amazon.jp or Amazon.com both of which I personally use to do my own shopping.
Occasionally you may see links to the episode summaries of the Sailor Moon episodes in the relevant Blu-ray and DVD Reviews. Click on these to double check the release you want features the episodes you're after. Likewise the Sailor Moon Episode Guides have links to these Blu-ray and DVD reviews.
Happy Shopping, Sailor Moon fans!
English Dub / Audio DVDs
Japanese Audio / English Subtitles DVDs
Japanese Audio DVDs
In 2009 - 2010 Toei released two Sailor Moon DVD Box Sets which contain all the individual DVDs listed above but for a much cheaper cost and with very nice looking covers and slip cases making them well worth a look even if you already have the individual releases.
Japanese Audio / NEW English Audio / English Subtitles Blu-rays and DVDs
In 2014 VIZ Media got the distribution rights to the original Japanese 90s Sailor Moon anime. Their release features the uncut Japanese version with English subtitles and a completely new English dub with no relation to the one that aired on TV in the USA, Canada, Australian and other countries during the late 90s. This new English dub stars different voice actors, uses the original Japanese music and a completely new script.
In my Sailor Moon Season One Part 1 DVD review for About.com (which I write for on a regular basis as an editor) I discuss this new release of the Sailor Moon anime from several viewpoints to help fans decide if this version is something they should be investing their time and money in. I approach it as a fan of the 90s DiC English dub as well as a purist who wants the best version of the original Japanese Sailor Moon available and as a casual Sailor Moon fan who just wants to watch an episode of Sailor Moon. It should answer any questions you may have about this release and I highly recommend giving it a read before purchasing.
My upcoming review of the Sailor Moon Season One Part 1 and 2 Blu-ray & DVD Combo Sets will focus more on the image quality and special features. I also have an HD unboxing video of the Limited Edition Box Set which I'll be uploading soon. Stay Tuned, Sailor Moon fans!
First printings of the Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack came with a special box to hold the first and second parts of Season One as well as a special book featuring a basic episode guide and artwork. Buy this Limited Edition on Amazon.com while supplies last.
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