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on March 6, 2004
These DVDs contain DiC's dub of the first and second "Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon" series from Japan, Classic and R. They are in English only; there are no original Japanese episodes. The episode previews and the Sailor Says segments are included, but the commercial bumpers aren't. There are no bonus features except for previews of other ADV titles. The DVDs and the episodes aren't numbered, so you'll have to check either an online episode guide or Amazon to figure out which volume to watch first. 6 of the episodes were skipped, and 2 of the episodes were chopped up and merged into 1. In fact, all of the episodes have been chopped up. DiC felt the need to remove or alter shots of Japanese writing (but not all of them), add in extra bits of animation, and use weird scene transition effects. The translations are pretty inaccurate for the most part, and some of the casting (such as Luna and Molly's voices) are totally wrong. The dialogue is also dumbed down to make the series (which was originally intended for junior high and high school girls) suitable for children. Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars each have 2 voice actors. Tuxedo Mask has 3. Rini's voice is really annoying. The dub was my first exposure to Sailor Moon, though (well, technically, "Lunarock" was), and it's an okay series as long as you don't compare it to the original Japanese series. If you've never seen Sailor Moon before, get the "Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon" boxed sets.
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on March 3, 2002
The first DVDs of Sailor Moon series 1 are edited and are dubbed English only, a huge disappointment for fans who, up until now, have been given a choice of original japanese language with english subtitles and the English dub on an uncut DVD edition.
These edited dubbed DVDs could go up until Sailor Moon epsiode 80 (The end of the Sailor Moon R series) or hopefully before then they will stop making the simply edited dub version and expand into bilingual uncut.
Thankfully episodes 81 onwards are the uncut bilingual DVDs that are already available for purchase.
I can only hope that the producers of the uncut DVDs will be the ones who (if) get the rights to produce Sailor Moon: SailorStars, the last series which hasn't been translated at all.
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