POKEMON THE MOVIE: MEWTWO STRIKES BACK
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
TYPE OF MOVIE: Action

 
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Anime Synopsis:

The world domination of Pokémon begets their first theatrical movie. This adventure is a little more complex and dark than the popular TV series, but kids who live for the show will gobble up this film and ask for seconds. Those baffled by the show's popularity, however, will see nothing better here. Mewtwo, a new type of Pokémon designed by scientists to be the ultimate fighter, decides he wants to rule the world and challenges all the great Pokémasters to battle. Of course, our intrepid heroes Ash, Misty, and Brock are there to tangle with Mewtwo and spoil his devilish schemes. The film is a tad more emotional than the show (that is, there is some emotion), with Ash sacrificing himself to defend his beloved Pikachu (but don't you worry, Ash will be just fine).


DVD EXTRAS:

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Animated, M2M Music Video Don't Say You Love Me,Story of Mewtwo's Origin, Preview of Pokemon: The Second Movie

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of


DVD REVIEW:

When I was in Japan, before Pokemon became so big in the United States, a friend of mine was one of the distributors to North America for Pokemon goods. I really didn't know squat about Pokemon aside that there were some kinky stuff at some manga shops and that I won a Pikachu UFO catcher doll that's worth money.

Anyway, the movie came out on DVD and I was interested in checking out what the hype was all about.

I guess, I still don't really get it but from what I saw, it was pretty cool. Also, the two anime shorts included with the DVD and all the stuff they crammed into it makes this a worth DVD for your children.

Also, a very interesting commentary on the English version of the movie.

Other than that, I can't say too much but the "Pokemon" fad is still strong and if your looking for a DVD for your child, this is a good one. Albeit it's more emotional than the television show.

THE OAV's: B-
THE DVD EXTRAS: A-
THE DVD OVERALL: B

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