[US] Sailor Stars Viz English dub, DVD & Blu-ray thread

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snowgeisha

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Man, imagine how angry everyone who already bought all of the first releases are gonna feel if the better versions get released by Viz so soon.
Ug.. I feel ya. On top of that, I rushed to import the Madman Blu-ray’s for Classic- S when Id heard their license might be revoked again. I thought it was really the last chance to have the show in English with decent masters.. and given how prices have surged in the past when Sailor Moon’s gone OOP, I just didn’t want to take that chance.

Glad to hear Madman does still have the rights, as does Kaze in Germany, and now seemingly Viz. I’m all for a re release if they do indeed have the good masters now. I really wish the license was more stable in general..Then I wouldn’t feel like I always have to jump on a release in fear that it’ll be revoked again.

Its not just since 2004’s hiatus that I’ve felt this. Even when ADV announced their box sets, it was clear it was a rushed out job. Airing Classic on Cartoon Network in 2002 was also quickly pulled (for Hamtaro..). The Doom Tree Buena Vista vhs release was especially hard to find in the US at the time- I had to order it from Canada!

Since the 2004 license pull, it’s been in the back of my mind ever since the show has been out for license again. The Towers dvd releases being halted, the Madman snafu with Stars, France putting out the Classic dvds and saying they would only release the other seasons if that one sold well (with incomplète French dub masters on top of it!!) It just feels that the license is so fickle nowadays.
 
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I think Viz isn't the one to blame here.
Toei is the one who provides the masters, it isn't like the overseas distributors can pick which one they want. I remember that back in 2010/11 the Portuguese TV channel reairing Sailor Moon mentioned the Italian distributors were handed better masters, while they were given the old ones. I really don't think Viz released the first three seasons with bad image quality because they felt they should. There could have been more effort in the editing, though.
 
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Man, imagine how angry everyone who already bought all of the first releases are gonna feel if the better versions get released by Viz so soon.
Well, their Sailor Moon DVDs and BDs can be purchased very cheaply now compared to when they were released. :ninja:

They could release an “eternal” edition with great picture quality to make more money. Isn’t that what Kodansha does?

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What shows were you in?
I have lent my voice to additional characters on Bohemian Rhapsody (2018 movie) and some Netflix productions like On My Block.
This year I was responsible for the translations and ADR scripts of movies like Bombshell starring Charlize Theron and The Fanatic starring Travolta :kero:
There's also a nice kiddie tale about an unicorn that reminds me of Helios and Chibiusa, and at some point a young female character even dresses in a white gown. But like many other projects which haven't been relased yet, I can't share its name with you guys.
And no, I'm not familiar with the Sailor Moon dubbing casts. Both were from the city of São Paulo, while I live in Rio. But I'm good friends with the season 1 VA of Sailor Mars through social media, and the voices of Beryl and Tuxedo Mask (season 1) have directed some projects I translated for dubbing clients in São Paulo.
 
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ChibiBoi

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Except Toei clearly provided Viz with the R2 masters; which were fine, then they botched them with their own “special” touch. Then they lied about it.
Yes, you can tell especially with their release of S that they were handed really nice masters, but with whatever filters they used, frames were missing mouths and the stair-stepping on the lineart was CRAZY. Part 1 of R was completely unwatchable for me, the video would jump from being completely blurry to crisp sharp (the episode where Amy leaves for Germany comes to mind).
Ug.. I feel ya. On top of that, I rushed to import the Madman Blu-ray’s for Classic- S when Id heard their license might be revoked again.
I really enjoy the Madman boxes. The video quality is great. The only thing I don't like is the packaging. The boxes aren't in as good quality as Viz's sets and it looks like someone just glued fanart on top of a cardboard box. Plus some of my cases and the corners of the box got really bruised up from the import process.
 
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Pretty sure they were given different Masters. The ones Pioneer/Geneon received only had the third version of the S opening. Also they might not have been given NEP?
They were given all of the openings, but only received a credit less version of the third one. It’s not confirmed, but it seems like Toei didn’t give them audio for the NEP.
 
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Man, imagine how angry everyone who already bought all of the first releases are gonna feel if the better versions get released by Viz so soon.
Oh, please no. Toei's upscale looks like trash, too. Just without the ghost frames and brown coloring.

Is it really too much to ask for the R2/Italian masters set to the new dub and subtitles? Even fansub groups are messing up by using the old ADV/Geneon subs for their releases.
 
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Oh, please no. Toei's upscale looks like trash, too. Just without the ghost frames and brown coloring.

Is it really too much to ask for the R2/Italian masters set to the new dub and subtitles? Even fansub groups are messing up by using the old ADV/Geneon subs for their releases.
The Blu-Ray releases of seasons 1-3 barely improved anything but what they did for seasons 4-5 looks amazing. So good they could have put on 4K Blu-Ray if they wanted to. But I’d like them to actually re-scan the original film elements instead of just doing an upscale
 
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Well, Toei provided Funimation the previews for DBZ but didn’t give them audio for them. Hence why the dub included them, but the bilingual DVD release didn’t.
The Us Dragon Boxes had the NEP but they weren’t dubbed so even when watching the English track the audio switches to Japanese for the NEP. I don’t think Toei didn’t give them audio less NEP I think the ones on the tv version were either custom made or Funimation themselves excluded them for the season sets.
 
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