Viz replies to the video quality complaints in the SM set!

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I don't really blame him though, Toei was asking a huge price and a lot of companies weren't willing to take the risk. Magical Girl shows just don't sell as much as companies would like. That's why FUNImation gave up.
 

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ChibiBoi said:
NeoJupiter said:
Watching the episodes now and for the most part there really isn't that much for me to complain about, when you think about how old this series is, it looks great on blu-ray. Sure there is ghosting but I feel like it isn't something you really notice unless you are looking for it, it's a blink and you miss it type situation. The only major annoyance I have is at times when they do wide/long shots you can clearly tell that Viz softend the frames but up close shots look just fine for the most part. But this is the best we are going to get the series so it is something that you either have to accept (at least for the first season) or don't.

But since the animation gets fairly better as the series goes on, I think things should only get better from here.
"When you think how old the series is" <-- I hate hearing this excuse because despite "how old" Sailor Moon is, there have been releases around the world without said issues.
And like you said to me earlier, Toei HAS to have HD masters from when they did the transfers back in 2002. They have to because you don't just transfer film into 640x480. It captures at a higher resolution than that. Cardcaptor Sakura did it when they did the transfer to DVD, then they put out the Blu-Rays years later
 
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That rant makes me happy. I saw the comparison shots from the beginning and thought "I don't remember my R2 DVDs looking like that..." but I figured it was just my bad memory.
 

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NJ_ said:
Eric said:
VIZ released "Ranma 1/2," a show much older than "Sailor Moon," on Blu-Ray, and VIZ's release was highly praised:

Link to Ranma 1/2 Set 1 LE Blu-Ray's Amazon page
Praised because they used an already existing HD master from these sets.

http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00AQSMRL6
http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00AQSNO6I
http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00AQSRJ28

Their new DVDs are another story though because apparently they're also pillarboxed.

The price of the LE Ranma 1/2 blu-ray is also much cheaper than Sailor Moon's. This makes me wonder if the price of "Sailor Moon" will drop at some point.
Not anytime soon it won't plus unlike Ranma, Sailor Moon got a new English dub and dubs usually adds more to the retail price of a set if said dub is getting released for the first time.

But did VIZ do something to the Ranma HD masters? So far, I have only seen this in the opening:

Japanese Blu-Ray:
http://i.imgur.com/Tx9clKg.jpg

Viz Media Blu-Ray:
http://i.imgur.com/hxxSfPh.jpg


SailorEdward said:
But that's the reason the clean openings were brought up; Viz didn't do any remastering on them, and lo and behold, they look great. That is why the interviewer is insistent Viz introduced the issues themselves. That doesn't make it the case of course, I believe the "bad master" theory myself, but the fact the openings are fine isn't evidence of the "bad master" theory.
The quality of the clean opening looks just like it is on my Hero Club VHS tapes for season 1.
 

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I saw the blue rays this weekend and the quality is good but you can see a few of the issues everyone is talking about. Overall, I didn't think it was too bad.
 
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However, we will be omitting pillarboxing on the Sailor Moon DVD sets going forward. The Blu-rays will still have them, though.
This was my only concern, I’m glad that they will be correcting this oversight in the future. I'm kind of indifferent with the video quality. I've seen alot of "remastered" releases of old cartoons in the past, so I knew what I was getting into.
 

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SoldierOfTheSun said:
I don't understand people who are indifferent to the quality of this or any release. Why watch anything in fact if you don't care how it looks?
Because we don't care about the details. All we want to do is to sit down and watch our programme, and most importantly be entertained by it.

This is usually achieved by the story, characters and art.

The majority of us are not going to keep pausing the frames, we just want our Sailor Moon and that's it.

Also a lot of us, including myself do not have the 2003 DVD's so we can't compare. And also we're looking forward to the new English dub. That's also why we won't buy the Italian DVD's. Because we want a language option we can understand.
 

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Ami Mizuno said:
Interesting they are keeping them for the bluerays. U guys think they be a bit more careful
All 4:3 shows are presented that way on Blu-ray so that's normal, especially for those with HDTVs.

For DVD however, that's a problem because for those with old CRT TVs, you'll get something like this.

https://twitter.com/BigOnAnime/status/5 ... 4354183168

See those bars? They should not be there.
 
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Seen said:
Somebody did a fanmade upscale of several screenshots from the Japanese DVDs, and they still look a million times better than what Viz made: http://screenshotcomparison.com/compari ... /picture:0

There's also this great rant/article by someone who actually remasters video for a living (lots of swearing, but still): http://www.kentaiblog.com/?zx=70da08651b51e03
...In screenshot #4, they... that horrible translation of Moonlight Densetsu is the official subtitle translation, too?

...Ew. Ewewewewewewew. Yuuuuuck Ughhhhhh. Nooooo... Ugh. :dead:

Edit - Would someone do me a favor and post its translation, maybe Heart Moving's, too? I want to rip the band-aid off quickly. Please and thank you.
 

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ShineAquaIllusion said:
Seen said:
Somebody did a fanmade upscale of several screenshots from the Japanese DVDs, and they still look a million times better than what Viz made: http://screenshotcomparison.com/compari ... /picture:0

There's also this great rant/article by someone who actually remasters video for a living (lots of swearing, but still): http://www.kentaiblog.com/?zx=70da08651b51e03
...In screenshot #4, they... that horrible translation of Moonlight Densetsu is the official subtitle translation, too?

...Ew. Ewewewewewewew. Yuuuuuck Ughhhhhh. Nooooo... Ugh. :dead:

Edit - Would someone do me a favor and post its translation, maybe Heart Moving's, too? I want to rip the band-aid off quickly. Please and thank you.
viewtopic.php?f=22&t=26037
 
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SoldierOfTheSun said:
I don't understand people who are indifferent to the quality of this or any release. Why watch anything in fact if you don't care how it looks?
As I said, it’s because I knew the video quality was going to be bad the moment they announced it was going to be remastered. I’ve never seen a good remaster of an old cartoon, even good examples people provide always look inferior to the original to me.

So yeah, I’m unhappy about the video quality, but it’s either deal with it or no Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon deserves a better release, but so did the Looney Tunes, Popeye the Sailor Man and many more.
 
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KAKERU said:
The quality of the clean opening looks just like it is on my Hero Club VHS tapes for season 1.
Now that is all Toei. I don't know why, but they don't like to remaster extras, especially creditless openings and endings. Sailor Moon, Devilman, and Cutey Honey Flash all had VHS-quality clean OP/EDs on their DVD releases.

They also like to act like they don't have certain materials. For years Mahou no Mako-chan had two openings, but ever since the DVD release back in 2002, they act like there has only been one. And in the case of Sailor Moon, they want us to believe there isn't a credit-less version of every opening and ending.

So while I understand VIZ without a doubt screwed up the release, Toei isn't completely innocent. P-:
 
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Since there appears to be two masters according to the Spanish interview, I suppose that means Viz didn't shell out the cash for the better masters. (I'm guessing due to the licensing and redub costs) It's a shame, as is Viz deciding to try to remaster what they were given since it apparently made things worse.

Umino said:
That's why FUNImation gave up.
Is that speculation, or do we have confirmation?
 

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Umino said:
KAKERU said:
The quality of the clean opening looks just like it is on my Hero Club VHS tapes for season 1.
Now that is all Toei. I don't know why, but they don't like to remaster extras, especially creditless openings and endings. Sailor Moon, Devilman, and Cutey Honey Flash all had VHS-quality clean OP/EDs on their DVD releases.
So THAT explains why Fist of the North Star's clean videos has better sound quality than on the episodes on DVD (along with slightly different colors).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIjd0Q_yDv4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIpmJXQBAp4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iw7lAPXFdw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgL2k0gpiuU

They also like to act like they don't have certain materials. For years Mahou no Mako-chan had two openings, but ever since the DVD release back in 2002, they act like there has only been one. And in the case of Sailor Moon, they want us to believe there isn't a credit-less version of every opening and ending.
Knew they were full of it when I found this years ago and learned here where it came from.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSvq_JL0fKI