Plot: What’s it about?
In the past, all of the battles over wayward Digimon were handled by the Digidestined, a team of youngsters who can harness the digi-power. But the battle that awaits them is their toughest yet, as a new Digimon has hatched within the internet, and this one is not a nice one, I can assure you of that. This new Digimon has begun to consume data by the second, leaving a path hewn with disaster behind it. All the training and work the Digidestined have done will now be put to the test, as they attempt to thwart this new, ruthless Digimon from wreaking more havoc. But before they can do too much, they discover their own Digimon are unable to digivolve, which all but leaves them powerless against the menace. And when they’re almost out of hope, a new band of Digidestined are chosen and on their shoulders, is the fate of the entire worlds, both digital and normal that is. It will take a lot of focus and even some help from the other Digidestined, but these youngsters might be able to ensure the downfall of the evil Digimon in the end.
I just checked out the complete first of Digimon (also available on DVD from Fox), so I was looking forward to this feature film. Now this one never played by my house, so I had to wait for the home video release, but it was well worth the wait…at least the movie was. I am not sure of the original aspect ratio, but the case calls this a pan and scan transfer, which is a let down. After so many terrific releases, I hoped that Fox wouldn’t slip up, but the lack of an anamorphic widescreen version hurts this release. But the movie is a lot of fun, even if not much was done to enhance the series for the big screen, which is somewhat of a let down. The same characters and Digimon surface from the series, which is cool and the basic storyline is a good one, as far as kids’ flicks go. I was pleased to see a lot of references to events from the series, which adds a lot for fans to look for and that’s always good. But this is not the epic digi-movie some might hope, as it seems more like an extended episode of the show. But if you’re a fan of the series, this is a no contest and you will want to pick up this disc, even if the transfer is not up to task.
Video: How does it look?
Digimon: The Movie is shown in full frame form, which is a pan and scan transfer, at least according to the disc’s case. Aside from the cropped image, this transfer looks good and that counts for something, I suppose. The animation looks fluid and doesn’t miss a beat, while the print used looks very clean and sharp at all times. The colors look very good, though not as vivid as I expected, but no complaints in the end. No issues with black levels either, as they look deep and rich, which means detail is never obscured. I wish this was an anamorphic widescreen transfer, but once you look past the pan and scan factor, this is a decent presentation.
Audio: How does it sound?
This disc uses a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, which provides a rich and layered audio experience. The pop music soundtrack is boomin’ in this mix, which adds a lot to those scenes, but the surrounds also see a lot of action. Of course, the action driven sequences pack the most punch, but even more conservative ones have dynamic audio, which is impressive. I heard no problems with the dialogue though, which is crisp at all times and never becomes buried in the mix. This disc also includes a 2.0 surround track, as well as English subtitles.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer, as well as a music video for Len’s “Kids In America.”