Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai is the tenth film in the Pokemon franchise, and it's the final Pokemon film to be distributed in the United States by Viz Media. The Rise of Darkrai is a decent Pokemon film, and it tells a good story. However, it felt like there were more attempts to integrate CG animation than in previous films. Compared to the other films that utilized the computer graphics, the CG in this film sticks out even worse than in the previous films and draws way too much attention to itself.
Unlike the previous two Pokemon films, The Rise of Darkrai was a single disc DVD release. On the disc, you can watch the film, you can use the setup menu to set your audio and subtitle preferences, and you can choose where in the film you want to start watching. For audio options, you can choose either 5.1 Surround or Stereo. For subtitles, you can choose either English or Spanish. When I put this disc into my Blu-Ray player, my player automatically put the English subtitles on the screen. Since there is no option for turning off subtitles in the set-up menu, I had to use the "Subtitle" menu on my Blu-Ray player's remote to turn off the subtitles. However, when I later put this disc into a computer DVD drive, the English subtitles did not automatically appear on the screen.
The Rise of Darkrai is the first DVD release of a Pokemon film to not include any kind of special features. When this film was first released on DVD, it cost about the same amount as a DVD that contained bonus features. However, over time, the price has come down to something that is a little more reasonable for what you get. If you can find a copy of The Rise of Darkrai that's selling for under $15, I would recommend purchasing it.
In order to write this review, I checked out a copy of this DVD through the King County Library System.
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