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An economical repackaging of Naruto Uncut Boxes 3 & 4

  • Aug 31, 2011
The Naruto Uncut Season One Volume 2 box set is a six DVD set that contains episodes twenty-six through fifty-two of the Naruto anime series. The first disc contains five episodes, the second disc contains four episodes, the third disc contains four episodes and bonus features, the fourth and fifth discs contain five episodes, and the sixth disc contains four episodes and bonus features.

This is a "bare bones" release; there are no booklets or inserts included in the set. When it comes to the actual discs in this set, they are basically the discs from Naruto Uncut Box Set 3 and Naruto Uncut Box Set 4, with minor changes made to the bonus features included on the third and sixth discs.

The first bonus feature on the third disc is labeled as "Production Art." This consists of ten pages of model sketches of some of the Naruto characters. The next feature is a preview for Naruto Shippuden. This is followed by "From Sketch to Screen Episode 33," which is eight pages of storyboards. For each storyboard, you can choose to see the clip that the storyboard is for. In the extras, you can also see the English credits. A link labeled as "Shonen Jump Home Video" is a link to three trailers. There is also "Shonen Jump Magazine & Manga," which has ads for Shonen Jump magazine, an ad for the Naruto manga, and two ads for other Shonen Jump manga titles.

The first bonus feature on the sixth disc is "Production Art," which includes ten more pages of model sketches of the characters. The next feature is the exact same preview for Naruto Shippuden that appears on the third disc. After that is "From Sketch to Screen Episode 40." Like the "From Sketch to Screen" on the third disc, this feature has eight pages of storyboards, and you can choose to see the clip that the storyboard is for. You can also see the English credits on this disc. The link for "Shonen Jump Home Video" includes the exact same trailers that appeared for this feature on the third disc. This is also the case for the "Shonen Jump Magazine & Manga" section of the extras.

If you enjoy Naruto and haven't already bought the Naruto Uncut sets, this would be an economical way to get the episodes on DVD. You get double the amount of content of the original sets, but pay about the same amount as you would have for those original sets. However, if you do purchase this set, just be warned that Viz Media didn't go to a lot of effort when combining Naruto Uncut Sets 3 and 4 together to make this set.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD box set that I purchased.

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