Blu-ray: Urusei Yatsura: Only You (Discotek)

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Urusei Yatsura: Only You


English Blu-ray Title (Region A)

Urusei Yatsura: Only You

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Japanese (2.0 Mono), English (2.0 Mono)

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English
100 minutes
2021
Discotek
1
1.85:1 Anamorphic

Movie:

Urusei Yatsura 1: Only You

Blu-ray

Extras

  • Menus (English)
  • Chapters (18)
  • Trailers: Urusei Yatsura: Only You (Teaser, Theatrical, 2 Previews)

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Review

By: Anthony Romero

After a slight delay, Discotek releases the first Urusei Yatsura movie... right on December 31st of 2021, kind of at the 11th hour. While this comes years after their Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer release, it's great to see the company distributing the other movies in the series. In terms of this particular release, it has a good to great video and audio presentation, but doesn't have much in the way of extras.


 Video: Star Rating


The video quality here is a bit mixed, but overall makes for a good presentation. At times it looks fantastic, with nice clear frames and distinct colors. Other times the image looks a bit too soft and lacking in more sharp details one would expect from a high definition format. Some of this is often likely due to source damage, as there is a notable issue around the 98 minute mark when the image becomes briefly unstable. As a general complaint, while the colors are distinct, the image as a whole is too bright. The biggest casualty here is that the black levels could be a little darker. Despite complaints, though, the 1983 movie looks fairly good here as a whole.

Urusei Yatsura 1: Only You is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, or widescreen.

 

 Audio: Star Rating


This Blu-ray offers two audio tracks. The first is a PCM 2.0 Dual Mono presented in Japanese. All in all, the quality on this track is pretty stellar for a mono offering. There is nice clarity in the dialogue and sound effects with no overt audio discrepancies. It would have been nice had a more dynamic track also been offered as an option, like stereo or surround as was created for the sequel... although the pedigree difference between this 1983 film and the second movie is quite large so probably not too shocking that the first film didn't get the same red carpet treatment.

Second up is an English dub audio track, presented in PCM 2.0 mono. Discotek has mentioned on Twitter that they have gone to great lengths to sync up the "classic" dubbing with the new source material, and their efforts have paid off in that sense. In fact, the audio quality, ignoring the performances in the dub, is quite high.

On the subtitle front, the movie can be accompanied by two removable English subtitle tracks. This includes one for subtitling the dialogue and on screen text and the other for just on screen texts plus the songs as it's intended to pair with the dub.

 

 Extras: Star Rating


Unlike Discotek's Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer release, this one is very light on extras.

The bonus material here is reserved to a series of four adverts for the movie. This includes a teaser and the main theatrical trailer, both of which are presented in good video and audio quality. They also have removable English subtitles. The disc also features two "theatrical previews". These appear to be sequences from the movie that were screened in theaters to drum up interest. They are quite long, with one being about eight minutes and the other about seven minutes. Other than a title card at the start, these are the same as the scenes from the movie. So while the video and audio quality on these are okay, they aren't up to the same degree as the movie found on the disc. As a result, these two extras aren't very interesting to watch.

Finally, worth noting that the disc does start with a "catalogue" trailer. This shows a large number of titles that are available from Discotek. It includes Project A-KO, City Hunter 2, Fatal Fury Complete OVA Series, Sgt. Frog, Shaman King, and others. It's about two minutes in total, mostly just showing quick sequences planned to the same music track throughout and is a commercail and not really an extra.

 

 Overview: Star Rating


Overall this is a good release, although falls short of being a great one. The video and audio quality are good to great, which is probably the most important aspects to most. The lack of extras is a little disappointing, but at least it does feature the original trailers in good quality.