Naruto Uncut Box Set 3 is a three DVD set that contains episodes 26 through 38 of Naruto. The first disc contains five episodes, the second disc contains four episodes, and the third disc contains four episodes and the special features. I have to say that, unlike Naruto Uncut Box Set 2, this set is more enjoyable to watch; the story isn't being stretched out a ridiculous amount, so it actually progresses at a decent pace.
On the first two discs of this set, you can choose to watch all the episodes, choose which episode you want to start with, and you can set your language and subtitle options. Audio is available in both Japanese and English, and you can choose whether to have the subtitles on or off. The menu on the third disc contains all of these options, but the menu on this disc also adds a selection to view the extras included with the box set.
The first extra is labeled as "Production Art." This consists of 10 pages, and all 10 pages are model sketches of some of the Naruto characters. There is also "From Sketch to Screen," which contains eight pages of storyboards from episode 33; for each storyboard, you can choose to see the clip that the storyboard is for. You can also see the English credits in the "Extras" menu. These are the exact same English version of the credits that appears on the first two DVD sets of Naruto. This, of course, means that there is no bed music to accompany the credits, so you just watch text crawl up the screen in complete silence.
There is a sneak preview of Naruto Uncut Box Set 4, which runs a little over three-and-a-half minutes. Of the three previews I've seen on the DVD box sets, I have to say that this one has, by far, been the most interesting to watch. A link labeled "Shonen Jump Home Video" is a link to three trailers: Bleach, Hikaru no Go, and One Piece. The "Shonen Jump Magazine" link includes an advertisement for Shonen Jump magazine, an advertisement for the Naruto manga, and two advertisements for other Shonen Jump manga titles.
Just like the first two box sets, I was rather disappointed with the special features included on this set. While I basically knew to expect these extras, since they're the same kinds that are on the first two sets, I kept hoping that perhaps Viz Media would go to a little more effort with the extras this time.
If you're a Naruto fan and want to collect the episodes on DVD, then the Naruto Uncut Box Set 3 would be a good addition to your DVD library.
In order to write this review, I checked out a copy of this DVD box set through the King County Library System.
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