Naruto Uncut Box Set 9 is a three DVD disc set that contains episodes 107 through 120 of Naruto. The first disc contains four episodes, the second disc contains five episodes, and the third disc contains five episodes and the special features. The focus of this box set is Sasuke's defection from the Hidden Leaf Village, and the start of the Sasuke Retrieval Arc.
On the first two discs of the 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 the 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 15 pages, which are model sketches of some of the Naruto characters. There is a sneak preview for Naruto Uncut Box Set 10, which runs for roughly three minutes; it should be noted that the audio for the preview is mastered lower than the episodes on the disc. Next is "From Sketch to Screen," which contains eight pages of storyboards from episode 112; 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.
Next in the extras menu is a selection labeled as "New From Viz Media." This link takes you to advertisements for Shonen Jump magazine, the Naruto manga, and two pages featuring other Shonen Jump manga titles. A link in the extras menu labeled as "Trailers" takes you to a set of trailers. There are trailers for the Naruto: Ninja Destiny video game, the Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution video game, Bleach, The Prince of Tennis, Buso Renkin, Hunter x Hunter, and Death Note.
The special features are exactly what I expect after seeing the exact same things on the previous eight box sets; however, I still can't help but feel a little disappointed that Viz Media feels the need to have such "cookie cutter" extras included on these DVD box sets. However, if you're a Naruto fan that wants to collect all of the episodes on DVD, then Naruto Uncut Box Set 9 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.
|The Battle Begins: Naruto vs. Sasuke|
Bitter Rivals and Broken Bonds
An Invitation From the Sound
Formation! The Sasuke Retrieval Squad
|Sound vs. Leaf|
Squad Mutiny: Everything Falls Apart!
Full Throttle Power! Choji, Ablaze!
Good-Bye Old Friend...! I'll Always Believe in You!
Your Opponent Is Me!
|360 Degrees of Vision: The Byakugan's Blind Spot|
Losing Is Not an Option!
The Vessel Arrives Too Late
Miscalculation: A New Enemy Appears!
Roar and Howl! The Ultimate Tag-Team!