Pokemon All-Stars is an economical 10-disc DVD set that was released to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Pokemon. Each DVD features a Pokemon character, and each disc is supposed to include three episodes that feature the Pokemon that is pictured on the disc. The 10 Pokemon that are featured in the set were voted on by the fans. Not surprisingly, the first disc features Pikachu. The remaining nine Pokemon included in the set are: Jigglypuff, Charizard, Squirtle, Blastoise, Eevee, Bulbasaur, Lugia, Charmander, and Mudkip.
The DVDs are extremely "bare bones." There are no special features, and when you put the disc into your player, it goes straight into the episodes after playing a couple of "splash screens." The only way to get to a menu is to either hit your "menu" button as the first episode begins, or play through all three episodes; after the final episode, it goes to the menu.
On the menu screen, it shows which three episodes are included on the disc, and you can choose to view either "Part A" (the part of the episode before the commercial break) or "Part B" (the part of the episode after the commercial break). Even though there are no special features, it's a relief to see that Viz Media didn't try to include trailers on the discs.
For each disc, the idea is that the disc includes three episodes featuring the Pokemon character on the disc. While watching the set, I found myself wondering why particular episodes were included. For example, I wondered why the episode "Snow Way Out" was included on the Charmander disc. While, yes, Charmander does shoot out some fire to create an opening for Ash to make a cave in the snow, that was the only real major appearance Charmander had; the focus of the episode wasn't on Charmander.
Another example of this is the inclusion of the episode "Fit to be Tide" on the Squirtle disc. While Ash used Squirtle in one part of the gym battle, the episode actually focused much more heavily on Lapras. This episode would have been more appropriate on a Lapras disc, if one had been released.
Overall, this is a decent box set for someone who is wanting to get some Pokemon episodes relatively cheaply, and really aren't trying to acquire all of the episodes in the series. However, for die-hard fans of the Pokemon series, they are probably better off acquiring the DVD boxes for each season as they are released.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD box set that my husband and I purchased for our children.
|Pokemon – I Choose You!|
|The Song of Jigglypuff|
Beach Blank-Out Blastoise
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokemopolis
|Attack of the Pre-Historic Pokemon|
Charizard's Burning Ambition
|Here Comes the Squirtle Squad|
Island of the Giant Pokemon
Fit to be Tide
|The Ties That Bind|
Can't Beat the Heat!
|Battling Eevee Brothers!|
The Rivalry Revival
|Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village|
Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden
Bulbasaur... The Ambassador
|The Mystery Is History|
A Parent Trapped
A Promise Is a Promise
|Charmander – The Stray Pokemon|
Snow Way Out
The March of the Exeggutor Squad
|A Mudkip Mission|
Turning Over a Nuzleaf
In the Knicker of Time