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A group of scientists succeed in creating a super Pokemon (Pocket Monster) from a DNA sample of legendary Pokemon Mew. Possessing supernatural powers, the new creature, Mewtwo, rebels against his creators and vows to take revenge on the world. Mewtwo's invites a group of talented Pokemon trainers to his island headquarters with the intention of cloning their monsters and setting his duplicate army against them. With friends Misty and Brock, trainer Ash Ketchum (Veronica Taylor) travels to Mewtwo's island, unaware of the danger in store. With the help of his favourite Pokemon Pikachu (Ikue Ootani), Ash faces up to Mewtwo in a battle to save his beloved Pokemons and the world.

"It is hard to define the appeal of the bright and colourful characters created by Nintendo in 1996 for their Game Boy called Pocket Monsters by award winning game software designer Statoshi Tajiri. Rather than analyse why Pokemon has become a phenomenon, it is probably easier to dive in and enjoy the fun. In fact the DVD may help you understand what it's all about, with the help of a fun commentary by English adaptation director Michael Haigney and producer Norman J. Grossfeld. They talk about the phenomenon, the characters and the differences between the Japanese and US versions. In fact there are quite a few differences, with segments reanimated and some new 3D CGI graphics used. Part of the reason is that the Japanese version uses puns and references to its culture, so great care has been made to tailor the films for the different markets. You may be interested to know that the film was originally called 'Mewtwo Strikes Back', and here you can enjoy not only the movie itself, but also watch the mini-movie Pikachu's Vacation. There's a featurette that traces Mewtwo's origin, and you might just find that you fall in love with these cute little friends, whose special powers are based on their connection with certain types of energy such as fire, water, electric and the psychic. You'll get most out of this DVD if you have surround sound: you'll hear Mewtwo's thoughts from the front of the room, but as this psychic communicates to all, the surround sound will immerse you."
Louise Keller

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VOICES: Veronica Taylor, Racheal Lillis, Eric Stuart, Ikue Ootani

DIRECTOR: Michael Haigney, Kunohiko Yuyama

RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes

DVD Distributor: Warner Home Video

DVD Release: April 3, 2000

RRP: $34.95

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