Does it get any better than sitting back and watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on your big screen in 5.1 surround sound and without commercial breaks? Clearly not.
Today I received a package in the mail from Madman Entertainment; my pre-order copy of the Australian My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Collector’s Edition DVD box set. Continue reading for more information and photos of the goodies within:
Inside the Collector’s Box
The Collector’s box contains Volume 1 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic – Friendship Changes Everything on DVD, a cardboard spacer to be replaced with additional DVD volumes, a pony toy and some trading/postcards. I also purchased Volume 2: That’s What Friends Are For.
Ample room is left for the remaining 3 volumes to round out the eventual complete season one box set, although I think my placeholder DVDs and Blu-ray fit right in with ponies for the meantime.
The box itself is a very sturdy, very pink case with some nice artwork adorning it. The underside of the case has the DVD information for Volume 1 printed on it, as seen below.
Included in the case is a set of folded Pony Postcards or trading cards; they are well designed and have a great description of the pony printed on the reverse side. Sadly, the art is Hasbro clip art and not show-accurate models, a minor detail which doesn’t detract too much from the final designs.
The cardboard spacer is surprisingly one of the better additions in the box. Instead of a plain wedge of cardboard to keep the first volume standing upright, it is a well designed piece of artwork. Unfortunately, to make room for the second and eventually third, fourth and fifth DVD volumes, the spacer will have to be removed from the collector’s box. Perhaps it can find another place on your shelf instead.
Pony Pulls the Wagon!
The included pony toy varies for each box set. Plumsweet was included with my purchase and she comes with a pet hamster and wagon. Her description on the back of the packaging reads:
Plumsweet always has something nice to say! Her friends come to her whenever they need cheering up!
DVD Volumes 1 & 2
Each volume contains five episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic from season one in the order they were aired. Each disk is 110 minutes in length, in PAL format and DVD region 4. The show is in 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound and has been presented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio.
Both DVD volumes have nice cover art and the reverse side of the sleeve has a very nice glossy, show-accurate poster; it is a pity these were not a separate sheet so you wouldn’t have to choose between having the cover in the DVD case or removing them to hang these up someplace. The back cover has a blurb of the DVD which is an algamation of descriptions for the episodes which appear on the disk.
Volume 1: Friendship Changes Everything
- Friendship is Magic (Part 1)
- Friendship is Magic (Part 2)
- The Ticket Master
- Applebuck Season
- Griffon The Brush-Off
Volume 2: That’s What Friends Are For
- Boast Busters
- Look Before You Sleep
- Bridle Gossip
- Swarm of the Century
Inside both cases is a removable insert. This insert advertises the first two volumes of DVDs on the reverse side and the interior has a ‘meet the ponies’ page opposite a catalogue of Pony merchandise from Hasbro.
Viewing the product
The main reason of purchasing these DVDs is to watch the show on a large screen in high detail from the comfort of my chair with speakers all around me. Before typing this all out and taking pictures, I watched through Applebuck Season, one of my favourite early season 1 episodes; it had a nice crisp image and wonderful sound with some effects (like water) coming from the rear speakers. These photographs do not do the show justice for what you see on-screen.
The menus have a nice feel to them with an instrumental version of the theme song playing in the background. The only setup feature is a choice between 5.1 and 2.0 sound, while the trailers are for other unrelated children’s TV shows that Madman is releasing soon.
The final effect is truly worth the price for uninterrupted high quality videos of the show. In Australia the show is (currently) only watchable on a cable TV channel in standard definition quality aired on weekdays. No Netflix or iTunes versions of the show exist here, so I’m glad that Madman Entertainment have decided to bring us a high quality product with these DVD sets. Unlike the American release from Shout! Factory, Australia is lucky to receive no themed sets with an assortment of episodes, just the entirety of season one split into five colourful volumes.
I cannot wait to fill out my Collector’s Box with the remaining volumes (Volume 3 is to be released August 1st) and hopefully Madman will provide us with another great box set for Season Two in the future. My only complaint would be about the sparsity of extra features. It would have been nice if Hasbro had some behind the scenes footage to give to distributors for inclusion on the DVDs.
Only one question now remains. There are five disks, five posters, five menu screens and six ponies and only room enough for one pony on the spine of the case, which ones will miss out or who will double up? Time will tell once the remaining two volumes are announced and dated.
DVD Special Features
- 5.1 Dolby surround sound or 2.0 Dolby stereo
- Trailers: 64 Zoo Lane, Noddy in Toyland, Pearlie: Hurly Burly, Growing Up Creepie
- Region 4, PAL format
- 16:9 Widescreen aspect ratio
You can purchase the Australian DVD sets from the Madman online store; they ship internationally. ■