Sailor Moon North American DVD BOOTLEG Guide!
*Note:* This will be a guide for how to decipher whether you own an official Sailor Moon DVD set or a typical bootleg. This will only cover REGION 1 DVDs released in North America.
Let’s face it everyone, its 2012 and now more than ever, technology is so advanced, that making something like a Sailor Moon bootlegged DVD set is one of the simplest things to do. To start out, most Sailor Moon bootlegged sets are made in Hong Kong. After reading this guide, I hope you will be a lot more familiar with what a bootleg is and what isn’t and more importantly, you will be able to decipher whether you own a bootleg DVD or not. Before we start just a few things to note
1. The complete Sailor Moon series was NEVER released in one complete boxset in North America, so anytime you see “complete with all 200 episodes,” or anything along those lines, it is FOR SURE a bootleg.
2. Anything that says Region Free, Region 0, All Region, or anything along those lines, is a dead giveaway that it is a bootleg. Sailor Moon DVDs released in North America are ALL region 1!
In some cases, cover art and disc art will also be great indicators as to if a certain DVD is a bootleg or not. One thing to inspect is the cover, because most sellers will never list pictures of disc art. Going back to the cover art, bootlegs usually have typos on the cover or have indicators that show something is wrong. For example when you see Chinese text on a Japanese anime DVD set. Finally one last HUGH indicator is that bootlegs usually have 3-4 discs max per season. This is because discs are expensive and the less discs, the more money these bootleg companies make! Real official Sailor Moon DVD sets usually have 6-7 discs per season, depending on how many episodes there are in the season. Most of the time they will put no more than 6 or 7 episode per disc!
More recently I have been seeing sets that contain 6-7 discs per set for example the ones sold on SailorMoonDVDs.com. This does NOT mean they are official! They are still bootlegs, but what these people are doing is ripping the discs and basically coping all the data to another disc! THESE ARE STILL UNOFFICAL copies!
Now that that’s clear, let’s get started… (I will probably repeat some of those important indicators for bootlegs and provide examples for proof below) ( Follow the cut for more information and imagesCollapse )