The original three Pokémon movies are being re-released as a trilogy on a limited-edition Blu-ray steelbook
Without a doubt we are in the midst of a Pokémon revival and nothing could further cement that fact more than the original three Pokémon movies being re-released on Blu-Ray for the first time here in the UK. The re-release will see the original three films bundled together as a trilogy available on DVD or in a limited-edition Blu-ray steelbook. However, we sadly haven’t been provided any pack shots for the re-release but one hopes it will heavily feature the legendary Pokémon that take front and center in the three films.
UPDATE: We now have a packshot of the limited-edition Blu-ray steelbook at the end of this article.
Manga Entertainment are releasing the trilogy in the UK and it is due to be available November 14th. My only hope for the re-release is that they take inspiration from the three films original theatrical releases where highly collectible Pokémon cards were given out to attendees. As a child of 10 when the first movie was released I have very fond memories of being handed a limited-edition Dragonite card as I entered the screening for the film. In fact I still own that card to this very day and it was a big part of the magic of the first film. As an adult it would definitely put a smile on my face to find a similar card included with the limited-edition Blu-ray release of these films.
Regarding the re-release Andrew Hewson (Marketing manager at Manga Entertainment) had the following to say “We are incredibly proud and excited to announce the release of the first three Pokémon movies on limited edition Blu-ray steelbook. We pride ourselves on being the home of classic and perennial franchises and this is a great addition to the family. With the success of Pokémon Go this is the perfect time to be releasing the movies, especially as this is the first time fans can get them on Blu-ray!”
And just in case you’ve forgotten the plots to the original films, in which case you wouldn’t be much of a Pokéfan, we’ve got you covered with plot synopses for each of the films below:
Pokémon: The First Movie:
The adventure explodes into action with the debut of Mewtwo, a bio-engineered Pokémon created from the DNA of Mew, the rarest of all Pokémon. After escaping from the lab where it was created, Mewtwo is determined to prove its own superiority. It lures a number of talented Trainers into a Pokémon battle like never before—and of course, Ash and his friends are happy to accept the challenge!
Ash’s excitement turns to fear and anger when Mewtwo reveals its plan for domination, creating powerful clones of our heroes’ Pokémon so it can even the “imbalance” between Pokémon and their Trainers. Despite Ash’s protests, Mewtwo refuses to believe that Pokémon and people can be friends. But faced with the determination and loyalty of a young Trainer, Mewtwo just might have to reconsider…especially when pitted against the power of the mysterious Mew!
Pokémon: The Movie 2000:
In the Orange Islands far south of Kanto, a Trainer named Lawrence is on a sinister quest: catching the Legendary Pokémon Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres in an attempt to awaken Lugia, guardian of the sea! When Ash and friends arrive, the islanders ask him to gather three elemental orbs from different islands. As the weather across the world goes out of control, it becomes clear that the capture of the Legendary trio has thrown the environment out of balance! With Lugia’s help, can Ash find the orbs, restore the balance, and be the “chosen one” that everyone turns to?
Pokémon 3: The Movie:
A crystal catastrophe is unleased upon Greenfield, and Ash, Pikachu, and friends must figure out how to undo the damage to the once-beautiful town. But the unthinkable happens when Ash’s mother is kidnapped by the powerful Entei, a Pokémon thought to have existed only in legend. Now Ash must go to her rescue, uncertain of what he’ll uncover when he unlocks the real secret power behind the unbelievable turn of events: a young girl whose dream world is being turned into a nightmarish reality by the mysterious and unstoppable Unown!
The Pokémon movie trilogy will be available to purchase November 14th.