A series of new listings on Amazon have revealed that the first three Pokémon movies are getting a rerelease on DVD and Blu-Ray! With the original English-language versions of Pokémon The First Movie, Pokémon The Movie 2000, and Pokémon 3 The Movie currently out of print in both VHS and DVD (and with said versions fetching absurdly high prices nowadays), Viz Media has secured the rights to these first three Pokémon movies and are reprinting them on DVD, as well as releasing a special Blu-Ray collection in February 2016.
Notably, both the DVD and Blu-Ray reprints of these movies will retain the original theatrical 16:9 aspect ration (as opposed to the original release’s 4:3 standard resolution that was prevalent prior to the abundance of widescreen TVs). However, the audio is only available in 2.0 Stereo – a downgrade from the original Warner Bros. English DVD releases which featured Dolby Digital 5.1, and the special features that were included in the original DVD releases (such as the bonus audio commentary for the first and third films and the bonus “The Story of Mewtwo’s Origin” feature) are apparently missing from this rerelease.
Compare this to Beyond Home Entertainment’s reprint of the first three Pokémon movies earlier this December for Australia, where the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio was retained in at least the first 2 films in addition to keeping the 16:9 aspect ratio for all three movies. Nonetheless, if you’re looking an affordable way to watch the first three Pokémon films on North American DVD and Blu-Ray players in widescreen, this will be your best bet.
The DVD rereleases of Pokémon The First Movie, Pokémon The Movie 2000, and Pokémon 3 The Movie are available for pre-order from Amazon for roughly $15 USD each. The “Limited Edition” Blu-Ray collection that features all 3 films is also available for pre-order for $39.99 USD.