Anime DVD Review: Naruto Uncut Season Three Box Set Volume 1

The Naruto Uncut Season Three Box Set Volume 1 box set is a six DVD set that contains episodes 107 through 135 of the Naruto anime series. The first disc contains four episodes, the second disc contains five episodes, the third disc contains five episodes and bonus features, the fourth disc contains five episodes, the fifth disc contains five episodes, and the sixth disc contains five episodes and bonus features.

Naruto Uncut Season Three Box Set Volume 1
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: June 29, 2010

All of the episodes in this disc are part of major story arc that appears during the first Naruto television anime series: Sasuke’s defection from the Hidden Leaf Village to go train under Orochimaru and the Sasuke Retrieval Arc. During this set, we see some of the battles of the Sasuke Retrieval Squad with the Sound Four; we specifically see Choji’s battle with Jirobo, Neji’s battle with Kidomaru, Shikamaru’s battle with Tayuya, Kiba and Akamaru’s battle with Sakon and Ukon, and Rock Lee and Gaara against Kimimaro.

Naruto catches up with Sasuke during this set, and the audience is rewarded with some backstory for Sasuke’s past. While some things about Sasuke and why he’s as driven as he is for his revenge are hinted at earlier in the series, this backstory finally makes all of Sasuke’s motivations clear. The set concludes with the climactic battle between Naruto and Sasuke.

This is basically the most pivotal plot point of the series, and as a viewer, I was very satisfied with how it transpired. Unfortunately, most of the episodes after this point in the series are “filler” material.

When it comes to the DVD release, it’s just like the previous four boxes in this set of Naruto releases. It’s a “bare bones” release; there are no booklets or inserts included in the box. When it comes to the actual discs included in this set, they are exactly the same as the discs that were released in the Naruto Uncut Box Set 9 and Naruto Uncut Box Set 10 box sets.

The first bonus feature on the third disc is labeled as “Production Art,” which consists of 15 pages of model sketches of some of the Naruto characters. There is a sneak preview for Naruto Uncut Box Set 10, which runs for roughly three minutes; it should be noted that the audio for the preview is mastered lower than the episodes on the disc. Next is “From Sketch to Screen,” which contains eight pages of storyboards from episode 112; for each storyboard, you can choose to see the clip that the storyboard is for. In the “Extras” menu, you can also see the English credits, promos for Shonen Jump magazine and other Viz Media manga titles, and trailers for six releases that Viz Media was promoting.

The first bonus feature on the sixth disc is labeled as “Production Art,” which consists of 15 more model sketches of some of the Naruto characters. There is a sneak preview for Naruto Uncut Box Set 11, which runs for roughly three and a half minutes. Next is “From Sketch to Screen,” which contains eight pages of storyboards from episode 128. For each storyboard, you can choose to see the clip that the storyboard is for. In the “Extras” menu, you can also see the English credits, promos for Shonen Jump magazine and other Viz Media manga titles, and eight trailers for releases that Viz Media was promoting.

If you enjoy the Naruto television anime series and haven’t already purchased the Naruto Uncut sets, this would be an economical way to get the episodes on DVD in order to add them to your collection. You get double the amount of the content of the original sets, but you pay about the same amount as you would have for the original Naruto Uncut DVD box sets. However, if you do purchase this set, just be aware that this is simply a repackaging of Naruto Uncut Box Set 9 and Naruto Uncut Box Set 10. All Viz Media really did to change the discs was to make minor changes to the labels on the physical discs included in the set.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Naruto Uncut Season Three Box Set Volume 1 that I purchased for my husband as a gift.

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