Starblazers: Quest For Iscandar Part 1 (Mania.com)
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What They Say
It's 2199 and radiation from constant Gamilon bombing threatens to destroy life on Earth. Space Cruiser Argo races against time to find the planet
Iscandar and bring back Cosmo-DNA, which can reverse the contamination
The Argo engages in spectacular battles with an enemy fleet commanded by
Desslok of Gamilon. On board, officers Derek Wildstar and Mark Venture wage their own private war. Chief Mechanic Sandor is revealed to be a cyborg, and Captain Avatar, weakened by radiation poisoning, is kept alive by Dr. Sane, the ship's doctor. A quirky robot called IQ-9 takes over when the human crew needs help. All this while Queen Starsha waits on Iscandar with a man from Earth the Star Blazers have given up for dead.
Let's get it out of the way now; this is NOT a state of the art DVD. Compared to the audio/video quality of some of the current releases the Star Blazers DVD pales in comparison. However, one should not be buying this DVD because you want to enjoy high quality graphics and sound. This is a DVD for those of us old enough to remember watching the Star Blazers when it was first released on American TV all those years ago. You really need to be a fan of the original show to enjoy this. Because that's what you're getting on this DVD; the original show. There is no alternate soundtrack, there are no subtitles. This is basically a transfer of the same material that was released on video to a DVD. There aren't even any extras on the DVD. You have two choices from a very simplistic menu; either play the shows or pick a chapter to start in. That's it. And it's a pretty ugly menu too; just two small icons for your choices with the Star Blazers logo in the upper right corner. There are the first 4 episodes on the DVD and they are all run together with only one run of the opening credits at the very beginning and one run of the end credits at the very last. Technically this is listed as a Region 2 DVD as you have to buy it from England, but the box shows it to be a region 0, so it should play on any player. As I mentioned earlier, the audio/video quality of this DVD trails far behind what is being released for the more modern shows. But keep in mind this is a 20+ year old series that no one has yet sunk the money into to do a proper restore job on it. People who have never heard of the Star Blazers will probably not want to purchase this DVD because of the poor audio/video quality. Also, the translation work that went into the English dub is extremely hokey (did you know that Mars is THOUSANDS of light years from Earth? That is an actual statement from the show). If, however, you are an anime fan like me who is old enough to have watched this show when it first aired this is a must have for your collection. Forget the fact that this DVD looks as old as the anime recorded on it; this is probably one of the first shows (if not THE show) that first got you interested in Japanese anime (even if you didn't know it was Japanese at the time). So, for you old time/long time anime fans out there go pick this up (Blackstar was the only place I was able to find to order this from), you won't regret it. For those of you who have only been Otaku for a few years and want to know what it was like in the good old days of the Star Blazers, Speed Racer, and the G-Force and don't have to have the finest in audio/video quality (also not to mention it will help you appreciate more what we have now) then this would also be worth your while to pick up. If you don't fall into the above two categories then you will probably want to give this DVD a pass. Me; I'm impatiently waiting for Part Two.
Sony DVP-S530D player with a Sony STR-DE445 DTS receiver on a Samsung 27" TV.
Mania Grade: NA
Audio Rating: N/A
Video Rating: N/A
Packaging Rating: N/A
Menus Rating: N/A
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: All
Region: 2 - Europe
Released By: Other
Running time: 98
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Starblazers / Yamato