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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: A+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: A+
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Bandai Visual
  • MSRP: �20000
  • Running time: 313
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Galaxy Express 999

Galaxy Express 999 the Movie DVD-BOX

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Galaxy Express 999 the Movie DVD-BOX
© Bandai Visual


What They Say
?Galaxy 999 will take you on a journey, a never ending journey?. journey to the stars!? Leiji Matsumoto?s legendary storytelling is brought to life in the GE 999 series. Follow Tetsuro, on the quest to becoming a man and all the adventures he encounters on his way to fulfilling his dreams. With Maetel as his guide, they visit exciting new planets, meet amazing characters, and evil villains along their way. Galaxy Express 999, only the limit of your imagination is your destination.

The Review!
The Japanese soundtrack is remixed in DD 2.0. Sound is concise and clear sounding. No audible noise, pop, or clicks are to be found here. And for a soundtrack made in ~1978 is surprisingly full, even though most of the sound is coming from the front stage, primarily the center channel, but some directionality can be found in key scenes throughout. However, the sound is at it?s best in the isolated BGM track as the movie plays on you get a real sense of how the movie is flowing, even without dialogue. The music really does set the mood for this series.

Video: The movies showcase a 16 x 9 Letterbox transfer that is absolutely exquisite. Again, coming from the standpoint that the first 2 films were released in the late 70?s and early 80?s respectively. The colors are very accurate for the movies. No rainbowing was to be found anywhere on the discs, although I did notice a very minor shimmering in 2 or 3 scenes, but I think that is related to the abuse the player has gone through. What really makes this transfer shine through is in the lights and darks. Blacks are solid and dark colors don?t artifact or pixilate. The lights add to the setting, giving it that destroyed cityscape look and feel. Hands down better than the VHS copy I own redone by Viz a few years back.

Packaging: The Box is similar to the slipcase models that allow you to view the contents and extras included without having to open or unlatch anything. Made sturdy, it is a glossy, very shiny black box with a GE 999 engine room motif on the front and back. Logos and text adorn the box on the top/bottom and side. All this including a shimmering, light reflexive effect used to highlight the images and text.

Menus: The Menus all feature a cool CG intro and the choices are presented to you in a clear-cut, organized fashion. Not too confusing at all to figure out, even if you don?t understand Japanese. But again, there is so much content available on each disc, you may need to make notes of what sections do what.
Extras: One of the best box sets out there. Done on a grandiose scale, similar to the Blood: Complete Box Set, in the sheer amount of love gone into producing this. From the inclusion of the Storyboards, Comparisons to Film in Multi-Angle Mode, to 3 booklets which were previously only available to those who attended the theatrical showings in Japan on their first run, Interviews with the Voice actors, staff, crew, and creator, Leiji Matsumoto. A fourth, 8- age booklet is included also with the set defining some of the storyline of GE 999, some comments by the creators, voice actors and information behind the creation of the DVD box set, gate folded four ways that when completed closed, look like a ticket to ride aboard the GE 999. All these extras, plus they packed the 3 discs with so much stuff, they included a 4th disc in the set of even more GE 999 goodness.

Content: The Galaxy Express 999 series is in one word, an Adventure-to put it mildly. An Adventure that spans Space & Time. Epic would be a better to justify this classic in Japanese Animation history. There is so much to these films that could not begin to touch on it if I were to sit here and type for and hour, so I won?t bore you with that. I?ll just say this. Though not a confusing story to follow, there are many messages to reap from this film. From complex issues of mankind vs. himself in a race to acquire power through technology to losing this power and ultimately fighting for survival to basic stories of good against evil, coming of age through your trials and tribulations to appreciating what you have in life and knowing that you can attain anything by not limiting yourself to believe you can?t. People from all walks of life and ages can view these films and take something away from it.

Features
Japanese Language/Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound,BGM Isolated Sound Track/Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound,
Galaxy Express 999 (disc 1),Adieu Galaxy Express 999 (disc 2),Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy (disc 3),Galaxy Express 999: Claire of Glass (disc 4),Teasers & Trailers,Storyboards
Interviews w/ Cast Crew and Creator,Multi-Angle Mode,3 GE 999 Booklets w/ Story Character Voice Actor Animation and Creator,Information for each Theatrical Release,8-Page Booklet Featuring Photos Commentary and Information about the GE 999 Series and the DVD-Box Set Creation,Full Color Reversible DVD Covers featuring Original Artwork designed by Leiji Matsumoto,DVD-ROM Features & Extras
DVD Box w/ 999 Engine Room emblazoned on the front and back that reflects
when held up to the light

Review Equipment
Sony Vega 32FS16 32? TV, Apex 703a Codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE945 DD/DTS Receiver, Monster Cable, Sony 5 speaker system, Sony 2 subwoofer system.

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