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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 44.98
  • Running time: 300
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Gatchaman

Gatchaman: Collectors Edition Box Set #1

    August 03, 2005
Release Date: June 14, 2005

Gatchaman: Collectors Edition Box Set #1
© ADV Films

What They Say
In the 21st century, the evil organization Galactor has its sights set on global conquest. Their use of tyrannical terrorism and high-tech mayhem has the world in the clutches of fear! The only thing standing in the way of complete global dominance is the International Science Organization (ISO) and its chief scientist, Professor Kozaburou Nambu. Dr. Nambu's primary weapon in the fight for freedom is his top secret experiment: the five kids who make up the Science Ninja Team. Bird, go!

Gatchaman: Collector's Box Vol. 1 is a three disc DVD-only release containing the first two volumes (The Legend Begins, Meteors and Monsters) with ten complete episodes presented along with a bonus DVD jam-packed with extra features and special behind the scenes looks at the series.

The Review!
Collecting the first two volumes of the series into one mini box set along with a disc of extras, this is the Gatchaman experience that's hard to pass up.

The chipboard box for this release holds all three keepcases nice and snugly within its gorgeous artwork. Alex Ross' work, which we cover in detail in the first volumes review, is simply gorgeous here and this wraparound image is fantastic. The main panel starts off with the five heroes in their uniforms rushing forward while the villainous Katse is in the background and it wraps around the spine to the back panel where the same heroes are presented in their street clothes as well as the God Phoenix. Ross has managed to really capture the look and feel of these characters and the anime style and merged it with his own style quite beautifully. I'd love to see what else he'd be able to do with more modern shows. The unique disc in this set is the third disc with all the extras and it's done up nicely with a white cover that has their symbol on the front in red which makes it stand out strongly. The back cover provides a shot of Ken from the show and lists all the extras to be found on it and rounds it out with the technical information for the disc.

The menu layout is similar to the main release in that it's blocked out a bit but it's more similar to the extras menu where there's an image broken up along the right while the left side is a red field with all of the extras listed straight down.

This release is full of interesting material for the really curious fan. This volume is a bit heavy on the Ken focus and we get things such as his character profile and a series of production sketches devoted to him. There's an interview piece with the English voice actor for Ken, someone who doesn't look like a Ken to be sure, as well as some of audition footage from the various people that tried out for the role. There's a series of sketches related to the episodes on the two volumes and the ADR director gets an interview session as well.

Some of the fun nostalgic pieces are things like the unused ending credit sequences that's also done in a variant with the sponsor messages or the modeling commercials. I love the model commercial the best. A fun extra is the single text page piece that shows what was popular on TV here in the U.S. during this time in 1972 for both live action and cartoons. The last and potentially most interesting extra is the mini documentary that goes behind the scenes of Tatsunoko at that time.

Individual Reviews:
Volume 1Volume 2

In Summary:
While I'm sure there's a touch of nostalgia involved here, this isn't something that I've been pining to have for ages nor even though we'd ever see a new accurate dub and a clean translation for. In watching it though, it's an example of how great anime has been and can be and shows where things have faltered in recent years. Though the scripting in the original is awkward at times and we're thirty years removed from its social conditions and how everything else was written at the time, Gatchaman provides for some very exciting situations, interesting characters and yes, something of a history lessen. In addition, it gets itself a wonderfully done just slightly over the top dub that really captures the essence and feel of the series without all the awfulness that made the original so distant from its source material. Gatchaman is a series that almost no anime fan should be without.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,clean opening and closing animation, episode commentary, Gatchaman Karaoke, Ken - the Eagle profile, character sketches: Ken, episode sketches, interviews with the English staff and cast, audition footage.

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Zenith DVB-318 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player via DVI, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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