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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: A
  • Age Rating: TV PG
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 34.98
  • 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 #2

By Chris Beveridge     September 19, 2005
Release Date: August 16, 2005


Gatchaman: Collectors Edition Box Set #2
© ADV Films


What They Say
Featuring brand-new original box artwork from Alex Ross specially designed for this collection, this two-disc boxed set contains two volumes of Gatchaman Volume 3: Icebergs & Africa and Volume 4: Speed Racers & Neon Giants.

Contains ten episodes.

The Review!
Collecting the third and fourth 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.

Packaging:
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 Ryu and Jinpei avoind a range of flames against a starry night sky and it wraps around to the spine with Ken and Joe there as part of the wide arm embrace that's dealing with the Galactor creation while the back cover has a good looking piece of the God Phoenix and a strong shot of Nambu along with a bunch of Galactor goons. Ross has managed to really capture the look and feel of these characters again and the anime style and merged it with his own style quite beautifully. 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.

Menu:
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.

Extras:
While the first volume of extras focused on Ken, Joe gets a lot of the focus here. It kicks off wit things like his character profile and a series of sketches but it goes on further with a look at the audition footage for the role and then an interview with voice actor Brian Jepsen who scored the role. Add in some sketches from the episodes here and you already have some good material to go through.

But that isn't all of course. The Alex Ross interview is here as he talks about his approach to the artwork and there's a gallery of various publication images that were used from the property. What is Gatchaman is pretty self explanatory and things are rounded out with a look at the first volume of the manga.

Individual Reviews:
Volume 3Volume 4


In Summary:
Nostalgia does continue to play a role in enjoying this, but 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.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,clean opening and closing animation,Episode commentary,Gatchaman Karaoke,Joe - the Condor profile,Character sketches: Joe,Episode sketches,Alex Ross Interview,Interview with Brian Jepsen,Joe the Condor audition footage,Gatchaman Publishin Gallery,What is Gatchaman,Gatchaman Manga Volume 1

Review Equipment
In Summary:
The Gatchaman goodness continues with this volume and the six episodes are pretty good across the board with a mix of campy, serious, and just plain amusing. The release continues to be strong overall with a nice selection of extras, gorgeous packaging and a treatment to both scripts that really work well in each respective area. It's still weird at times watching something that's almost as old as I am but it's great to be able to reach back to then and to be able to enjoy the stories and animation from then. This is great stuff and we're very much into this for the long haul.

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