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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 #3

By Chris Beveridge     October 27, 2005
Release Date: October 18, 2005

Gatchaman: Collectors Edition Box Set #3
© ADV Films

What They Say
Airing in Japan between 1972 and 1974, the popular and highly influential anime series GATCHAMAN is credited for spearheading worldwide interest in the Japanese style of animation. In America, GATCHAMAN appeared in edited form as the 1970s-era television series BATTLE OF THE PLANETS, the late-'80s G-FORCE, and the updated '90s spinoff OVA, but the series itself was never aired in its original Japanese format. This reissue finally presents the original GATCHAMAN in all its pristine glory: uncut, unedited, newly dubbed, and with 20 episodes never previously seen in the U.S. Relive the adventures of Professor Kozaburou Nambu; his Science Ninja Team of Ken, Jo, Jun, Jinpei, and Ryu; and their superweapon aircraft Phoenix as they battle to save the Earth from the world-domination plans of the evil Galactor organization. This collection combines volumes 5 and 6 for a total of six complete episodes.

The Review!
Collecting the fifth and sixth volumes of the series into one mini box set along with a disc of extras, this continues to be 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 Ken on his side in flight so the white of his outfit is against the white nackground which wraps all the way around the other side and brings in the other members of the team with Joe being the primary character on the other panel. This is a really good cast shot of the main five in flight that shines with the colors and style that Ross does so well. 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 pinkish cover that has their symbol on the front in red which makes it stand out strongly. The back cover provides a shot of Jun 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.

For the third installment, Jun is the character of focus here. It kicks off with 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 actress Kim Prause who landed 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. While not as much as the previous volume, there is more here. There's a gallery of various publication images that were used from the property and things are rounded out with a look at the first volume of the manga with the second chapter.

Individual Reviews:
 Volume 5Volume 6 

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.

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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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