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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/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 #8

By Chris Beveridge     August 24, 2006
Release Date: August 15, 2006


Gatchaman: Collectors Edition Box Set #8
© 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!


The Review!
Collecting the fifteenth and sixteenth 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.

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 individual volumes review, is simply gorgeous here and this wraparound image is fantastic. The wraparound artwork for this box is one that stands out among the others as it's of the God Phoenix where the main body is on the spine and the wings each take up a panel with the flames wrapping around all of it. The unique disc in this set is the third disc with all the extras and it's done up nicely with a blue cover that has their symbol on the front in red which makes it stand out strongly. The back cover provides a shot of Katse 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:
For the sixth installment, the Narrator is the main focus of the extras. It kicks off with things like his profile and a series of sketches of additional characters since the Narrator isn't an actual character but it goes on further with a look at the audition footage for the role and then an interview with voice actor George Manley who nabbed that role. Manley also gets to do an additional interview while the remainder of the extras are simple but good pieces such as a look at the music and games derived from the franchise and another round of the manga.

Individual Reviews:
Volume 15Volume 16


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,Narrator profile,Character sketches: Narrator,
Episode sketches,Narrator Audition Footage,Gatchaman Manga

Review Equipment
Panasonic PT50LC13 50" LCD RP HDTV, Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray 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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