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- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- MSRP: •2900-4700
- Running time: 80-108
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Gatchaman
What They SayThe Review!
This review covers the first four of a 27-disc release set. While this DVD is short on features, it contains pure unadulterated Gatchaman fun. The two
most important aspects of the DVD, video and audio quality, do not suffer at all considering the age of this series (1972). While the video at times is a bit unfocused and muddy, it appears to be artifacts from the original production instead of a poor mastering job for DVD. The audio is mono Dolby Digital and is superb throughout. I find the quality of the prints used to master this DVD to be of excellent quality. The episodes are on the DVD in the order in which they were broadcast.
The DVDs themselves come in a CD-sized jewel case. The first two installments Vol 1 & 2 contain three episodes each and weigh in at 2,980 yen for a total of 80 minutes. The rest of the series (with the exception of #27 which also has three episodes) cost 4,700 yen and contain 108 minutes of footage apiece.
Each DVD has a 12-or so-page booklet showing a brief description of each
contained episode, some artwork sketches, and an interview with a Gatchaman staff member. The last page of the booklet shows the current release
schedule which has (usually) two DVD's being released each month until mid-2001 when the final three, vols 25-27 are released.
While this DVD is severely lacking in extras, it does play the opening and
closing credits before each episode, and at the conclusion of the final
episode on each disc it plays "slideshow" of scenes from within that disc with a karaoke version of the Gatchaman song playing in the background. Chapter selects are judiciously placed at the beginning of each episode's opening credits, after the opening credits, midway through the episode, and before the end credits.
As for Gatchaman itself, speaking as someone who has never actually SEEN the
Japanese version, I found this to be an enormous treat. I liked the Battle of the Planets US version as a kid, and watching this DVD brought a much-needed breath of fresh air into the series for me. I never was really a Gatchaman/BoTP fan until I saw this (uncut) series on DVD. I personally am planning on getting the rest of the series as it comes out.
So in a nutshell, this is pretty much a no-frills DVD release of the old
Gatchaman series. The quality of the audio and video are excellent
considering the age of this series and the fact it was made for TV. So if you can justify the expense and like the series enough you can collect them.
Otherwise it's worth getting the first disc alone if you just want to see the series. At its relatively cheap price and considering that it contains the relatively good "Turtle King" episode #1, if you are going to get one of them, this would be it.
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