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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 15 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Getter Robo: Armageddon

Getter Robo Vol. #1

By Mark McPherson     February 05, 2002
Release Date: July 17, 2001

The Review!
After some running around a bit, I finally managed to aquire a non-defective disc of Getter Robo Vol. 1. The problems was that all the late printed copies contained Getter Robo Volume 2, but thanks to ADV's recall, you can now enjoy Getter Robo from the begining.

Audio: ADV's audio quality still remains refined to Dolby 2.0, but this is ADV's best attempt with it thus far. The two tracks are both crisp and clear and really make good use of surround sound.

Video: For a show with this art, video is everything. And ADV didn't lag in this department. The colors look great with no fragements or grain. Can't complain.

Packaging: A pretty good looking picture of Ryoma with Shin Getter reaching out in the background. I really wish ADV wouldn't spell Getter Robo in verticle, turned-left position, which makes it hard to read. The back features a synphosis and run-down of the extras. Why couldn't they put the episode title names on it?

Menus: The menu on this disc has the same opening as discs 3 and 4, except the main menu features Musashi and Ryoma transforming into Getter Three. The menus look pretty stable and should leave you satisfied.

Extras: Pretty good for ADV. You get the seven original LD covers and textless opening and closings. I have to admit they are kind of cool. The behind the scenes features the dub actor for Gai do his stuff. And then theres some nice production artwork on some of the characters. Overall, these extras are some of the best I've seen on ADV's discs thus far.

Content: Getter Robo G fans rejoice! The classic is back. If you haven't seen any of the past Getter Robo series, you won't be able to understand this series easily.

Episode one starts off with a prelude discussing how mankind defeated the Invaders on the moon thanks to the three Getter Robos, piloted by Musashi, Hayato and Ryoma. However, all is not well. After the prelude, it is revealed that Doctor Saotome, creator of the Getter Rays, has been killed. They Doctor Saotome appear before is death-spot and declare the end of the world. When Musashi and Benkei are busy transporting Geter Three, they run into some trouble with new Invaders. Things start to get rough.

At this point, you won't have a clue what is going, so let's clear some stuff up. Doctor Saotome was killed one night infront of a church. Ryoma rushes to see Saotome dead and find out that Hayato did it. When Hayato runs off, Genki sees Ryoma holding a gun. Ryoma, now angered with Saotome and Hayato, is chosen for the pilot of Getter One. When Ryoma goes on his mission to stop Saotome from ruling the world with his Getter Dragons, the UN council receives help from Cohen and Stinger. Saotome reveals his plans to unleash a test-tube pilot for his newest Getter Robo, Shin Getter Robo. Why is Saotome doing all this? To get even with Ryoma and Hayato for accidentily killing Michuru, Saotome's daughter, in a failed Getter transformation into Getter Ryger. However, the Invaders invade and things get mixed up when they consume Musashi and Saotome. When Saotome reveals what purpose his new Shin Dragon and Shin Getter Robo are used for, Cohen and Stinger reveal their true indentities as Invaders and launch a Getter Bomb on Japan.

Fast forward to 15 years later. The worlds a mess, Invaders run rampant and most people live underground. The new team from Japan is comprised of Kei, Saotome's step-daughter, Gai, a new recruit, Yoshida, Danroku and Benkei heading this team. At this point, things take an unexpected turn when Shin Dragon awakens and the UN councel pops back up as Invaders.

The one thing I don't like about the dub is the confusing English script. Like the show wasn't already confusing enough. In episode one, when they see Getter Two, they call it Getter Two, but when Musashi takes control of Getter Three, he calls it Getter Two. What's even more annoying is that Ryoma looks at both Getter Two and Getter Three and says "(looks at Getter Three) Musashi? Is that you in Getter Three? (looks at Getter Two) Then, the pilot of Getter Three must be...". That has got to be a major script changing nightmare. Come on, ADV. Get your Getters right.

Overall, these episodes start out by giving you a small taste of the action that will leave you coming back for more. It only get's better from this point.

Review Equipment
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television


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