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- Region: 2 - Japan
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment, Japan
- MSRP: �28000
- Running time: 600
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Speed Racer
Mach Go Go Go DVD-BOX 1st Leg
Mach Go Go Go DVD-BOX 1st Leg
What They SayThe Review!
© Geneon Entertainment, Japan
It's Speed Racer! This box set covers the first half of the Maha Go Go Go series (Episodes #1 - 24). Episodes are placed evenly with 4 DVD's containing 6 episodes each. There are no extras aside from the collector's telephone card included in the first DVD's case. That's right, no art/sketch booklets, no interviews, no photos, NOTHING.
The DVDs themselves contain no extras. When placed in the DVD player, they start off immediately with the Tatsunoko and Pioneer LDC logos and proceed immediately to the first episode on the disc. Calling up the menu brings up a minimalist menu with selections for opening/closing cinema (actually, there are no credits - just a cinema) and the start of each episode.
Now that the issue of extras (or lack thereof) are aside, a look at the positive side reveals a really cool box to hold the DVDs and pretty good artwork on the DVDs themselves. Now for what really matters: the audio/video quality. I was quite impressed with the prints they obtained for this DVD. This series originally aired in 1967 yet the print looks vibrant and clean. The audio is clear monaural dolby digital.
The compression is pretty good. While watching the DVDs I saw no real signs of compression-related artifacting (except for the red-on-white Pioneer logo) and the audio is just superb.
The episodes themselves are classic. After watching Speed Racer as a child, I immediately had nostalgic feelings watching the episodes. What is different is noting the similarities and differences between the old "Speed Racer" and this original Japanese version. First off, the Japanese version is much more violent. People get shot (no blood), cars crash spectacularly, things blow up with fatal consequences, and villains are nastier. Second, the relationship between Michi (Trixie) and Go (Speed) is a wee bit more pronounced in the Japanese version. In Speed Racer, she always appeared to me as "one of the gang," here, it's much more obvious that she likes Go (in a 60's Japanese sort of way). Daisuke (Pops) likes to smoke on rare occasions. There are very few adopted English words used in this series. Just Go yelling "Go!" every 5 minutes or so as he does something cool/dangerous while driving.
I was anxious to see how much differently I would view the episodes today as a jaded adult compared the curious child I was back in the 70's. I found some of the plots absolutely insane, like the race in an active volcano (Inca Underground Race). Cars could fall down a deep ravine and drive off unscathed (The Evil Car Acrobat Clan). Air-aspirated engines running underwater... I could go on and on.
I loved every minute of it.
So briefly, no extras aside from a phone card, excellent, vivid video and clear audio, and a great classic series immortalized in digital format. It'll set you back $275 per box set, or $550 for the whole series.
The second set of this series containing the remaining episodes is due for release on July 9, 2000.
Japanese Language,Opening/Closing Credits for all episodes
Yamaha RX-V1050 Dolby Pro-Logic Receiver, Panasonic 27" GAOO TV, Monster Cable, Sony Playstation 2 (DVD).