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Gatchaman 6: Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Katsuji Mori , Isao Sasaki , Hiroyuki Fukushima , Katsuhisa Yamada    DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Katsuji Mori, Isao Sasaki, Kazuko Sugiyama, Yoku Shioya, Shingo Kanemoto
  • Directors: Hiroyuki Fukushima, Katsuhisa Yamada, Masami Ann, Shuichi Kaneko, Toyohiro Chjo
  • Writers: Akihiko Nishiyama, Akiyoshi Sakai
  • Format: Animated, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2006
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,470 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the original 8 May 2006
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Please note that the review titled "Not the original" (November 2, 2005) by "A viewer" refers to the Gatchaman OAV collection (the one in the all-blue case with the big G-symbol on it) not to any of the ADV Gatchaman DVDs which it has been mistakenly attached to. The ADV Gatchaman DVDs are original Gatchaman from 1972-1974, which formed the basis for Battle of the Planets, not the OAVs which are a 3-part 1994 remake and were long after Battle of the Planet's time.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The real original. Just not in the UK. 24 Mar 2006
This is the original Japanese cartoon with new english dubbing. These cartoons contain the original cartoon footage, not the version shown as "Battle of the Planets" in the UK, which featured 7-Zark-7 and 1-Rover-1 to protect UK children from some quite extreme violence. And yes the characters do have different names. And no, there's no Keyop.

Still cool though.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the original 2 Nov 2005
By A Customer
This is a remake of the original cartoon, not the original version. The names of the characters have changed, Ken now leads the group, Joe replaces Jason, Rocky instead of Tiny, June rather than Princess and Keyop has been replaced with a fully conversant small guy. Even the bad guy Zoltar has changed to Solaris.
The DVD contains three episodes forming a single storyline. The animation isn't the best I've ever seen, and compares badly to modern anime such as Cowboy Bebop. I bought this as a bit of a nostalgic trip back to my youth and found it wasn't what I thought it was. If you're expecting the original Gatchaman, or Battle of the Planets or G-Force, this isn't it. But if you like the style of the original cartoons, the action and the uniforms then you'll probably like this, but maybe not as much.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is not your father�s G-Force� 30 July 2001
By Tone Ellis - Published on
Is the best way to describe this 3 episode DVD! This DVD comes in at #32 in Anime Invasion Magazine's Top 50 Anime DVD's of all time.
The Lowdown: As most anime fans may know, before there was a "G-Force" and "Battle of the Planets" there was GATCHAMAN! This DVD series is based on the original Gatchaman concept and character names, and not the edited down American versions that were produced later. So "Battle of the Planets" fans may wonder why there is no 7-Zark-7 or none of the G-Force team shouts, like "G-FORCE!" and my personal favorite "TRANS-MUTE!"
The Story: What we have here is a cool and stylish revamp that was produced in 1994 and now just making its way to DVD. It features the well-known Gotchaman characters in updated costumes and mecha. I wish this was made into a series instead of just 3 episodes.
Extras: If you already own the originally released VHS tapes and hope that the DVD offers some extra `bells and whistles' there is nothing to be found here. Nothing on the menu other than episode, scene, select and play- this is reason why I gave this DVD 4 stars.
At the end of the 3rd episode credits, there is a techno-house Gatchaman music video. Since I never bought the VHS version, I don't know it was originally from the VHS release or not.
One advantage is that the DVD is a cheaper than buying the 3 VHS tape set. Oh, and the DVD I bought came with a cool Gatchaman sticker inside.
Overall: If you are a "Battle of the Planets" fan, I recommend this DVD- it is great! But I have to caution you, watching it may cause you "Battle of the Planets" flashbacks. And the next thing you know, you will be looking for some of those old BOTP episodes (which is already available in the U.K. on DVD, and will be available in the U.S. soon).
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great trip down memory lane 11 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on
I bought this DVD because I'd been going through Battle of the Planets withdrawl. I haven't seen much of that American version of Gatchaman since the 70s, and could wait no longer for the soon-to-be-released Rhino DVDs, so I picked this up for some nostalgia.
Although updated with 90s anime flair, this reworking of the 70s Gatchaman was made with the Gatch fanboy in mind. It is updated in look and pacing, but everything about the original show is here - from the costumes to the characters' personalities.
Since it is based on Japan's Gatchaman, it is thankfully "missing" 7-Zark-7 and 1-Rover-1, whose sole purpose was to take up the space created by editing out the more violent scenes in the show (don't you love American morality?).
The only big complaint I have is some of the new music is weak (especially the song that plays during the menus). Every now and then some of the old music from original Gatch plays, but it is so infrequent that one gets depressed when it stops.
Until Rhino releases the original Battle of the Planet DVDs in late October '01, this is enjoyable viewing for those who fondly remember the original series.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gatchaman OAVs - Get 'em... Again 6 July 2001
By "mvaia" - Published on
I recently saw a pre-release copy of this collection and I'm sticking to my guns about this set. I remember when I first saw this on VHS, I commented that this was a fantastic installment in the Gatchaman line and I still maintain that position and then some. DVD just makes these flicks that much better. But before others start writing in to complain about the differences between this and the original series, remember that this is not meant to be compared. It is different all together and, for the most part, is an excellent addition to the Gatchaman line. Again, the story is excellent, the updates (costumes, vehicles, ...) are greatly improved, and the animation far surpasses anything Gatchaman to date. Anyone who says otherwise needs to pull themselves out of the '70's and realize that all things must eventually change and should count themselves lucky that in this particular instance it has done so for the better.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gatchaman Returns! 17 Aug 2001
By "cbusch71" - Published on
I remember seeing this great series for the first time as a kid as most people have, in the form of "Battle of the Planets." Even though the show aired in the U.S. in 1978, the 1972 animation was still more advanced than anything on afternoon television at that time.
Years later I had a chance to see the original Japanese series, and was surprised at the great difference. The sanitized U.S. version of Gatchaman couldn't hold a candle to the original. This DVD is a great way to experience this series the way it was meant to be. If you are looking for "7-Zark-7" and "1-Rover-1" look elsewhere. My only complaint (and my reason for four stars) is that more of the original musical score wasn't used in the revamped edition, if only for nostalgic effect. However, a tribute in the form of a music video at the end of the third episode makes up for that. Overall a great DVD for your collection.
"Fighting formation, Tornado Fighter!"
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Battle Of The Planets" grows up 30 Oct 2002
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One of the first anime creations to hit it big in the U.S., "Gatchaman" (alias "Battle of the Planets") set off a whole new wave of sci-fi cartoons in the late 1970's. It was heavily edited to remove the violence, gore, and death that were thought to be unsuitable for American children at the time, but even that failed to dim its appeal. In 1994 Tatsunoko Studios decided to give its classic creation a 90's flair with updated characters and new-style animation. The result is the "Gatchaman" trilogy. Mark, Jason, Princess et al. have reclaimed their original names (Ken, Joe, Jun, etc.) and gotten a whole new look in the process. Even the Phoenix has been updated! The look is spectacular, if rather sharp-edged, and the animation is seamless. But if you're expecting the innocence of the early "Gatchaman/BOTP", you're going to be disappointed; this version is definitely aimed at adults and older teens. The violence is back in full force, there's blood, gore, and destruction aplenty, and Joe and Jun both have brief nude scenes (no, not together). Of course, not everything has changed; the classic themes of courage and sacrifice still prevail, even if the ending is somewhat ambiguous (are they dead or hallucinating?). This is a splendid update of an anime classic, and a worthy addition to any anime collection
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