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Product details

  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 13
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Import
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 2014
  • Run Time: 2340 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002PC2RC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,350 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Collected edition of series one and two of the Japanese television adaptation of the ancient Chinese legend, featuring the off-the-wall antics of Monkey (Masaaki Sakai) and his friends Pigsy and Sandy as they accompany the venerable monk Tripitaka (Masako Natsume) on her pilgrimage to find the ancient Buddhist scrolls that will establish peace throughout the world. Includes all the original dubbed episodes, and the 13 previously unseen subtitled episodes. The 26 episodes from series one are: 'Monkey Goes Wild About Heaven'; 'Monkey Turns Nursemaid'; 'The Great Journey Begins'; 'Monkey Swallows the Universe'; 'The Power of Youth'; 'Even Monsters Can Be People'; The Beginning of Wisdom'; 'Pigsy Woos a Widow'; 'What Monkey Calls the Dog-Woman'; 'Pigsy's in the Well'; 'The Difference Between Night and Day'; 'Pearls Before Swine'; 'The Minx and the Slug'; 'Catfish, Saint and the Shape-Changer'; 'Monkey Meets the Demon Digger'; 'The Most Monstrous Monster'; 'Truth and the Grey Gloves Devil'; 'Land for the Locusts'; 'The Vampire Master'; 'Outrageous Coincidences'; 'Pigsy, King and God'; 'Village of the Undead'; 'Two Little Blessings'; 'The Fires of Jealousy'; 'The Country of Nightmares' and 'The End of the Way'. The 26 episodes from series two are: 'Pigsy's Ten Thousand Ladies'; 'The Dogs of Death'; 'You Win Some, You Lose Some'; 'Pigsy Learns a Lesson'; 'The Land With Two Suns'; 'The House of the Evil Spirit'; 'Am I Dreaming?'; 'The Tormented Emperor'; 'Between Heaven and Hell'; 'The Foolish Philosopher'; 'Who Am I?'; 'What is Wisdom'; 'The Fountain of Youth'; 'Better the Demon You Know'; 'A Shadow So Huge'; 'Keep on Dancing'; 'Give and Take'; 'Such a Nice Monster'; 'The Fake Pilgrims'; 'Pretty as a Picture'; 'Mothers'; 'The Tenacious Tomboy'; 'Stoned'; 'Howling at the Moon'; 'Monkey's Yearning' and 'At the Top of the Mountain'.

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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By David Sandilands VINE VOICE on 21 Dec. 2008
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I feel I must clarify a point made in the otherwise excellent review from Mr Williams on 22 March 2007. All 52 episodes are definitely contained in this boxset. I know, as I've just received it and started watching. The 13 episodes that weren't broadcast in the UK are not dubbed however, and this maybe what Mr Williams really meant when comparing this boxset to some other mythical superset (I note that the 13 episodes were later dubbed are seperately available here: Monkey! - Thirteen Re-Dubbed Episodes [1979]).
Additionally,the entire series is not presented chronologically. What we have here are 13 dvds, each with 3 dubbed episodes, in sequence (episodes 1,2,3 for example) plus 1 of the 'missing' undubbed episodes, which run in sequence across the entire set (episode 40 on Vol 1,episode 41 on Vol 2 etc). The undubbed episodes do, however, have English subtitles. I can understand why it has been done in this way as each volume was also released seperately (eg Monkey! - Episodes 1-3 [1979]) and it would have resulted in the final 3 or 4 volumes being entirely undubbed, which may have alienated those unable to read and watch images at the same time (I'm kidding, obviously). Beeing a bit of a Moss, I would rather have had them in strict chronological order, so for that I have deducted a star. For the same marketing reason, I guess, each volume has the same 'extras', although as the series continued one additional extra, ie the random narrator quote generator, first makes an appearance on volume 6.
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136 of 145 people found the following review helpful By ToxieDogg on 22 Mar. 2007
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Ah, Monkey, Monkey, where do I start with Monkey? I was only 2 years old when the show originally aired (too young to take any notice of it really!), but over the years, I heard from older friends (as well as my 2 older sisters) what a great programme it was, and how I would have loved it, seeing as how I became a huge fan of badly dubbed martial arts epics as I was growing up. However, the BBC in their infinite wisdom chose not to repeat the series....

But salvation came years later in the form of the Bravo channel on Sky. I'd gotten Sky installed at home as one of the first big things I did when I started earning my own cash (wrestling addict that I am!) and I read in a magazine that Bravo were to start airing the old episodes of Monkey! So, I decided to watch and see what all the fuss was about....I was completely blown away by it.

Basically, `Monkey' follows the plot of `Journey To The West'....to cut a long story short, Monkey attempts to take over Heaven, ends up having fights with 2 spirits (who themselves end up being banished to earth and reincarnated as a Pig Demon and Water Demon as punishment) and eventually tries to take on Lord Buddha, who traps Monkey underneath a mountain for 500 years in order to make Monkey learn patience, Eventually, a young Priest named Tripitaka is charged with the task of travelling to India in order to obtain holy scriptures which will save mankind, and it is decided that Monkey and the 2 spirits who were banished from Heaven (affectionately referred to as Pigsy and Sandy once they join the quest) shall accompany him as his bodyguards, as a way of earning forgiveness and being allowed back into Heaven.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cleodhna Nightshade on 17 Aug. 2006
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I was denied this gem in my mountainous (read: we don't get TV; there's a rock in the way) childhood home. What a loss! I would have loved it even more than I do now had I been at an age where I could swing from trees and pretend I was Sun 'Aware of Vacuity' the Monkey King, the Great Sage Equal to Heaven, himself. Now, I just love this series. It is very faithful to the original, at least as far as I am able to discern: I have read Wu Cheng'En's work only in translation (this is the best I have encounteerd: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0140441115/202-1183283-3351843?v=glance&n=266239&s=gateway&v=glance): humorous and full of philosophical distractions, some more comprehensible than others. The narration is one if the finest features of the series. I revel in my friend's taped episodes and dream of one day owning the DVD set, so I can see the whole thing.
EDIT: I have finally managed to get the boxed set, hoorah! From start to finish, it is brilliant.
For those looking to buy a set with the 13 extra episodes, I'd recommend you do so only if you're a die-hard fan. There's a reason these episodes weren't included: they really aren't the best. It's interesting to hear the voices of the characters in the original, as they are very different from the UK dubbed versions, but for me the voice action in the English version really makes the story shine. The comedically terrible accents are part and parcel.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2010
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This is a great series, deserving of a great box-set - and I'm glad to say this box-set does Monkey proud.

I used to love this series as a kid - I couldn't remember the details, just the characters, the general gist of the series, and the fact that I loved it. When the DVDs arrived, I put them on and it all started flooding back. I definitely remembered the 1st episode once I'd seen it - but what I didn't remember was monkey being so funny.

He's hysterical - he so arrogant, spoilt and cocksure of himself he makes a great comic character - coupled with the voice used to dub him and the original actor's facial experessions, Monkey's character is pure comedy gold. I'm only about 3 discs in so far, but the series proves the perfect watch on a Saturday and Sunday when you just want to kill a bit of time and take it easy for an hour.

That's another thing - with each episode being about an hour long, you really do get a lot for your money in this box-set. At 52 episodes you're going to have enough Monkey to satisfy you for a very long time. The Box-set itself looks great and is well made, in a deep, rich purple - with a rather fitting 70's feel to it. Mines on my bookshelf as my DVD cupboard is full, and it looks great - almost like an ornament of something - with it looking so '70's kitsch', it works out on display and wouldn't look out of place in any young, funky, urbanites home.

This box-set includes all the episode that appeared on British TV - all the one's you'll remember seeing as a kid, and I can clear up here and now, the fact that it also includes all the lost episodes too.
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