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Product details

  • Actors: Takuya Kimura, Meisa Kuroki, Toshirô Yanagiba
  • Directors: Takashi Yamazaki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Aug. 2013
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CYMMTH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,590 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

The legendary STAR BLAZERS is now a live-action movie! In the year 2194, alien marauders, the Gamilons, bombard the Earth with planetary bombs sent from space. Humanity fights back but is defeated and escapes underground. Five years later, those who remain on the devastated planet gather together for one last plan to save the Earth. Armed with mysterious alien technology and an old battleship called the Yamato, they embark on a quest to find a device that has the power to save humanity from destruction. Bonus features include: Behind the scenes Visual effects Original trailers

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sean Curtin on 30 Aug. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Space Battleship Yamato is nothing short of a master piece.

This is particularly going to be the case for every fan of the original Star Blazers animated series that came out in the late 70's and early 80's. It was before it's time then and it's still incredibly amazing today.

This live action movie captured the spirit of the show fantastically. The actors were all superb and the attention to detail was incredible.

As they were only commissioned to do a single film, I thought the adaptation of the Gamalons(completely changed from the ones we knew in the animated films. There's still inklings of that race but there heavily modified for the movie), was incredible and understood the need to change them to fit with the limited time frame of the movie.

The action scenes that are jam packed into this movie are incredible. As a kid I always used to love the combat scenes in Starblazers and I was amazed that when watching this movie I was actually wishing for more of the charcter interactions and story arc. However I was tickled pink to say the least with the amazing combat scenes. In essence this is a battle ship and I felt the pace of the movie was superb and really captured that in the heat of battle feeling.

My only gripe with the entire film was that I wanted more, which essentially means it was a terrific movie. (All good movies should leave you feeling this way).

I'm hoping that there might be a follow up movie to capture the next season of Starblazers and perhaps even a third(well most movie houses seem to go for trilogies these days).

Seriously, if your a fan of Starblazers, then get this now. Please don't download it, buy it to support these guys, it's been the best movie purchase I've made in years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rob Simpson on 20 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
Two problems with the live action Space Battleship Yamato. Its based off an anime series, and this is one of the best anime to live adaptations I've seen, at the same time the writing hasn't done enough to ensure the film stands on its own two feet. Many aspect are left open, in a way that suggests "if you enjoyed this, you'll love the series". Leaving this film in a state of limbo for large stretches. The second problem is the flat out ridiculous indulgence in melodrama during the last 10 minutes, taking any sting out of the tail. But it's still a fun watch, without revisiting the classics there aren't many new sci-fi films that trade in space opera and spaceships. With its mix of Star Wars, Star Trek(TV) and Mass Effect (VG), it's refreshingly old-school and refreshingly simplistic. It just suffers from a lack of its own fully realised identity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony on 6 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was a huge fan of the Starblazers tv series and when i heard of its rebirth as a anime then a live action I was thrilled . however bad luck was on my side since the USA was not going to carrying it until 2013 or 2014 . I was overjoyed at seeing it on Amazon.Uk .
Anyways the CGI is awesome .The fight scenes are things you love catching on sf space battles . Granted it differers from the anime with a few twists BUT to quote River Song " Spiolers " ...
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Format: DVD
This is the live-action version of the 1974 anime series and the attempt to pack 26 episodes worth of action into two hours causes serious pacing issues. I felt much the same when watching the first Star Trek film – trouble appears out of nowhere every few minutes and requires lots of laser bolts and space fighting, that still do not bring the story forward. Conversely, in the finale there is a long-winded rousing speech and lots of angsting to bring down the tempo even as Earth should be literally minutes from destruction.

One gets the impression that the audience is expected to already know much of the backstory, for example the rebuilding of the (wreck of the) Yamato into a spaceship is nowhere explained or motivated. Its significance is ignored until the aforementioned rousing speech, a Japanese patriotic reminder of the importance of futile suicide missions as symbols of hope for Those At Home.
Whether an effect of this, or a conscious dramaturgic choice, there are a number of open conflicts between the protagonists that only gradually get their explanations far later in the film.

It is of course interesting to see a film where the Earth consists only of Japan, as opposed to Hollywood productions where the Earth consists only of the United States.

On a final note (haha), Kodai's theme sounds suspiciously like the Skywalker theme, but I understand cinematically the inspiration has rather been the other way around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Rose on 27 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved this film! It reminded me of Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica and especially Space Above: and Beyond, but at the same time had it's own unique Japanese style. I really enjoyed the character development and the sense of honour and tragic heroism. Thoroughly enjoyed the special effects in the battle scenes, which didn't leave the viewer totally dazzled and bewildered. Must admit I was crying like a baby by the end. Wonderful!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tomnomnom on 20 Aug. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Probably one of the best sci-fi films I've seen for a while, with great visuals and some awesome action that should please any viewer. Given the recent rebirth of Star Trek, and ongoing success of Hollywood sci-fi and visually appealing blockbusters, it's a pleasure to see that Japan has its own answer to this trend. The biggest budget film in Japanese history matches up to its western counterparts and offers a fresh look at space exploration.

One important thing to note is the film is very much a product of Japanese culture. The scripting is often over-dramatic, and the acting quite exaggerated, but if you can accept these as stylistic differences to the standard Hollywood blockbuster, then Space Battleship Yamato is definitely an essential in your sci-fi epic collection!
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