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Space Battleship Yamato [DVD]

Takuya Kimura , Meisa Kuroki , Takashi Yamazaki    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • 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 (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,129 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A STUNNING CELEBRATION OF STARBLAZERS 30 Aug 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Based on the Japanese anime series of the 70s shown on US TV as Starblazers, Toho’s lavish 2010 live-action version of Space Battleship Yamato takes the show’s rather silly premise and runs with it with unexpected success. It’s the kind of thing that you can usually only get away with in animation, but amazingly they manage to make it play with flesh and blood actors as the last survivors of a losing war with an alien race that has rendered the earth’s surface uninhabitable who, naturally, send a refurbished WW2 battleship into space in a last ditch effort to save the planet. That’s right, a WW2 battleship. Yet somehow it creates just enough of a credible near-apocalyptic world where anything that can be salvaged and made into a weapon will be to sell the aerodynamically unfeasible idea and does an impressive enough job of distilling the story arc of the entire series into one 138-minute film without feeling it’s trying to pack in too much that it emerges as one of the most entertaining sci-fi spectacles of recent years.

Despite its surprisingly modest $22m budget, it’s an often spectacular production that makes you wonder how Toho could manage to make an epic sci-fi film with plenty of (for the most part) excellent special effects and a large ensemble cast for less than a quarter of what David Fincher spent on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, let along the kind of money a Hollywood summer blockbuster would cost. Aside from a few bits of not-quite-finished-looking compositing in the alien planet scene there’s nothing that looks cut-rate or bargain basement here: Toho have certainly come a long way since their sci-fi films of the 50s and 60s.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanses SF Anime doe live action ! 6 Aug 2012
By Tony
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too indulgent with its source series 20 Oct 2013
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jolly good fun but high quality 8 Nov 2012
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I cannot understand German or Japanese but the lack of English sub-titles did not detract from my enjoyment of this film, to which I award a full 5 stars. My rating is more subjective than my usual objective self. I bought this film to see an example of how other people (i.e. other than Americans or British) treat the subjects they make films about. It's a good education getting into world cinema. For this particular subject, totally the expression of someone's imagination, I was fascinated by how a WW2 battleship, with its attendant level of contemporary technology (i.e. dinosaurian by today's standards) could be transformed into an inter-stellar vehicle with some quality clout. I was pleased with the attempt, though of course it's really over the top. I love films with copious SF, and Space Battleship Yamato does not disappoint. The story line is not at all naff, because if it had been I'd have been embarrassed. Another point to take into account is comparing this film with the Japanese "The Pacific Battleship Yamato", which features the same WW2 vessel, and is a fist-class film in every way. Both films are meticulous in paying attention to the ship's design details, something I've a bee in my bonnet about as a student of the history of ship design. As a point of knowledge, the Yamato had an identical sister-ship Musashi (both sunk) and were the largest battleships ever constructed; they were NOT the largest warships built, as erroneously stated in the Japanese film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by R. Ardis
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The film itself is good fun and not similar to other films of this genre. The sound and picture are good and the plot is interesting.
Published 7 months ago by Apostolos
4.0 out of 5 stars yamamoto
based on the anim genre , the earth devastated in an alien war re builds the yamoto, japaneses languages english
Published 7 months ago by Cambria
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for a non animated movie
This is a great Japanese movie. The cinematography is great and I love the movie. The story is about a battleship, the last one, which travels to an unknown planet in an effort to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by DK-BUYER
1.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable lesson......
I rented this movie(thank God I did not buy it)at at the recommendation of someone at avideo shop who knew I am a sci-fi fan. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lazaros K.
4.0 out of 5 stars So Japanese
Live action adaptations of animated classics tend to go quite badly wrong regardless of where the original source material was created (I'm looking at you Aeon Flux) When then an... Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. A. Woods
4.0 out of 5 stars It works and it fits
I'm happy with the product because it fits my bicycle and has enough space for my purposes. It is also light, which I like.
Published 13 months ago by frankenfurter
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, not recommended.
Sadly, not recommended.

I pre-ordered this.

I wanted to like it.

Unfortunately the film borders on tedious: I nearly fell asleep. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kubernes
2.0 out of 5 stars ... must have missed it
There is probably something special about this movie, maybe in the original sound version.. I watched it in English and could not detect anything amazing: the story is fragmented,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dalton T
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good live action version of an Anime
As far as animes go the one this film is based on is almost as much of a classic these days as AKIRA is. Despite the subtitles it was well acted and pretty true to its origins. Read more
Published 14 months ago by All things SciFi
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