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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Fabulous Films Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Feb. 2009
  • Run Time: 610 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00171EE9E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,753 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Drawing heavily on diverse influences such as Star Wars, Japanese Anime and Gerry Anderson's various 'Supermarionation' series, this stellar series ran for twenty-four half hour episodes on UK TV beaming to our TV screens every Saturday morning starting in October 1982.

The English version's theme song was written by Paul Bliss of The Moody Blues, and was also famously covered by Queen member Brian May and Eddie Van Halen.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2009
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A message saying that childhood memories sometimes can be as good as you recall. Star fleet is a science fiction serial made in japan using puppets. It achieved huge popularity in britain when it was broadcast on ITV on saturday mornings early in the 1980's, where it captured the imagination of a generation. some of whom waited a great many years to see it again.

actually although the show was originally produced in japan the english version had pretty much a whole new script and was redubbed into english and given an all new score. the story of x bomber, a spaceship crewed by three brave pilots and led by wise scientist dr benn robinson. when the earth is attacked by the evil imperial alliance who are on the trail of orphan girl lamia because she has a hidden destiny, x bomber leads the fight back and then heads off into space to unravel the mystery of why lamia is so important. lots of action ensues.

the series succeeds because it has a sense of wonder, a decent storyline, and it really captures the imagination. and there are also some pretty exciting battle sequences. all of this should be enough to reawaken the inner teenager in you who first saw the show in the 1980's. and even if you've never seen it before anyone who likes an entertaining bit of good science fiction should be swiftly captivated by this.

There are twenty four episodes which run for twenty three minutes each. episodes nine and thirteen are clip shows, that just fill up the time by using clips from earlier parts. you could probably skip over thirteen without missing anything but nine does contain one important plot development near the end. but these two are the only episodes that aren't excellent.

The show is spread over four discs, six epiaodes to each.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Takahashii on 14 Feb. 2009
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Today I finally received my copy of the DVD box and I can say that it has been worth both the money and the wait big time. Star Fleet is a sci-fi puppet series which plays in the year 2999. During the dawn of a new millennium something big unknown to mankind is about to happen. A group of alien invaders, known as the Imperial Alliance however know all too well that the events to take place could very well mean the end of their dominance in the universe. And so they set out for earth to seek out the F01 which is where the story begins.

What makes this DVD collection excel when compared to other releases of older series is that the editors haven't tried to "enhance" or "improve" the experience in any way. Instead they totally focussed on restoring all the material they had so that its quality would be good enough for a DVD release. A quick example; during the first series the Imperial Alliance drone crafts attack x-bomber directly, crippling it on moonbase. During these scenes you will notice that some laser blasts have suddenly turned white, only to become yellow again at a later time. Such "glitches" have all been left in, as they should in my opinion!

So judging from what I've seen so far they truly succeeded with the goal. The DVD set contains all full 24 episodes, so also including the opening, ending and preview of the next episode. And because it hasn't been remastered in any way its in its original 4:3 aspect ratio format, without subtitles and 1 language track. As said before: this is the original material, nothing more and nothing less. So don't expect too much fancy stuff, just an enormous blast from the past.

The menu system on the DVDs is very smooth and navigates easily while featuring music and sound samples from the series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Splodge. on 8 Feb. 2012
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Great box set just buy it.

As always there are a few quirks, but trivial:

a) Two episodes are clip shows (repeats). Watch them whilst sticking fingers into your eye sockets.
b) They originally combined two episodes into one for the UK version.
c) Brian May's video size has been drastically reduced for some reason (even after maintaining the aspect ratio). This is the only real issue with the DVD distribution (Fabulous why didn't you do a better job of this?).
d) The "Making Of" documentary contains a BIG spoiler. Would have been better on disc 4. Regardless DO NOT WATCH until you've seen all the episodes.

In regards to (b) I think it would have been great if they had included the two original FULL Japanese episodes that were edited together later for UK release, and even better if they had subtitles.

You can't have it all.... but you can almost have it all....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Timmins on 27 Sept. 2014
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For some bizarre reason whilst on holiday this August I woke up with the theme tune for Star Fleet in my head. I'd forgotten the programme ever existed but was so impressed by the recollection the first thing I did on arriving home was order it.
Watched the whole lot in the first day off I had and from the first bars of the opening episode to the closing titles of the finale I was captivated. Memories of Saturday lunch times and British wrestling came flooding back though I was staggered to see the production is as old as it actually is. Even so given the type of production it is the quality of the animation and puppetry is first class and although by modern standards it looks dated, it is appreciated by someone who remembers Thunderbirds and Terrorhawks being part of childhood television.
The DVD collection is neatly packaged in its box and the flexible format allows for skipping over theme tunes and getting straight into the action. The layout of the menus are also neat and tidy and easy to follow.
My children laughed at it but I don't care, i'm sure i'm not the only member of my generation who'll be delighted with owning this series. If you're approaching 40 and remember what it was like to be a child in the early 80s buy without reservation. You won't regret it.
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