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on 9 May 2003
The original dvd release of Battle of the Planets (on Molin Video) was thoroughly disappointing, with only four episodes per disc and scant extras. This release from Playback goes some way to addressing these issues, with an impressive twelve episodes over two discs. The menus are nicely animated and laid-out, but still the lack of extras is a problem. The original episodes of Gatchaman (and G-Force) featured on the American discs (courtesy of Rhino Video) means UK fans are still playing second fiddle to their yankee counterparts. A superb animated show whose qualities go beyond the kitsch of the current nostalgia boom.
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on 4 May 2001
It's Battle of the Planets. Either you remember the series from your childhood (so you'll love it), or you won't see what all the fuss is about. :)
Battle of the Planets is an adaption of an early Japanese anime cartoon made in the 70s, and its age shows. The plots are often illogical, the enemies laughable, and the cut scenes are often irritating. Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed watching BoTP again after about 20 years.
It has many shortcomings, but on the positive side the music is excellent (stirs up the memories more than the story does), it has an element of characterization missing from most modern cartoons, and (once you get past the pilot episode on this DVD) actually gets quite exciting at times.
The DVD, however, is little better than the VHS version. The "special features" give very little new material- a few pieces of artwork, a little textual description of the characters, and sections cut from the episodes describing the team, the HQ etc. I was hoping for a remastered soundtrack, and (in my wildest dreams) a cleaned up video, but this DVD has neither. As far as I can tell, with the exception of the Menu (which DOES have improved music), it's exactly the same as the VHS version.
If you saw this as a kid, and don't have the video it's a must buy. Otherwise- don't bother.
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As a TV programme, Battle of the Planets stands head-and-shoulders above most of it's 'Saturday Morning Animation' rivals. Though often trite and naïve, there are plenty of wonderful touches which really put the stories and characters in a class of their own. Featuring only 4 episodes of the series, however, the disc does not represent good value for money. If the remaining discs contain the same number, the entire series will be spread over 22 DVDs! The extras are OK, the history of the show was very welcome, but some video clips of Gatchaman would help to tell the story. The title sequences are cool, but - like the character introductions - are simply lifted from the 4 featured episodes. For the remaining volumes, the extra capacity and interactivity of DVD needs to be utilised to bring the additional elements in line with the quality of the shows themselves.
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on 12 January 2003
For years I had been asking if anyone remembered a cartoon about a team in bird outfits with a spaceship that turned into a flaming phoenix and the usual response was a look that said, "you're tripping right now, aren't you." However I was to fear not for my sanity. Here it is is, Battle of The Planets. 4 stars may seem a bit much for such poor animation but watching this it is clear the series had some fantastic ideas. However this is a watered down version, as was the one in my childhood. There is the rather forced inclusion of a robot narrator, 7-zark-7 whose job seems to be to point out the screamingly obvious. One thing to look for is the transvestite villain, all pink lipstick and thigh-length boots, whose army of men wearing suits with breast implants will leave you wondering who thought this would make great kids TV. So dodgy animation, anoying R2-D2 clone and an army of transvestites, enough to leave this a four star rating?! Watch with sme beer and friends and be amazed.
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on 2 March 2015
This was TV gold when I was a kid. This aired during the summer holidays back in 1978, oh so long ago now. I remember us kids - we lived in a small village in the UK - would all watch this and a soon as that nightmare Play Chess came on and the ice cream man jingled his way down the road (Dracula, Funny Finger, or Screwball anyone?), we'd be off out into the woods. Of course there was the obligatory arguments of who was to be Mark and Jason (they were really cool) and nobody particularly wanted to be Keyop or poor old tubby Tiny (!) Then there was Princess and the computerized robot 7-Zark-7, and the evil Zoltar. This DVD is roughly equivalent to VHS quality; there are some complete box sets available now on Amazon.

Battle of the Planets! G-Force, five incredible young people with superpowers! And watching over them from Center Neptune, 7-Zark-7! Watching, warning against surprise attacks by alien galaxies from beyond space. G-Force! Fearless young orphans, protecting Earth's entire galaxy. Always five, acting as one. Dedicated! Inseparable! Invincible!

G-Force!
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on 6 February 2012
good quality though sound a bit poor but it is an old tv show so I guess its not been digitally remastered. Good picture and nice box set - my 8 & 6 year old boys love it - just as I remembered it!
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on 14 March 2014
I happy with it.I give is five out five stars rating. I happy with it & it play OK.it good for money.
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